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    One day in Mumbai, India

    If you happen to travel through or to Mumbai and only get to stay for a few hours, that’s still amazing! I mean even though it’s not a lot – and India always always has something to explore and discover – a bit of it is still better than none of it 🙂 As always in life there are at least 2 (or more) options.   You may decide to check in at a fancy hotel, jump into your swim suit and relax at the pool. Get in your workout at the gym. Treat yourself like a king or queen by ordering room service. Or have a nice spa day.…

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    Hongkong in 48 hours – what to see and do

    48 hours may not be a lot… But you can make the best out of it. Hongkong is a place with incredibly many things to do, and therefore many many ways to spend 48 hours. Today I am going to share one way to spend your time in Hongkong and some tips on the top attractions in Hongkong:   First of all: If you are planning on using public transportation I highly recommend you getting an Octopus card. There is a one time fee to purchase the card. Later on you’ll be able to put money on that card and use it for all kinds of transportation. It is the…

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    Vegan in Shanghai

    Funnily I can’t even say if I found it hard or easy to be a vegan in Shanghai. But I guess if I think about it, I would say: there are places where it’s way easier to find vegan food choices. Maybe if you have a little bit of practice and routine of what to eat you’ll be fine, but definitely it is not the most vegan friendly city!   Over time I developed a “travel kitchen” that I bring with me no matter where I go. I never had any issues “importing” those items, but rather ALWAYS have been grateful I had them with me (those late nate hunger…

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    Things to do in Shanghai / Shanghai travel guide

    As usual there is a lot more than the few things and attractions listed in a city travel guide. However I believe it is a great way to get a general overview of what to do in each city. Some like to visit a museum or a temple, while others want to sip a drink in a roof top bar, and yet others want to spend their days in bed partying all night… Possibilities are endless and so are the types of travelers and visitors 🙂 So here are a few of the many sights and things to do while in Shanghai:   Nanjin Road Nanjing Road is the shopping…

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    Impressions of Shanghai, China

      My first trip to China should be a few days stay in China’s largest city: Shanghai. All the other destinations in Asia I have been to were hot and humid, but looking at the temperature of Shanghai, it was hardly above freezing point – I had no idea what to expect. So I packed my suitcase, jumped on the plane and got myself prepared for a big surprise. Let me share some of the most outstanding impressions with you…   Food Traveling into another country, or even another continent with another tradition will always bring changes. Most of the restaurants showcast their menu outside the dining area so potential…

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    An interview with an Indian shop owner – Gita’s story

    During my stay at Agonda beach I met a young lady who owned 2 shops along the only street that led through the little town. She was known among the visitors and travellers for her good prices. Gita and her husband run the two shops with such joy and honest smiles that I wanted to know more, and asked them a few questions:   Me: How does a normal day look like for you? Gita: We get up at 7am. Around 8am we open the shop and start to prepare it for the day. We set up the jewelry and books on the table and hang up the clothes.  …

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    Food in India

    In a previous blog post I mentioned the huge gap between poor and rich. Not only is this division clearly visible when it comes to where people live, but also where they eat. In Delhi we have been invited to a Champagne brunch in an extremely nice and luxurious building. Once entered the complex with water fountains, blossoming gardens, pools and golfing areas, I couldn’t believe I was in India where poverty, hunger and dirt exist just on the other side of the fence. And this surely was not the only de luxe complex.   Contrary to such locations and numerous 5 star hotels and restaurants, which offer international cuisine,…

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    The streets of India

    Compared to Australia, European countries as well as northern America, Asia is very very different. A lot of the citizens live in poverty, streets are crowded and dirty often times, and tradition and culture couldn’t be more unlike.   Personally Asia fascinates me – with all its colors and intense smells, the friendliness of the citizens, the language and the way of living – but there for sure are people who dislike Asia. However I do believe that this is based on a “cultural shock”. It is not only in travelling, but when one has expectations about something and it turns out to be different one is unhappy about the…

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    2 weeks India – what to see and do

    India is a really big country and if you don’t want to spend most of your time on the plane or in a car hurrying to get to places, then I recommend to pick a part of the country and only travel through this specific area. India is just way too big to see everything in 2 weeks. During our time there we travelled through the northern part, and stopped at a few cities around Delhi. I wouldn’t have done it any other way! Initially it can be said that historic monuments, museums and markets determine the cityscape all throughout the country.   Delhi We started and ended our tour…

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    Travel Tips for India

    Know what you want to see and experience Do some researches about what India has to offer and spend some good time thinking about what you want your trip to be like. Would you rather see the countryside, relax at beaches, become part of their traditions, or would you rather travel to the big cities and see some famous sights? Or maybe a mix of all? Come up with a plan and schedule your days – when to be where and what to do. You may also consider booking hotels/hostels/homestays in advance so you don’t have to bother with any of that while you would actually want to have fun…