Europe

An Extraordinary Festival: Up Helly Aa, Shetland

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'I just danced with Baby Spice!', I texted my boyfriend back home - and may I add, it was a man dressed as Baby Spice... But I'm getting ahead of myself. There are some experiences, that leave you speechless. They are so incredible that long after the moment has passed, you still ask yourself whether this just really happened... Dancing with a man dressed[...]

7 Reasons Why Everyone should do a Road Trip in Southern Sweden

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I have been living and studying in Lund, which is in Southern Sweden, for one and a half years now. Whenever I manage to squeeze some breaks into my busy study schedule, I try to explore as much of this amazing country as possible. This urge to wander led me and my friends to do a road trip around Southern Sweden - and I came to believe, that everyone should[...]

A Beginner's Guide to the Trails of Cinque Terre

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I feel most alive when I’m watching the sun rise from the trails above Vernazza, buzzed on espresso and munching on focaccia bread. Vernazza, as with the rest of Cinque Terre, is best described by one word: magical. For me, visiting this place was a life-changing experience, and I can’t help but return whenever possible. These villages have something special[...]

5 Awesome Things you can only do in Cappadocia

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Cappadocia’s surreal landscape of fairytale chimneys, underground cities, rock-cut monasteries and sweeping vistas is the stuff of dreams. In recent years, more and more travelers to Turkey are flocking to the region that doesn’t just feel like it’s another country, but a whole different planet. Here are the top things to do in Cappadocia, a place you simply[...]

24 hours in Tallinn, Estonia

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Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a small and quaint city that is stuffed full of brilliant restaurants, cafes, fashion and culture. If you haven't been to Estonia yet, you should seriously consider putting it on your hit list this year or at least duck into the capital's Old Town - even if you only have 24 hours in Tallinn. If you fly to the Baltic[...]

5 Reasons You Should Visit Slovenia NOW

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Slovenia may be one of the newer countries on the block (after all, it only gaining its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991), yet this hasn’t stopped the place from rising up to become one of coolest places in central Europe. Guide books keep naming Slovenia Europe’s hidden gem, which means it isn’t going to remain “hidden” for too much longer. Here’s five [...]

Hotels We Love: andel's Lodz, Poland

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What does a hotel need, to feature in our Hotels We Love series? Well, obviously something extraordinary; something that no other hotel has to the same extent; something that lets you forget that you stepped out of your comfort zone and knee-deep into a foreign culture; something unexpected that leaves you in awe. When Katja and I made our way to Lodz in Po[...]

8 Reasons to Visit Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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Have you ever heard about the European Youth Capital? Every year a European city gets the chance to step into the spotlight, showcase its young side through various social and cultural activities, and thereby increase its reputation as a cool, young city. This year’s selected winner is the Transylvanian city Cluj-Napoca. As I have studied and lived in [...]

Fun in Trysil - exploring Norway's largest ski resort

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My fourth trip to Norway and I couldn't have loved it more. When I was younger, I never really understood why people went to a place more than once or twice. My logic: if you have time and money to travel, why not go see different places each time? Now, at 33, I know there is something unique and soothing about returning to a place you already know. You alre[...]

The Unforgettable Experience of NYE in Edinburgh

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If you have ever dreaded the notion of celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by a crowd of complete strangers, standing outside in the freezing cold, waiting for the magical countdown to come and pass, so you can finally get to the most important point of the show - the fireworks - Welcome to the Club! No other annual festivity attracts as much frenzy and[...]