Bergen and its surroundings, Norway

With its 278.000 inhabitants, Bergen (map) is the second-largest city in Norway. It is one of the most rainy cities on Earth, but definitely worth a visit. As we stayed at a place an hour north of Bergen, we only planned a couple of day trips to the city and parked our car at the…

Rotterdam,The Netherlands

Rotterdam is located in the South of the Netherlands and has approximately 600 000 citizens. Europe’s largest cargo harbour is located in Rotterdam. During World War II Rotterdam was hit very hard and most buildings were destroyed during the war. Out of this tragedy, Rotterdam’s uniqueness arose. Today, Rotterdam is famous for its diverse architecture…

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Eindhoven (map) has 220.000 inhabitants and is the Netherland´s fifth largest city. It belongs to the province of North Brabant and is only about 60 km away from Germany. As we are living in Essen, we originally only knew Eindhoven for its airport. It is a rather small airport, but very modern with cheap connections…

Madeira, Portugal

After travelling through northern Italy for about 1 week , we flew from Venice to Madeira (map). Our airline was called TAP (Portuguese, national airline) and we had to stop in Lisbon on both ways. Sadly all of our four flights were delayed. Still we would recommend TAP as it is a solid airline. We…

Lisbon, Portugal

When we arrived at the airport we first picked up our hired car and then drove to our apartment which we booked via Airbnb. Our apartment was located in a lively and beautiful district, called Alfama. It was perfect for us, as it gave us the opportunity to just wander around and find interesting little…

Playa Larga, Cuba

We went from Havanna to Playa Larga (map) by bus. The bus ride took a couple of hours, but the Viazul buses are very modern, comfortable and offer a lot of space. They are usually right on time and sometimes they even arrive a little bit too early. We therefore recommend to arrive at your…

Viñales, Cuba

We came from Havanna to Viñales by a shared taxi, which Julio organized. It brought us pretty close to our casa particular which we had booked in Havanna through Julio. Sadly we cannot recommend this accommodation as we had no privacy at all. From this experience we learned one of our most important lessons while traveling through Cuba. Even though you booked a room in advance don’t be shy and stay if it doesn’t feel good and you like it. It is pretty normal that people look at different rooms to then decide for the best one. And never pay in advance as you then have to stick to the amount of nights you decided to stay. Looking back we would have just come to Viñales and been looking for a room on-site as there are more than enough.