Travelogue

Trip To Israel

Israel was always on my bucket list. So I made this travel wish come true with one of my best friends.

The diversity of the country is absolutely stunning:

We started in the south at the Red Sea where Israel, Jordan and Egypt meet each other. The boarders are right in walking distance.

After some quite relaxed days at the beach with swims, readings, good chats and watching dolphins playing in the sun, we headed north. We passed massive rock formations, spent some time with climbing and hiking and explored ancient cave paintings. We met just few people and enjoyed the impressive-bizarre, calm times in the outdoors before we decided to spend one night in the desert in a camel camp. The next morning while the sun was climbing up the dunes in front of our small shack, surrounded by camels, felt so peaceful and absolutely priceless.

It is always worthy to watch out for alternative accommodations, so our next stop was a Kibbutz right at the Jordan boarder close to the Dead Sea. An early morning float in the Dead Sea with almost no people around was probably one of the most magical things I have ever experienced. Infinite width of the landscape, the wobbly feeling in the water, surrounded by bright and such intense colors.

After we soaked in so much nature we took our backpacks and the bus, heading to Tel-Aviv, the vibrant capital. Here we had an appropriate end of our travel. We spent some days in an amazing hostel, met so many kind and open-minded people from all over the world. Here you can find whatever you like, from going out for parties, strolling around flea markets, countless shopping destinations, discovering the old-town with all its traditional buildings and craft workshops, galleries, cafes and bars and especially the amazing food which is made to share and taste…

We ran out of time quickly and there are still so many places to visit.

Part II will follow for sure!

Travelogue

Trip To Bangladesh

My job brought me to Bangladesh several times

On the one hand I was excited as for my understanding this is a country where you probably would never go for holidays. Not even on the way while traveling through Asia. On the other hand I had a lot of respect as I heard and read so many things about it upfront.

The circumstances you can watch when you get around were alarming for me:

No proper streets, thousands of simple houses encountered, constructions sites everywhere. Partly flooded and covered in mud during rain season. I was stuck in the worst traffic jams I could have imagined and I have ever seen in my life. People, children and animals running around. Piles of waste laying around. Dhaka, the capital, is insanely busy as it is packed with people. People coming from all over the country to work there, earn some money to support their families elsewhere.

Of course I was always accompanied by people I worked with, but while we were running through the streets people came to circle around me, starring at me. Some wanted to touch me, few people were begging for money. I felt like an alien.

But sometimes a smile is worth a thousand words. My colleagues helped me to understand life over there a little bit better. They gave me the chance to talk to people with a little help. I was told some were happy I came there, that I took time to visit Bangladesh as it is quite unusual, especially for a woman. That I should travel around to see more and that they think all women from other countries are beautiful :)) I experienced open minded people with a big heart for their families and loved ones.

One evening I was invited to my colleagues home for dinner which was quite special. I was allowed to get to know his wonderful wife and his children and lots of food was served. They even took care of my vegan diet! So I was surprised by a very hospitable, caring family with a fantastic dinner full of typical but new flavors for me. I had never ever expected that.

This travel was quite special for me: The humble conditions in this country compared to mine in Germany made me think about myself, my life. It gave me more appreciation for what I made out of it so far. I can just recommend: if you have the chance to move out of your comfort zone, to experience new things, you should always take the opportunity.