Sunset on Malibu beach

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It’s been cloudy and raining these past few days in Freiburg, and I’m starting to think that this very short (though very beautiful) southern german summer has already come to an end. It feels like it barely lasted for a couple of weeks, and I spent it all being knee-deep (more like chin-deep) in thesis […]

Big Sur

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On the way to Pismo Beach, where we’d have to stop for the night, we took a detour through a shaded pine forest and a small canyon. We had read about a little secret spot that we wanted to check out but it wasn’t clearly signposted and we weren’t exactly sure that we were on […]

Gulls, sea otters and jellyfish

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We left San Francisco in the evening, since we wanted to spend as much time as possible on the next leg of our trip: the world-famous Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as Highway 1. We drove all the way to a little place called Capitola, a toy town near Santa Cruz with colourful houses, surf […]

If you’re going to San Francisco (II)

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Of course, no visit to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to the bridge… So after a last tour of the city (we sent to the Ferry building, drove around the city center, followed the tram around, and went to check out Lombard Street with its eight hairpin turns and awesome view over the […]

If you’re going to San Francisco (I)

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First of all, here’s a song to put you in the mood… San Francisco has…something. It’s an awesome place. I know, i know, that’s not exactly big news. I guess everybody knows that in a way – but it’s true, i tell you. Being there felt like being in a novel (like this one or […]

Escape from Alcatraz

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We only had a couple of days to spend in San Francisco, so as soon as we had crossed the Bay Bridge we headed straight to Alcatraz – the main attraction that we both wanted to see. We originally wanted to get on the spooky night tour, but it was booked out – so we […]

Back to civilization

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We left Yosemite for San Francisco – a mere 300 km (peanuts compared to the distances we were used to on that trip), but we were so tired after a long and strenuous (but awesome) hike that we didn’t feel like finding our way in the big city after all that wilderness. So we decided […]

Yosemite…

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…or, as i like to call it, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (yes, i recently discovered Game of Thrones) —  the maiden fair in this scenario being me, and the bear being, well, actually… nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, worrying about the bears was a big part of the whole Yosemite experience (at least […]

Where the big trees are

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Hey there! It’s been a long time since i’ve written about our all-american adventures. I managed to injure my back at the Feldberg (on the baby slope. don’t ask me how i did it.) which kept me out of action for a while. But i recently started reading this book and it’s made me feel quite […]

That LA sky

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Los Angeles is a strange, strange place. It’s a difficult city to love, and i couldn’t shake the feeling that there is so much misery behind all that glamour. But even though it’s a tough and superficial place, there is one thing about it that is of unbelievable beauty: the  sky. There’s something about it […]