The Lioness

Shenda is a real Dominicana, as lush with life as her country. She can sing and drive, dance and work, laugh and fight at the same time Her laughter is her roar: when she throws back her head, the zest for life sparks from her eyes and the deep joy erupts in sound, and everyone with the tiniest sense of power …

The Queen of São Paulo

On the fourth floor of an apartment building, unrecognized by most, sits an old lady, watching and judging what is going on below.  But not today. Today, she could be another lost soul in São Paulo, this 12 million people monster, forgetting her name, her life, her family. It is her daughter who saves her. The daughter that will pat her …

3. Connection: How I got to Chile

Sometimes, if you are really lucky, you go visit the friends of your friends – and the friend you have in common is also there! Iris and I have known each other for a long time. She is the kind friend you really want around while studying because she is REALLY organized. She got excited about the schedule for a …

La vida Local

Why a small working class neighborhood on the outkirts of Santiago might be a hipster dream come true – well, minus the attitude… One of the best things about traveling along your social network is that you get to go places you would never have seen otherwise. Places that are in no guidebook or on any itinerary, but that are …

The Human Factor

  Maybe there was something forced in his smile. Or in the way he was shrugging his shoulders extra casually while explained he and his wife had built this lovely Lodge together. Because I knew instantly that there was trouble in this hidden paradise consisting of little white houses with ocean view. As I learned, later on, my host was …

Valparaíso: Color, culture, capitalism

  (at least for those who are planning on going to Chile) – the city is really not a hidden gem. But since I love street art I really could not skip it, especially since my travel companions really wanted to go. And what can I say: In many many ways this place is everything you imagine it to be: Steep …

Question from a white privileged voyager

I know I am privileged. I am healthy, not wealthy but doing fine, was born into a country that provides me with the most powerful passport in the world – at least according to these guys – don’t have a religion that anyone deems threatening these days and, yes, I am white. Basically, the only thing I got down “wrong” is …

The second Connection

I had come to Venice to study abroad for one semester. We had been told that we would all have roommates but after one week of had passed I found myself sitting in my room getting my hopes up – maybe I was the lucky one on campus getting privacy and her very own bathroom? I had just changed into …

Are you a colonialist traveler?

So, I have a question for you: While traveling, do you sometimes hear a little dismissive voice inside your head? You know, that voice that says things like “I can’t believe they are letting this building fall apart, just imagine what they could do with it” or “They really don’t know how to use spices, do they?” or “This traffic, pure chaos, …

My Boston Top 5 (Quirky)

As I mentioned before, Boston was, well, not on the top of my itinerary. And that did not change for me while I was here – though I would come back to visit Cait and Jeremy in a heartbeat – you can read more about that one here… But there are some off-freedom-trail-things in Boston that I really loved! So …