About: Joe Dodgshun

Berlin-based Kiwi, passionate about writing, photography, and the potential of both to open minds and open worlds. Inspired by climate innovation, socent and responsible travel, hoping to inspire others.

Sustaining the Travel Movement
8 Mar 2015

Sustaining the Travel Movement

Two things really struck me this week. The first was a mind-blowing fact which cropped up again and again when I attended the ITB travel trade show, the leading expo of its kind in the world. 2012 was the first year in which more than one billion tourists visited an international destination. Around a seventh of the world’s population travelled overseas. If you think that number is hard to comprehend, then just imagine; this is predicted to reach 1.8 billion...

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A Rough Guide to Kölner Karneval

After last year missing out on Kölner Karneval (Carnival in Cologne) because I was sick, 2015 was definitely the year to take on this colourful Rhineland tradition. So, without further ado, here’s your rough guide to Karneval in Köln, based on the hard-earned experience of the fortnight previous. Karneval in Köln, Jeck Here! We’ll start off with some simple vocabulary to make your Karneval a less confusing and more amusing experience. Jeck: This is an important one. Jeck is, in broader...

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Like a Kiwi Part 3 – South. Queenstown & Alexandra

The Queenstown area is one of those parts of New Zealand which tourists seem to flock to in justifying the ridiculous long-haul flights down under…  I really can’t blame them as this was my home before I left to travel, the part of the country to which I felt curiously drawn ever since visiting on a family holiday at the age of 16. Maybe it was the jagged mountain ranges enclosing the tiny resort town, which can receive powder snow...

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A Frosty Intermission
9 Feb 2015

A Frosty Intermission

Brr. Yesterday’s spontaneous day at the ski resort of Oberwiesenthal was rather wild, so I think the follow-up to last week’s Raglan/NZ New Years post shall have to be postponed in favour of portraying the faces of this frosty trip out east. Starting at 5.30am, ending at 10.30pm, plenty in between.

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Like a Kiwi Part 2 – NYE Raglan
2 Feb 2015

Like a Kiwi Part 2 – NYE Raglan

Now that the snow comes and goes, I’m getting even more perplexed Germans asking what the devil I’m doing back here when I could still be basking in the New Zealand sunshine. Late last year, I found myself pondering similar thoughts on the eight-hour bus trip from my hometown (here’s the previous blog post, in case you missed it). Despite reservations about boarding the vomit comet, the trip down memory lane, A.K.A. State Highway 2, passed in a pleasant blur...

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Like a Kiwi Part 1 – Gisborne
22 Jan 2015

Like a Kiwi Part 1 – Gisborne

I’m settling back into my cosy Berlin abode amidst threats of snow, the countless shades of grey outside a perfect foil to reflect on my four weeks of summer in New Zealand. It’s a good thing I actually like winter, as my first trip back home in 32 months coincided with one of those golden summers that seem only to exist in childhood memories. Who knows if I’d be back otherwise… *Flashback* I arrived exhausted in my hometown after three...

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2014 at a glance
12 Jan 2015

2014 at a glance

  While I’m sitting in plane over the Tasman Sea, next to a German fellow who just cycled around NZ for four weeks on a fold-up commuter bike, I’d like to take the opportunity to say “happy new year”! My entry into 2015 was more or less the same as that of the German gent, if you swap out physical exertion and replace it with non-stop eating, catch ups and becoming a touch less pale in a classic NZ summer....

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Home Again
17 Dec 2014

Home Again

I still haven’t quite come to terms with the fact that almost 31 months after leaving New Zealand as a decidedly unbearded youngster, I’ll finally be back later this week. [Edit: One of the border staff members in Taiwan seemed a bit suspicious about the beard, too.] I’d be inclined to ponder the marvel that, in the space of a day, one can be back on the other side of the world, back to such a familiar life. But it’s...

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Christkindlesmarkt: An expat pilgrimage

It was inevitable that eventually, like a moth to the Feuerzangenbowle flame,  this expat would be unable to resist the temptations of the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt. And why would I? As one of the biggest and most tradition-steeped Christmas markets in Germany, if not the world, the Christkindlesmarkt is the epitome of everything us summer-Christmas southerners yearn for in the festive season. Glühwein to ward off the cold nights, warmly-lit wooden stalls filled with Lebkuchen (next-level Gingerbread), Bratwurst, artisan-crafted wooden gifts and the excuse...

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Mauerfall
16 Nov 2014

Mauerfall

If there was any place I expected to experience an emotional connection to the long-distant confusion and euphoria of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it  was definitely not Checkpoint Charlie. Yet, last weekend I stood at the intersection of Friedrichstrasse and Zimmerstrasse, wiping away an unexpected tear of awe and thankfulness at being part of the celebration of such a monumental event… and dumbfoundedness at the human cruelty of building a wall between friends and family in the first...

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