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Topfen, a Recipe from the Austrian Alps

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This winter as I braved the elements across Europe, I settled for just under a month at a dairy farm a little ways out of Salzburg in Austria. I woke up every morning at 5am to help milk to 30 or so cows, spent the day doing tasks around the house, playing with my hosts’ son, taking small walks in attempts to glimpse the Alps through the fog, and desperately[...]

Essential chat-up lines to know while traveling

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Getting to grips with the lingo in a foreign country can be an interesting challenge for a traveller especially when you’re just passing through for a few days. I discovered that buying toothpaste in Ecuador is easier said than done, especially when the shopkeeper misunderstands your broken Spanish and is thrusting a packet of smoked ham in your face instead[...]

Notes on Packing the Right Camera

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Hey ladies, One of the biggest problems I encounter when packing for trips is not how many pairs of shoes I need or what shades of nail polish to leave home. No, I struggle the most with exactly what combination of cameras and gear to bring along. We Travelettes are very passionate about our photography and while we recognize that it's ultimately up the p[...]

School + Job = ...Travel?

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We here at Travelettes recently received a letter from a future-world traveler asking one of the most reasonable questions of them all: Where do you get the time and money to travel when working, studying, or both? As I can only type (facts) from my own experiences I will try to answer this question to the best of my ability. Sometimes I look back and a[...]

Travel links of the week #4 - all about France

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Bonjour Travelettes, as I am planning a road trip to Paris I recently collected some websites and information about "the city of love" I'd like to share with you this week. Do it in Paris reflects all the insider world of a real Parisienne's Paris. With adresses, guides, events, recepies, the latest fashion styles and a blog it offers an insight into t[...]

Summer Camping Necessities: What to Pack, What to Leave Home

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Summer is the perfect time for a camping trip… warm weather, beautiful landscapes, refreshing dips in the lake, and hopefully some days off from school or work. But for those of us used to dealing day to day in civilization, it may be difficult to pick all the right goods to pack. Here are some necessities, as well as some less obvious things that are good t[...]

Road Trip through Spain part 2: Murcia y La Manga

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Day 2 of our spontaneous and utterly chaotic road trip through Spain. After spending some time in Barcelona and recuperating from the nighttime madness there via a lovely beach day in Sitges, my friends and I hit the road and drove all the way to Murcia, which is located in the southwest of Spain. It's very likely that none or very few of you will hav[...]

Traveling veggie on a budget: dining with the Hare Krishna

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If you’re from a bigger city, you might have noticed a group of people chanting “Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna” dressed in some kind of peach colored Indian looking outfit your local park. I haven’t had a deeper look into their ideology, but they’re extremely friendly and I’m definitely into their cuisine. As a vegetarian, sometimes it can be a bit chall[...]

Sailing away in the Caribbean Sea

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From Guatemala, our bus ride continued to Belize. As soon as we crossed the border we were in a completely different world: People were Black, not Latinos anymore, they all had dreadlocks and smoked cigarillos. Wooden Houses everywhere, crowded streets with people on low-seated bikes. Spanish language was replaced by Caribbean English. From Belize City we to[...]

Exploring Malaysia - High on Shopping and Mountain Air in Kota Kinabalu

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The typical backpacker route in Malaysia often sticks closely to the Western Peninsula, what with Kuala Lumpur (KL) being a top bustling destination with its fun Chinatown and staggering sights of the Petronas Towers. However, a quick plane ride can get you to the Eastern Peninsula: Borneo. Borneo is famous for its Orangutan sanctuaries (which I highly recom[...]

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