Sophie’s Top-Travels So Far & Travel Bucket List

For today, we have something a little bit different in store for you guys. We thought we’d tell you all about travel destinations that we have been to and loved, and also about destination we desperately want to go to. For this post, I, Sophie, am going to tell you all about my highlights and my bucket list, while Natascha is going to tell you hers in a couple of days. 

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Morocco: From Marrakech to Casablanca

Last week, I told you all about visiting Fes, and so this week it’s time to talk about the tourist hot spot Marrakech and, additionally, I’ll talk about a short trip into the desert and Casablanca, where I also spent some time. Like I mentioned in the previous post, it’s super easy to travel by train inside of Morocco, and so it was only obvious for us to take the train once again, to get from Fes to Marrakech. As this journey takes nearly 7 hours, it was quite exhausting, but pretty convenient as well, as it only cost 215 Moroccan Dirham (about 20 Euros). You could also travel by plane, but it’s more expensive and on our travel day, no direct flight was available.

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Sultanate of Oman – From North to South

After posting so many pictures of my stay in Oman on Instagram lately, we felt that it would be only right to tell you a little more about this amazing country here on the blog. This is why today’s post is going to be all about the Sultanate of Oman. As I am writing this post, I have been home in Innsbruck for a little over two days and right now, I am sitting in my living room enjoying a cup of hot Karak, which is a delicious and traditional Omani black tea with cardamom and milk.

For those of you who don’t know, Oman is an Arab country on the south-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and thus part of the so-called Middle East in Western Asia. An estimated 4,5 million people live in Oman, with around 1,7 million people living in Muscat, the capital, which is located in the north of the country.

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Scotland: The Highlands

Welcome back to my little Scotland series. Somehow, the last part of a travel series is always the hardest to write and the one I am delaying the longest, because as soon as it’s over it’s over and I don’t have any more excuses looking at the taken pictures the whole day. But all good things come to an end, right? So, this time, I’ll be talking about the tour through the Scottish Highlands I was on for the last day I spent in Scotland.

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Skiing in Tyrol Part III: Bergeralm, Rosshütte & Muttereralm

The days are getting longer, and the sun is getting warmer. Still, we are not ready to let winter go completely and so, once more, we will tell you a little more about the ski areas around Innsbruck. Luckily, despite the sun, it is very cold most of the times so the slopes are still in great conditions. Grab your skis, snowboards, or whatever you use to enjoy the beautiful mountains and let’s start with all the fun in the white powder.

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Morocco: From Casablanca to Fes

Some of you might know that my journey to Morocco had a pretty rough start due to flight changes, but in the end, it turned out to be one of the best trips I ever made, and I got to see why so many travelers are big fans of this beautiful country. We went from Casablanca to Fes, then to Marrakech and back to Casablanca by train and in this blogpost, I’ll tell you about the first part of our journey.

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Staying Safe: On & Off the Slopes

We’re right in the middle of winter. The slopes in every ski resort are in nearly perfect conditions. The sun is shining most of the days. This means now is the perfect time – for skiing accidents. On days like these everyone focusses on  having fun, but somehow, they miss out on staying safe, which is why we postponed our next part of talking about ski resorts in Tyrol to next week. This week we have to focus a bit more on staying safe while having fun.

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Scotland: Edinburgh’s hidden gems & a daytrip to Glasgow

I was very glad to see you enjoyed the first part of my travel guide to Scotland that much, and I can’t wait to tell you even more. Last week, I focused on the main tourist attractions in Edinburgh and today I will tell you more about some spots in the city you might not have heard too much about. I’m also going to tell you a bit about Glasgow, the second largest city of Scotland.

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Skiing in Tyrol Part II: Nordkette, Patscherkofel & Axamer Lizum

Since we know that February is a month where lots of you are on skiing vacation enjoying the slopes, today, we’ll show you the second part of our winter outdoor series. This time, we’ll stay close to, or even in Innsbruck, to show you that outdoor fun is never far away here. 

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Zero Waste Shops Innsbruck

Recently, we’ve been writing a lot about plastic and waste in general and we know some of you might ask the question: “But where do I get food that’s not wrapped in 20 layers of plastic?” Well, you’re probably surprised that even a rather small city like Innsbruck already has some Zero Waste Shops. Also, we know that some you might not be familiar with how these kinds of shops work, so we’ll tell you a bit more about that as well.

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Scotland: Edinburgh’s Highlights

Just the week before Christmas, a friend and I went to visit another friend who’s currently on a student’s exchange year in Edinburgh. To be honest, Scotland has never been high on my list of places I wanted to visit, but in the end, it turned out to be one of my favourite places I have been so far. I’ve always liked the United Kingdom, but I have never been a big fan of London, as I felt like something is missing there, especially when compared to Edinburgh. It’s a big city and a business and commerce hub, but, to me, it lacks a bit of flair, but this is just my personal opinion. (Sophie, on the other hand, loves London and it’s probably one of her favourite cities ever.)

Scotland, however, absolutely amazed me. We stayed for 6 days; so, the little guide I am writing today would be perfect for when you’re visiting Scotland for a week (then it’s not going to be as stressful as our first days, since we tried seeing as much as we could).

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Dedicate – 30 Days of Yoga

I think it was about three years ago that I tried yoga for the first time. For me, it was love at first sight. At first, I didn’t know how to start, but then I found Adriene Mishler’s YouTube channel “Yoga with Adriene” and she showed my exactly what to do. With yoga, I had the freedom to whatever I wanted to do on that mat; I could fit a workout in when I wanted to, I could focus on flexibility, I could just meditate and move my body in a way that feels good. But then I fell out of the habit. I stopped doing yoga on a daily basis. At first, it became every other day; then weekly; then, maybe, if even, once a month, until I stopped completely. 

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Zero Waste Challenge

Not too long ago, we posted a blogpost about unnecessary waste where we also announced that we would do a one-week zero waste challenge this January. We even had a friend join us and together, we tried to produce as little waste as possible. In today’s post we will tell you all about our experience with this challenge, what we learned, what took us by surprise, and what we will take with us and continue in the future.

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Japan: climbing Mt. Fuji – surpassing yourself

We spent our last 48 hours in Japan climbing the famous Mt. Fuji. The idea definitely was not mine, but when my friend suggested it, I immediately said 'yes'. I mean Mt. Fuji? That “hill”? Easily. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Even though the Fuji seems small, it is a 3774 m high mountain (the highest one Japan has to offer), closed for hikers during the winter months and still an active volcano. But by the time I realized what I had gotten myself into, it was already way too late. 

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What's in our bags?

A few days ago, we gave you a little introduction to a topic that has become of big importance to us personally: (plastic) waste. It’s been great getting so much feedback from you; may it be by asking questions or mentioning points we haven’t talked about yet. We definitely plan on giving this topic regular attention and even made a one-week challenge to find out if we are capable of going completely zero waste, but you’ll hear more about that in a few days.

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Japan: Nagasaki, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Miyajima – remembering Japan

On the beginning of this blogpost I have to admit I was not sure how I should write it. Should I keep It quite general, so no one gets offended or thinks it’s too descriptive? Or should I stay true to myself and tell you in detail what I saw and heard, and what changed something inside of me? I want you to know what to expect when visiting these cities, so I decided to stay true and tell you about the most important heart-breaking parts of history we as human being should all be aware of. I can’t tell you about these beautiful cities without talking about the horrors their residents have lived through in the past (also, since we have already written about Pearl Harbor and the other side of the story in Sophie’s Hawaii series). Despite all that, I think it’s important to highlight how much has changed and why they are definitely worth a visit.

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Skiing in Tyrol Part I: Stubai Glacier, Kühtai & Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis

Now, we are starting a little series we announced a while ago, but we needed to work a little in advance to bring this to life. In a series of posts, we want to show you some of Tyrol’s great skiing areas, including the classic ones nearly every tourist has heard about and some of our personal favourites. We also try to examine what the weak spots and big pluses are that these areas offer. 

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