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Graz: Cobblestones and Coffee

Just 200 km from Vienna, in the southern part of Austria, lies the European Capital of Culture of 2003: Graz. But it’s not just culture, history, beautiful architecture, traditional shops, restaurants, and cafes this royal Austrian city has to offer. Simultaneously, Graz enjoys a really hip vibe with young people coming from all over the world to study here. Fun fact: students actually make up almost a fifth of its citizenry. Now, you can probably imagine what I mean with student vibe. With its cobblestone streets, rustic house-fronts, and dreamy window shutters in all the beautiful colors there are, it seems like a big version of the Viennese Spittelberg in the 7th district. Spittelberg is one of my favorite parts in Vienna, naturally, I am in love with Graz too. Hence, Graz makes for a wonderful day-trip if you want to get out of Vienna for a bit. And, there is no doubt that staying in Graz longer than only a day will allow you to find plenty things to do. It is actually quite a shame: I haven’t been gracing …

Photo Journal: Vancouver, BC

You know that feeling of anxiousness and nervousness before finally arriving at a destination you’ve imagined so long? That insecurity which begs the question of if your high expectations of a certain destination would in the end render you disappointed. That the experience you’re going to have in a place would be nothing like you imagined? This feeling is what best describes the days before my departure for YVR a.k.a. Vancouver, British Columbia. As an Austrian-ette, I am, of course, an avid snowboarder (I started skiing when I was three years old and actually won a few medals in some minor races. Then, at about 14 years old, I switched to snowboarding and never looked back). Hence, with my love for winter sports, it was only natural that British Columbia was always a dream destination for me. With Whistler just over 100km from downtown Vancouver, what better place could there be in this world, I often said to myself! So there it was. The problem: For years I had been daydreaming of British Columbia and built up an imagination of how amazing and perfect it must …

Got My Sunset Fix at West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park

From all the information I’ve gathered it seems West Vancouver ranks among the most expensive neighborhoods in the Vancouver area, and it doesn’t take long to grasp why: big villas were strategically placed to get the most breathtaking views over the ocean front. Additionally, West Vancouver has a long beach and a quaint little street with cute cafes, bistros, and restaurants. We ate breakfast in West Vancouver on one of the mornings and it was delish. West Vancouver is also blessed with a beautiful oceanfront ocean front national park, namely the Lighthouse Park. It’s a quaint stroll through a beautiful forest. Looking up at the trees I got a bit dizzy because they are just so old and so tall. Some of them were knocked down by storms and covered in beautiful lush green moss. It’s just such a treat walking here. The Lighthouse Park doesn’t seem to be the most touristy place, which I loved. We only came across people once, but they were already on their way out of the park as the sunset and darkness came closer and closer. …