Passport Nostalgia

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”
Anita Desai

I had to renew my passport recently. Flipping through the pages of my old one, remembering all the travels i’ve been to. Onto the next passport with lots and lots of stamps to come!Foto 2 Foto 3 Foto 1 Foto 5 Foto 4 Foto 3 Foto 1 Foto 5 Foto 4 Foto 3 Foto 2 Foto 1

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Morocco

We went to Morocco for a week to celebrate Nana and Michis birthday.

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Let me show you a bit of our riad we rented.

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The inner courtyard with breakfast table and little pool. I could get used to that.

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My room.

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Part of my bathroom.

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View over the medina.

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Tajine with Couscous.

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Donkey outside the medina.

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Flo looking for music.

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I needed a minute to figure out what this was.

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Alva and Krisp being tired from all the hustle and bustle.

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Mint tea and Sweets (i could have left out the sweets as the tea was pretty sugary) But hey: YOLO

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So that is the Apple Store in Marrakech. O – K.

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Hammam was nice – i chose the female version though.

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Can you find the stork?

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Pickled food heaven.

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White chair / White cat.

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Dyeworks

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One day, we went on a trip to the little Atlas mountains.

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This was before we were climbing our way up. We were still smiling at that point.

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Waterfall!

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Nana and Alva looking at things.

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Flo found a mountain cat friend.

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You see the snow at the back? That’s the big Atlas.

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Djemaa El Fna at Night.

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Jardin Majorelle

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Yves Saint Laurents villa.

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Yves Saint Laurent painted a Card for each year to send to his friends.

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We visited Essaouira for a day.

 

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Hi there!

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Cat in front of door.

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Legit looking dude on wall.

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Nana and Alva

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Breaking the waves

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Krisp on a canon with pink backpack.

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Me trying to strike a pose. Wind ruining my hair.

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Group Shot

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Alva was pretty thrilled to be at the beach.

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Last day before our ways parted. Off to Vienna and Berlin it was.









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Kuala Lumpur / Dusun Paradise again

It’s been a while since we have been on holiday and this will be the last post of this journey.
After being on an island for a few days, we headed back to the city of Kuala Lumpur for one night and half a day before we headed to another paradise. But more on that later.

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Plunging into Chinatown

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This was a place called Anjappar 47. I had Salty Lemonade, Cauliflower “Gobi 65″ (this is the red thing), Fresh Garlic cooked with tamarind paste and special masala deep fried poondu kuzhanshu. If you are around that area: try it!

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The Petrona Towers in the back – i never made it up there.
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We checked out Chow Kit market

fishy fishy

fishy fishy

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sugar canes next to car

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some crazy beans

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some of these fish were still moving

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After all this city feel, we went to a place called The Dusun only 1 hour away from Kuala Lumpur but so much more different cause it is basically located in the jungle.

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This was our little house. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

 

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First things first. You gotta prepare food!

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On this trip i discovered a new kind of bean called wingbean. Love it!

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Nasi Lemak for breakfast at the Dusun.

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That’s one happy camper.

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Chillin on the lounge next to the jungle. Could be worse.

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My suitable reading.

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I tried to capture the view several times. It doesn’t really work.

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Fruits! Indluding: papaya, banana, mango, dragonfruit, hijama, langsat and jackfruit.

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Maja checking in if everything is ok

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Insects are bigger in the jungle as well. I tried to save that one from drowning but unfortunately,  i was too late.

Insects are bigger in the jungle as well. I tried to save that one from drowning but unfortunately, i was too late.

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This was dinner: Minang Bakan Set including Rice, Omelett, Curry with Baby Melanzani, Kerabu Salad and Vegetables

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There is Deer living at the Dusun as well.

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Martin and his guide who led him through the jungle all safe and sound.

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This is Hansi. The owners cute little boy.

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Wakey Wakey! Time to leave paradise..

Wakey Wakey! Time to leave paradise..

 

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Saying Bye to Cee who is lucky enough to live here.

 

After that it was back to the Sci-Fi city for 2 more days.

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After that it was back to the city for 2 more days.

Martin getting his Durian Mochi fix.

Martin getting his Durian Mochi fix.

 

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On the last day, we went a little shopping crazy.

On the last day, we went a little shopping crazy.

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black bread is actually black

black charcoal steamed bread is actually black!

Fortunately, there was a pool.

Fortunately, there was a pool at the place we stayed to dip our head into between all this shopping craze.

Asian Shopping Malls are crazy. This one had a rollercoaster inside.

Asian Shopping Malls are crazy. This one had a roller coaster inside.

Also, a pretty big

Also, a pretty big capsule vending machine. 

All this shopping made us hungry. So we visited old china cafe.

All this shopping made us hungry. So we visited old china cafe.

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I had some crazy tofu skin filled with vegetables and blue rice. Funky!

I had some crazy tofu skin filled with vegetables and blue rice. I loved the rice – the tofu skin was a little weird. 

After all this it was time to go back to Europe again. Even though Martin and me thought about staying, we made it to the airport.

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Links:

The Dusun

The Crib KL

Hotel 1915 KL

Old China Cafe

Simple Life Vegetarian Restaurant

Anjappar 47 Indian Restaurant

 

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Pulau Kapas / Paradise

We haven’t really planned where to go after Singapore. The only fixed point on our agenda was to hang out on a nice beach. The place in Tioman we were thinking of was fully booked so after a tip from a friend, we visited the little island of Kapas in Malaysia.

One thing on the side though: the place we stayed at does not take online reservations or bookings and only has 8 bungalows. Which means you might have to stay at the shitty option next door if they are full (that’s what we did for a night). Anyways: it was worth it.

The boat ride is just a short 10 minutes from the mainland.

The boat ride is just a short 10 minutes from the mainland. This was our captain. 

Selfie-Time!

Selfie-Time!

Welcome Drink makes you feel instantly welcome.

Welcome Drink makes you feel instantly welcome.

Yes, we might stay here.

Yes, we might stay here.

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Cats!

Cats!

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Islands happen to be pretty nice at sunsets as well!

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Baby Kittens brighten up my mornings.

Baby Kittens brighten up my mornings.

As well as this does

As well as this does

Our favorite breakfast: Roti Prata with Curry

Our favorite breakfast: Roti Prata with Curry

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This was our neighbour called Titan.

This was our neighbor called Titan.

It was weird but this island had a very relaxed feel to it. We slept about 16 hours a day.

It was weird but this island had a very relaxed feel to it. We slept about 16 hours a day. (We didn’t really have internet – maybe that was a reason. Brain finds out that there is no internet, goes to sleep mode instantly)

One day we visited the neighboring island called Gem. They have a turtle sanctuary. (No, Martin was not getting the ingredients for his next dinner.)

One day we visited the neighboring island called Gem. They have a turtle sanctuary. (No, Martin was not getting the ingredients for his next dinner.)

Me brushing the back of a baby turtle. That was exciting!

Me brushing the back of a baby turtle. That was exciting!

This was an albino one. Very rare, very endangered.

This was an albino one. Very rare, very endangered.

Gem Island also has flying foxes hanging in the trees.

Gem Island also has flying foxes hanging in the trees.

Aren't they cute?

Aren’t they cute with their little upside-down penises?

Gem Island also has deserted beaches.

Gem Island also has deserted beaches.

That's the view to Kapas. So you could actually swim over there.

That’s the view to Kapas. You could actually swim over there.

Bye Bye little turtle!

Bye Bye little turtle!

Back at the island doing sweet nothing.

Back at the island doing sweet nothing.

watching the clouds change

watching the clouds change

This is a very cute little restaurant called Koko. I was introduce to the best Kerabu salad and winged beans. They also have very slow wi-fi.

This is a very cute little restaurant called Koko. I was introduce to the best Kerabu salad and winged beans. They also have very slow wi-fi.

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I thing this is the cook’s house. Or at least it looked like he was building it.

Sugar and Lime Pancake for breakfast.

Sugar and Lime Pancake for breakfast.

Showing off the latest corals

Showing off the latest corals

Eating food at Koko in the evening.

Eating food at Koko in the evening. Let’s say it could be worse.

On one day, we decided to be less lazy and check out the jungle part of the island. This was Martin still happy before he got stung by a giant branch of thorns.

One day, we decided to be less lazy and check out the jungle part of the island. This was Martin still happy before he got stung by a giant branch of thorns. 

Can you spot the lizard?

Can you spot the lizard?

Centipede!!!

Milipede!!!

After swearing all the time that it was too hot for hiking, i was really exhausted.

After swearing all the time that it was too hot for hiking, i was really exhausted.

Whereas Martin was fine to be Cast Away.

Whereas Martin was fine to be the next Cast Away

I was very glad to be back with some lime juice.

I was very glad to be back with some lime juice.

On the last day, i found a feather. Had to put it in my hair.

On the last day, i found a feather. Had to put it in my hair and pose in front of our house.

I forced Martin to pose as well.

I forced Martin to pose as well.

After 6 days, we had to leave the island cause we had plans. I didn't like it too much.

After 6 days, we had to leave the island cause we had plans. I didn’t like it too much.

Off to the mainland!

Off to the mainland!

 

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Kuala Lumpur for a night / Singapore for a few days

It has been a while since i have been to Asia last time. So after nearly four years, we had several reasons to go there again: Ina and Imrans wedding, meeting Fuzz and Michelle, meeting Eva and going on holiday. Our first destination was Singapore –  a place i visited for the third time and i really have to say: go there if you have the chance!

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Pit stop in Dubai

Arrived in Kuala Lumpur late at night. They have huge lobsters and definitely no lard.

Arrived in Kuala Lumpur late at night. They have huge lobsters and definitely no lard.

Let the food games b

Let the food games begin

 

 

Martin and his ride

Martin and his ride

We took the supernice bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

I went for the supernice option from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

On our way to Singapore, we stopped at a place with funky stuff.

On our way to Singapore, we stopped at a place with funky stuff.

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Next day: Singapore. First stop after meeting eva was a hawker center. Martin had Tulong Merah. Yes, the straw is for sucking out the bone marrow.

Next day: Singapore. First stop after meeting Eva was a hawker center. Martin had Tulong Merah. Yes, the straw is for sucking out the bone marrow.

Eva and me decided to have indian food. I had paper masala Dosa and Air Bandung. This thing was huuuuge!

Eva and me decided to have indian food at Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant. I had paper masala Dosa and Air Bandung. This thing was huuuuge and filled with potatoes!

And then we had a little snack afterwards.

And then we had a little snack afterwards.

 

Those two also seemed interested in food.

Those two also seemed interested in food.

Next day it was time for Inas and Imrans wedding!

Next day it was time for Inas and Imrans wedding!

We got dressed up

Oh look who’s here! Michelle, Fuzz and Eva!

The handsome couple posing with friends

The handsome couple posing with friends

In between there was lots and lots of food

In between there was lots and lots of food (the green thing is called putri salat)

Posing time!

Posing time!

Still life with big pot.

Still life with big pot.

This  drink is called Yuan Yang and it is actually a mixture of coffee and tea. Tasty!

This drink is called Yuan Yang and it is actually a mixture of coffee and tea. Tasty!

Singaporean nights

Singaporean nights

Hangin out in Kampong Glam

Hangin out in Kampong Glam

Gundam

Gundam (how does this look like a unicorn?)

Hello, we are in Asia after all!

Hello, we are in Asia after all!

More weird stuff: black coated peanuts

Weird findings: black coated peanuts

They actually are black and taste like charcoal.

They actually are black and taste like charcoal.

Pre cooked egg in soysauce

Pre cooked egg in soysauce

Another day, another hawker stall. This is a mix of popiah, Kueh Pie Ti and Chuwee Kway

Another day, another hawker stall. This is a mix of Popiah, Kueh Pie Ti and Chuwee Kway. All vegetarian, all very tasty!

Dragon Fruit! And believe it or not: it actually tastes like something!

Dragon Fruit! And believe it or not:  it actually tastes like something!

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Parkview Square

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Besides eating, you can shop a lot. Orchard Road, here we come!

Besides eating, you can shop a lot. Orchard Road, here we come!

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This funny looking thing is called Ice Kachang with fresh Mango. It reminds me of Halo Halo.

This funny looking thing is called Ice Kachang with fresh Mango. It reminds me of Halo Halo.

Matcha-Man to the rescue!

Matcha-Man to the rescue!

They got big trees on the street.

All this matcha makes trees pretty big.

Next evening we met up with the newlyweds before they headed to Sicily for honeymooning.

Next evening we met up with the newlyweds before they headed to Sicily for honeymooning.

Ina got some nice henna left from the big day

Ina got some nice henna left from the big day

Eva, Martin and me hanging out close to the place with the cheapest beer.

Eva, Martin and me hanging out close to the place with the cheapest beer.

Cheap beer makes you do things.

Cheap beer makes you do things.

Next day we checked out the Tiong Bahru area. For more info on food and shops there check out this link: http://www.ladyironchef.com/2013/03/guide-to-tiong-bahru-singapore/

Next day we checked out the Tiong Bahru area.

But  remember: always stay hydrated. One of my absolute favourites: Pulled Tea in a bag at Kandahar street.

But remember: always stay hydrated. One of my absolute favorites: Teh Tarik in a bag from Kandahar street.

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This is vegetarian Bee Hon at Tiong Bahru Hawker Center. Lots of greasy stuff!.

This is vegetarian Bee Hon at Tiong Bahru Hawker Center. Lots of greasy stuff!.

At Books Actually, a very nice shop. Cat included.

At Books Actually, a very nice shop. Cat included.

In the back:  Kaya Toast with salted butter.

In the back: Kaya Toast with salted butter.

I didn't eat that.

I didn’t eat that.

More walking around in the heat.

More walking around in the heat with some colorful stairs.

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After some Gado Gado we met at Colonial Cafe to enjoy Bostock (soo good!) and Lamingtons.

After some Gado Gado we met at Colonial Cafe to enjoy Bostock (soo good!) and Lamingtons.

And tea, obviously.

And tea, obviously.

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Next day was museum time.

That tree had its way it seems.

Take care in front of the Peranakan museum!

Take care in front of the Peranakan museum!

This is made entirely of pearls.

This is made entirely of pearls.

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Oh hello you, creepy dude.

Oh hello you, creepy dude.

At Emerald Hills you can find pretty looking houses.

At Emerald Hills you can find pretty looking houses.

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No END

No END

Gokul Vegetarian again. This time i had Dosai Ghee. Sooo good!

Gokul Vegetarian again. This time i had Dosai Ghee. Sooo good!

The lights of little india

The lights of little india

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Fruits i don’t know the name for

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The lights of chinatown

The lights of Chinatown

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On the last night we went up on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to have a last view on the city. Photo (c) woudmedia

On the last night we went up on the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to have a last view on the city. Photo (c) woudmedia

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It looked pretty Sci-Fi.

It looked pretty Sci-Fi.

Links:

 

Dong Po Colonial Coffee

Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant 

Books Actually

Toast Box 

Tiong Bahru Shops and Places to Eat  

Where to find the best Teh Tarik

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Weekend

 

We spent the weekend on the countryside and visited some lakes. Good times we had! 

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Hintersee, a little muddy

Hintersee, a little muddy after days of rain

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Lisa in the woods

Flooded meadow

Flooded meadow

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Flo doesn’t like photos or people who might take his food

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That's how people dress on the countryside.

That’s how people dress on the countryside.

Oma made Marillenkuchen

Oma made Marillenkuchen

This is Wolfgangsee

This is Wolfgangsee

known for its crazy beautiful water

known for its crazy beautiful waters

a little chapel

and a little chapel

and crazy high cliffs (first, let me take a selfie)

and crazy high cliffs (27m/ 88ft. but first, let me take a selfie)

 

those cliffs are pretty high (27m or  88ft)  Some people jump off them. We didn't

 Some people jump off of them. We didn’t.

Eva and Lisa checking out the view

We rather enjoyed the view

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garden / citrus

It´s been 2 weeks already since my aunt visited for the weekend. We planned to attend the “Zitrustage” in Schönbrunn, an annual exhibition of citrus plants and fruits with some of them going back to the times when the emperors still ruled this country. The main reason i wanted to go there was the tasting of several rare varieties of citrus you normally don´t really get in your usual supermarket by Katharina Seiser who knows her stuff pretty well.

The weather was cold and shitty so we got there early because hanging out outside was not really an option. But we were lucky to catch a guided tour of the gardens and greenhouses you normally don´t have access to. Below i show you a bit of the stuff we saw. Follow me my little Dr.Greenthumbs:

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This is the orangery of Schönbrunn. I want to have something like that too!

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We entered the orchid house. Lots and lots of different beauties to find.

 

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Unlike the orchids you find at your usual cheapo discount store, some of these are pretty rare.

 

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All those flowers can be a little intimidating.

 

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Especially if you enter a house full of carnivorous plants….

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But hey, aren´t they beautiful?

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The house full of cactuses was also a place to watch your hands.

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This looks like hair. I was so tempted to touch it!

 

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This is the oldest pot plant in the world (about 800 years old). I imagined it to be more majestic.

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Oh yeah about these fellas: the head of the cactus house is a big fan of turtles. And it happens that he takes care of the ones that were smuggled to Austria before he finds them a new safe home.

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After that it was time to explore the world of citrus.

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And the best part: Taste 17 different varieties!

 

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This is a buddhas hand showing my love for these versatile beauties.

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