San Francisco: a two-day itinerary

Last November I visited California for my very first time. Maybe because of the TV shows I have grown up with, maybe because of the sunshine and the exciting tech culture, California in general and San Francisco in particular have been on my bucket list for years. During my three-week trip, I spent around 10 days in San Francisco and the remaining time in South California, visiting both San Diego and Los Angeles. While in SF, I worked for a week at my company’s HQ in Oakland – which left me with just one weekend to explore this beautiful city….

Eating out in New York: my top five paleo-friendly places

With the so called “local and organic food revolution” taking the world by storm, it is easy to guess that the culinary landscape of a city like New York must have been changing a lot over the last few years. The time when New Yorkers could only choose between fast food, Asia cuisine or pizza is over. Nowadays, there are many places where one can eat healthy, local and organic food in the City. On top of this, more and more restaurants and bistros have been exposed to the topic of food allergies and have started constructing their menus in a…

Three life-changing lessons I have learned from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat Pray Love

I have always been an avid reader, and If I were asked to name my all-time favorite books, the ones that have really changed me or some meaningful aspect of my life, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love would definitely make it to my top three. One of the reasons why I love this skilfully written book is its main character, Liz. Partly because of my thoughtful and independent nature, partly because I read the book in a time when I was experiencing a sort of life crisis, I have been, since page one, both fascinated and astonished by the similarities…

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Exploring New York: if you only have 4 days

So, I did it. In a time-span of around three weeks, I quit my job, took my remaining days off and booked a flight to New York. As crazy as this may sound, quitting a job that wasn´t making me neither happy nor proud any longer was the best decision I could make at this point in my life. And taking advantage of the shamefully cheap last-minute flights to New York I saw on the Internet just seemed the perfect way to unwind before starting with a new challenge. This has been my very first time in the City. New…

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Cafés in Berlin: my Top 5

Berlin might not be for everyone, but with no doubt it is the place to be for coffee lovers. Indeed, the coffee culture in Berlin is – as Sarah Allen from the Barista Magazine – puts it “growing, and growing fast”. From black coffee to Espresso, to latte art, Berlin can satisfy any wish you may have. The focus is on coffee quality and vegan alternatives – soy milk, almond milk and even coconut milk are to be found almost anywhere in the German capital. As a coffee enthusiast on a strict diary-free diet, I have selected my top five coffee…

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Berlin, my love

I have been thinking about the topic of my first post for a while. The more I think, the more I am convinced that there is only one thing I would like to start writing about: i.e. Berlin, the city I have been living in for over three years now, which never stops fascinating and inspiring me. I moved to Berlin in late September 2012 in order to attend the Freie Universtität (Free University) as an exchange student. I left my hometown and, for the first time in my life, I moved to another country for a reason other than…