Katja Laurien

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Round Hike with Lake View: Heiligenschwendi

16. June 2020 • Katja Laurien

Are you looking for an easy, accessible hike with a great view over the lake of Thun? Then the round hike at Heiligenschwendi is a great option. The hike starts at an elevation of 1125 m at the Rehazentrum Heiligenschwendi and takes about 2-2.5 hours. The highest point is the view tower Blueme at 1392 m from where you can enjoy a 360 degree view over the area. From the Rehazentrum start following the signs to Niesenbänkli.

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Akamas Hiking Trails - Aphrodite & Blue Lagoon

28. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

The Aphrodite Trail is probably by far the most famous hiking trail in the Akamas Peninsula, (maybe even in all of Cyprus) and that for a good reason. The trail is relatively easy, very accessible and offers some wonderful views over the peninsula. Next to offering pretty views over the landscape from above, the trail also partially leads next to the coast, from where you can enjoy the view over the many small rock bays and the crystal clear water.

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Akamas Hiking Trails - Smigies & Pissouromoutti

15. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

The Akamas Peninsula is a beautiful national park in the northwest of Cyprus. Even before coming to Cyprus I knew this was the place where I’d spend most of my time. For some reason most tourists seem to skip this part of the island, even though it’s the most beautiful part in my opinion. It might be due to the fact that there’s no “big city” near, only two small towns, Latchi and Polis.

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Ayia Napa for Nature-Lovers: Cape Greco

3. March 2020 • Katja Laurien

When I first started researching the “to-do’s” in Cyprus, I quickly abandoned the idea of going to Ayia Napa. All I read gave me the impression that this is thé place to be for mass tourism, especially the partying people. That’s definitely not the kind of place I’d want to find myself during my precious holidays, so I thought I’d better skip it. Until I found a blog post about Cape Greco, the beautiful national park not even 15 minutes away from bustling Ayia Napa.

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What You Should Know Before Going to Indonesia

17. February 2020 • Katja Laurien

Indonesia is truly a wonderful country which has loads to offer. Being prepared on what to expect before you visit the country might even help you getting more out of the experience, which is why I wrote this post. Since my grandparents are from Indonesia, Java, I always grew up with the idea of visiting this country one day, creating a lot of expectations around it. Once I was there, I realized I had designed a complete wrong idea about Indonesia throughout the years which is one of the reasons why I took me so long to go.

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Exploring Flores: Two week Travel Itinerary

9. February 2020 • Katja Laurien

Flores is a rather small island which has not yet been fully discovered by tourists, but has many beautiful things to offer. The island is mainly known for Komodo National Park, the only place on earth where you can find wild Komodo dragons. But the park has even more to offer, such as some amazing diving spots and incredibly beautiful surroundings. Many tourists actually only come for the diving, maybe squeeze in a visit to the Komodo dragons between the dives, but skip the rest of the island which I think is a big mistake.

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Fascinating Underwater World of Komodo Park

15. January 2020 • Katja Laurien

Komodo National Park is famous for two things: the Komodo dragons and the superb underwater world. The park is what the Indonesian island Flores is known for and it definitely deserves the attention. All over Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the park, you’ll be offered different tours to the park. Most tours offer the standard sights which are all amazing and very much worth the trip. I personally did the 2-day tour which I can highly recommend!

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The Two-Day Komodo Tour 101

11. January 2020 • Katja Laurien

Komodo National Park is the main thing the Indonesian island Flores is known for. In fact, many tourists only go to Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the park, and skip the rest of the island (which I wouldn’t recommend). Komodo is indeed a magical place and has so many amazing things to offer, I found it difficult to find appropriate information on the Komodo tours and pricing a la little bit confusing, so I planned an extra day in Labuan Bajo, just to make sure I could do everything I wanted to.

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The 17 Islands - Indonesian Heaven on Earth

9. December 2019 • Katja Laurien

The 17 Islands just in front of the tiny village Riung is probably one of the most beautiful spots I’ve seen on Flores. The unspoiled and empty beaches on the 17 islands are a true paradise, to say the least. But I guess many people still skip it because it’s a bit off the tourist route. It’s maybe a bit of a hassle coming there (especially due to lack of information) and there’s not much more to do apart from the day tour to the 17 Islands, but it’s worth it.

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Bounty Island on Java: Karimunjawa

28. November 2019 • Katja Laurien

Karimunjawa was the unexpected highlight of my trip to Java. Actually it was not part of my itinerary, but ended up being the place I spent most of my time on Java. This tiny island in the north of central Java is a true paradise! I actually only wanted to stay a couple of days but ended up staying more than a week and I could have easily stayed another week, just enjoying the pristine beaches, soaking up the relaxed atmosphere and chit chatting with the friendly locals.

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