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Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam

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First 24h in Hanoi – an introduction to the city by English-Students

“Are you busy?“, she asked us, and 6 more pairs of eyes were looking at us. We arrived in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. We just slowed down from our first wander around the old town of iconic Hanoi. We got a first glance of the city, and tested the waters for buying a motorbike in Hanoi. After all, this is the plan: getting two motorbikes and drive them from the North to the South of Vietnam. We just bought a soft drink, and sat down at the famous Hoàn Kiếm Lake, when these 7 young Vietnamese approached us. “Are you busy?“, she

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A message at Happynest Hostel
Happynest Hostel Phaholyothin Road Chiang Rai Provincia de Chiang Rai Tailandia

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You’re Never Fully Alone When Traveling Solo (first-time solo-travel)

Prior to my stay at the Happynest Hostel in Chiang Rai, I had been traveling the islands and Chiang Mai (home of the 5 Star Hostel Oxotel) with my husband and 6 other friends. Needless to say, we were rolling deep, which is a rare concept considering we’re all American and it’s hard to get that many people together to head overseas, let alone a weekend in Vegas! So it came without saying, that when everyone headed home to LAX, and I stayed behind to trek Thailand solo for a week, I felt alone and depressed. Don’t get me wrong,

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Feeling liberated in Norway!
Preikestolen, Norway

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Feeling liberated in Norway!

My boyfriend and I spent last August in Norway. Our first stop was Trolltunga, 22km of walking through snow, mud, rain, wind and darkness. Two days later we hiked Pulpit Rock, almost half the distance, this second hike seemed like a breeze compared to the first one. We spent the rest of the time relaxing and exploring the beautiful county of Ryfylke – from a 10 Euro/day spa overlooking the lake, gazing at the incredible and numerous waterfalls, to aimlessly driving by the fjords. I have always been scared of heights, and it had been less than a year since

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I found my favorite Café in Barcelona - thanks to a book!
Placa de Sant Pere, Barcelona

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I found my favorite Café in Barcelona – thanks to a book!

I dislike entering book shops. Every time I walk into a book shop, I will end up buying one. I entered an international bookshop in Eixample, Barcelona, while looking for some cool things to do in Barcelona. And as expected, a book named „The dead alleys of Barcelona“ got my attention, a crime novel. Long story shot: I bought it, went home, and started reading. In this book, the author Stefanie Kremser talks about a special part of El Born, downtown Barcelona. She describes this magical square, this narrow street the main character lived in. I didn’t know this exact street, and

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What happens in Venice stays in Venice
Gran Canal, Venice, Italy

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What happens in Venice stays in Venice – my Selfie Stick Fiasco

There I was. In Venice. In Italy. For real. A backpacker visiting a house transformed into a beautiful museum. I had just discovered there was a magnificent terrace perched on the Grand Canal. I completely fell in love with the place. The colors, the sparkling water, the calm of this hidden gem, a real happy place. I wanted to immortalize this singular moment. So I took it out, for the first time, this mystery object that everyone was talking about, this thing that is supposed to be an essential because it takes your pictures to the next level. I had

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We felt in love at Marken Gjestehus in Bergen
Marken Gjestehus in Bergen

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We fell in love at Marken Gjestehus in Bergen

Well, we met at a Hostel in Lisbon. We had a good connection and exchanged Facebook accounts. Not very much, I kind of put her name on Facebook looking for her, sent the friend request and she accepted me (does that make me a stalker?) We kept in touch, talking on Facebook, until I decided to go to Norway for traveling…and to see her. I was not expecting anything, since I’m a Brazilian guy that lives in Lisbon and she is a Norwegian living in Bergen. But then I booked the Marken Gjestehus Hostel (the 5 Star Hostel in Bergen)

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Me against the Rest: The biggest Waterfight in the World
Bangkok, Thailand

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My first Songkran – The biggest Waterfight in the World

One day last year our friends asked us if we would like to meet them in Thailand (we live in Germany) and without hesitation we said “yes!” The timing was perfect and we planned the trip around Songkran a.k.a the Thai New Year. Songkran is an experience that is so difficult to describe. Imagine being part of the worlds largest water fight, streets packed full with people at all hours, pouring buckets of water on each other and everyone armed with water guns! Needless to say, my husband, our friends and I relived our childhoods running around Bangkok shooting people

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Two Russian Spies in Rotterdam? A Hostel story

Two Russian Spies in Rotterdam? A Hostel story

„It was a summer, when two young Russian guests came to our Ani&Haakien Hostel in Rotterdam to do the check-in. They were two friendly guys, maybe a bit serious, like people can be :) They were carrying two suspicious long thin hard cover bags with them. With big eyes I was fantasizing about two Russian spies with guns coming to our Rotterdam. I asked the guys, what they are doing in Rotterdam and what they brought with them. They said they would go to an event and that they have their boats with them. So I mumbled a bit „Yeah

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Tears from Palestine - My homage to a friends wedding

Tears from Palestine – My homage to a friends wedding

Sometimes when I’ve been on the road for a while I get so used to living in the moment, day in day out, that I don’t even realise what I am doing at the time. It’s just a spontaneous action that creates memories. When I woke up that morning, I knew where all my mates back home were going to be that day: at the wedding of two of our friends. I always enjoyed the big events, but I wasn’t going to be there. Instead, I was taking a tour through Palestine. Months of planning had gone into this four

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Spending the night in jail instead of at Train Hostel - an experience either way!
Train Hostel, Avenue Georges Rodenbach, Schaerbeek/Schaarbeek, Belgien

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Spending the night in jail instead of at Train Hostel – an experience either way!

On Train Hostel Brussels’ second day of business, a guest forgot to mention when he would arrive. Back then, right at the beginning, this 5 Star Hostel did not have a 24hour reception. There was no way to reach the guest beforehand. So the guest arrived at 2am, and found himself in front of a closed door. Due to a misunderstanding, there was no one around to let the guest in. So, what to do? At this point in the story, it is worth mentioning: there is a police station right in front of Train Hostel in Brussels and the

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The monk who didn't want money but silence
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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The monk who didn’t want money but silence

We were visiting Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, surrounded by hundreds of pilgrims all dressed in white. Suddenly we noticed a buddhist monk staying silently close to a Stupa: he was still, his eyes to the sacred monument in front of him, at his feet a handwritten sign: “Do not give me money, it’s no use for me. If you want you can take a picture, I don’t mind. But please do not speak to me“. We had the camera in our hands but decided to turn it off and respect this monk, his silence and his faith. His message made us think about the vacuity

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Meeting the nicest person in Lithuania

Meeting the nicest person in Lithuania

I arrived at Siarliai, a small Lithuanian town by bus to look at the „hill of crosses“. I had just missed the connecting bus that was supposed to take me there, so took a taxi, spending much more than I had planned. We drove through the fields, far away from the city. When we reached the hill the driver looked at me: „Wait? The bus is far away“ – „No, thanks, I can walk“ – „no, I’ll wait, you can’t stay here.“ – „No, thanks.“ I got out of the car and walked towards the hill, hoping I would find

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The power of spontaneity - College, friendship, and travel!
Santa Monica, California, USA

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The power of spontaneity – College, friendship, and travel!

I live in Fullerton, California and attend CSUF with my friends. None of us knew each other before coming to college, but we were all brought together by sheer luck. Our friendships have blossomed and we have been on so many adventures together throughout the first semester of school. It was sad to be heading home for winter break, but when we returned to school it felt too good to be reunited! Our first weekend back we decided to take a trip to Santa Monica, which is about an hour away from Fullerton (depending on traffic). We found a parking

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Get some energetic vibes in Bam - When an Earthquake hit Bam

Get some energetic vibes in Bam – When an Earthquake hit Bam

“Bam is still here!” said Mr. Panjalizadeh, owner of the Akbar Guest House in Bam, Iran. “We get energy from you people who visit us.” In 2003 a 6.6 earthquake hit Bam, devastating the city. Most of my Iranian friends thought I was crazy to drive all the way to Bam. “There’s nothing there,” they said. Nothing could be further from the truth. True, the place had been wrecked, but – after visiting the stunning citadel – I joined Mr. Panjalizadeh for tea in the garden of his guesthouse, seriously damaged by the earthquake and which still resembles a construction

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