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How to roll a cigar in the Dominican Republic

Posted on May 20, 2015

At the beginning of the year I went to Dominican Republic to learn how a cigar is made. I saw the tobacco manufacture of the Kelner family, who produces Davidoff cigars, starting on the fields in Jicomé in the North of the island and Villa Gonzalez, where the cigars are rolled. You can read the story (only in German) here on MERIAN.de

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Thüringen, Thüringen, Thüringen, …

Posted on December 23, 2014

… is one of the German states in the east part of the country. I went there a couple of times to portrait some wonderful people along the “Rennsteig”, a very beautiful hiking trail and also the main topic of one of the articles for Thüringen Magazin 2015. I met Heu-Heinrich, a young guy who makes in hay. And Peter Arends, a really funny and entertaining man, who runs a hostel for hikers in Eisenach, guides people to the most wonderful scenic places in the forests and also acts at the “Kerkertheater” right next to his hostel. Rita Worm showed me how they still produce glas in the traditional way in Lauscha. Also I had the chance to portrait Christian Hempfe – chef of the renowned SCALA in Jena – for a culinary story. You can see some pictures here or order the magazine for free.

Oh, Oregon …

Posted on April 23, 2014

.. is a beautiful place to be. In february this year I went on a press trip to Oregon and spent some extra days in Portland. The trip was organized by Travel Oregon and Travel Portland and I was with a group of other European journalists, which was a lot of fun. I went to a punk show at Star Bar Portland to see Poison Idea together with Jens from Copenhagen. Joyce from the Netherlands was the best and I got a picture together with her touching Turbo, the octopus at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. We visited some brewery’s like Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River and Roque Brewery in Newport. Roque Brewery founder John Maier gets yeast for one of his beers out of his beard. It’s also called ‘beard beer’ and really tasty. Because it was a culinary press trip, we also had a lot of food. Like a five course dinner at the Joel Palmer House in Dayton – every course had truffel in it and it was really delicious.

Also I had the best tacos ever at a food cart in Downtown Portland. And a super tasty whiskey sour at Multnomah Whiskey Library, cheers!
Really amazing to me was the sound of the mighty Pacific Ocean – we stayed at the Whale Cove Inn, a mile south from Depoe Bay. Everyone of us had an own suite with outdoor Jacuzzi on a private deck. I sat outside at night, just listening to the surge. I would like to thank all those wonderful people I met in Oregon, especially Laura, Kieron and Petra.

Viva Estonia!

Posted on July 11, 2013

Estonia is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. All I want to say about the people, the landscape, the dramatically changing light, the intact nature, the old heritage and everything else I experienced in Estonia – it’s a really inspiring and lovely place to be! Everyone must go! Period.

Nor way out!

Posted on June 19, 2013

This was kind of a road movie! I have a crazy relationship to Norway. Actually I have relatives there! But found out pretty late, which is a long story… I’ve been there only once before, more than ten years ago. This time I could go there for work. I flew into Bergen first, where my cousin picked me up from the airport. This city is just beautiful. And I really love my aunt Helena!

We spent just short time together, but my cousin Bror, his girlfriend Gunel and Gunel’s brother Behram, who lives in Oslo, took me to a little village outside of Bergen still in Hordaland, which is called Havretunet. It’s really pretty. I left Bergen to drive along the coast all the way up to Oslo. I stopped at some points in between and spent a night in a cabin at Lofthus Camping right next to the Hardangerfjord. It’s amazingly beautiful. From Lofthus I made it to Stavanger, where a friend of mine ended up somehow. Crazy things like love, you know … We used to party together 15 years ago. She is a doctor now. I have never been there before, but it’s a really charming little town. Mira and I ended up at some bars, that’s all I have to tell.
I saw sheep all over the landscape. Some of them escaped, when I stopped to take pictures, but one crowd came yelling at me! Actually those lovely guys in the picture. Read my story about Norway @ Marco Polo travel magazine soon.

Ötzi is calling!

Posted on January 12, 2013

I always wanted to see, where Ötzi was found. Unfortunately I just made it close – let’s say VERY close – to that place. But I had the chance to experience something very special instead. On wednesday I traveled to Ötztal, Austria to write an article about a night at an igloo hotel for our travel magazine. Igloo hotel & cableway in Hochoetz
You can get there very easily by public transportation. Go to Ötz first and then take the cableway up to the mountains. It’s amazing. Just 8 minutes later you find yourself at an altitude of 2000 meters. It’s just a five minutes walk to the snow village with the igloos. In the first picture you can see the view from the cableway station to the igloo hotel. In the background the awesome Austrian Alps! Civic center snow village and entrance to number 3 – my igloo for the night!Guide Ingo was already awaiting me and showed me around in the small village. All igloos are made of snow. The igloos are built by using big balloons they bury under tons of snow before removing the balloons again. Et voilà, a snow house is built! Of course, it’s not that simple, but a lot of work, I guess. You can visit the igloo hotel from the end of december till the beginning of april. They build all that stuff new every year. Ingos dog Lestat – named after the vampire – was also around. He looks like a wolf, as you can see in the next picture. The only guests were Laura and Marcel, a couple from Switzerland. We had lots of fun enjoying fondue and chatting at the campfire. LestatWe went out for a walk to a mountain where we had this incredible view you can see in the last picture. Ötztal at night. Just wonderful! You can hardly hear any sounds from downhill. The air was fresh and there were millions of stars in the sky. Also, it was a really great experience spending the night in the mountains without any other people around. Oetztal at nightBut they came back for skiing next morning, ha! The temperature in the igloo is not that bad – round about 0 degrees Celsius – and they give you a very good and comfy sleeping bag. Also, they have a sauna in the snow village you are free to use before heading to bed. I cannot really manage to sleep in a sleeping bag very well, but it was ok and unexpectedly warm during the night. If you ever get the chance to spend a night in an igloo hotel – take it!