It’s hard to think about 2018 and focus on something. So many things happened with me that it feels hard to define this year with something. But if I had to do it, it would be the year where Camila and I moved in together. Also, the year where I started living with 5 cats, which is something unusual. But this is about something else, this article is focused on my favorite trips of 2018. So let’s get back on track here, please.
We started Fotostrasse back in January 2013, as a photo meet up in Berlin. But, in January 2014, we began Fotostrasse as a blog with one idea in mind: bring cool people to different places. This is what we have been doing since then, and this is what we want to do until we give up on everything.
In 2018, I almost managed to complete my goal of traveling somewhere, at least, once a month. The first place I visited was Stettin, a cool city in Poland close to Berlin. The last one was the city I was living before I moved out of Brazil.
My Favorite Trips of 2018
Before I started writing this article, I took a look at some of the pictures I posted on Instagram through the year, and it seems like I had way more fun than I remember. I visited London twice, spent some time exploring the northern coast of Germany (Flensburg, Kiel, and Lübeck), and even managed to take a train to Ukraine!
Choosing the cities below wasn’t as simple as in previous years, but I hope I made the right choice. Either way, let me present you my favorite trips of 2018.
5 – São Paulo is always more fun than I expected
In the middle of November, I took a plane from Berlin and spent two weeks in São Paulo. My goal was to go there to help Camila finish packing and help her out in anything necessary. But the trip was more fun than I was expecting and we had some free time to eat in places I had never been before!
One of the highlights of the trip was my architectural walk around Avenida Paulista that provided most of the great pictures I took down there. Another one was the visit to A Juriti that turned into an article here and a fantastic video by Estevam.
Now, let’s see when I feel like going back there for political reasons.
4 – My second time in Amsterdam
At the end of June, I had to travel to Amsterdam for a concert. Growing up in Brazil, Nine Inch Nails was one of my favorite bands. They were touring Europe in the Summer, but their Berlin concert was sold out before I manage to buy tickets. Based on that, I decided to buy a plane ticket to Amsterdam and watch the show there.
This was my second time in Amsterdam, and I liked it, even more, this time around. I managed to visit a cat shelter on a boat, the Pianola Museum and I spent some time in one of the most amazing hotels ever: the famous Canal House.
3 – The Hanseatic City of Lübeck
I visited Lübeck in early November. It was part of my Northern Germany tour after I decided to take a bus from Berlin to Hamburg just to see Ihsahn playing a concert there. From Hamburg, a friend and I went around Schleswig-Holstein and visited Flensburg, Neumünster, Kiel, and Lübeck which was the highlight of the trip.
I was there for just two days, and I believe I could spend way longer there, just walking around the city streets and trying to capture the old beauty of Lübeck. And I hope I will have some time to get back there in 2019!
2 – Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube
I had been planning to visit Budapest for quite a while, but my plans never worked out. Back in August, a friend and I decided to start our Eastern Europe trip in Budapest, and we were there for less time than necessary since the city has so much more to see that we were expecting.
Budapest was amazing, and it’s another city that I’m looking forward to visiting again in 2019.
1 – The Fantastic Lviv in Ukraine
I have had a fascination with Eastern Europe for a while now, and Ukraine was always one of the countries I wanted to visit the most. I managed to do it in August 2018 during an Eastern Europe tour that I did with a friend. We started everything in Budapest, then Kosice and, finally Lviv.
And Lviv was the highlight of this trip and my greatest surprise of the year. The food was great, the beer was terrific, and the city has a peculiar beauty that mixes recent past with history.
I still need to write more about what I saw there, but I already started with the unique yard of Lost Toys. But there are videos to come as well, and I hope you like them as much as I loved the city.
Stettin, London, Krakow, Hannover, Kosice, Flensburg, Kiel, Hamburg, Neumünster, Uzhhorod; you were all great places to visit, but I had to narrow down to five favorite trips, and you had to go. I hope it will be as hard to choose my favorite trips of 2019 as it was in 2018.