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Northernmost Capital Reykjavik

February 3, 2018

Reykjavik (pronounced as REYK-ya-veek) sits just above the 64th parallel north, making it the world’s northernmost capital city of a sovereign state. Located in southwestern Iceland, a Nordic island country that has Greenland as its nearest neighbour nearly 300km away. It is home to more than 123 000 people, or more than one-third of the total …
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Food haven Brussels

January 8, 2018

Belgium is the capital of Belgium and also the de facto capital of the European Union. The “muscle from Brussels” Jean-Claude Van Damme is also born here as well. Ironically, one of the symbols of Brussels is the Manneken Pis, the bronze sculpture of a naked little boy taking a piss. Once a week, there …
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2017 in Travel Review

January 1, 2018

Once again, 2017 has been a good year for travels. Here is a recap of the places that I have visited. Jan: new year countdown in Thailand (Phuket) March: Indonesia (Bali)   April: Thailand (Bangkok) and Philippines (Pampanga) June: South Korea, Mexico, Cuba   July: Hong Kong Sept: Pakistan Oct: Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Nov: Philippines …
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Zdravo Belgrade

October 31, 2017

At the crossroads where the Balkans meet Central Europe lies one of Europe’s oldest cities, the capital of Serbia, Belgrade. Although very much a western city, Belgrade’s location and history of inhabitation by many different cultures and civilizations have left it with a feeling of the magic of the east. Belgrade has become one of …
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From city centre to check-in

August 5, 2017

Guest post from oneminute.com When coming off long flights, you want to get into the thick of it as soon as possible. Whether it be a taxi or a bus ride, discover the cost and time it takes to hitch a ride in a variety of modes of public transport that will have you exploring …
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Helsinki Suomi

November 16, 2016

After spending two days in Tallinn, it was time to head over to Finland. Finland has been named one of the top three destinations to visit in 2017.The capital Helsinki is just a two hour ferry ride from Tallinn. The national airline Finnair also has five weekly flights between Singapore and Helsinki. It offers the …
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Tallinn Tales

November 15, 2016

From Stockholm, it is easy to board one of the ferries heading north to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, where we continued on our nordic trip. On the Tallink Silja Line which has a daily ferry crossing, we managed to book tickets at 58€ each. It was a B class cabin for four people and …
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Capital of Scandinavia Stockholm

November 14, 2016

Did you know that Stockholm has a gender equal snow-clearing policy? Men are statistically more likely to be drivers, while women are more likely to use pavements, cycle paths, and public transport. Instead of clearing main roads first, day care centres, where parents typically take their children first thing in the morning have been prioritised, …
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Mostar Stari Most

September 4, 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a country that would immediately come to your mind when you think of Europe. However, this small country in Southeast Europe is definitely worth a visit for off-the-beaten-track travellers and only recently till 1995, it was struggling with a civil war. It was the year 1991, Yugoslavia disintegrated under the …
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Istanbul

July 17, 2016

In light of the recent news about the military coup in Turkey, I felt that it was unjustified and would put off many people from traveling to this beautiful country. While safety is an important issue to consider, I believe that Turkey will clean up its act and restore faith among travellers quickly. One of …
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Prague-matic guide

April 24, 2016

After hearing about the proposed name change to “Czechia”, I felt that Czech Republic deserves a post. Well, I find that the new name would sound like the Chechnya separtist region in Russia, or that it sounds like the “chacha” dance. I guess most of the locals are opposing to the new name as they …
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Bulgaria beckons

March 9, 2016

Bulgaria is located in southeastern Europe, at the crossroads of Central Asia and the West. It borders Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey, all of which I have visited except for Greece. This  Balkan nation has a diverse terrain encompassing Black Sea coastline, rivers, including the Danube, and a mountainous interior. Bulgaria has a rich …
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10 best-kept travel secrets

January 31, 2016

Thanks to budget airlines, Skyscanner and other various social websites (eg. Couchsurfing, airBnB, WWOOFing, Workaway etc.), it has provided people with more travel opportunities and to make new friends across the globe. Here are some tips on how you can get more travel for your buck. 1. Choose another gateway Sometimes, the most direct route …
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Swag San Sebastian

January 23, 2016

How not to fall in love with the shimmering scallop-shaped bay, replete with crescents of golden sand of La Concha and turquoise waves, in the northern Spanish city known as San Sebastian? Designated as the European Capital of Culture this year, I was lucky to be able to visit this small town with huge thundering …
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Made in Madrid

January 13, 2016

After bidding farewell to South America, I took a 12-hour flight from Buenos Aires to Madrid on Aerolineas Argentina. I like the plane because it has a 2-4-2 seating arrangement, broad legroom and touch-screen entertainment system. Madrid may lack the cachet of Paris, the monumental history of Rome, or Barcelona’s reputation for Modernista masterpieces. And …
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train troubles in Netherlands

January 8, 2016

After saying adios to Spain, I took a flight from Madrid (where I was finally reunited with my delayed luggage after one week) to Eindhoven, Netherlands. Ryanair uses Eindhoven as its Dutch base for operations, so it’s cheaper to fly there. Since I landed around 10pm, I still had to make my way to Nijmegen …
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the art of eating Pintxos

January 4, 2016

Instead of calling it tapas, here in northern Spain, it is known as pintxos (pronounced “pinchos”). I really enjoy the wide selection of pintxos available in the bars, although if you order many at one go the bill would add up. Treat the pintxos like snacks, ordering one or two at a time to go …
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2015 travel review

January 4, 2016

What did I do for 2015? So I did fulfill my new year resolution of traveling more and making sense of the world we live in. This has been an epic year of thesis submission, graduation, pedagogical training and lots of crazy traveling. most unique experience – sleeping in a Mongolian ger (yurt) in the …
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What You Learn By Traveling Alone

August 22, 2015

My friends have always wondered why I like to travel alone. Am I a loner? Who is there to look out for me should something happen to me? Yes, I have taken these into consideration, but sometimes no one is as adventurous as you to travel to exotic off-the-map destinations, so of course I do …
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How to travel around Oslo for free!

June 25, 2015

Just 20 years ago, Oslo was a sleepy, provincial town known mainly for the annual ceremony of handing out the Nobel Prizes. Today, it is one of Europe’s fastest-growing capitals. Skyscrapers are being hastily erected in the downtown area, and new residential areas along waterfront area are being constructed. No doubt that Oslo is expensive …
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Oslo with my Norwegian friends

June 24, 2015

Oslo was not on my original plan as my went purpose of going to Norway was to escape to the mountains. However, thanks to my Norwegian friends whom I met in singapore while they were on their university exchange programme, they invited me to stay with them in Oslo. Karoliina from Finland also joined me …
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My Norwegian family in Tromsø

June 22, 2015

I was supposed to stay with Gunnar for 4 nights, but due to some work commitments he couldn’t host me for the first two nights. Instead of ditching me and letting me find another host on my own, he made agreements for his son to host me in the north island. His son, Kristoffer and …
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Arctic capital Tromsø

June 19, 2015

In many ways Tromsø is the Arctic capital of Norway. People from more than 100 different countries live permanently in Tromsø. The Tromsø municipality has a population of around 70000, of which 60000 live in the city. Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway and also the largest Nordic city north of the Arctic …
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validate Vilnius

June 16, 2015

Located in the southernmost part of Lithuania, Vilnius is its capital and the second largest city in the Baltics. With this visit, I have successfully completed my tour of the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). Today, it pulsates with a vibrant, artistic community within the beautiful baroque architecture of its Old Town, which has been …
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