my sabbatical journeys

Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017
About the starch contrast between Metro Manila and the Philippines Islands
I had no plan and no idea what to do in the Philippines. All I knew beforehand, was that this country consists of two worlds. There is the loud, dirty and bustling Metro Manila – and then there are over 7,000 magnificent Philippines Islands. Many of them famous for white sandy beaches and colourful corals. Without booking anything in advance, I let the travelling magic happen. And it surprised me big time!
Sunday, May 14, 2017 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Starting my South East Asian adventures with a visit to Malaysia and Brunei
Everybody has heard of Malaysia and Borneo. But only few have experienced its natural, cultural and culinary diversity. I could not imagine the beauty of the Malayan Peninsula and the Island of Borneo, without seeing it myself. I had to see and taste this wild fusion of all major religions and cultures. On my visit to Malaysia, I was amazed by its nature and multicultural appeal.
DJ playing live in the mountains at the Arosa Electronica
Sunday, March 12, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Up into the mountains and then from the slopes directly onto the dancefloor

Arosa is one of my favorite ski resorts in the Swiss Alps but I never went there on a short trip. I have just been there in February with my family and got sucked in by the winter wonder world. When I learned about the Arosa Electronica music festival, I was all in. However, I did not want to spend a fortune on expensive accommodation but rather travel on a shoestring. Luckily, a befriended family owns a vacation home in eastern Switzerland, in Mels.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 to Saturday, March 11, 2017
Celebrating the most beautiful three days in the year of a real Bebbi

You may know the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Venice but have you ever heard of the Carnival Basel? Because of the low temperatures, people are obviously less permissive but certainly not less illustrious. Basel is celebrating one of the most extensive and intensive carnival of all Switzerland and probably all of Europe. Only people who have attended this spectacle, know how creative and colorful the Bebbi are celebrating. However, there are a few things different from all other carnivals. Bebbi, for example, is the way people from Basel call themselves.