Phone stories: Indian summer hikes, Bangkok nights & Nordic sunsets

Hurray, it’s summer! Berlin feels like it’s skipped spring and went straight to shorts-and-sunscreen-weather. And what a difference that vitamin D makes! The sun got me itching to change everything! Which would explain why my apartment is an absolute mess of stuff I want to get rid of and new wooden bits that are waiting to be built. Yes, in proper DIY style…

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Phone stories: Thunder roads

Oh 2017, what a crazy one you’ve been. I’ve just come back from a three-week road trip through Canada and the US and finally find the time to go through some of the photos I took in the last few months. I feel like I may have been in a creative hole for a while but I think that was mainly due to the fact that I left little to no time for breaks in between… things. That is now changing, I have an incredibly quiet December ahead of me and couldn’t be happier to finally be able to reflect a little on the past year and on everything that’s ahead. You’ll definitely hear from me before the year ends, there are so many cool photo series and little snippets that deserve to be shared! But first up, here’s an Insta round-up of the last few months… 

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Waking up to the Northern Lights in Iceland

It’ll be like this: You’ll sit in a hot tub under the starry sky that night and talk about the months and years and dreams to come before cuddling up in that wooden room in the attic. That night someone will wake you up just before midnight and say, “Err, Northern Lights!” two hours before you leave for the airport, and you’ll throw a scarf and jacket over your pyjamas, clumsily walk down the stairs and maybe swear a little.

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Colours of 2016

2016 is currently getting a hard time and guess what, I’m also very relieved it’s over soon! But while looking through photos of this year as I always do in December, I was surprised by how many happy memories there were. It’s easy to join in with everybody’s 2016-bashing but a lot in life is what you make of it (even if you don’t feel like it), so I’m very determined to use that little change of seasons for planning a few long-overdue, new beginnings.

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I lost my heart in Amsterdam

There’s only one answer I’d give to “Hey Caroline, are you up for a road trip?”. A hundred times yes! After coming back from Norway, I made a quick stop in Germany where my family lives and a few hours later, an exceptionally good friend grabbed me, some blankets and lots of food and we went off to Holland for two days. Love when that happens.

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Hello Grand Canyon!

The experience of hiking in the Grand Canyon effortlessly surpassed all my expectations. The landscapes are so incredible, I felt like I couldn’t handle any more natural perfection; hikers are among the happiest and most welcoming people ever (if they have enough water), you’ll hardly finish one trail without having talked to five people and shared the ups and downs of your lives; and there’s just nothing like the physical exhaustion and euphoria when you’ve made it up again and your feet hit solid ground. But here’s the exact itenary: We went on the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trail on the first day, got surprised by a huge thunderstorm on the last mile or so, glamourously slept in the car and did the Desert View Drive and its scenic tower the next morning… before heading for Vegas, totally stunned and speechless. Life doesn’t really get much better than that.

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Malibu and Santa Barbara

The first part of the West Coast road trip led us from L.A. to Santa Barbara, passing the madness that is Beverly Hills, a rather overrated and grey Malibu and Californian surfer beaches. That truly wasn’t the first time this country has surprised me and instead gave me been the complete opposite of what I expected. The California we like to picture is OC California glamour and 24/7 parties on Malibu Beach, right? Well, the California I found and loved from the first second was one of empty beaches, a relatively humid and cool climate (compared to the East Coast at least) and incredibly rich colours all over. It was some of the best things ever to be able to stop at any random beach, spread your arms, ‘accidentally’ let the waves splash your clothes and let the cool wind mess with your hair and your heart, in the best possible sense.

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