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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Trying Aperol Spritz for the first time in Venice, city of Refuge

Trying Aperol Spritz for the first time in Venice, city of Refuge

This short travel story is an excerpt from the new novel Exquisite Hours by Joshua Humphreys. Set in New York, Bangladesh, Bangkok, Venice, London, and Vietnam, Exquisite Hours is the story of Anaïs Spencer, a beautiful young woman who travels the world lying to men. ‘What brings you to Venice then?’ ‘I, Octavian, have always felt that I would end up here. And somehow I have, ended up here.’ ‘Is this the end?’ ‘Do you think it is?’ ‘How should I know? Taste that.’ She pushed the skewer back with her finger and drank. ‘That’s amazing.’ Astonished, she broke into

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5 Bologna Travel Tips by friends (yummy, cool & unique!)

5 AWESOME Bologna Travel Tips (yummy, cool & unique!)

How about some unique Bologna travel tips?! If you already decided to travel to Bologna, you are a smart traveler! Bologna and its region is one of the most important regions when it comes to Italian food. In fact, the city claims to be Italy’s culinary capital. The best Italian ... read more

We_Bologna Hostel - 5 Star Hostel and Paradise for the Food-Lover

We_Bologna Hostel

Bologna, Italy

We love undiscovered destinations! And Bologna is certainly one of those destinations that has managed to keep its authentic vibe. Here a piece of Italian culture can still be enjoyed. Welcome to We_Bologna Hostel, a brand new Italian-handmade Hostel in the heart of Bologna. We at Hostelgeeks had a look ... More about We_Bologna Hostel Bologna, Italy

The little Asian Spot in Orsigna, Italy - Tiziano Terzani
Orsigna, Italy

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The little Asian Spot in Orsigna, Italy – Tiziano Terzani

Tiziano Terzani was a famous Italian journalist and writer. He traveled across Asia and he witnessed important historical events like the Vietnam War and the coup d’etat organized in Cambodia by Pol Pot. Old and ill, Terzani decided to spend the last years of his life back in Italy, in the ancient town of Orsigna. Here, in the woods, he found a big tree, decided to attach two small eyes on it and called it “the Tree with the eyes“, in order to teach his son that the trees are alive and they have a spirit. Nowadays people come here

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Travel Memories as a Child vs. Adult - different world in Milan
Milan, Italy

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Travel Memories as a Child vs. Adult – different world in Milan

I’ve travelled to Italy several times with my parents as a child but until now, haven’t returned by myself. On the plane I couldn’t wait to see it all again: the old men sitting on the street, beautifully dressed ladies strolling around, laundry drying in front of the windows, gelato everywhere. When I reached Milan I was confused: Where were the people who had been sitting on the streets? When did the ladies stop wearing nice dresses? All these pictures in my head – I couldn’t find them. Then, on my third day I walked into a supermarket to buy

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My Au Pair Experience was horrible - I traveled Europe instead

My Au Pair Experience was terrible – I traveled Europe instead

The taxi dropped me off at the Ostello Villa Olmo, a youth hostel in Como, Italy. Sore after carrying a heavy backpack on my back plus a large suitcase that was broken, I stumbled into the reception room. I had just fled a bad situation with a family I had au paired with. I thought things were going well, but then they started placing more and more demands on me until it got to the point where I couldn’t even go out with friends. Even that made them angry. I was expected to place their family first at all times.

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Fat-Bike with Ninja - my 3h Stars Tour in the Italian Alta Badia

Fat-Bike with Ninja – my 3h Stars Tour in the Italian Alta Badia

Spending an entire winter in the mountains has its perks; an invitation to fat-bike through the snow being one of them. Ninja, as he is known, is notorious in the Italian Alta Badia region for his outdoor skills. During our 3hr Stars Tour me and my friend experienced cycling on a frozen lake, holding on for dear life as we sped down a piste and learned what it takes to control wheels as thick as tree trunks. After cycling home in the thick, falling snow we smiled and huddled up with a hot chocolate to toast our unique, thrilling experience.

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain
Dolomite Mountains, Canazei, Trentino, Italien

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Danger and Fear Climbing the Italian Dolomites Mountain

Having experienced many exposed and challenging Via Ferrata, I thought my rational fear had subsided over time. That was until me and my friends had to cross an icy bridge that was completely open to the elements. Without the usual pseudo protection of my carabiner clips and iron wire, I suddenly felt extremely at risk. Either side of the foot-wide ice-crossing were drops that had no bottom and considering we were climbing on a mountain that stood over 2000m tall, my guess is that if I had slipped, I would not be re-telling this story today. If I learnt only

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Are there wolves in Umbria? Nicola did not reply

Are there wolves in Umbria? Nicola did not reply

“Are there wolves in Umbria?” Just silence from Nicola while the howling was still coming from the valley. We were alone, sleeping in a tiny tent in the wood along Spoleto – Norcia, Italy abandoned railway. We had been too adventurous cycling along the hills and camping in this isolated spot. Maybe we (and by we I mean Nicola) could have learned how to light a fire to protect from the animals; maybe we were going to be attacked by a pack of wolves. “Nicola?” He quietly answered “A few”. Wolves sounded far from us, but I felt frightened and

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