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It has been an amazing year.
2013 has probably been my best year so far, or at the very least, the craziest. Only twelve months ago, I was stuck in an office, working a boring job that sucked every little bit of life and passion out of me and living in a city I didn’t even like. Since then, I have quit my job, met my wonderful boyfriend
Brendan on a sand dune in Namibia, threw out all my previous plans for my future and started long term travelling. 2013 took me across three vastly different continents, to 21 countries and provided me with countless adventures.
I raced horses in Malawi, saw the great migration in the Serengeti,
almost drowned while rafting the Zambezi River, went skydiving in Swakopmund, didn’t shower for a week in Botswana, fell in love with Cape Town, experienced the weed culture in Amsterdam, went caving under Budapest, got writers block in Central Europe, visited a church filled with 40’000 human skeletons, talked to carpet sellers in Istanbul and got attacked by monkeys in Indonesia. I slept in tents, on trucks, next to a fire with nothing but the stars above me, on boats, in dingy hostels and fancy hotels.
And I took a lot of Photos.
The Serengeti is hands down one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. And baby elephants are the cutest, maybe even cuter than cats.
A herd of wildebeest in the Ngorongoro Crater.
“Colourful Stone Town”
Fixing up a blue house in Zanzibar.
“Kids gone crazy”
There is just too much awesome going on in this picture. The kids in Malawi LOVE to be in photos, doing crazy poses and being all around cool fellas.
A fishing village on Lake Malawi.
“Kids in a tree”
Kids in a rural village posing for more photos – this time in a tree.
Zebras not giving a shit.
“Is it raining?”
Mists rising from Victoria Falls.
This is me, almost drowning in the Zambezi River.
“Polers in the Okavango Delta”
It’s not as easy as it looks.
Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert demonstrating their tracking skills.
Skydiving over Swakopmund.
Sand boarding in the desert – and Zachary the dog.
“Waking up Cape Town”
Cape Town early in the morning. I loved that city so much, that I can actually picture myself living there one day.
The perfect place?
“Home for a while”
I was back in Lucerne for a while, visiting my family.
Experimenting with light trails in front of the Berlin Cathedral.
Brendan at the memorial to the murdered jews of Europe.
“Art and Graffiti”
Enjoying and hating the different forms of art covering the wall at the East Side Gallery in Berlin.
A visit to Prague castle led to me taking many pictures of the castle guards.
The statues lining the Charles Bridge in Prague turn into imposing black shapes at dusk and dawn.
“Church of Bones”
Skull at the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora.
Too much grey and too much pretty architecture pretty much sums up my day at the Schönbrunn palace in Vienna.
“Escape to the Zoo”
Colourful bird at the House of the Sea.
“The Opera House”
More beautiful architecture.
Escaping manicured Europe to graffiti-covered, gritty Bratislava. This is the Bratislava Castle, which pretty much looks like more boring architecture, but actually is very cool.
I had lots of fun photographing the Danube and the Chain Bridge in Budapest.
Probably one of the prettiest buildings in Europe.
“Back to Nature”
Lake Bled and its famous island.
“Winter is Coming”
First snow of the year in the mountains behind Bled Castle.
The beautiful Vintgar Gorge was closed, but I went in anyway.
Bled Castle giving off quite the colourful glow at night.
View of Dubrovnik, filming location of my favourite show Game of Thrones.
One of the film sets that Game of Thrones fans should recognize.
“A Day in Brac”
Brendan and I took a ferry from Split to the Island of Brac.
“Evening in Split”
Split was a beautiful city to photography, but Brendan and I mostly spent our days there relaxing and taking a break from travelling.
This absolutely stunning national park proved to be a mixed bag: stunning scenery on one hand, impenetrable mists and bad organization on the other.
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Some good old night-time photography in Sarajevo.
A picture of a picture, but still one of my absolute favourites.
My favourite European city.
The mosques of Istanbul were pretty loud and tended to wake me up early in the morning, but they sure were beautiful to look at.
One of my favourite pastimes in Istanbul was taking pictures of the many happy well-fed cats.
I loved the many restaurants lining the Galata Bridge.
“Sunshine and Beaches”
Surfers Beach in Bali.
A Hindu ceremony at the Tanah Lot temple in Bali.
“Beware of the Monkeys!”
Monkeys at the Uluwatu Temple: cute, but always ready to attack.