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Hi <<First Name>>

Happy Monday :)

I hope you had a great weekend. I've just returned from a week-long trip through the region of Saxony-Anhalt in East Germany, so this newsletter is a bit later than usual, my apologies! I was in Germany to learn more about 'Transromanica', which is a network of Romanesque heritage sites across Europe, crossing 12 regions in 9 countries. This network was initiated in 2003 as part of an EU funded project and now they have an international association to coordinate the network in the long term.

We visited many churches, monasteries and castles and learned tons, but we also combined this with unusual activities along the route, such as a boat ride on a raft, a mega-zipline and a lesson in Medieval writing! We also got to stay in unique accommodation, such as the 'Art Hotel' in Magdeburg, which was designed by eccentric architect/artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. 

Then finally, I also had the chance to feed my inner-space geek, as I visited a museum and planetarium about the 'Nebra Sky Disk', a bronze disk that was found in the area in 1999 and which turned out to be the oldest representation of our universe. I'll definitely be sharing more about this on the blog!

For now, it's time to browse through over 1000(!) photos and videos before I can start researching and writing all the articles. This is where the real work of a travel blogger starts!

I wish you a wonderful rest of your week. Nick is working on some important deadlines at work, and I'll be working on the blogs before my brother arrives on Wednesday and we'll have a week of fun activities planned in and around London. Of course we'll keep you posted.  

Make sure to follow along live via @thetraveltester and @thelondontester. Talk to you soon!!

- Nienke

The group of bloggers I travelled with was so much fun, so make sure to check out their blogs: @vero4travel, @ninatravels1 and @travelpassionategreece

Enjoy the following reads that I collected for you from all around the internet:

Learn about and Visit Early Human Cave Paintings

"Did you know that no one knows when humans first began to draw and create art? Explorers, scientists, historians, and even kids have found prehistoric cave paintings that were created 30,000 BC!"

How to Architect Your Day to Be More Productive

"As much as we’ve tried to forget it, we are creatures of space and time."

Guide to Sustainable, Ethical, and Responsible Travel

"One of the most disturbing consequences of mass tourism is its environmental impact, and a pressing example is the current devastation being wreaked upon tropical reefs all across the Caribbean."

A UNESCO tour of Andalusia’s three cultures

"Andalusia’s three cultures and many of the most important related UNESCO World Heritage sites can best be explored in and around just three of its capital cities: Granada, Cordoba and Seville."

If Your House Is Cluttered Your Brain Might Be Too

"There’s a reason your mood can change when you enter a room, and it’s probably not what you think."

Sustainable City Guide: Things to do in Portland, Oregon USA

"The “City of Roses” offers both big-city excitement but still maintains a small town charm."

The 11 Best Places For Stargazing In Honolulu

"For most people, a trip to Hawaii means a vacation full of beaches and sunshine. For the space enthusiasts among us, it also means a chance to kick back, relax, and enjoy some leisurely stargazing."

Stonehenge Aotearoa: New Zealand’s Powerful Stone Circle

"We didn’t know what to expect as we approached. What we found was not a replica of Stonehenge in Salisbury, UK, but rather a purpose-built structure of similar size to the one in England"

How to plan a green and sustainable trip

"Traveling is one of life’s great pleasures and most people love it. But as much as we love to travel all over the world, it also carries some responsibilities."

Most Sustainable Bangkok Restaurants

"I hope that climate-driven disasters force people to think differently. Because every little thing we do makes a small difference – even something as simple as deciding where to eat."

How Voluntourism is Helping Puerto Rico Post-Hurricane

"In response to the hurricane, the Puerto Rican Tourism Board, alongside several tourism companies, launched a number of “Meaningful Travel” programs to encourage travelers, locals, and Puerto Ricans living elsewhere to help its people and rebuild some of the island’s most beloved natural attractions."



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