Impressions From Sydney

In February 2016 I moved to Sydney to do entrepreneurial research at the Business School of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) while working on some projects in Germany remotely. With mostly sunny days, awesome beaches and so much to explore, it turns out to be quite a challenge to focus on the work at hand. I didn’t travel that much yet, since I am still amazed by the feel of living here. I rented a waterfront place in Elizabeth Bay with an amazing view and can’t wait to look outside every time I wake up.

The city reminds me of both San Francisco and Los Angeles in many ways. The hills, architecture, harbour settings and vibes are very similar to San Francisco but still the city is very much spread out in huge suburbs which often resemble my memories of Los Angeles (but with an abundance of sidewalks as a contrast).

Australia just reached a population of just over 24 million, in fact on the exact same day I arrived, 15 February 2016. The vast majority of people live in cities ( 89.2% to be precise) and on the coast. Among many things, this calls for a sophisticated and working public transport system… something Sydney is certainly underperforming at.

Still I managed to explore the city and took some photos while at it:

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Miami Beach – Ocean Drive

Once back in Miami Beach after the trip through the Caribbean, there was some time left to relax on South Beach. Far less crowded than on New Year’s Eve, the Ocean Drive allowed for some photos without hurdling hordes of party people. Again, we went to Five Guys Burgers, which I can highly recommend, after some shopping and to Toni’s Sushi Bar for Dinner. All in all a nice trip with nothing but snow and cold winds waiting at home.

Traveling the Caribbean

In January 2016 I traveled the Caribbean and visited the islands of Sint Marteen (the southern part of the island Saint Martin and part of the Netherlands), Antigua, St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) as well as Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. All in all it was much more fun than I anticipated. I enjoyed exploring old fortresses protecting the harbor bays known from Hornblower and Bolitho novels, the laid back attitude and vibes as well as the beautiful beaches (although they are not as isolated and breathtaking as on the Seychelles where I went in 2014). Below there are a few instagram photos from the trip…

Sint Marteen

Antigua

St. Thomas

Amber Cove

Impressions from the Seychelles

Impressions from the Seychelles

The view for the next week

Seychelles - the view for the next week

The view for the next week… #roomwithaview #islandhopping with Kristin at Hotel Patatran Village La Digue