Welcome to my little Travel Scrapbook about slow and eco-friendly traveling! All of my (mostly outdoor) adventures are packed in short travel stories in English & Spanish.
I'm the happiest when on a hiking trail, cycling path or a sailing boat... Positive side effects of this kind of travelling are mindfulness and time to interact with foreign cultures. That's why many of my posts focus on the intercultural aspect of traveling. Most of those articles can be found in "Travel Reflections".
Oh, did I introduce myself? I am Pauline from Luxembourg - Paulina for the Spanish - and a passionate travellette currently re-settling down in my native country... after an expedition of a lifetime: Boat HitchHiking over the Atlantic Ocean!
I invite you to lean back and Discover, Learn & Embrace the Unknown!
Let's hit the road together! - ¡Vámonos de viaje!
Experiencing the unexpected.
Spotting the hidden gems.
Letting go & getting lost.
And it's about finding yourself at the end of the road.
... and more in Press.
I discovered a gem, that’s so close to my home country Luxembourg, that I cannot believe why it took me so long to explore it. I am talking about the Middle Rhine River Valley in Germany! Steep vineyards, legendary castles on hilltops, great food and quaint wine villages are creating a truely enchanting setting. My favorite way to explore the German Middle Rhine River is by river cruise.
Let’s sail off to the best destinations for a Rhine river day cruise in Germany!
I found paradise! I will provide you the directions but under condition that you don't tell anybody. Because Ilha do Maio is such a gem that it seems unreal to have all those beaches for yourself. All alone.
After Sal and Boa Vista, Maio is Cape Verde’s 3rd "beach" island. However it radically differs from its beachy, sister islands, as it achieved to keep its original charm and keeps fighting to preserve its virgin beaches from aggressive, multinational investors.
Follow me to a pure paradise that remembers the untouched Caribbean: gorgeous Maio island, Cabo Verde.
Who else is a big fan of weekend trips? Please raise your hand!
Even though September has been filled with travels to Cape Verde and Poland, I couldn’t resist a good weekend trip. It’s early autumn and there was still a landmark close to Luxembourg that I have been wanting to explore for a long time: the German Middle Rhine River Valley near Koblenz!
Autumn might be the ideal period to visit as autumn foliage starts to shine in the brightest colors and, last but not least, it’s high season for wine harvesting. Join me on an autumnal quest of the best castles and cities in the Upper Middle Rhine River Valley.
Oh Gdansk, it's so obvious why you have been chosen destination of the year: your pretty pastel house fronts, your delicious Pomeranian and Polish cuisine, your Flemish inspired architecture, your soft colored coast... There seems to be no reason why anybody ever wants to leave Gdansk!
However the Polish city on the Baltic coast is surrounded by one of the most pristine and enchanting landscapes in Northeastern Europe: the Pomeranian Kashubia also known as the Kashubian Switzerland.
Enjoy untouched Polish nature and quaint Kashubian towns by exploring the surroundings of Gdansk. So here they go, the 10 best day trips from Gdansk.
Gdansk is becoming quickly the most visited city in Poland after Krakow. Due to its extraordinary beauty it has been voted several time as destination of the year and is thus an absolute must-do when traveling to Poland. The city is so full of history and sights that you can easily spend more than 2 days in Gdansk. On top there is a wide range of day trips from Gdansk that you can choose from.
This self-guided walking tour of Gdansk will take you to many of the highlights and attractions that you must see when visiting Gdansk. The tour of Gdansk can easily be done in one day and includes a lunch and dinner recommendation.
Do you feel drained from the fast paced daily routing? Chased by commitments? You can’t remember when you just let it go for a few days or invested in developing your creative skills? That’s at least how I felt in the last months. Always rushing, no time to reflect.
Well, it might be about time to visit Pomerania, Poland and to immerse in the wonderfully slow life of a region covered by lush forests, a colorfully intriguing culture and warm-hearted hospitality. Re-discover the slow life with these 10 sustainable travel experiences in Eastern Pomerania, Poland.
My last visit to Paros island, Greece is already a few years ago. However I am still dreaming of its pristine beaches and all its watersport options. Indeed Paros island offers something for every taste: white mountain villages, sandy beaches, watersports and party towns like Naoussa.
With so many options it might not be easy to choose where to stay during your holidays in Paros.
However with a bit of preliminary information, I can assure you to find your perfect location to stay in Paros, be it close to the beach, in a hip party town or quaint mountain villages. After spending a bit more than a week on Paros, Greece, I want to show you my favorite places to stay on the island.
Mientras estoy escribiendo este artículo, ya estoy de en casa a Luxemburgo. Acabo de volver de una inmersión cultural intensiva en un país sobre el que no sabía casi nada. Me fui con solo unos pocos fragmentos de información sobre su pasado tumultuoso: Kosovo.
Aunque esta vez no pude seguir mi principio de viajar lento, puedo afirmar que aproveché al máximo. 3 ciudades que comienzan con P (Pristina, Prizren y Peja) en 3 días, 6 horas de transporte público, muchas cervezas con kosovares, unas de las personas más cordiales y generosas que conocí en mucho tiempo.
Sigue leyendo sobre que hacer y que ver en 3 dias en Kosovo y porque el país es un destino turístico emergente.
Slowly but steadily I get the time to write down some of my favorite places and things to do in Madrid. After living 2 years in the Spanish capital and calling it “home” for a while, I got to know Madrid in many different aspects.
One of them was without any doubt the local food. Madrid is one of the cities with highest numbers of bars and restaurants per head. Thus it’s no wonder that locals consider the streets of Madrid and their countless terraces as their second living room. As prices are relatively affordable, you can basically eat out every night without draining your budget.
As any other Spanish large city, Madrid has its very own traditional food specialties and drinks. So here they go: the 10 Must Eat and Food to Try in Madrid.
Whereas the north of Trinidad island is dominated by the capital Port of Spain and is densely populated, the south of Trinidad is more rural and nature is abundant. The south also boats a larger number of Hindu temples and sights.
One of the most popular and most extraordinary Hindu temples of Trinidad and Tobago is the Temple in Sea. Discover here the captivating background story and how to visit this emblematic sight of Trinidad island and its Hindu culture.
After buying impulsively the cheapest ticket to wherever, I landed in Tuzla, Bosnia. Hooryah, yet another unknown country to explore! ...and a shiny new stamp in my passport. It was the last weekend before I started working full-time, thus I had no criteria where to head. All I wanted to do was go explore.
Thanks to low-cost airlines connecting the Balkans with Western Europe, traveling to Eastern Europe has become very affordable. Even though most travellers only fly to Tuzla airport to continue their journey to Mostar or Sarajevo, I went for the slow-travel option and stayed 4 days in Tuzla, Bosnia.
After discovering the quaint city center and the only Salty Lakes in Europe, it was time to go on daytrips near Tuzla.
I hope you're ready for majestic castles and enchanting lakes!
Shame on me: this post comes with more than 1 year of delay! In August 2017, I had to do it again: buy the cheapest flight ticket to wherever and go explore. This time it was the turn of Tuzla in Bosnia. Thanks to low-cost airlines connecting the Balkans with Western Europe, traveling to Eastern Europe has become very affordable. As I was about to start working full-time again in September 2017, I wanted to make the most out of my "last" long weekend.
Of course, I got to hear the usual stuff that every girl must be used to hear when they announce that they are going to travel solo to the Balkans. Stuff ranging from "Why don't you just go and kill yourself directly?" to "They grab your organs and sell them on the black market!", or "Is Bosnia already out of war?" (I am not making up any of these!)
So first things first, I am back home safe. With all my organs.
And secondly, here’s a full guide on what to see and what to do in Tuzla, Bosnia
Spain is not only one of the most coveted travel destinations in the world, but also one of the most variated. The north and the south strongly differ from each other and every “autonomous community” has its very particular background, culture and identity. After living roughly 5 years in Spain, I still can’t decide which part of the Iberian peninsula is my favorite.
The region I probably visited the most and that I have the deepest knowledge (and passion) for, is clearly Andalucia. No other part of Spain has this intriguing mix of cross-cultural heritage, art, nature and passion.
This essential guide on things to in Andalucia goes especially to first-time visitors and include Andalucia’s most important and beautiful highlights.