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Israel is different. This is probably the most adequate phrase to begin the summary of my one-week trip to this tiny but oh-so-fascinating country.

Different in what way, you’re asking? For starters, different in terms of culture, obviously. One of the most peculiar things I experienced was Shabbat, which is the Jewish day of rest and lasts from sundown on Friday till sundown on Saturday. And trust me, when they say “day of …

[ Written by guest | 24 Oct 2014 | 19 Comments | ]

Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a complex holiday full of colour, morbid humour, deep sentimentality, celebration, and heartache. On the eves of November 1 and 2, the dead are welcomed with open arms into the land of the living. Not only are the dearly departed invited back, but they are the guests of honor.
In preparation, and to entice them to the party, treat-laden altars are beautifully created with the favourite …

[ Written by guest | 21 Oct 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Being in a long distance relationship can be as foreign a concept to people as the nationality of the one you’re dating. We’re a bit of a silent group. It’s often crossed my mind why we don’t speak up about our experiences… then I remember the times I’ve spoken about my relationship with old friends and was met with, “It won’t last”, or disregarded as a “phase”. The topic has even …

[ Written by guest | 17 Oct 2014 | 13 Comments | ]

Ten years ago options for veggie dining in Prague were nearly non-existent. When I committed to visiting a month ago I figured I would have a hard time finding vegan fare. After only a few minutes of research, however, it became apparent that Prague could not only accommodate my love of greens, but that it had more options than I could possibly sample during my two-week stay there. I envisioned …

[ Written by guest | 3 Oct 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Lugu Lake, bordering northwest Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of China, is known for its clean waters, amazing views and as the land of the matriarchs. In addition to being home to the Mosuo, a unique matriarchal ethnic minority, Lugu Lake is the second deepest lake in China. I had first learned about the lake in 2010, while I was living in Yunnan, but never had the time for a …

[ Written by guest | 28 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

It’s the one thing that you weren’t prepared for on your travels: coming home. Whether you were backpacking in South East Asia or InterRailing through Europe, once the initial euphoria at returning wears off, suddenly everyday at home seems rather tame. Reverse culture shock is suddenly not just something that’s discussed on traveller’s forums, it’s happening to you.

1) You Remember What Drizzle Is
Let’s not kid ourselves, one of the biggest …

[ Written by guest | 24 Sep 2014 | 8 Comments | ]

In a hammam the Moroccans not only say goodbye to dirt and dry skin, but the inhibitions of everyday life outside. Sounds like an oasis of peace, soap bubbles and relaxation? Not quite – you literally need to have a thick skin there!

“Watch out, watch out”, a man with a turquoise hood tries to find his way through the narrow streets. He’s sitting on a donkey that carries a trailer …

[ Written by guest | 19 Sep 2014 | 11 Comments | ]

Walking into Bestival, a four-day music festival on the Isle of Wight, for the first time felt reminiscent of walking into my very first big-girl sleepover. I remember the sheer excitement of having a whole night of lax parental supervision that would be filled with eating too much ice-cream, playing truth or dare and talking to that cute boy.
It was this feeling (x 1000) that welled up inside me at the sight …

[ Written by guest | 16 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

When talking about travelling South East Asia, the Philippines is probably not the first country that comes to your mind. Last winter, the Philippines received a lot of media coverage because of the horrible impact caused by typhoon Haiyan. But while the Philippines are sadly regularly hit by such natural disasters, they are also an extremely diverse country which has not yet been discovered by mass tourism. Whether you are …

[ Written by guest | 12 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

The Serengeti is famous for its endless plains, the rich game life and multiple lodges that offer you a pleasant stay and a good time. A few of these places stand out from the rest and &Beyond Klein’s Camp is certainly one of them. Located just north of the Serengeti National Park it lies close to the border of Kenya and offers its guests a unique experience in a secluded …

[ Written by guest | 3 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]