Zero Waste? Zero unnecessary waste!

Let’s start by telling you a little story. A few months ago, Natascha was on vacation in Italy. The beach was clean, the water too and everything seemed fine. She was enjoying her time on the beach with a friend a until she saw a woman with 2 kids. Or, to be honest it was not even the woman who she noticed first. It was the plastic wrapper of the woman’s croissant. It landed right on Natascha’s lap. The wind carried it over to her, but the woman didn't care at all. Natascha saw about 3 wrappers making their way across the beach. What made her angry the most - she was lying right next to a bin. When getting up she would have been there within less than a step. But it was the wind who was taking her trash away. What a role model for the kids ... So Natascha went over there and told her off.

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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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Innsbruck: A Beginner's Guide Part II

We are so glad that you liked our Beginner’s Guide to Innsbruck. We realized, however, that there’s still so much more we haven’t mentioned, and, before going into more details and showing you some of the secret hidden gems in the city, there are still some more classic tourist attractions, which are equally as beautiful, that we have to mention. 

So, here’s part II to our Beginner’s Guide:

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It's 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We can’t believe it’s already 2019! Time surely does fly!

Since the idea of Alps and Abroad has been born last summer, and the blog finally having gone live in October, we have come quite a long way; even though it technically hasn’t been that long. Nevertheless, we thought that the start of the new year should be a possibility to look back, even for us. For both of us it has been an incredible journey and we can’t believe how far we’ve come – and all this in just 2 months! The blog has been a motivation and chance for us the explore and create things and we both want to share how much and in what ways this has changed us and made us grateful. 

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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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Vienna - Christmas Markets

If you follow us on Instagram, you will know, that a little over a week ago, Sophie went to Linz. On Sunday, however, she went to Vienna to visit a friend whom she first met when she was in Hawaii last year. Vienna is such a magical city, especially during the holidays. Since there is so much to see there, they had a pretty busy day exploring all kinds of Christmas markets and sights.

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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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Eibsee – Bavaria, Germany

Not too long ago, I spent a day with my sister at the beautiful Eibsee, also known as Lake Eib. We went by car, as it’s just about an hour from Innsbruck and only half an hour more if you’re coming from Munich. Just remember that if you are using Google maps or a similar service you should enter the parking area or hotel Eibsee as your final destination, or otherwise the services will send you on a very long and complicate journey to the other side of the Eibsee (including an hour walk just to get to the lake). 

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Hawaii - Kauai, The Garden Island

Here it is: the fourth and final part of our mini-series covering Hawaii. Today’s post is a very special one, since it is all about the island of Kauai, which is a little further north than Oahu.

When I was in studying in Honolulu, I went to visit Kauai once for 3 days and I wish I could go back in time and make it 3 more days, because this little island is heaven on earth. Kauai is also known as the “Garden Island”, because it is said to be the most beautiful out of all of them (which is hard to imagine, because all of them are stunning). 

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Salzburg - Christmas Markets

As you might have already noticed, right now we are exploring some of the Christmas markets in Innsbruck and cities close by. So, two weeks ago, we went on a little road trip to Salzburg, a quite well-known city, also known outside of Austria, mostly because of The Sound of Music or Mozart. From Innsbruck, Salzburg is easily reached within 2 hours by car, so it makes for the perfect day trip destination.

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Hawaii – Byodo-In Temple and Pearl Harbor

Welcome back to the third part of our Hawaii mini-series! Last time, I told you guys a lot about different beaches and spots on Oahu, and also revealed some great activities you can do when being on the island. If you haven’t seen this post or the first one yet, I will link them down below for you guys, so you can catch up. Today’s post is going to focus on two other very special places on Oahu that are definitely worth a visit. 

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Umbrüggler Alm - Tyrol

Mid-November, I went hiking with my sister near the Nordkette. As the cable car is not operating during November to prepare for the winter season, we decided to hike to one of the lodges that are not too far up the mountain and easily reachable from the valley station. There are numerous ones, but we opted for the Umbrüggler Alm, as we've never been there before. 

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Hawaii - The East, The West and The North of Oahu

Hi everyone, and welcome to the second post of our little Hawaii-series. Last time, I told you guys a lot about what to do and what to see when in Honolulu, so today, I will focus a little more on other parts of Oahu. 

Oahu is the third largest island of Hawaii, but also the most populated one, since Honolulu, the state’s capital, is located on the south shore of Oahu. In total, Hawaii consists of right main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and Hawaii (also known as Big Island).

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Blog Launch Brunch

A few days before officially launching our blog, we decided to have brunch together with friends to discuss the final details. We planned on going to a lovely breakfast spot very close to Innsbruck but had to change plans as they were closed for holidays. Even though we love going out for breakfast or brunch, sometimes it's a nice idea to stay at home and prepare the food yourself, so we opted for that instead. Also, it's a lot better for the budget to sometimes stay at home. 

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Art and Design Market - Innsbruck

The Art and Design market takes place aprox. Twice a year in Innsbruck, but we have never been there before. This time it visited Innsbruck on the first weekend of November (3.-4. November 2018) and we went there on Saturday. The location, the VAZ Hafen, is located on the outskirts of Innsbruck, but is easily reached by bus or even by foot, like we did.

We definitely recommend going there early, as it gets really packed around lunchtime and the afternoon. If you are looking for a place to save money and buy cheap goods, you are definitely in the wrong place, but if you are looking for cool handcrafted and sustainable stuff, this is definitely the place to be. Also it is great to get in touch with the sellers, which most of the time are also the producers of the goods you are looking at.

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Hawaii - One Month in Paradise

On August 28, 2017, at 6 o’clock in the morning, I boarded a plane that would take me from Innsbruck to Frankfurt. This was just the beginning of a 27-hour journey to my final destination, Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. I had never been so far away from home before, and also, never this long. I went to Hawaii for four whole weeks. For most of this time, I stayed in Honolulu.

I was lucky enough to experience so many amazing things during these four weeks and I want to tell you guys all about it. So, be ready for a little four-part-series on the blog, where I will get into detail about all of my adventures on Oahu and Kauai.

In today’s post, I am going to focus on Honolulu and the area close by.

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