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 dude 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 in the Agafay Dsesert. As you can see we hit it off immediately.

How many countries have you been to?

I don't count countries for so many reasons. I actually feel so strongly about not counting countries that I have written an entire post about it.

But do you have a favorite?

I kind of hate this question as it just seems so unfair to all the other destinations, some of which I have not even seen yet. But here we go: La Reunion for the best rum punch, New York to make my heart beat faster, Bangkok - always and forever, St. Martensee for the childhood memories, and my cousin's candy-colored deck in Cape Town. And an ocean to dive in if that is considered a destination.

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 quite 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 do want to visit the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, follow in the footsteps of Magaret Mead and travel the South Pacific islands, and see Gorillas.

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

What a horrible question! But okay... while that would be insanely sad - sorry, rest of the world! - I'd always gladly go back to Marrakech.

What do you never travel without?

Duh, my passport. The one time I tried to get to New York without it, I didn’t get very far. Also, my Lo & Sons camera bag with camera (I currently use the Fuji TX1 affiliate), iPhone, face spritz, and sunglasses. I love my Raybans and would wear them underwater if I could.

What’s your real job?

This is my real job! Indeed, I’m a travel blogger and freelance writer. I write for various publications, on- and offline in German and in English. You can find some examples of my work here. And since I wrote a book about solo travel I guess I can add published author to my job description - 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. Many trips to India and Sri Lanka have supported my decision ever since.
In fact, I also don't visit zoos or aquariums anymore (though I used to like them!) - I prefer seeing animals in the wild or on BBC.

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

Both, of course! Street food for lunch and a gourmet meal for dinner. As long as it is good and authentic, I will eat almost anything except for snake and celery.

What is your favorite travel song? 

Oddly enough the best song to travel by is "Home" by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

What's your marital status?

Facebook would say it's complicated.

Cats or dogs?

I am a proud cat lady which may explain the martial status.