MY CRAZY BUSINESS TRIP TO TAIWAN – PART ONE

MY CRAZY BUSINESS TRIP TO TAIWAN – PART ONE

And all of a sudden, I was packing my suitcases for a business trip to Taiwan. To be quite honest with you, visiting Taiwan has never been on my bucket list. But then I was offered the possibility to work in Taipei on a German Oktoberfest. Yes, you have read correctly! A German girl like me flying half around the globe to work on a traditional German festival in an asian country. Pretty crazy, huh? But let’s start from the beginning…

At the end of October 2017, I got a WhatsApp message in one of my work groups saying that someone is looking for a German girl working in Taipei, Taiwan as soon as possible. And I didn’t hesitate a second. What an exciting adventure! So here is my trip in pictures. As I have so many, I decided to split this travel post into two parts. Enjoy the first one! If you have any questions regarding my trip or want to hear some advice on Taiwan, feel free to ask me in the comment section.

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I couldn’t believe it, when I entered an almost empty plane for my first out of three flights.
Unfortunately, the next two were anything but empty.

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Is there anything as awesome as flying ?! :) I just love it so much and would like to do it way more often.

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… I mean the view over Hong Kong – You just get that from above :)

After 17 hours of traveling, I had the luxury of a driver picking me up from the airport. Yay!

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As this was a business trip, the hotel was provided and upon arrival I checked into the Sparkle Hotel.
The hotel was located just next to the famous Taipei 101 tower, which is super central.

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Since I arrived late at night, I just quickly went to my workplace to meet the man I was working for. Then I also went to a really cool outdoor community area called Commune A7 near the 101 tower with lots of street market stalls and little shops.TAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZEL TAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZEL

I already loved everything I have seen, so I was really looking forward to my stay here.

View from the hotel patio. If you follow me on my Instagram, you got your daily dose of this view haha.

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I guess, I couldn’t really believe it myself. Within a week, I flew from Berlin to Taipei for work.

Fun Fact: I have never been on the German Oktoberfest. And I didn’t own a Dirndl, which was necessary for the job. Finding a Dirndl at the end of Oktober is hardly possible. But, I found one as you can see ;)

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So, for the next twelve days I worked on the biggest German Oktoberfest an Asia area has ever seen. Hosted by Michael Wendel, who moved to Taiwan over 20 years ago to start a German bakery.
He expanded over the years and now hosts the annual Oktoberfest in Taipei.

To be working in a country, where you don’t speak the language (and many Taiwanese don’t speak English) was a whole new experience for me. It taught me a lot and I am grateful for that. I am also grateful for all the amazing people I met during this time. The band who performed every night was from Germany too and I quickly became friends with the singer Susi with whom I spent an incredible time together. TAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZELTAIPEI_TAIWAN_TRAVEL_PHOTODIARY_GITTA_WITZEL

You CANNOT imagine how many times I had to pose for strangers.
I had to take photos on my way to work, when I worked and on my way home. It was crazy. Felt like a celebrity haha.

Here is also the unoffical Facebook page for the event, where you can see some more pictures of the event from visitors. You might spot me ;)

On one of the nights, I met some really nice German folks. After I finished work, we went to a nearby pub and had way too many drinks. We ended up in their apartment on the 17th floor with an incredible view over Taipei. We talked for hours and watched the sun rise :) 

Could indulge in Chinese/Taiwanese food everyday all day.

I hope you enjoyed the first part of my Taipei photo diary.
In the next post, I will show you more of what I did besides working and I am going to show you two amazing lookouts : The Taipei 101 tower and the Elephant mountain. So stay tuned!

*All pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8.

GILI TRAWANGAN

GILI TRAWANGAN

It has been a while since Melissa and I went on a trip to one of the Gili Islands: Gili Trawangan. In my What to do in Bali post I already enlisted some things you should definitely do while visiting the beautiful island. And so is a trip to the Gili Islands, which is and island collection consisting of Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. All three islands are located close to the Indonesian west coast. We only went to one of them, but saw a little bit of the others while we went on a snorkeling trip. Gili Trawangan is the busiest and most vibrant one from where I want to share some impressions of. Enjoy the pictures and feel free to ask me some questions about the trip!

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WHAT TO DO IN BALI : MY TRAVEL TIPS

WHAT TO DO IN BALI : MY TRAVEL TIPS

I finally managed to go through all my travel photos from my previous trip to Bali. In this post I like to share my impressions and also give you 10 tipps what you can or better should do over there. Enjoy!

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This advize should be no surprise. As I already showed you in my bucket list post about surfing and millions of Instagram pictures surfing has been one of the main reasons why we travelled to Bali. We attended a surf lesson on Kuta Beach and quickly learned how to ride the (small) waves. So much fun!

#2 Indulge in the Balinese cuisine

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Well, what can I tell you except : I LOVED THE FOOD! We indulged in the Balinese cuisine with all it’s fresh and exotic fruits, shakes and various rice dishes. I guess I just spent some time in food heaven over there. I highly recommend eating in Warungs (type of small family-owned restaurants) and this is also where you will get Melissa and my favorite meal: GADO GADO :)

#3 Visit Ubud 

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Upon our trip to Bali I read this article about Ubud where it says: Ubud is the cultural mecca of Bali, oasis of art surrounded by lush green rice terraces. Which I think describes it pretty well. But Ubud is also so known for its delicious food (again!), markets, traditional dance show, yoga classes and many more. Even though Ubud is located in the middle of the country and it takes some time to get there I really encourage you to leave the beach for some days and indulge in the real Bali as they say.

#4 Visit the Monkey Forest 

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Visiting the Monkey Forest actually requires my tip no. 3. Because the Monkey Forest is located in Ubud. Once you are in Ubud you definitely have to visit all these adorable monkeys – But watch your belongings ;)

#5  Visit the Rice Terraces

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We decided to visit one of the most famous tourist destination: Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Unfortunately I began to rain shortly after arriving (be prepared for a lot of rain during your stay in Bali!). This was still such a beautiful place to watch and even walk through. Really impressive!

#6 Go Shopping

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Do I need to explain? 

#7 Drive Scooter

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Getting around by scooter seems to be the only way in Bali. And I guess I haven’t seen more scooters in one place than in Bali. Even though the traffic is absolutely chaotic and can get quite dangerous we had so much fun driving around on our rental scooters. I even think of getting myself a scooter again :)

#8 Visit a temple 

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Bali has so many temples to offer and from one of my previous travels to Thailand I really love the architecture. This time we went to visit the  Tanah Lot Temple. Even though my cultural activities don’t really take place during my travels I try to do at least one or two. Despite the attached boringness that I always think of (childhood trauma!), it is one of the best ways to get to know the country and its people – and it always turned out not boring.

#9 Relax

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Probably one of the main reasons to go on vacation is to R-E-L-A-X. So besides doing some activities in order to get to know the country also get some rest. Bali offers massages on almost every doorstep and as someone addicted to massages I didn’t miss out on the chances of getting some relaxing treatments.

#10 Visit the nearby Gili Islands

Read about it here.

SURFBOARD, SURFBOARD

SURFBOARD, SURFBOARD

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Not another surf post! Well one more until I will go surfing again (hopefully soon!) After showing you how it looks like when you are on a surfboard for the first time. I do have some more pictures Melissa and I shot on the beach. 

Since I didn’t own a surfing gear prior this trip and I didn’t want to do my first surf lesson with a regular bikini, I bought this really nice long sleeve wetsuit from Rip Curl. Once you are surfing you are exposed to the sun for a pretty long time. Therefore I wanted something which covers most of my body in order to not get sunburned. I had a sunburn on my head though which was enough for me to handle haha.

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Surf Wetsuit – Rip Curl (Shop HERE) // Sunglasses – Gucci surfboard_surfboard_gitta_witzel

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Photography by Melissa Loreena

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BUCKET LIST : SURFING IN BALI

BUCKET LIST : SURFING IN BALI

Surfing in Bali : A dream come true. After all these years that I wanted to learn how to surf I made it happen and ticked it off my bucket list. And Bali was for sure the perfect spot for it, because it is a surfing paradise. I tried to get us into a surf camp but Melissa and I changed our plans and booked private lessons instead. On our first day we took a two hour lesson at Odyssee Surf School.

I wouldn’t have thought that TWO HOURS of surfing feels like running a marathon (Note: I didn’t run a marathon yet, but it is on my bucket list). I think you get the comparison. Our teacher did an amazing job though and I couldn’t have asked for a better way for us to learn the basics of surfing. It didn’t take us long before Melissa and I surfed our first baby wave.

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But I soon realized that there is still sooo much to learn. Not only practical wise, but also theoretical. Therefore I might want to go into a surf camp soon. Because besides all the fun I never ever want to get into the situation where I have been on my fourth day of surfing or so. Where somehow I totally lost control of almost everything and had big trouble to get back to the beach. Even though it looks so easy you must not underestimate this sport, because it is pretty tough and can also be very risky.

Before flying back to Singapore we used every last minute of our stay in Kuta Beach to take some photo of us surfing. I can’t wait for me to ride a green wave, because surfing on this baby white waves doesn’t look so cool as the ‚real‘ surfer shots. But everyone starts somewhere :) I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed surfing. And one thing is for sure: I will be back on that surf board.

Have you been surfing before? And do you maybe have any recommendations for a cool surf camp? 

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Photography by Melissa Loreena

SINGAPORE STOPOVER DAY TWO

SINGAPORE STOPOVER DAY TWO

Hello everyone! Even though we already arrived in beautiful Bali I wanted to share my impressions from Singapore with you. After my SINGAPORE STOPOVER DAY ONE post, you probably guessed it right : HERE IS THE SECOND DAY :P We walked through the shopping district on Orchard road, we passed Little India (where these funny umbrella trees were located) and later on watched the sunset at Marina Bay thereby we also discovered the Formula 1 circuit. As someone who really liked watching Formula 1 back in the days when Michael Schumacher still drove I really enjoyed being on that spot. At this point: #KeepfightingMichael

So, today we traveled from Seminyak to Ubud where we will spent approximately two nights in order to experience the healthy lifestyle in the middle of Bali, visit the Monkey Forrest and like Melissa keeps telling me ‚find our inner peace‘ hehe. Will see how this will work out ;) 

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SINGAPORE STOPOVER DAY ONE

SINGAPORE STOPOVER DAY ONE

Before we started our final trip to Bali, we stayed in Singapore for two days. Upon arrival we already walked 6.5 miles and checked out Chinatown, parts of the Singapore river and obviously the famous Marina Bay. We met up with my cousin and his travel buddy and watched the Wonder Fall, Southeast Asia’s largest light and water show. Here you’ll get an impression of our first day. See some real time experiences on my Instagram. x Gitta

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BUCKET LIST : WATCHING THE SUNRISE IN LOS ANGELES

BUCKET LIST : WATCHING THE SUNRISE IN LOS ANGELES

04:30 wake up call. Honestly, I rather go to bed at this time than to wake up. But dragging myself out of bed at such an unsociablehour was probably worth every second I experienced afterwards. Melissa and I wanted to go to the Griffith Observatory in order to watch the sunrise in Los Angeles. So we put on some relaxed clothes and drove up to the observation deck. In retrospect you could have shot incredible outfits over there as seen later on Adam Gallagher.

Well, thinking properly isn’t my best quality in the morning. We arrived just on time and positioned ourselves with some other early risers to watch Los Angeles being covered in light. I wish I wouldn’t be that grumpy person I am in the morning and that it would be easier for me to get up at such a time. Because it is incredible what you can see, achieve and experience in the morning. But Los Angeles gives me such a load of energy that I might get used setting my alarm before 8am.

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We should appreciate mother nature way more often as she presents us moments which are so precious and unique. Everything is so peacefully quiet, fresh and untouched in the morning. Once the first sunbeam hits the surface the city gets covered with a magical lightning and rightly is called the city of angels. You just feel that there is a fresh start and a new day full of possibilities lies ahead of you. Therefore I highly recommend you to experience this time of the day at Griffith Observatory and listed it to my bucketlist series on the blog. If you like my presentations I would like to introduce you my other experiences as well :  Watching the sunset at Horseshoe bend + Driving through Death Valley ansehen.

PS: By the way these pictures were shot before we crossed by the crazy pink Paul Smith Wall on Melrose and shot this outfit over there. Everything before 12 am – so productive.

Have a good start into the new week <3 

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PINK WALLS AND WATERFALLS

PINK WALLS AND WATERFALLS

Shooting my outfit in front of a wall usually is not my style! But there is one wall who made it impossible not to use it as a photo location. We are talking about one of the most instagrammed walls in Los Angeles – THE PAUL SMITH PINK WALL on Melrose Ave. When we crossed the building by accident we immediately stopped for a quick outfit shoot. I changed into my A-line mesh dress from &other stories, wore one of the very few high heels I had with me on our road trip and my new cat eye sunglasses from Crush. This dress is very feminin, but since it is crafted from mesh, it still has that sporty appeal that I like so much. I started to gather a lot of dark blue pieces lately which is kind of obvious regarding this outfit post. Hope you guys like this look and are enjoying your Sunday to the fullest.

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Photography by Melissa Loreena

BUCKET LIST : DRIVING THROUGH DEATH VALLEY

BUCKET LIST : DRIVING THROUGH DEATH VALLEY

While being on a road trip Melissa and I drove through some impressive landscapes. One was for sure the Death Valley which we passed on our way to Las Vegas. And this brings me right to my next point of my bucket list series here on the blog. If you might remember I have already suggested you this experience which was really mesmerizing. Driving through Death Valley was certainly not less exciting, so it is definitely worth considering if you find yourself traveling through the country. We didn’t leave the car for too long, because oh boy it was hotter than hell. Haven’t experienced such a heat in … uhm forever. Why I chose to wear all black that day – one very reasonable question. You know these people who always opt for the wrong outfits. Yes, I am one of them. I hope you enjoy these photographs! Have you been there yourself already, if so what was your experience like!?

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BUCKET LIST : WATCHING THE SUNSET AT HORSESHOE BEND

BUCKET LIST : WATCHING THE SUNSET AT HORSESHOE BEND

You’ve probably heard by now that there is something called the ‚Bucket list‘. It can be described as THE most important to-do list of your life and lists all your dreams and goals which you would like to accomplish before you die. Ok, death is a topic no one likes to think or even talk about. But well, we can’t deny that eventually the day, when we will leave this beautiful earth will come. For some sooner or later, but it is inevitable. So of course most of us have certain dreams or plans they want to realize before that day comes. 

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As the list is every individuals wish list of life dreams, no list will be the same. So I don’t want to present you a collection of points in order to have lived a happy life like the articles about ‚100 things to do, 66 places to see, bla bla bla‘ intent to say. But rather give you inspiration for developing your own, because bucket lists can definitely change over time. That is why I will start this new blog series ‚Bucket list‘ from now on and presenting you guys moments, places, activities or what so ever, which were of great significance to me and might as well be to you.

In this post I am introducing you to the moment of watching the sunset at Horseshoe Bend in Arizona. Honestly, it wasn’t exactly on my ‚Bucket list. But thinking back I experienced something really mesmerizing.  Prior our road trip I didn’t even know about this place which is located near Page town in Arizona. The location itself is already really impressive, but seeing the sunset at the horizon from the UNPROTECTED! steep cliff  from where there is a 1,000-foot (300 m) drop to the Colorado River. Hell yeah was I scared, but it was worth it every second! Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed this beautiful moment. And I can only recommend to experience the same thing once. All the best! x Gitta

PS: I am very curious if you already have a bucket list and if so, what’s on it? Please let me know in the comments area.

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Skirt – Vero Moda // Top – Zara // Kimono – Forever 21 // Shoes – H&M

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Photography by Melissa Loreena

LACMA LIGHTS

LACMA LIGHTS

If the was one photo shoot location in Los Angeles I wanted to take some outfit pictures at – then it was LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since LA was the last stop on our road trip along the westcoast, I kind of forced Melissa to drive all the way from Venice Beach through LA’s horrible traffic solely to visit this spot. Even on of my favorite blogger colleagues like Peace Love Shea, The Blonde Salad or Anouska seem to love this place and used it in at least one of their outfit posts. And since Los Angeles is one of my favorite cites LACMA was for sure on my bucketlist. These lamps, more precisely this large-scale assemblage sculpture by Chris Burden called Urban Light, where definitely a great spot to shoot at. LACMA also offers other great outdoor artwork which makes your pictures pop ;)

Anyway, I wore this fashionable co-ordinates from Glamorous which pieces you can easily wear apart from each other, but it looks better together :) What I love about the top is that you can also wear it off-shoulder. I am currently a lot into these co-ord sets and already bought another one, because they are so versatile and perfect for summer. Are you also a fan of this matching outfit trend?

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Co-ords – Glamorous // Sunnies – Crush // Shoes – Asos // Bag – Bershka

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