White is not a color

A black woman enters a room and presents herself I’m a black woman, a black man follows her and says I’m a black man. Then a white woman crosses the footstep and claims I’m a woman. Last but not least, a white man steps in and says I’m a human. It took a while for…

Price/less Cuba

Money-handling might be tricky. I consider it a general rule. While many of us struggle dealing with money even at home, it naturally doesn’t become any easier on the road. Fluctuating conversion rates don’t help, especially when adding or removing a few zeroes is involved. But I can figure math (can’t I?). So what is…

Lost in conversion: Cuban currencies

Even well-worn travelers will admit that in Cuba one needs to learn their ways anew. Dealing with money might be puzzling wherever you go, but Cubans truly put us to the test. With two alike looking, but totally not alike valued currencies, you better wake up and work your math quickly after landing.    …

A fare share: on collaborative economy

We sink down the TripAdvisor rabbit hole, surf couches, eat with locals, share cars and barter skills. Ten years ago only few were convinced that collaborative consumption would soon seduce crowds and shape our vision of the future. What is a sharing economy and how does it change the way we travel? The young phenomenon…

Camino de Santiago: walk your way, free your mind

Year after year, Camino de Santiago gains popularity. In 2015 alone, over 262 thousand pilgrims walked the way towards Santiago de Compostela, a town in Galicia, northern Spain, where St. James’s remains were supposedly buried. Initially a Christian trail, nowadays this picturesque path hosts wanderers of all and no religion. So, what is it all…

Notes on: multilingual living

I love and argue in Spanish, study and gossip in German, work in English and call back home to moan or praise in Polish. On my average day I use four to five languages to get by. How did I end up this way and what are the perks and snags of multilingual living? No,…

Meet your local

Enough with hectoring about how important meeting locals is. Now, it’s time to get down to it! I’ve put together a list of meet-your-local tools that, in its majority, I’ve already used myself. The Internet and social media score quite a few points here, so make sure to save these websites before you start your 2016…

The flight hunt

A while ago, I came up with a list of my personal go-to websites when hunting for most favorable flight connections. This can be read at SANDEMANs NEW Europe blog. Through hours of my own travel planning, I’ve improved the strategy since and thus want to share this upgraded version with you. Airixo This site…

Slow Travelers’ resolutions for 2016

We all love New Year’s resolutions. It’s a chance to start everything anew, pretend the turn of December into January is powerful enough to change our lives for the better and empower us to stick to our goals. Even if most of our resolutions will melt down with last snowflakes, why not feed ourselves with…

I wish you could be as cute as your profile picture

This week I had intended to write about something else. But then I went to Berlin Philharmonic and I changed my mind. No, it wasn’t the performance that has provoked it. Unfortunately. We were asked to turn off any devices and the lights went down. The show had barely started when there she was, two…

3 ways to travel smarter

A traveler’s time is gold. We often mistakenly take it as an urge for rushing. How not to lose ourselves in a traveling race and truly learn from our endeavors? Here I’ll share with you what I wish to stick to myself. Choose one location at a time I know that feeling. You’ve made it….