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My 5 Best Trips of 2016

The year 2016 was a bit of a hurdle but along the way sprung some amazing moments, too. There are usually two ways to end the year. One is to whine and curse at how crazy the world has been and the other, keeping the tragedies of the year in mind as well as all […]

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Zurich, So Rich!

Switzerland’s largest and arguably most expensive city could be a tough stop for budget travelers. However, you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to enjoy several panoramic views of the cities from its various elevated parks and roof decks. For example, you can join the students at the terrace of the ETH library for […]

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Paddan Your Way Through Gothenburg!

You kind of lose count of how many Venices of the North there are with the many coastal, almost submerged cities that only have probably a lifetime to wade the rising sea levels. But yes, as they say, enjoy them while they last. Gothenburg is one of them. Once a Dutch territory, the city is […]

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It’s Not Always Gray in Normandy

It’s been a while since my last post. I had a lazy but spectacular summer in Sweden and had gotten completely detached from my usual routines. Now I shall start to make up for lost time. It’s not Sweden for today, I will let it fizzle for a while otherwise it will be just a […]

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Porto, a cidade mais linda do mundo

A recent trip brought me back to the lovely city of Porto, the second largest city of Portugal. It’s one of my favorite cities because it’s super fun, has beautiful ancient architecture, not overwhelmingly huge, culturally unique, and has a big population of international students. People are also extremely friendly and hospitable. Normally, I would post […]

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Bern, It’s Cool In Here!

Switzerland’s capital city has a small elevated historical center on a peninsula carved by the Aare River.  Particularly tall bridges cross the river from all sides of the city center promising spectacular views of descending cliff-side houses and accompanying greenery. What I love about this city is that it still keeps a countryside vibe with […]

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Castles Travel

The City of Three Cultures

The walled city of Toledo, a short drive from Madrid is one of the most well-preserved historical destinations in the world. Dubbed the city of three cultures, Toledo demonstrated the harmonic coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims. An utter mélange of these three religious cultures brought about an eclectic palette of ancient architecture (gothic churches, […]

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Lisbon, The Effervescent Capital

The sunny Portuguese capital is a splash of color. The mid-sized buildings glowing in either chalk white or vibrant pastels occupy the undulating cobbled streets. Sprawling across hills and slopes in steep narrow alleys and stone stairs, Lisbon is one big village. Although it could be an arduous walk, being on the slopes however, gives […]

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Holy Bologna

In some parts of the English-speaking world, Bologna rhymes with pony and is used to soften cuss words blurted out in surprise. I don’t know how it had gotten there but they certainly do not rhyme in Bologna. Keeping up to its sausage and pasta sauce namesake, the city is all shades of red orange. […]

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Berlin Bipolar

Berlin is a city of puzzling dichotomy. During the day, it can be a poignant reality. Shards and fragments of its bloody past still sting as you stumble upon the countless exhibits of broken walls and heart-rending memorials. At night on the other hand, a new grittier life begins and the air is seemingly engulfed […]