- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
I am a journalist, main topics are travel and lifestyle. I write for print magazines and newspapers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and have my own travel blog , but I also blog for Huffington Post Germany. When I am not on a press trip, I travel with my husband Pat, who is an American business lawyer. As he attends seminars and conferences all over the world, I have plenty of opportunity to travel. Actually, I only went into travel journalism five years ago, before I mainly covered consumer journalism. This month my first book “111 Places in Berne that you shouldn’t miss” was published (in German), and I just finished writing my second book “Heidelberg, portrait of a city” for which I interviewed famous and not so famous people of my city.
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
I have never counted the countries I visited, but it must be around 35 – had I started travel journalism earlier, It would be far more by now. My husband and I like my hometown Heidelberg a lot and actually enjoy it to live here. It is also the place where my son, a university student, lives. I think it is the most beautiful middle-sized town in Germany. It lies in the Southwest and France and Switzerland are just 1.5 to 2 hours away by car, the international airport Frankfurt just one hour. Perfectly located! I would not mind, though, living part of the year in Buenos Aires.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
The vegan café and vegan shop around the corner.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
In Mexico – people are so courteous there and really make you feel welcome.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
Funniest – when my husband’s shoes, that were actually new and expensive, but hadn’t be worn in years, started to dissolve themselves in New York City. All of a sudden the shoes were lying in several pieces on the street. I could not stop laughing, neither could people who watched it.
- What has been the most underrated country/place you have been to and why?
Underrated: Paraguay. Hardly any tourists, apart from Brazilians and Argentinians, go there. It is such a beautiful country.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
I love Mexican, Indian and Italian food as long as it is vegan. I have stopped eating meat 37 years ago. German food? Being a vegan, I can’t recommend any. My favorite vegetarian/vegan restaurants are Tibits in Bern/Basel and Hiltl in Zürich – the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world (founded in 1898).
- What is your favorite author and what did you like about his style?
I am a big reader, having thousands of books at home, and I have too many favorite writers. One of my favorite books recently has been Pablo Neruda’s autobiography. At the moment I love reading Scandinavian thrillers, they are the most exciting and good companions on train rides and flights.
- What is your favourite music?
I love rock music as well as classic music and Italian opera, mainly Puccini. Maria Callas is my all time favorite opera singer.
- Give us one of your favorite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means.
I don’t use so many phrases, but sometimes I say “Derfrühe Vogel fängt den Wurm” (=The early bird catches the worm). I love this phrase as I am an early bird myself – I love to get up early in the morning.
- Do you have a favourite name from the world and what does it mean?
Francesco – the most beautiful name in the world and my son’s name.
- One thing you don’t like about other travelers or traveling?
I don’t like travelers who disrespect other countries’ customs.
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
It changed my perspective towards cultural differences.