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Solo Travel in Australia Part II: Sydney, New South Wales

Despite what my friend told me, I had already enjoyed Brisbane very much, so when she told me Sydney was going to be way better, I had pretty high expectations. Due to a tight time schedule, I had about 5 days to spend there with my friend until I would continue my journey alone. Even though Sydney is the most popular of all Australian cities, it is not the capital of Australia, but still, it feels as if it were.

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Solo Travel in Australia Part I: Brisbane, Queensland

Australia was my first big trip alone, and by far the farthest I went away from home. But that's quite obvious, given the fact that there are hardly any places farther away from Europe than Australia. Of course, I was nervous before my trip. Would I be okay being completely alone? Would I get lonely? Would I be able to find anyone taking my picture? I was very uncertain, so when the day came, I had mixed feelings.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Japan: Kyoto & Osaka – the authentic Japan

Despite falling in love with Tokyo the moment we arrived, we had to move on in order to see more of this beautiful country. We stayed in Japan for two and a half weeks and our plan was, of course, to see as much as possible. We went westward and intended to spend about 4 days in Kyoto and Osaka before heading on to Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Traveling Japan is really easy as they offer various options, including night busses, an excellent railway system (more on that and the Japan Rail Pass later) and so on.

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Japan: Konichiwa Tokyo!

We’re so glad you loved Sophie’s Hawaii-series, so now it’s my turn to tell you all about what, most definitely, can be considered the best trip of my life – so far. On 17th of July 2017 one of my closest friends and I boarded a plane in Munich (because, just like we have already told you, it’s the closest bigger airport to Innsbruck); that’s the beginning of an an 18-hour-long journey, with a quick-stop in Abu Dhabi, that would take us to Tokyo Narita. We have both travelled a lot in our lives and can assure you: Japan’s border control has to be one of the nicest and quickest you’ll ever come across.

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Edinburgh - Christmas Markets

This week, I went to Edinburgh with a friend to visit a friend who’s studying there for a year. It is my first time in Scotland, but definitely not my last one. Even though the journey to Scotland was a rough one, due to flight delay and storm during touchdown, we decided to go to the Christmas market right away after dropping of our bags and also during the rest of our stay we went there nearly every day until now. 

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