Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to find out a little bit more about Happiness and Things and the person behind it.
One of my earliest childhood memories is the thrill of packing all our bags into our beaten-up Mercedes to take the annual journey down south – to Spain, to be precise. I remember being terribly car sick every single time. This was at a time when travel in Europe still mostly happened on the road, when there was no air-conditioning in cars, and when my teenager brothers were sharing the back of the car with me.
Our strenuous and slow journey of two days from Germany to the south of Spain was something I considered normal and a small price to pay for six weeks of endless summer fun. It is thanks to my parents that the travel bug bit early and that I started travelling at the tender age of 3.
Many things have happened since then. I have lived in various places, moved from Germany to Sydney, Australia and stayed there for 13 years. Then moved to Spain and stayed there for another 14 months. And now I am back in Berlin, Germany, and loving it.
If you would like to know more about my journeys and why I did what I did, please head over to the more detailed About Me section!
About Happiness and Things
Happiness and Things first started out in 2014 as a Sydney lifestyle and travel blog. My main intention was to motivate myself to explore Sydney and to improve my photography skills. I also enjoyed writing a lot, but since I am not a native speaker of English, it will never be on par with Aussie writers. I hope you can forgive me.
I scrapped the lifestyle part after about a year because I realised that my lifestyle was nothing special and I didn’t feel the need to pretend anything else. Consequently, the travel bit got more important in my writing, and I felt that I really enjoyed visiting places not just to enjoy them, but also to share my experiences with my readers and help them have a great time too.
Soon I got to see some amazing places such as the islands of the South Pacific, Indonesia, and I even returned to Europe to explore some destinations around the Mediterranean. I continued adding content on things to do in Sydney, my hometown of choice, and when we decided to move to Andalusia in the south of Spain, I added a bulk of great content on that, too. Now that I am back in Berlin, Germany, I am keen to share the very best insider info on this city too.
What can you expect here?
Today, Happiness and Things is a middle-sized travel blog which is run by one person only (i.e. me). I write about places that I was lucky to visit myself, and sometimes I also do a little bit of research to put together comprehensive posts with lots of information about a place. I love visiting all sorts of places with my husband and/or children, in particular destinations that have a story to tell, that are beautiful to look at, or that are lesser known to the general public.
I want to inspire you go out and explore yourself, to look deeper and use travel to enhance your knowledge and your perception of the world.
Posts about Sydney
I lived in Sydney, Australia from 2004 to 2017, and I loved every minute of it. The beaches, the sunshine, the Aussie people – what is not to love? I wrote some amazing content on Sydney which I am sure will help many a reader plan their trip to Australia. If you are travelling to Sydney soon, I highly recommend the following posts:
- Sydney Travel Blog: General Information
- 5 Unforgettable Days in Sydney for the Whole Family
- Free Things to do in Sydney
Posts about Andalusia
Andalusia is one of the most exciting places in the world. This is where Arab culture left a lasting impression on the local culture, in food, music, architecture, even the landscapes. From our base on the Costa del Sol, a popular seaside resort, we were able to day-trip around the region extensively, hence there is a lot of stuff I’d love for you to explore if you are thinking about travelling to the south of Spain soon. Have a look at the following:
- The Very Best Places to Visit in Andalusia
- Andalusia Holiday Planner With Hotel Recommendations
- 20 Unusual Things to do in Andalusia
Posts about Berlin
I lived in Berlin from 2001-2004 before moving to Australia, and even though I never planned to return to Germany, things happened and I am now happy to be back in what I consider the best city in Germany. Berlin is very different to other German destinations: it is a city in flux, exciting and daring, naughty and always surprising.
I love walking the city’s streets and catching glimpses of everyday life, exploring the many historic monuments, and enjoying the great parks and lakes. I guess me being German helps in understanding the local culture better, but at the same time I feel a bit like an expat (having lived abroad for such a long time) which gives me some unique outsider views as well. Please feel free to browse through a couple of the guides that I put together for Berlin.
Posts I personally love most
The following travel posts will probably never rank well in a search engine, and they may only appeal to a small group of people. But as a writer I felt I needed to tell the story as it is. So if you are looking for something different and refreshing, try out the following blog posts:
- Girona: When the City Comes out to Play at Night
- Ice-cream in Ireland, or a story of happiness through resilience
- Humanity first, politics second: A visit to the Temple of Apollo in Didyma, Turkey
- The Roman Forum: The lost city centre of Rome
Get in Touch!
I switched off commenting on the blog because I was inundated with spam, but this doesn’t mean that I am not keen to hear back from my readers. I am always happy to receive emails with questions, praise, critique, and suggestions.
If you would like to follow what’s going on here, there are many ways to do that. Check out my profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram (via my other blog). Or maybe you would like to sign up to the Happiness and Things newsletter? This monthly newsletter will give you a regular summary of all new blog posts.
Lastly, if you happen to speak German, head over to my German travel blog MiniGlobetrotter for more tips and ideas for travelling around the world!