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Broken Bridge, Dandong China – September 2015

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The iron "Broken Bridge" was built over the Yalu River in 1911 by the Japanese. It was the first iron bridge over this river - later it was partially destroyed by USA military forces during the Korean War in 1950. The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge sits right next to the "broken bridge" and is the only bridge in Dandong to connect both countries and is in fact one of the few ways in and out of North Korea. A Beijing Pyongyang passenger train uses … [Read more...]

Crawling Around Dublin from Pub to Pub

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The only thing I figured out how to do during my short stay in Dublin was crawl from pub to pub. In fact I am writing this now from the standing room only interior of Grogans Castle Pub. Everyone is drinking beer out of Guinness glasses but I am drinking a Swedish Cider. And apparently a cheap one at that. Speaking of cider I've finally discovered a country that can give Sweden a run for the money on the matters of quality cider; that would be … [Read more...]

Bali Sea Temples

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Bali is home to thousands of Hindu temples, also known as Puras. I never got tired of the beauty of these holy places, whether it was a small temple on a family’s private compound, or a majestic temple towering on a mountain top. During my travels, I was able to visit two of the seven sea temples, Tanah Lot and Uluwatu Temple. Each of the temples is said to be (in theory) visible from the next, forming a chain around the island to honor the … [Read more...]

Marriage, Bloodline and Leisure in Bohol

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To be in the shoes of a wanderer is to fully experience life and to ponder our own existence. However some places carve out a special place in your heart - places you must return to again. There is a mystery of why this 'pull of attraction' exists within yourself and no amount of restraint can stop you from revisiting. For me, Bohol in the Philippines is that place. It has been exactly four years now since I visited Bohol, its capital … [Read more...]

Prem, The Tour Guide I Met in Nepal

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I went for a 3 days 2 nights trek while in Pokhara in the end of December 2014. Before arriving in Pokhara, I had browsed and read through an information-packed Taiwanese travel forum named “Beibaokezhang”: (strongly recommended for those who read Chinese) and used that as a tool to work on my itinerary and search for a reliable tour guide. I manage to contact a local tour guide named Naraya and after a series of bargains, he landed me a deal of … [Read more...]

Baja California’s Hidden Gem: Loreto

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Loreto, located on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico's Baja California, was one of famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau's favorite places in the world. He first visited Loreto in 1980 and appropriately called it "The Aquarium of the World". Yet, it remains a hidden gem to many people even to their 'next door neighbors' in the United States. Loreto is merely a 2.5-hour flight from Los Angeles. Alaska airlines offers nonstop service from LAX, … [Read more...]

Things to do in Paris on holidays with locals

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Have you ever wondered how to make your trip just that little bit better? How about stepping foot into a city and thinking: what’s the plan? Well, with France’s capital, you no longer have to worry. Things to do in Paris on holidays with locals, yep, locals, means that your trip is not going to be like any other before. Trip4real, the platform that connects travelers on the hunt for a new way to explore Europe means you can say au revoir to your … [Read more...]

Something for Everyone: 4 Types of Tourists in Africa

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People travel to distant and exotic climes for a variety of reasons: a box on their bucket list, inner personal experience, cross-cultural understanding, or simple rest and relaxation. East Africa, and Tanzania in particular, gives its visitors everything they could wish in a single trip; then, leaves them coming back for more. Whether you’ve saved for months and planned your trip to Africa down to the last detail or just hopped on the next … [Read more...]

The large number of slot machines and pokies in Las Vegas

With an abundance of shopping, fine dining, and nightclubs, the city of Las Vegas offers an exciting experience tailor made for youthful tourists. The city prides itself on glamour, with bright lights and fancy dresses dominating events such as weddings and festivals. The thrill of Vegas is only furthered by its strong gambling culture as the city is affectionately known as ‘the gambling capital of the world.’ There are 31 casinos directly … [Read more...]

From the Traditional Farming to Luxurious Spas – Touring the Mennonite Region of Southern Ontario

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The Mennonite region in southern Ontario around the Village of St. Jacob’s is a captivating traditional, rustic area yet with the amenities of the modern age. For those who enjoy history and the traditional pre-modern way of life, St. Jacob’s is the place to visit. The Village, a 1 1/2 hours drive from Toronto, represents the living remnants of a European Christian sect that was persecuted in Europe then found a home in Canada with the freedom … [Read more...]