Saturday, November 29, 2014

To travel is to live

To travel is to live... that's how I feel at least when I travel ;-) And with this quote I'll start my new post. Today I'll take you to some of Mallorca's most magical places - Banyalbufar and Son Marroig.
I always try to find some new spots on Mallorca that I can explore with my boyfriend. Luckily he hasn't seen most of them even though he grew up on this island, haha. Whether it's on Instagram, Facebook or blogs, there's a lot of Mallorquin people posting about their beloved island and its wonderful hidden spots. One of them is Banyalbufar...
Banyalbufar is a charming small town hidden in the mountains and located right next to the ocean. The romantic little houses are surrounded by beautiful terraces and fields, and wherever you go you have a stunning view of either the ocean or the town. Now in November most of the restaurants and shops are closed but it's still worth going there just to sit by the sea or explore the abandoned town. This is what we did, just the two of us and this romantic place - that's why I feel alive when I'm traveling. I get to discover new places with my boyfriend, I'm close to nature and I'm not worrying about anything!

The second place we explored that day was Son Marroig, a place that simply took my breath, for real!
I've heard so many times about this place, I just had to check it out myself. So we stopped by Son Marroig on our way home, it's not far from Banyalbufar. Since we were late we missed the tour of the mansion (I didn't even know they had one!) and to the famous peninsula "Na Foradada". Since they were about to close it was just the two of us in this beautiful garden that leads you to a temple right by the ocean, on top of the mountains... never did I expect something so beautiful! The manor provides you with an amazing view of the ocean - wow, wow, wow! I was speechless, and no photo can capture the beauty of this moment. Of course we had to watch the sunset, how could it be any different? It was the perfect romance, like a movie that is just too kitschy :-D

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mallorca's got me back

Hey guys, I'm sorry you didn't hear from me in such a long time. I escaped to Mallorca for ten days and didn't take my laptop. And let me tell you, it is very relaxing not being connected to the rest of the world for a while ;-) I always love being back on Mallorca, I'm so relaxed and calm on this island. I don't think about school or my future or worry about anything - I just live and enjoy every day as it comes. Doing nothing can be so seductive, haha. Mallorca spoils me with great weather most of the time and now that it's November there's no one on the streets so the island is even more peaceful and calm than usual.
Today you get to see some pics my sister and I took in Alcúdia, where I live with my boyfriend whenever I come to Mallorca. The place where we took the photos is one of my favorite spots in town. The canals flowing through Alcúdia are right next to the beach and they are just magical, especially when the sun sets.
Hope you enjoy the pics in my new leather pants from H&M, I just love them! :-)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Why settle for a single Home when you can have the entire World?

Hey my lovely readers, today's post will be the last one about New York City... at least until I go back again ;-) With these pictures taken in Brooklyn last year in spring I wanna share some thoughts about traveling with you...
So many times have I asked myself where exactly I live... Is it Germany, where I study and where I come from, is it New York, where I spent more than two incredible years, or is it Mallorca, where I live part-time now, where I have my boyfriend and friends, where I find peace...
I'm actually on Mallorca this week, took a break from university, so you can expect some more photos from my favorite island ;-)
Let me clear my situation: I was born in Germany, I went to school there, I have my family there and now I'm going to university and have my own apartment there. From 2010 until the beginning of 2013 I have lived in New York City. And by now I travel to Mallorca, a wonderful Spanish island, almost every month or every second one to see my boyfriend, part of my family and my friends.
So where exactly do I feel home?
It's strange, I have always felt more home anywhere else than in Germany. Home is indefinable... I feel home when I'm with my parents and sisters - my family. But I also feel home when I'm on Mallorca with my boyfriend, at the beach, in the mountains, I surely do feel home there. When I went back to New York City this September I also felt home there. I visited my former host family who I lived with for two years. I always feel home when I'm with them, in our house in the Bronx, and also in Manhattan or Brooklyn.  
Home, home, home - is it really where the heart is? I feel like I have lost my heart in so many places that I can't decide which one I should call home. The quote "Why settle for a single Home when you can have the entire World?" fits me much better!
A lot of people travel nowadays, A LOT! Bloggers cruising around the world, young adventurous students chilling in Thailand, au pairs starting a new life in the States or elsewhere... Traveling became so easy, so accessible to all of us. But traveling itself is not my problem - the problem is: I have LIVED in so many places! Well, so many, three :-D But I settled in three countries - Germany, the USA and Spain - I have friends, family and a life there! So how can I decide where I feel home most?
The reason why I'm writing this post is because after I traveled back and forth between all three countries this summer, I felt kinda lost. I was not only exhausted from traveling but also disoriented. I didn't wanna go back to Germany to study because I spent so much time in New York and on Mallorca that I felt like I don't belong there and it made me depressive somehow.
Maybe I don't wanna have the entire world as a home, it's nice to know where you belong. For example my boyfriend, he loves his island and he wouldn't wanna live anywhere else. On the other hand, isn't it really exciting to live in so many places?
I guess I'm just a young, confused globe trotter girl who's trying to find her place in this world. Every country has its advantages and disadvantages but I'm sure that some day I will find the right place for me... or more than one? And you know what just came to my mind? In my case it's not "Home is where the heart is" but maybe it's more "Home is where your story begins"...

PS: If you wanna let me know what you think about this post, or if you have similar feelings and thoughts about traveling or your home, feel free to leave a comment or your questions and share your thoughts ;-)

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