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Deine Reise ist nicht meine Reise – Your Trip Isn't My Trip

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"Since October?" came the reaction from fellow travellers we met in June. Yes, it was then that we realized this travel life that we'd become accustomed to was actually a significant amount of time.

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Travelling Home for Christmas

2015 - what a year! How are we going to top this? One thing's for sure - it won't be the last Hagemann adventure. We've had the most amazing time, but one Christmas in a hostel was enough. This year, we wanted to spend Christmas with our families.

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How to Pack the Perfect Backpack

“If in doubt, leave it out,” were the words of my university translation lecturer. I think the same could be said about travel packing. R is pretty good at keeping things to a minimum, but I have a bad habit of taking half the bathroom cabinet with me. Now that I'm planning for longer-term travel, I'm determined not to look like a packhorse - minimalism is the name of my game. I have to say that I am extremely proud of myself with my initial efforts. Weighing in at around 12kg, I might not have the completely perfect backpack, but I think I've made a damn good start. I've tried to tackle a var…

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In Search of the Perfect Roast

I am lucky to have a hubby who is passionate about a good cup of coffee, and over the past few years I have been spoilt with my daily “Kaffee Rolando”. Who wouldn't love waking up to that latte art? ;-)

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A Tearful Farewell in Aachen

It was a tearful farewell at the station in Aachen. We boarded the train to Frankfurt airport on October 2, ahead of our early flight the next day. It was a whole mix of emotions. Our travel adventures that we had talked about for so long were finally becoming real. The “maybe we'll do a world trip one day” was no longer a “maybe” - we were really doing this. Despite the difficult departure, it was also time to look forward to the experiences ahead. And I have to remind myself that the digital world makes it so much easier to stay in touch now with family and friends…

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All Packed Up and Ready to Go

The past few weeks have been manic to say the least. We decluttered, packed up the flat, and lived amongst a growing number of removal boxes - It's amazing how much stuff you accumulate in six years. Then there were the pre-travel doctors' appointments, the injections (boy, were they pricey!), and all those contracts to quit. Not to mention farewell parties at work and becoming temporary socialites as we squeezed in final get-togethers with friends. Once the sofa had been picked up and we'd signed the “Abmeldung” forms (officially left Germany), we moved all our clutter to R.'s parents in Aach…

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What We'll Miss in Mannheim

Mannheim has a tough time with its reputation. Sure, it doesn't have the fairytale air of nearby Heidelberg, but it has a lot to offer, and for the past six years we have been proud to call “Monnem” home.Here's a little taste of what we'll miss:

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