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Halong Bay, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam

About Me:

Who is “The Travelling Colognian”? I am Vanessa, a young female in her thirties, working as a journalist and photographer for a regional daily newspaper close to my hometown in Germany.

I would call myself a curious, open-minded, adventurous, but sometimes also thoughtful person, as someone, who loves to meet people from all over the world and to explore other cultures and countries.

Travelling is my passion. This is where “The Travelling” in my blog name stands for. I am not only making travel plans, I try to realize as many of them as possible. I love to travel all over the world but for the last ten years I have a huge consistently increasing love for Asia and for everything which has to do with Asia.  I have been incredibly lucky to be able to visit eleven asian countries in the past four years.  A very famous quotation of Mark Twain describes my attitude very well.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Even when I am not working I love to write and photograph which, of course, matches perfectly with my travels. I also like to read good books and I am very interested in politics. My other interests are cooking – especially asian food -, dancing and fitness.

I grew up close to and in the city of Cologne. After graduating from school I did a dual vocational education and training as a legal assistant in a lawyer’s office and, after I got my certificate, I worked in this job for another couple of months. Then I moved to Mainz, a town close to Frankfurt, where I studied journalism, political science and law. Besides I already worked as a journalist in all media sectors. After ten years in Mainz, I felt that it is time to move back to my hometown Cologne. Even though I am feeling at home in cities all over the world very quickly, I am feeling as a real Colognian and this is where the “Colognian” in my blog name stands for.

About my Blog:

My blog is not only about travelling, I am writing about everything which impresses me, but of course my travels are one major theme. All photographs which I use in this blog are taken by myself, unless something else is noted under the picture.

I decided to blog bilingual, in English and down below in German, as I know people from all over the world and I would like to enable all of them to read my blog. Merely some of my posts are only in german, for example, when they are about german politics or german politicans.

My name is Vanessa, I am ” The Travelling Colognian” and this is my blog!  Happy reading. I would be glad, if recommend my blog to others. You are also more than welcome to comment my posts in using the speech baloon on the right of the post title or the comment field

Luang Prabang, Laos

Luang Prabang, Laos

Über mich:

Wer steckt hinter “The Travelling Colognian”? Ich bin Vanessa, eine junge Frau in den Dreißigern, die als Journalistin und Fotografin für eine regionale Tageszeitung in der Nähe meiner Heimatstadt in Deutschland arbeitet.

Ich würde mich selbst als neugierigen, aufgeschlossenen, abenteuerlustigen, aber manchmal auch nachdenklichen Menschen bezeichnen, als jemanden, der es liebt, Leute aus aller Welt zu treffen und andere Kulturen und Länder zu entdecken.

Reisen ist meine Leidenschaft. Dafür steht “The Travelling” in meinem Blognamen. Ich schmiede nicht nur Reisepläne, ich versuche, so viele davon wie möglich zu realisieren. Ich liebe es, die ganze Welt zu bereisen, aber in den letzten zehn Jahren empfinde ich eine große, stetig wachsende Liebe zu Asien und allem, was mit Asien zu tun hat. Ich habe unglaubliches Glück gehabt, in den letzten vier Jahren elf asiatische Länder besuchen zu können. Ein berühmtes Zitat von Mark Twain beschreibt meine Haltung sehr gut:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Auch wenn ich nicht gerade arbeite, liebe ich es zu schreiben und zu fotografieren, was natürlich perfekt zu meinen Reisen passt.  Ich lese  gerne gute Bücher und interessiere mich sehr für Politik. Meine weiteren Hobbies sind Kochen – insbesondere asiatisches Essen -, Tanzen und Fitness.

Ich bin in der Nähe von Köln, sowie in Köln selbst aufgewachsen. Nach dem Abitur habe ich eine Berufsausbildung als Rechtsanwaltsfachangestellte in einer Anwaltskanzlei gemacht, und nachdem ich meinen Abschluss hatte, habe ich noch einige Monate in diesem Beruf gearbeitet. Dann bin ich nach Mainz gezogen, eine Stadt in der Nähe von Frankfurt, wo ich Publizistik, Politikwissenschaft und Jura studiert habe. Nebenbei habe ich bereits als Journalistin in allen Medienbereichen gearbeitet. Nach zehn Jahren habe ich gemerkt, dass es Zeit ist, zurück in meine Heimatstadt Köln zu ziehen. Auch wenn ich mich schnell an vielen Orten der Welt zuhause fühle, so sehe ich mich doch als echte Kölnerin, und das ist das, wofür the “Colognian” in meinem Blognamen steht.

Über meinen Blog:

Mein Blog dreht sich nicht nur ums Reisen, ich schreibe über alles, was mich bewegt, aber natürlich sind meine Reisen ein Hauptthema. Alle Fotos, die ich in diesem Blog verwende, habe ich selbst gemacht, außer wenn etwas anderes unter dem Foto steht.

Ich habe mich entschieden, bilingual zu bloggen, in Englisch und darunter in Deutsch, da ich Leute aus aller Welt kenne und ihnen die Möglichkeit geben möchte, meinen Blog zu lesen. Lediglich einige Beiträge sind nur auf Deutsch, zum Beispiel, wenn es um deutsche Politik oder deutsche Politiker geht.

Mein Name ist Vanessa, ich bin “The Travelling Colognian” und dies ist mein Blog! Viel Spaß beim Lesen. Ihr seid herzlich eingeladen, meine Artikel zu kommentieren und meinen Blog weiterzuempfehlen, falls er Euch gefällt.

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Vanessa,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. When I looked up your blog I instantly hit the “Follow” button as you’ve written stories from places I really want to visit. Speaking of your bilingual blog, I guess it’s a good thing for me as I really want to hone my German. I learned the language during my 2-week trip to Germany and Austria. But now it’s getting rusty. Keep up the spirit and vielen dank for visiting my blog!


    October 12, 2013
    • Hi Bama,

      thank you very much for your comment and for stopping by my blog. I am impressed that you learned german and want to keep up improving your language skills as I think, it is a language not easy to learn. This is what I was told by people who live here, but who are not german natives. You have seen countries which I would love to visit one day, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, for example. I look very much forward to read your future posts. Thanks for stopping by.


      October 12, 2013
  2. I really like the theme and layout of your blog. Lovely! 🙂

    December 1, 2013
    • Hi Nicole, thank you so much for stopping by and for the reading. I am impressed by your social commitment as this is important for my parents and me (who are travelling independently from each other) as well. We always try to support the locals as much as possible in hiring local guides, use local accommodations and drivers, donate and collect money for small charity projects in those countries.

      December 5, 2013
      • Thanks! 🙂 I believe so strongly that we all should give back. Life is a present and traveling is a pure luxury that many will never ever have.

        December 9, 2013
    • I so much agree with you. I also think that we all, but especially those who travel, should give something back. Both my parents and I try to support small projects and charity foundations in the countries we travel to which don’t have administrative machinery at all. To check if everything is in order their founders travel to the countries and places on their own expense so that hundred percent of the donations go directly into the projects.

      December 12, 2013
      • Thanks for the comment! 🙂 The more I travel, the more I realize how truly blessed I am and must help out. So many people will never ever be able to even leave their own country. To travel is such a blessing!

        December 15, 2013
    • That’s so true. I am more than grateful to my parents, especially to my Mom, who enabled me to travel already when I was very young and who still encourages me to fulfill my ideas and travel plans, no matter how wacky they are. My travels are definitely eye-opening and totally changed my view of the world.

      December 18, 2013
      • Me too. I also think the more you travel, the more you want to travel. It is a bug that won’t ever quit! 🙂

        December 18, 2013
  3. Hallo Vanessa – nice to “meet” you here. glad you have the opportunity to indulge your Asian travel dreams. Oh, und meine Oma war Koelsch….:-)

    December 3, 2013
    • Hi Annette, thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, I am more than happy that I was able to see that much of Asia in the last few years. On your blog I saw, that you are originally from Germany as well. It’s great to “meet” you in the blogosphere. What a nice coincidence, that your Grandma was “koelsch” as well.

      December 5, 2013
      • I just realized that your comment represents my 1000th comment on my blog! Yeah – I started blogging in January 2013, so it’s been almost a year. So, for whatever it’s worth: Congratulations on becoming my Number 1000 commenter!

        December 5, 2013
      • Annette, that’s great! But I guess, I haven’ won a price now for being number 1000?

        December 6, 2013
  4. I haven’t had the pleasure of traveling to Asia yet but it is definitely on my top priority list. I’m very happy to have come across your blog. I know it will be of great help when I finish up with my European adventures and head on over to Asia.

    Happy New Year and good luck with your future travels! I will be happily reading along 🙂

    January 6, 2014
    • Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. I am glad, you like it. I really hope, you’ll enjoy your travels all across Europe. Have a good time in Spain.

      Happy and healthy New Year 2014 and always great travels.

      January 7, 2014

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