As you can probably tell I did this interview with myself which is always a bit weird, but still you may just find the answer to your most pressing questions yet. If you don’t, feel free to drop me a line at hello@midnightblueelephant.com

Who is the charming man you are hugging in your profile pic?

It’s a camel, let’s call him Barry (which wasn’t his/its name but I named the first camel I ever rode after my ex-boyfriend Barry so that will do…). I met him at Scarabeo Camp outside of Marrakech. We hit it off as you can see.

 

What do you never travel without?

My Lo&Sons camera bag with camera, face spritz, and hopefully my passport. The one time I tried without it I didn’t get very far. This list used to include my Kindle, but it cracked in the jungle of Borneo and so far I haven’t replaced it. Now I have to read on my iPhone so that makes the list now, well, actually two because one doesn’t take pictures anymore since I drowned it in a drybag…agh, long story, don’t ask! So yes, two phones.

 

What are your favorite destinations?

So far I would say La Reunion for the best rum punch, New York to make my heart beat faster, New Orleans for fried oyster po’boys, Bangkok for a night at The Asadang, St. Martensee for the childhood memories, and my cousin’s candy-colored deck in Cape Town. Lately, any destination I can dive has been added to my favorites.

 

Can you send me tips what to do in these places?

Sure thing, but how about you start checking out my travel diaries? I write those for the places I know really well and share all of my favorites.

 

Do you have a bucket list?

Is going everywhere a bucket list? But no, not really, however, I really want to visit the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi and follow in the footsteps of Magaret Mead and travel the South Pacific islands.

 

What’s your real job?

I used to work as a photo producer something I still do freelance on occasion. Other than that I guess, I’m a travel blogger. It still feels a bit odd to write this but here it is. I also write for various publications, on- and offline in German and in English. You can find some samples of my work here.

Oh, and I just wrote a book so I will add: published author – yay me!

 

Do you like riding elephants?

No!! On my first trip to Thailand, I contemplated it, but after a lot of research, I have decided that it is never a humane practice and that I didn’t want to do it. I am very keen however to visit the Elephant Nature Park by Chiang Mai which I came close to on my last trip. Unfortunately, I had to stay in bed with food poisoning, but I’m hoping to make it up some day.

In fact, I also don’t visit zoos or aquariums anymore (though I really used to like those!) – I prefer seeing animals in the wild or on BBC.

 

But surely you own many pairs of elephant pants from Thailand?

While I have many friends who look great in elephant pants and I’m sure they are very comfy, they are just not for me. If you want to buy some why don’t you check out The Elephant Pants? They offer pants that won’t fall apart after wearing them once (has happened to more than one person with the cheap $2 pants you buy from street vendors!) and do something good for actual elephants.

 

What do you prefer – street food or a five-course gourmet meal?

Both, of course! Street food for lunch and gourmet meal for dinner. As long as it is good and authentic I don’t discriminate against food ever.

 

If you could only travel to one place for the rest of your life where would you go?

While that would be insanely sad – sorry, rest of the world! – I’d always gladly go back to Marrakech.