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Welcome to my travel site

Throughout the years I have learned so much from other travelers I met online or in real life. This website is my way of paying it forward. Feel free to 'follow' and leave comments! I hope my website helps other travelers find general travel savviness and suggestions for cool places. It is also a way …

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The history of my last name “Obertop”

The corona crisis gives me plenty of time to re-read the history of my last name, as investigated and written by distant cousin Frank Obertop in a work of almost 100 pages. Obertop stems from the name *Topp* in Westfalen, Germany and has traveled wide and far… My ancestors turn out to have been quite the …

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Lapland, Finland 2020

Early January 2020 I made an 8 day trip to Ylläsjärvi in Finnish Lapland. See more here! Trip report and photos Practical tips about clothing, daylight, aurora and more I booked the trip as a package holiday through TUI Netherlands. I don't normally book package deals but for Finland it was a lot cheaper and …

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Berlin 2019

Thursday 26 September - Monday 30 September 2019 My 8th visit to my 2nd most favorite city in the world: Berlin! ♥ (My most favorite city is my home town Amsterdam of course :-)) Unfortunately we had quite a lot of rain on 4 of our 5 days there, but that did not keep us …

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Munich and the Alps, Germany

Monday 20 May - Saturday 25 May 2019 For a number of years now I had been curious about Munich: a big city but also close to the Alps. Various people warned me that it's not as cool and quirky as Berlin, in fact kind of posh and maybe even boring. However, online I found …

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Venice, Italy

Sunday 19 - Monday 20 May 2019 Venice never appealed to me because of the crowdedness and hardly any locals living there anymore. But it was a convenient stopover between Croatia and Germany. There is a direct train from Venice through the Alps to Munich. Both that train ride and visiting Munich are things I've …

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Pazin, Poreč and Rovinj (Istria, Croatia)

Thursday 16 May - Sunday 19 May 2019 I spent my last days in Croatia solo in the region of Istria. Here I was supposed to visit Kim from Hawaii, but she had decided to go to Berlin instead... :-/ Hmpff, this meant I could have dropped the rental car much earlier in Zagreb, and …

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Zagreb, Croatia

Saturday 11 May - Thursday 16 May 2019 Unfortunately all the predictions for lots of rain and storm were true. This was the reason for us to go to Zagreb and to at least have museums to take shelter in (instead of being washed away in coastal towns with minimal indoor attractions). But it's still …

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