With some 1,500 medieval buildings, the picturesque southeast German city of Regensburg is home to the largest Middle Ages town north of the Alps. Veronica Stivala explored its gothic architecture and picturesque river banks, and savoured its delectable food.
Improvisation teaches you to be quick, both on your feet as well as mentally,but it also teaches you a lot about being open to others as well as helping them. Veronica Stivala participated in The Fifth Finland Improvisation Festival. She writes about why she thinks everyone should try improvisation at least once.
Writer and Editor of Maltese culture magazine Encore, Veronica Stivala takes us on a jog through her new home of Neuperlach, a neighborhood in Munich, Germany. As we jog together, she tells us about the changing seasons, musing about the differences between Neuperlach and her former home in Malta. How long has she been in the neighbourhood? Three weeks, with a caveat.
There is something particularly captivating about a lake landscape bordered by the shadowy blue peaks of tall and craggy mountains. Perhaps this is because I am accustomed to a water landscape that stretches uninterrupted to the horizon, but either way, it is so uplifting to find oneself surprised by the joy of appreciating a new landscape with almost childlike glee.
This is the effect Chiemsee had on me when I visited it recently. See is the German word for lake so, even though many refer to it as Lake Chiemsee, this is wrong as they are essentially calling it Lake Chiem-lake. Chiemsee is so large – it is one of Bavaria’s largest lakes – it is sometimes referred to as the Bavarian Sea. The natural lake sees the rivers Tiroler Achen, Prien and Alz flow into it and is quite special in that it is home to three distinctive islands.
Skiing down the majestic Alpine slopes in Livigno is awe-inspiring and breathtaking, once you’ve gotten over the initial paranoia. Veronica Stivala found out that one small step soon led to one giant leap (well almost) on the pistes.
While you can never completely dodge the beast that is jet lag, there are a number of tactics to ease the pain. Veronica Stivala offers her timely advice
I have been jet lagged twice in my life. Once as child and the other time a few weeks ago. Both were in summer and both came after trips to the US. One occasion saw me swimming in my parents’ pool with my family in the early hours of the morning. The other saw me drinking single malt whisky on the balcony, also in the early hours of the morning. I will leave you to decide which event tallies to which age.
Going to prison, even if you know that you will be let out on your own free will, is never really anyone’s idea of fun, or entertainment for that matter. In fact, I must admit that I initially went on this ‘tourist outing’ to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia with more than an ounce of reluctance and, dare I say it, dread. I went there because my travel buddy, who I shall henceforth refer to as Bob, was keen on visiting. Yet, surprisingly, this turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip to the city.
Philadelphia is renowned for a number of tourist attractions. It is considered to be the birthplace of American democracy and is the hometown of Benjamin Franklin. The city is, to a certain degree, a walking museum of this great man’s legacy. From his tombstone that gets covered in pennies every day (Franklin coined the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned”) to the first volunteer fire station that Franklin founded, a statue of him made of melted down keys (he discovered that lightning is electricity and that electricity can travel across a wire)
Enchanted by the mysterious medieval towns and inspired by glorious green landscapes, Veronica Stivala reminisces about her trip to Tuscany with a group of travellers on a weekend trip organised by YTC to La Nuvola farmhouse.