German journalist Johanna Rüdiger joined a group on our popular Everglades BackwaterTour in the fall of 2012. Expert guide Bob Nesmith led an adventurous troop through waist deep water, immersing everyone in the plant and animal species as they snapped photos and tried to keep their cameras dry. In the article below, Johanna recommends that – out of all the things to do in and around Miami – visitors should make sure to visit the Everglades. Her article reflects how she was captivated by the natural beauty and wild virginity of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem and her gratitude that Dragonfly Expeditions was able to introduce her to the Big Cypress swamp. Johanna considers her experience a real adventure full of discovery; much better than a simple airboat ride during which she would have only seen the most commonly-visited areas of the Everglades.
The article was published in Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the local daily newspaper of the city of Cologne, Germany in January. If you understand German, click on the image below and zoom in to read!
As the Dragonfly Expeditions team sits around the table during our weekly meeting on Monday mornings, it’s not uncommon for us to feel something small brush past our ankles. It’s not a mouse. It’s the tail of a Chihuahua; or to be more specific – two Chihuahuas. We are proud to introduce the most recent additions to the Dragonfly Expeditions family: Cookie and Peaches. Our two newest friends wasted no time in making themselves at home in the Biltmore Hotel. When Stephanie, intern for our sister company Windjammer Sailing Adventures (located in the office next door), moved to Miami from Germany, she didn’t come alone. She arrived in the US with two little and loveable dogs in tow. It took some getting used to, but now we can’t imagine the workday without Cookie and Peaches frolicking between our two offices. Read more to find out which dog is a mother of five and which dog weighs less than six pounds! Continue reading →
Before I came to Miami to start my internship with Dragonfly Expeditions I was counting the days. Time could not go by fast enough. And now, as I will return to Germany in a couple of days I realize how time actually flew by while I had the time of my life.
My expectations of what I wanted to learn, see and experience were already quite high but all of them were even exceeded.
First of all I had the pleasure to work with an absolutely incredible team. To come to a foreign country by oneself is always difficult, but everybody in the office tried their best to make me feel as comfortable as possible in this new environment. And in my opinion they did a great job. Also the working atmosphere was fantastic. Everybody works together closely and the team’s passion for what they are doing is absolutely infectious.
I would like to start off with a primer on how to pronounce my business partner’s first name. It seems to throw a lot of people off but it’s actually easy. The name “Uwe” is an old German name with origins in Scandinavia. Think of it like this: U sounds like the double oo in moo (as in cow). W is like the “v” sound in English. E is equal to the short “a” sound in English (as in “stick your tongue out and say ahhh!). Therefore Uwe = oo- vahh
Uwe Georg Doeringer was born in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1970. This famous European resort city, 10 miles from the French border hosted royals (including the Russian Czars), aristocrats and industrialists in the Victorian era. Because Baden-Baden is also in the Black Forest, being exposed to the wilderness had a strong influence on young Uwe. (Hmmm, history and ecology, I’m wondering where this is going?). Continue reading →