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Author: Claire

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Visiting the Berlin Wall

Visiting the Berlin Wall

Berlin had quite an effect on me.  I loved the city, the funky vibes, and amazing food scene, but Berlin still has the shadows of a dark past.  Germany and Berlin are not afraid to face that past though, to remember it, cherish the memory of those who fell during the world wars, and during the division of the city and country into East and West.  They also use this past as a reminder of what must never come again. …

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Why You Should Visit Prague in Winter

Why You Should Visit Prague in Winter

There is no bad time to visit Prague.  Each season has its own charms, and there are plenty of things to do in Prague throughout the year.  Prague can get very cold in winter, but the snow brings a magical white blanket to the city.  I didn’t mean to visit Prague in winter, I went in the middle of March, but this year the weather was particularly brutal, and I found myself in Prague with sub-zero temperatures and snow.  Here…

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Where to Stay in Brno – Internesto Apartments Review

Where to Stay in Brno – Internesto Apartments Review

I was excited about my first visit to the Czech Republic, my 33rd country, and one that had been on my list for a long time.  After being at home for a month, I needed some space of my own, so instead of staying in a hostel as usual, I was looking for an apartment.  And I found Internesto.  A shared apartment, with a private room, a shared kitchen, bathroom and social area.  It sounded perfect!  Here’s my full review of…

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48 Hours in Brno, Czech Republic

48 Hours in Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is the Czech Republic’s second largest city and is often overshadowed by Prague and smaller touristy towns like Cesky Krumlov.  However, don’t underestimate Brno.  I spent 3 nights in Brno and found plenty to do in this buzzing city.  If you still need convincing, here’s why you should go to Brno and some suggestions for things to do in Brno for a weekend visit. Visiting Brno Czech Republic Where is Brno? Brno is in the South East of the…

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Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi Volcano Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park was on my list of places to visit in Ecuador, but sadly when I visited the park was closed as Cotopaxi volcano was erupting!  I will have to save it for the next time I visit.  Until then, I asked Eran Hayoun from Gulliver’s Expeditions to share his favourite ways to experience Cotopaxi National Park. Perhaps the most famous volcano in Ecuador, Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Recognizable by its…

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A VIP Dinner in the Berlin TV Tower Restaurant

A VIP Dinner in the Berlin TV Tower Restaurant

I’d already been to Berlin a couple of months before, but I came back to the city for the travel exhibition ITB Berlin in March.  The last time I had just snapped a couple of photos of the tallest building in Berlin, the Berlin TV Tower or “Fernsehturm”, but this time I was going to go up to the top and have dinner in their revolving restaurant!  I was invited to experience the VIP dinner with Musement, and really enjoyed…

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San Ignacio Belize: Things to do Without a Tour Guide

San Ignacio Belize: Things to do Without a Tour Guide

Unfortunately, Belize is one of the most expensive countries to visit in Central America, probably due to it being an ex-British colony, and popular with American and Canadian expats and visitors which has helped to push up prices.  Popular destinations like Caye Caulker and San Ignacio are prime examples of how expensive tours can be, but if you are backpacking Belize on a budget, then don’t worry – there are still plenty of activities to see and do close to San…

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Hiking A Live Volcano in Antigua Guatemala

Hiking A Live Volcano in Antigua Guatemala

Antigua Guatemala is a gorgeous town, filled with beautiful buildings and indigenous culture, and surrounded by volcanoes.  Agua Volcano towers about the town, Fuego Volcano spews smoke and lava, Acatenango is a tough hike with glorious views of Fuego, and Pacaya Volcano is still live but a gentler hike.  I was in two minds about whether to hike the Acatenango volcano in Antigua, as I have never been a lover of hiking, but so often the destination makes the hike…

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Bitemojo Self-Guided Food Tour in Barcelona

Bitemojo Self-Guided Food Tour in Barcelona

As you probably know by now, I love taking food tours.  All over the world, I explore a destination through its food, on a food tour in Mexico City, a farmers’ market tour & cooking class in Bogota, and a chocolate making workshop in Belize, among others!  The downside with guided tours is they can be expensive for budget travellers, so when I heard about the self-guided food tours from Bitemojo I wanted to give it a try.  As soon…

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Angel Falls Venezuela

Angel Falls Venezuela

Venezuela was the one country I didn’t expect to visit in South America.  Back in 2016, I had the chance to go, and despite my fears about safety in Venezuela, I decided to risk it.  I was lucky to spend some time with my friend in Caracas, where I would not have gone had she not been there.  As I was going to ‘brave’ it and travel to Venezuela, I wanted to make sure I made the most of my…

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