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Alexandra: Meet my busiest and awesome friend

Alexandra: Meet my busiest and awesome friend

Alexandra and I met in AIDAperla while working together for side duties we got to know each other. She looks very beautiful and I asked her if I can shoot some portraits of her. 

She is very nice and gave me a chance to shoot her portraits. It was amazing and then we became good friends. I am glad to know her. She is a very happy-go-lucky girl with a lot of cool stories in her bucket. If you ever get a chance to meet her I am sure you will like her amazing stories.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Tell me about your Travel Journey.

In my opinion, I traveled to fewer countries until now, but I am working on it. 😉 It actually all started when my mom flew with me to Turkey, where we spent our holidays in an all-inclusive hotel every year.

I loved it so much, and it was the first time I came in touch with different cultures. After a few years, she had the crazy idea to go on a cruise. And, of course, it had to be AIDA. That’s when my passion for cruises came up and where I knew that someday I want to work for this company and on these ships.

In 2010 I flew to the USA together with my mom within our church’s framework, who organized this trip. We stayed one week in Indianapolis and afterward one week in Los Angeles and San Francisco. When I came back, I knew that I had to come back as soon as possible, so I attended a language school after finishing high school in Miami Beach.

When I started to study, I didn’t have much money left to travel, but I made some awesome weekend trips to Prague, Hamburg, Rügen, and Vienna. In 2019 my boss sent me for a business trip to Barbados, and I totally fell in love with this island.

Especially as a woman, I always felt super safe, and I could really enjoy it. Then my journey with AIDA started. Unfortunately, I could only see the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands with AIDA (thanks, Corona 🙄), but I really hope there is more to come. 😊

Alexandra

Your Country?

Germany

Lisa Five Things you can suggest people do in traveling? 

  • Try the local food
  • Please get in contact with local people and hear their stories.
  • Look for the non-tourist places.
  • Be open-minded and try to learn something about a different culture.
  • Find the perfect place to watch the sunset.
beer from germany

Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?

I honestly have to say that I could not live in another country for the rest of my life. I love traveling but I am also always happy when I come home to my family and friends.

The only thing I could imagine is living abroad during the winter times here in Germany because I love the sun and this is barely seen during winter in Germany 😄

Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.

I met many incredible persons, but I have two persons who are particular in my mind: The first one is Ben, who was my host dad when I had been in the USA back in 2010. He is such a lovely person and organized a lot of amazing things for me. He is truly one of the most respectful people I’ve ever met.

The second one is Fernando, who I met during my stay in Miami Beach. We both attended a language school and were already in contact before we got there. He is from Mexico, and he is the funniest and sassiest person I know.

Although our stay in Miami Beach has been already 7 years ago, we are still in contact, and I am more than happy to call him my friend.

What was your best trip?

I had many amazing trips around the world, but one I will always remember is the weekend trip to Prague with one of my closest friends, Kathi. We had the best time in Prague, and everything was literally perfect.

I’m living in Berlin, and from Berlin, it’s just a 4-hour drive by train to Prague, so it’s quite easy to get there. We had the perfect hotel at the perfect location, and we had only sunshine the whole weekend.

Kathi is also a very easy-going person, so we are never troubled about where to eat or what to do. We tried the local food, tried the local beer, did sightseeing, partied and enjoyed the beautiful city. We really had the time of our life, and we will definitely go back!

What was your worst trip?

Luckily, I enjoyed all my trips 😊

Alexandra with her friend

Have you ever been in a difficult situation while traveling?

When it was time to leave the language school in Miami Beach, a friend of mine offered me to drive to the airport because he had his own car and so I hadn’t had to pay for a taxi. 3 1/2 hours before my flight, we drove to the airport, but already after the first turn, we noticed a huge traffic jam.

Miami Beach and Miami are connected through several bridges, and on the main bridge was a huge accident. All people who wanted to drive from Miami Beach to Miami had to switch to the other bridges leading to Miami. And on that day, a lot of people wanted to drive to Miami.

At first, I was completely chilled, but the more time had passed, the more I became nervous. I also started to cry and called my mom back in Germany. She couldn’t really understand what’s going on because it was in the middle of the night back in Germany.

Gladly we somehow made it to the airport, and I was still in time (I couldn’t believe it). I had so much adrenaline in me that I couldn’t find the counter to check-in, so I started to cry again, of course 😂. Thank god there was a nice guy who helped me to find my counter, and I was the last person who checked in.

After me, the counter was directly closed 🙈. I was so done that I slept the entire flight back to Germany. This is really something I never want to experience again. 😄

Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, let me know about it.

Fortunately, I’ve never gotten lost. Thanks to Google Maps 🙏🏻😄

happy german girl

What is the most exciting city to visit in your country?

There are so many nice cities in Germany but I would definitely say Berlin. Berlin is such a multi-cultural city and there is so much going on. You have so many nice options in what to do, what to eat, what to drink, it never gets boring.

I am so in love with the city because it’s full of contrasts. And once you know how to handle the Berlin friendliness you will have the best time of your life.

What are the famous tourist destinations in your country? Which would you recommend if you could only recommend one? Why?

Especially the big cities like Munich, Berlin and Hamburg are the most famous in my country. I would recommend you not to visit Munich since it’s just Germany’s stereotype, and Germany is so much more than beer, pretzel, and Dirndl.

If you can make a round trip to also little cities to see the “Real“ Germany. As you can see, I can’t decide. 😄

Alexandra enjoying her life

What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?

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Please tell us your bucket list places?

  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Denmark
  • Iceland
  • Budapest
  • Singapur
  • Bali
  • Thailand
  • Australia
  • India
  • México
  • Barbados
  • Brazil …

and so many more!

Which country do you want to travel to? (You never been to this country before)

As you can see I have a lot of countries I want to travel to. But one of my biggest dreams is to spend my honeymoon in the Maldives. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place to travel on your honeymoon (so if my future husband is reading it right now – you already know where we will spend our honeymoon 😄)

Meet my busiest friend

What was the best food you had on your travel? Tell me the country also or if possible the restaurant name where you had it?

The best food I had so far was in Barbados at the Oistins Fish Fry Street Food market. They had local food and local beer and it tasted so delicious.

How Many Countries have you been to?

I have been to 25 Countries.

If you had $100,000, where would you go on holiday? How about if you had $10,000? What about $1,000?

  • 100.000$: world trip
  • 10.000$: Bora Bora
  • 1.000$: Mexico

What was the best Travel Memory for you?

Every travel brings up some great memories so I can’t decide where .

beautiful smile

What do you want to suggest to us?

Go out there and travel the world – it’s the best thing you can do. 😊 

What was the most exciting place you have ever visited?

Prague & Barbados

alex with kathi

Where can we find you? Social media

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