Ana Raab


During the summer of 2016, I traveled overseas completely on my own for the first time. Over the course of seven weeks, I wandered through Scandinavia exploring the Swedish heritage of my grandmother, made my way to Berlin by train, and confronted the stark beauty of Iceland—stretching myself along the way.

Follow my past and current journeys here.

Berlin By Bike

Yes, I'm dedicating an entire post to bike riding because my newly-rediscovered love for it is that great. I don't think I've really, truly ridden a bike long distance since sometime in junior high. Today I biked and biked and biked as far as my two feet would take me, all through the city, stopping along the way at museums, shops and one gluten-free bakery (!), cutting across multiple neighborhoods, peddling through the leafy canopy of Tiergarden, over the canals and back again. It was quite literally exhilarating. There's real joy (and liberation!) in relying solely on your own two feet in a richer way than walking; I have to admit there were a few moments when I felt totally unstoppable...flying down the road, wind in my hair, sun on my back...I also realize one of the reasons biking works so well in cities like Berlin is because it is so darn FLAT. Not a molehill in sight. I have newfound respect for those brave souls toiling up the steep hills of Seattle. I'd like to say I'll be one of those brave souls too and bring my new love for two wheels back home...that remains to be seen. Oh! And fun fact: my real camera is on the fritz so from here on out it's pics from the ol' iPhone.