my sabbatical journeys

Sunday, June 4, 2017 to Monday, June 19, 2017
Embarking on my first guided group tour across Indonesia from Jakarta to Bali
A trip from Jakarta to Bali offers a unique insight into Indonesia. This adventure can be organised and travelled independently. This time, however, I wanted to experience a small group tour. Besides being too lazy to plan, I was very curious about the experience. Intrepid Travel was my choice because they promise an authentic experience. Admittedly, I was a bit sceptic about travelling in an organised tour group. For the adventure, I added a visit to East Timor.
Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Saturday, June 3, 2017
About the starch contrast between Metro Manila and the Philippines Islands
I had no plan and no idea what to do in the Philippines. All I knew beforehand, was that this country consists of two worlds. There is the loud, dirty and bustling Metro Manila – and then there are over 7,000 magnificent Philippines Islands. Many of them famous for white sandy beaches and colourful corals. Without booking anything in advance, I let the travelling magic happen. And it surprised me big time!
Sunday, May 14, 2017 to Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Starting my South East Asian adventures with a visit to Malaysia and Brunei
Everybody has heard of Malaysia and Borneo. But only few have experienced its natural, cultural and culinary diversity. I could not imagine the beauty of the Malayan Peninsula and the Island of Borneo, without seeing it myself. I had to see and taste this wild fusion of all major religions and cultures. On my visit to Malaysia, I was amazed by its nature and multicultural appeal.
DJ playing live in the mountains at the Arosa Electronica
Sunday, March 12, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Up into the mountains and then from the slopes directly onto the dancefloor

Arosa is one of my favorite ski resorts in the Swiss Alps but I never went there on a short trip. I have just been there in February with my family and got sucked in by the winter wonder world. When I learned about the Arosa Electronica music festival, I was all in. However, I did not want to spend a fortune on expensive accommodation but rather travel on a shoestring. Luckily, a befriended family owns a vacation home in eastern Switzerland, in Mels.