Thursday

Travel Germany. Seven independent Concept Stores in Munich


The other day I spoke with the owner of a small fashion shop in Berlin Mitte, and it was a good lesson. She was frustrated that people prefer to buy at the big chains and feels that there is actually not much she can do to change the customer’s attitude. From her experience she knows that the buyer's decision is based foremost solely on the price. In the beginning, soon after she opened her store, she offered drinks and snacks to her customers and she hosted small events. Customers happily took the drinks, attended her events, and praised her work and her style but bought cheaper goods from the big shops.

Thinking of it, isn’t it just amazing that it is completely up to us whether cities and towns remain colourful and interesting? Start chatting to small businesses, you most certainly will hear a great story and get a deep understanding for this lifestyle and the town, after all they are the heart and soul of a place.

Hohenzollernstraße, a two-kilometre-long street in the Munich borough of Schwabing is one of my favourite streets in town. It has for ever been a residential area where also artists, painters and writers lived. There are many independent shops still and with 33 heritage listed properties it has this lovely Munich feeling. When someone asks me where to go shopping in Munich I send them to Hohenzollernstrasse in Schwabing, a true hub for independent concept stores. I rate the feel-good factor on this street as 10/10.

 
7 Independent Concept Stores in Munich

Friday

Creative South Africa. Beautiful things you would want to buy on vacation in Cape Town



South Africa is at the very tip of Africa and certainly at the top of every travellers wish list. Every region has its own traditions; all places in this world are full of creative people with ideas and dreams. South Africa is packed to the rafters with creative spirits. Colourful designs and ideas guarantee to make you feel magnificent and full of life. Every year when I visit, I look for something to take home with me, something that will put a smile on my face, on a grey day. I love to buy products that support local small businesses, designers and communities. I have to say one can’t help it; going on a shopping spree in South Africa, it is so very hard not to buy anything. See what I found this time.

Thursday

9 Best Malaria-Free National Parks In South Africa

You must have experienced this too, you ask people how they are and the repeat answer by literally everybody is ”I’m so very busy.” Do people need to go out more to recharge? I highly recommend spending time in a National Park. One of the biggest benefits clearly is to breathe fresh air; it is something that we often don’t have living in air polluted towns or big cities. No matter where you go to find nature, even the tiniest thing is interesting, just looking at a beetle or listening to bird song will bring relaxation. Visiting National Parks in South Africa is an excellent way to experience the diversity this country has to offer.