A Month in Budapest

So now that I’ve been living in Budapest for a month now, I feel it’s time to share some initial impressions, experiences and suggestions for exploring this beautiful city. First of all, Budapest isn’t a very big city, at least not compared to many of the cities I’ve been in. It’s easy enough to get…

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A Long Weekend in Bulgaria

I haven’t met too many people who have been to Bulgaria, and even less who make it a top travel priority. For me, there was a bit of sentimental value to the place, as my late aunt’s father was from this city. My mother and my aunt were half sisters, and I’m told that my…

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Balloons and Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

There aren’t too many places I’ve been where I feel as though I’ve stepped onto another world. I feel that welcome unfamiliarity when I’m diving at times, but I can’t recall another time on land that I’ve felt that I was in a place so foreign as I did in Cappadocia. Although it is only…

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Boating in Oman

From Dubai the border to Oman is a relatively short drive in various directions, and to the Sha’am border in the northern tip of Oman it takes about two hours. The drive is easy and smooth, and there is a whole bunch of seemingly unending desert to stare aimlessly into on the way. The drive…

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Tips for Tourists in Istanbul

Here is a brief list of some things you should keep in mind on the very touristy historical side as a tourist; Don’t talk to strangers, they all want to sell you something; or if you DO talk to strangers, keep your wits about you. If you intend to visit any mosques, bring a scarf…

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A Day in Transylvania

When you say Transylvania people think of the stories about Dracula and Van Helsing; and about vampires, werewolves and monsters. You might think it would be a creepy sort of place to visit and that the castles and surroundings would be dark and scary and altogether as abysmal as they look in the films and…

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A Weekend in Bucharest

They used to call it ‘Little Paris,’ and while you’re walking through the streets of the Old Town, you can see why this nickname is so appropriate. Wandering through the narrow cobbled streets, anyone who has strolled through Paris will get a familiar feeling, seeing the architecture, streets and cafes all around. Walking through the…

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Some Things to Know About Zanzibar

Here are some observations and suggestions for your trip to Zanzibar: The boat to the island is big and comfortable, but many Tanzanians are not used to being on boats and really hate the experience. I myself loved the trip to the island, and when given the chance will always sit out in the sun…

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