New York City #3 – „If I can make it there I’m gonna make it anywhere“

Start spreading the news
I am leaving today
I want to be a part of it
New York, New York

These vagabond shoes
Are longing to stray
Right through the very heart of it
New York, New York

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I wanna wake up, in a city
That doesn’t sleep
And find I’m king of the hill
Top of the heap

This little town blues
Are melting away
I’ll make a brand new start of it
In old New York

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If I can make it there
I’ll make it anywhere
It’s up to you
New York, New York

New York, New York
I want to wake up in that city
That never sleeps
And find I’m hey number one
Top of the list
King of the hill
Hey number one

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These are little town blues
They have all melted away
I’m gonna make a brand new start of it
In old New York
And I
If I can make it there
I’m gonna make it anywhere
It’s up to you
New York, New York, New York

-New York, New York by Frank Sinatra

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This song by Frank Sinatra is one of my favourites!
„If I can make it there I’m gonna make it anywhere“
I wish I could live in NYC one day, walking down the streets of Manhattan everyday, having dinner in SOHO, meeting my friends for lunch and doing window shopping on fifth avenue.

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Statue of Liberty, smaller than expected…

These pictures were taken on the Staten Island Ferry. I can highly recommend taking this Ferry, since you don’t have to pay for it and the view is stunning!

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This post is not about the writing, more about the impressions.
I hope you enjoyed it anyhow!

Xx, Sophie

 

 

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New York City #2 – „The lights are so bright but they never blind me“

Walkin‘ through a crowd, the village is a glow
Kaleidoscope of a loud, hide beats under coats
Everybody here wanted somethin‘ more
Searchin‘ for a sound we hadn’t heard before
And it said

Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York

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It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat, beat forevermore
The lights are so bright but they never blind me, me
Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York

When we first dropped our bags on apartment floors
Took our broken hearts and put them in a drawer
Everybody here was someone else before
And you can want who you want
Boys and boys and girls and girls

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Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York

It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat, beat forevermore
The lights are so bright but they never blind me, me
Welcome to New York (New York!)
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York

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Like any great love, it keeps you guessing
Like any real love, it’s ever-changing
Like any true love, it drives you crazy
But you know you wouldn’t change anything, anything, anything

Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York
Welcome to New York
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York, welcome to New York

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It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat
The lights are so bright but they never blind me
Welcome to New York
New soundtrack
It’s been waitin‘ for you
Welcome to New York
The lights are so bright but they never blind me
Welcome to New York
So bright, they never blind me
Welcome to New York
Welcome to New York

– Welcome to New York, Taylor Swift

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„The lights are so bright they never blind me“! I really love this song by Taylor Swift!
I am so sorry, but it took me three days to upload these pictures. I do not know what is going on with our wifi at the moment, I hope my Dad can fix it soon.

Today, I will be sharing with you another New York City photograph collection from 2015. (Click here if you want to read my first NYC post)
Additionally, I thought I could share with you my personal NYC Bucket list/ to-do list, while showing you my favourite photographs.

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Explore Manhattan by foot

We loved to walk through the streets instead of taking the subway. We discovered so many pretty and interesting streets, partly far away from the famous tourist spots.
In addition, you will probably be able to take some special street photographs.

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 Looking for Serena van der Woodsen and Blair Waldorf

Something I really wanted to do when I was in NYC was visiting Upper East Side.
I loved watching Gossip Girl and I thought having a look at the great buildings and houses of Manhattan’s elite would be quite nice. Sadly, there was not enough time left and I was not able to explore this part of Manhattan.

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Visit Wall Street

Visiting Wall Street and seeing the New York Stock Exchange and the Charging-Bull in Bowling-Green-Park was very special for me. Mainly because I am extremely interested in politics and economics. Although I do not want to support capitalism (which is very difficult), it was exciting to walk down the streets, imagining how all the Brokers are negotiating and selling inside the buildings.
Unfortunately, my photographs from the Financial District are not that special and they did not make it into the post.

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Biking in Central Park

Going on a run in Central Park may be quite nice, but it is not as great as renting a bike and exploring the green lungs of NYC, almost feeling like a local…(almost!!!).
I can highly recommend doing this, since you will need a break after having explored Manhattan by foot. 😉

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World Trade Center Site, also known as Ground Zero

After the September 11 attacks, the World Trade Center Site was rebuild and they created a huge memorial where the Twin Towers were located before the attack.
It is very impressive to see the waterfalls running down the black marble and to read all the names of the victims. I think we should all take a deep breath and pay our respect to these people.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my second NYC post.
Stay tuned,

Sophie

 

 

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New York City #1 – The City That Never Sleeps

Grew up in a town
That is famous as a place
Of movie scenes

Noise is always loud
There are sirens all around
And the streets are mean

If I can make it here
I can make it anywhere
That’s what they say

Seeing my face in lights
Or my name on marquees
Found down on Broadway

Even if it ain’t all it seems
I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from

New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York
New York, New York- Empire State Of Mind, Alicia Keys

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Standing in front of this skyline was breathtaking

In the song „Empire State Of Mind“, Alicia Keys describes New York City perfectly.
I fell in love with New York. I fell in love with the buildings, the people, the movement, the spirit.

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This is one of my favourite Times Square pictures!

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In 2015 I travelled to Boston and stayed with a lovely host family for ten days.
After our stay in Massachusetts, we took a plane to New York City and discovered this amazing place for four days.

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Have you noticed Heidi Klum on the add space in the background?
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Wow, what a photo bomb. Thanks dude! 😀

During the landing, I listened to the song by Alicia Keys, overwhelmed by the feeling, that I would soon visit on of the most amazing and vivid cities in the world.
After having left the airplane, the adventure began.

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It took us almost two hours to get to our hostel in Union City because we were stuck in a huge traffic jam. The „Explore Hotel and Hostel“ was quite nice, although I think it depends on the room you are staying in. We (5 girls) shared a suite with a little bathroom. As far as I can remember, it was not that expensive and I took us 20 minutes to get from the hostel to the Times Square. (Going by bus was very cheap)

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Times Square

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The Times Square is just amazing. So many people from all over the world taking pictures of the gigantic advertising space. Famous stores like the Disney Store, American Apparel and Forever 21 are located around the square. You can also walk down Broadway and negotiate with the tourist guides and maybe you will get a „cheap“ ticket and enjoy a special musical on Broadway. We watched „Les Misérables“ and it was marvellous!

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This street performer must have had sore legs after standing on these „stilts“ (??) for a whole day.
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This Minnie Mouse wanted me to pay her 4$ to take a picture with her…

But the number one lesson to remember is: Scarcely anything is without charge at Times Square! There are so many tourist guides who want to grab your attention and sell expensive tickets to you. When your not travelling in a group of people like we did (We were 15 students plus two teachers), then you should probably buy your tickets online before going on your trip.
You will also see many people in costumes who want to take pictures with you in exchange for a dollar or two. But I guess you already know that.
We even saw the Naked Cowboy, casually playing his guitar in the middle of the streets.
I guess he is pretty famous, since I’ve already seen him on TV in Germany.

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The Naked Cowboy, eye candy :D?

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I still miss the hum of cars and horns, the colourful lights from the huge stores, the shouting of police officers and tourist guides. Music and vivid conversations everywhere, traffic and yellow cabs.

Noise is always loud
There are sirens all around

But it is such a wonderful place!
I hope you enjoyed the first post of my New York series!

Stay tuned and have a great week!

Sophie

 

 

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Battling Writer’s Block and the last London Photographs

Hello World!

I am finally back after having suffered from writer’s block for two weeks.
To be honest, I wanted this post to be online yesterday, but my uploader did not work and I fell asleep.

I knew that this would happen, since I am an ambitious person and a perfectionist. Unfortunately.

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Being a perfectionist can be very helpful, but it often prevents me from doing spontaneous and imperfect things.

When it comes to blogging, this perfection often overwhelms me.
I really want to produce content which is interesting, or helpful, or at least a little bit special. I know my blog is nothing in comparison to other blogs, but that is not the point.

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My favourite record store in the backround

It is not about readers or clicks or likes. This blog shall be about experiences, memories, happiness and spreading love.
Even if I could ever make money with blogging, which is completely unrealistic (and not the purpose!!!), it should not lose its identity.

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Royal Arcades, London

Sometimes I wonder, if it is really necessary and if there is a sense why I am writing and sharing my photographs. And yes there is one: it is fun. And I love to connect with other people. To my mind, blogging is a great way to connect! Because so many people in the world are able to read your blog!

And this is, what it is all about. Sharing, caring, impressing and creativity.

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Subway Station

I started my first blog in 2012. And I failed and deleted it because I thought that nobody was interested in reading it. But I do not want to stop writing and blogging again. This would be a mistake.
I know that I could prepare blogposts, but I am not at that point yet.
I am not that productive yet.

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Anyway, today I am sharing with you my last London pictures. It is another mixture of Street Photographs and I hope you like them! Looking back, I really enjoyed my time in London, since it is such a wonderful city. I wish I could travel the country for a couple of weeks one day. Ireland and Scotland would be nice to see as well. 

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Taking the ferry

Please excuse me, when I am having my writer’s block again. I am fighting it.
Have a lovely week!

Sophie

Red and Jack the Ripper in London, UK

One of my favourite things to do when I am travelling is going for a walk and exploring all the different streets and places.
I have to admit that I only support guided tours to a certain extent, since you are not able to explore the city on your own.

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Jamie Oliver’s Diner! I wish I had the opportunity to eat out there!

But last year we took part in a Jack the Ripper Tour and it was amazing!
Our guide was very impressive, since he had a vast knowledge about history. Additionally, he used to be an actor.

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This record store was just amazing!

Anyway, I really enjoyed the tour. We were able to see so many different and partly hidden streets, which made the tour a great experience.

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The famous red busses.

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Having wandered around, I discovered many interesting places, stores and pubs. I wish I were able to visit them all! My best discovery was a grunge/indie/alternative/vintage record store! I almost bought Nirvana’s „In Utero“ recorded on vinyl.
But I did not and I still regret it!

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Telephone box twins.

When I am thinking about London, the first colour which comes to my mind is red.
Red busses, red telephone boxes, red mail boxes, red signs.
I like red, red is impressive and classy!

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The streets. 

I hope you enjoyed this kind of „uninformative“ blogpost.
Stay tuned and have a wonderful and hopefully sunny week!

Sophie

 

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One night in Bangkok, or three weeks in Thailand

Thailand. Islands, elephants, jungle, beaches, friendly people, Bangkok.
These are the first few words which come to my mind when I’m thinking about Thailand.
Lucky me, I am going to Thailand for three weeks in November.
We recently planned our trip which I will be sharing with you today.

After we will have arrived in BKK, we would like to take the night train and the ferry to Koh Samui, in order to go diving in Koh Tao and to join the full moon party on Koh Phangan, which will be on 3 November 2017.
I know this is very touristy and stereotypical but I guess if you have the chance to go, you will regret it if you don’t.

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Palm Trees, Koh Samui ’89
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Koh Samui ’89
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Koh Samui ’89

You may have noticed that these pictures look a little bit vintage and they are!
My mum used to travel a lot when she was younger and she also visited Thailand and Malaysia.
She took these pictures in 1989, using a slide film. I was very impressed when she talked about her travel experience and I decided to digitise her photographs.
I hope you enjoy looking at these pretty and old pictures!

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Koh Phangan ’89
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Koh Phangan ’89

If we still have time, we will take the bus to Krabi and Koh Phi Phi, but we decided that we want to be very spontaneous.

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Northern Thailand
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Elephants, Northern Thailand

After we will have discovered some of the paradisiac islands we will probably fly to Chiang Mai, in order to travel back to Bangkok.
Hopefully, we will have the chance to visit the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary in Chiang Mai.
I am still not quite sure, if the elephants are treated appropriately. I will have to read a little bit more about this place, since I do not want to promote animal cruelty.

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Young Woman, Northern Thailand
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Northern Thailand
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Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai

Last but not least, we will be exploring Bangkok for a couple of days and celebrate my nineteenth birthday there. We thought that it might be less stressful to visit Bangkok at the end of our trip. We will see what happens and I am really excited!

I know that this post does not offer much travel relevant information but I thought you might enjoy these old photos. I am so curious in which way these places have changed the last 28 years.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Love, Sophie

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Barcelona’s famous artworks – 72 Hours in Barcelona #2

Everyone who is interested in arts and architecture, should definitely visit Barcelona!
Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí are all amazing artists and had a tremendous impact on Barcelona’s tourist industry.
Today, I will be sharing with you my favourite places and museums in Barcelona, where you can take great photographs and enjoy creative artwork.

Casa Batlló and Casa Milà

First of all Antoni Gaudí the famous Spanish architect who was also a representative of the Modernisme Català.
He created two popular „mansions“ in Barcelona, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà.

Casa Batlló is situated near Placa Catalunya (which I already mentioned in my last post) and was built in 1877.
This house looks so magical and I would have loved see the inside of the house, but unfortunately the queue was too long and we did not have enough time to wait.

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Casa Batlló

Gaudí finished Casa Milà in 1910 and created it for the Milà Family.
He even created a natural air conditioning system.
Additionally, the villa has a great roof terrace where you have the perfect view on the Sagrada Familia.

 

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Casa Milà
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Roof terrace of Casa Milà

La Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a gigantic Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, also designed by Antoni Gaudí. The construction of the church began in 1882 and it is still not finished yet.
The guides told us that the construction is financed by donations and not by taxes.
Anyway, they plan on having completed the Sagrada Familia by 2026, the centenary of Antoni Gaudí’s death.
You should definitely go inside the church, since it is breathtaking and miraculous!

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The Sagrada Familia – It will probably be finished in 2026

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The inside of the Sagrada Familia

Park Güell

The construction of Park Güell by Gaudí commenced in 1910 and was finished four years later. Gaudí planned a great park with 60 different villas wich should have been purchased before the construction began.

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The entrance of Park Güell
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The famous Gecko by Gaudí – Park Güell

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Nevertheless, his purposes failed, since nobody wanted to purchase the unfinished villas. Consequently, he was not able to finish the park and it now consists of three villas, instead of 60.

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Anyway, I have never visited such a beautiful park before and if you want to visit Barcelona, you will not regret visiting Park Güell.

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The big terrace in Park Güell

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Picasso and Miró

As I am interested in arts in general, it was a pleasure for me to visit the Picasso and the Miró museum. The Picasso museum shows the artist’s work from 1895 to 1904 and it is very impressive to see the development of his artwork. I would highly recommend to buy tickets online, since you do not have to wait that long to get your tickets.
The Miró museum is located at the foot of Montju
ïc, it is devoted to modern artwork .

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View on Barcelona from the Miró museum

Visiting Barcelona was an amazing experience for me and I can recommend it to anyone who is also interested in culture, arts and architecture!

Have a nice day and stay tuned!

Sophie

 

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Local Travelling – Geierlay

Ich möchte immer aus meiner Heimat weg, Reisen, die Welt erkunden. Sightseeing, neue Orte kennenlernen und Fotos machen.
Doch schätze ich viel zu wenig die schönen Ecken, welche es in meiner Umgebung gibt.
Und da ich erst im September wirklich groß verreise, habe ich bis dahin noch genug Zeit, diese schönen Ecken zu erkunden und wertzuschätzen.

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Heute stelle ich Euch die Geierlay Hängeseilbrücke in Rheinland-Pfalz vor.
Die Brücke ist 360m lang und damit die längste in Deutschland! Die maximale Höhe der Brücke liegt bei ganzen 100m, da kann einem schonmal schwindelig werden.
Generell bietet die Brücke ein sehr schönes Foto Motiv und man fühlt sich etwas an so manche Orte in Neuseeland erinnert.

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Vom Besucherzentrum aus wandert man ca. 1,8km bis zur Brücke. Leider waren wir sehr im Zeitstress, da wir uns verfahren haben. Deshalb war es zwar ein kurzes Vergnügen, jedoch absolut lohnenswert!

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I always want to travel, to explore other countries, meeting new people and take photos of amazing places. But instead of always wanting to go away, I should more appreciate our local sights, since Germany has some really beautiful locations!
As my journey starts in September, I still have enough time to explore our local sights.

Today I will be sharing with you my photographs of the Geierlay rope suspension bridge in Rhineland-Palatinate. It is about 1180feet long, consequently, it is Germany’s longest rope suspension bridge! The maximum hight above the floor is 300feet, which made me fell a little giddy. 
After a one mile long hike, we arrived at the amazing bridge and trust me, the view is stunning! It reminded me of some amazing places in New Zealand (which I’ll hopefully be visiting next year)!

 

Enjoy the little things,

Sophie

Permanentes Fernweh und die Kamera immer dabei

Mein Name ist Sophie, ich bin 18 Jahre alt und habe mich soeben entschieden, mich nach dem Abitur nicht sofort wieder in die Uni zu setzen, sondern etwas von der Welt zu sehen.
Ich meine, wann bekommt man regulär denn die Möglichkeit, später im Beruf für so lange Zeit zu reisen? Eben gar nicht, wenn man nicht gerade ein Sabbatjahr machen kann, oder ein digitaler Nomade ist. Und da dies momentan bei mir nicht der Fall ist, nutze ich lieber diese Wertvolle Zeit und gehe ab Herbst ACHT MONATE auf Reisen!

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Auf diese Reise möchte ich EUCH gerne mitnehmen! In den kommenden Monaten werdet Ihr hier alles rund um das Thema Reisen und Fotografie erfahren, meine Reisevorbereitung miterleben und hoffentlich den ein oder anderen Artikel als hilfreich empfinden.

Die Reise, die ich zum Teil mit einer Freundin antreten werde, soll uns nach Malaysia, Indonesien, Thailand, Singapur, Australien und Neuseeland führen.
Es wird sicherlich sehr interessant die kulturellen und religiösen Unterschiede kennenzulernen. Ich habe mir sogar schon überlegt, etwas Indonesisch zu lernen, wer weiß, vielleicht wird das ja noch was.

Jedenfalls soll mich meine GoPro und meine Nikon DSLR auf meiner Reise begleiten, damit ich meine Fotografie Kenntnisse nochmal so richtig herausputzen kann.
Ich fotografiere seit 2012 mit einer Nikon D5100 und auch, wenn ich mittlerweile an ihre Grenzen stoße, ist es nach wie vor eine großartige Kamera, die mir sicherlich gute Dienste leisten wird.

Nun werden erstmal Flüge gebucht und dann geht es ans richtige Planen, ich freue mich sehr!
Immerhin ist Vorfreude doch bekanntlich die Beste Freude!

Stay tuned!

Sophie