• Travel

    Greece – Zakynthos (August 2020)

    It’s August 2020 and this is our first holiday article of 2020, as we haven’t left this year anywhere outside Switzerland, the country we live in (due to the covid19 pandemic). Minutes from starting my work day from home, I decided to quickly share my impressions before I forget certain details 🙂 Before I start do keep in mind that due to covid19 there are special procedures for entering Greece (which vary based on where you are travelling from / your country of residency). As of August 2020, most of us entering Greece needed to fill out an online form which you can find at travel.gov.gr and keep the QR…

  • Costa Rica,  Travel

    Costa Rica (Dec 2019, country #37)

    We decided to take a longer holiday this December and Costa Rica, “the Switzerland of Latin America” seemed like the perfect choice from stories we heard from friends and some online research. Some key words to describe our 3+ weeks experience there: surfing, rafting, zipline, animal spotting, national parks, cloud forests, tropical fruits, beaches, mountains and in one word: ADVENTURE and a diverse range of activities, for all tastes. Budget required Costa Rica is considered one of the most expensive countries in Latin America, but we still found it quite affordable. As our vacation was long, we set up a 50$ budget per person per day which included accommodation, food…

  • Mexico,  Travel

    Mexico city (Dec 2019, country #36)

    As part of a month long holiday, my partner and I did a first stop in Mexico city, to finally visit my dearest friend Daniela whom I have met about 8 years ago. I didn’t have time to do much research about the city; however, I did ask a couple folks from my German class who are Mexican/have lived there about “must see” places, as we only had 4 days there (big thanks to Jaime & Andrea!). Generally, I would say that Mexico city is more of a cultural trip than anything else, especially for those interested in anthropology (Mayans & Aztecans, etc.); there is also a lot to see…

  • India,  Travel

    Bangalore, India (Oct 2019, country #35)

    I went to India for a last minute work trip so I didn’t have time to see as much as I wished, but I will share with you what I learnt from my experience and try to be helpful. I was also there during Diwali, which together with Holi are one of the two biggest hindu holidays in India and I highly recommend choosing such a period to visit. Diwali date varies each year, based on the moon cycle; (mid Oct to mid Nov) and Holi date (late February to March). If you want to avoid rain, March is better 🙂 I got lucky with a last minute invitation for…

  • Italy,  Travel

    Puglia, Italy (Sept 2019)

    I’m writing this article 2 weeks after the trip so I hope I can still remember it. Puglia is “the heel” of Italy. I really enjoyed this trip, it is more of a budget destination in comparison to other sea destinations in Europe. Besides having great beaches, good food, Puglia also has the nicest people I ever met and small towns with impressive architecture. Who is Puglia for? It is great for everyone, families, couples or group of friends. Is it expensive? As mentioned, it is more of a budget destination, esp. if we compare to Corsica (our previous sea holiday destination). I believe we paid for accommodation 2X more…

  • France,  Travel

    Corsica, France (August 2019)

    This trip turned out to have an unexpected timing due to some events in the last few days before we left. Besides being an exciting travel experience as with any new place I visit, it was also therapeutic for me. Overall, I was happy with the beautiful beaches of Corsica (that reminded me a little bit of Maldives) and I’m recommending it with an open heart. The only downside is that it is a little on the pricier side, esp. accommodation, so try to book in advance if you go in summer. Who is Corsica for? Short answer is: family and couples and maybe groups of friends who like a…

  • Romania,  Travel

    Transylvania, Romania (June 2019)

    We got invited to a wedding last weekend in Targu Mureș, Romania and we took the opportunity to tour a bit around Transylvania. My favorite places were by far Cluj and Sibiu and both have airports with low cost airlines. We rented our car from Klass Wagen in Cluj (book directly on their site!) and it only costed us 8 eur for 4 days (+25 eur for gas). We have previously used their services in another city of Romania and were equally satisfied. Day 1 & 2 Targu Mureș If you are around, make sure to visit the old town, as well as the largest zoo in Romania with a…

  • Italy,  Travel

    Amalfi Coast & Naples, Italy (May 2019)

    What kind of destination is it? Amalfi coast is mainly a romantic couples destination. The high nr. of stairs makes is a bit more challenging for those with mobility issues or families with kids, but it’s still doable if you prepare. It’s also not necessarily a beach destination, but there are beaches in many villages on the coast, like Praiano, Positano, Amalfi, Atrani, Amalfi, Capri. Also, Naples is a fast paced city where people drive like crazy, so don’t expect a French Riviera relaxed kind of experience; Amalfi coast, on the contrary is rather relaxed. When should I go? Best time of the year to visit the Amalfi coast is…

  • Expat Life,  Ireland,  Ireland,  Travel

    Living in Dublin and visiting Ireland (2014-2018)

    It’s a rainy day here in Zurich so it seems like the perfect moment to write that blog post about Country nr. 8, Ireland, where I spent the first 4.5 years of my life after finishing my Masters degree in The Netherlands. I’m also coming back to Dublin for work soon for a few days, after 6 months since I moved from there and I promised my new colleagues I’ll give them some inspiration for places to visit & food to try:) I’ll start with some pros and cons of my life there, the way I experienced it (working for an international tech company in my mid 20s). PROS: Dublin…

  • Italy,  Switzerland,  Travel

    Ticino – Switzerland and lake Como – Italy (April 2019)

    Dear travel lovers, we spent last weekend in Ticino and Como lake area, which we very much enjoyed. I hope you find useful my travel tips below 🙂 When should I visit I would say April to October, as to many other places in Europe (unless you are going for a ski trip). You can of course go all year long. How can I get there The easiest way is to fly to Milan, then take a train (trenitalia.com) or rent a car (we usually use skyscanner.com or arguscarhire.com). How long should I stay I would recommend 4-6 days, based on your travelling style and how much you like to…