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48 hours well spent in Lisbon

48 hours well spent in Lisbon

  Traveling back from Cape Verde we thought it would be a good idea to stay a couple of days in Lisbon. To readapt to western life. And it was. Lisbon is a wonderful city, perfect chill-out vibes anywhere. Here are our ideas for perfect 48 hours spent here. The basics: where to stay and how to get around We found ourselves a beautiful typical appartment in the historical centre of the city on Airbnb. High ceilings, lovely decorated interieur,…

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From Hue to Hoi An: Rushing through Central Vietnam

From Hue to Hoi An: Rushing through Central Vietnam

  From Hanoi we took our last train on this journey to Hue, from there on we would continue by bus. A sleeper train, again, roundabout 12 hours. The trains in Vietnam may look old on the outside, but they are actually really impeccably clean inside. It could have been a delightfully calm and relaxed journey, if there hadn’t been these two small children in our compartment that practically cried and / or grumbled the whole night through. They left…

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Off the beaten track: East meets West in Kaiping, Guangdong

Off the beaten track: East meets West in Kaiping, Guangdong

  On our way to Hongkong we stopped in Guangzhou, from where we did a little side trip to the tiny village of Kaiping (roundabout 600,000 inhabitants, therefore a village, clearly). Obviously, not a lot of tourists do that, at least not Western tourists. We hardly saw any. The main attraction around that area are the imposing towers, the so-called Diaolou. They were built by emigrant Chinese, who returned wealthy from overseas. They found their hometowns threatened by raiding bandits and regular floods….

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Hiking the Great Wall

Hiking the Great Wall

  I remember the host of a tea house in the Japan Alps, who explained to us why he didn’t like Chinese tourists too much. They would come in large busses and numbers, make a lot of noise, take a lot of pictures and set off, never going beyond the main attraction. So here we are now, in the motherland of mass tourism. And clearly one main attraction not to be missed is the Great Wall. After already having experienced first hand what touristy…

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European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

European-Asian Bordertown Yekaterinburg

  We came with no expectations to Yekaterinburg, well, except for a bloody history (murder of the last Tsar, mafia gang fights in the 90ties) and the rise of Boris Yeltsin we didn’t know anything about the city. We have to say, we were pleasantly surprised by it’s charm. Starting with the hotel, which was certainly the best we’ve stayed in for a long while. A four-star establishment, all brand new and plushy, plus they offered a great breakfast accompanied by French…

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima

  When you travel to Hiroshima inevitably one thing comes to mind. You might think you know it all – the first A-Bomb being dropped here on the 6th of August 1945 at 8:15 in the morning, thousands killed instantly, destruction of a whole city and the horrible after-effects. But its one thing reading about what happened here, standing directly under the spot where the bomb unleashed its catastrophic force and actually touching things that have been deformed in the…

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