Old Trabants are a common sight in the streets of Sofia

Oh Sofia. I Fell in Love With You, in June.

Sofia in June. I fell in love with you, in June. I couldn’t help it. They’ll understand once they have seen your beauty, I’ll show them photos and they’ll all come. They’ll all fall in love with you and they’ll come back like me. You’ll never be ignored anymore, Vienna of the east.

Mount Rinjani Summit Sunrise volcano

On My Bucket List: Climb an Active Volcano

Due to the eruption of the Indonesian volcano Gunung Rinjani, Europe faced a year without summer in 1258. The eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland in 2010 brought European air traffic to a standstill. Whenever one climbs an active volcano, danger is omnipresent.

Amsterdam-the-other-side

Postcard From: The Other Amsterdam

Hip and urban, Noord has become one of Amsterdam’s hot spots. Here, the romance of canals gives way to industrial charm. Cafés serve organic sodas and whole-grain cake, artists work in abandoned storehouses. An area threatened by decay is affectionately refurbished.