Torn between Two Worlds: A Cultural Guide To South Korea

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Wandering the color-filled and lively streets of Seoul in late 2014, I find myself in a place that does not really seem to be Korean initially. In one of the fastest growing economies in the world, a lot of cultural changes are taking place, which makes traveling to Seoul a special experience. The Americans, who […]

Rotterdam: Discovering the Modern in the Traditional

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Thinking of the Netherlands, a lot of people associate windmills, old houses, town canals, or the color orange (apart from that tasty green substance). These are elements that can be found in nearly all Dutch cities and it is something that Dutch people are especially fond of. However, in Rotterdam, history has taught us that […]

UEFA Euro 2012: The Other Europe

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“You must be out of your mind.” “Are you sure you wanna do that?” Those are just some of the various questions my friends confront me with when they hear the news: I will go to the Euro 2012 to see Germany facing Portugal in the city of Lviv.  First of all, what you have […]

Modern Meets Ancient: A Trip to the Swiss Capital of Bern

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Before I left my hometown Freiburg to start the 200km journey eastwards to the Swiss Capital, I adjusted my expectations. Having been raised in a European country, there is hardly anything special about small idyllic villages. Even if they are set at the foot of great mountain ranges covered in white. In the same way, […]

The Dos and Donts of Peru: A Cultural Guide to South America

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Well concealed within the untold depths of South-America, Peru is one of the continent´s real treasures. Geographically, the country can be divided in three parts. Reaching from west to east they are the following: The coast/desert The mountain range of the Andes The jungle Each part implies an adventure on its own and makes every […]

Freiburg, Germany: Island of Nature in a Sea of Industry

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Leisurely, the  creek is forming its way through dense forests, along long rows of vine and amongst old, Black Forest cottages. Arriving in the small lanes of the city, it has lost none of its freshness and purity. On the hot, windless summer days children take a little hike through the small canals of the […]

Montreal, Canada: The City With Many Faces

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It was a warm summer-night, the airplane of British Airways had just set foot in Canada and I was unnaturally excited. For the first time in my life, I was travelling on my own without the close environment of my family. I had had a snug, smooth childhood back in southern Germany, just graduated from […]