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On St. Patrick’s Day, Everyone in Chicago is Irish and/or Green

Posted by on March 15th, 2015 in Destinations, Feature, North America, Photos, USA | 0 comments

When St. Patrick’s day rolls around in Chicago, everyone turns Irish and/or green including the river.

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The Quest for the Puerto Princesa Underground River

Posted by on January 5th, 2012 in Asia, Philippines, Photos | 12 comments

Puerto Princesa Underground River It was a sunny morning in Sabang as I dropped to the ticket office to buy myself a ticket for the Puerto Princesa Underground River. I then continued to loiter around, watching other people to come buy tickets. This wasn’t just to be creepy, I needed to share a boat with someone; I wasn’t going to rent a whole boat just for myself. That would be expensive and boring. Quickly a couple came up, so I hit a conversation with them and they were happy to have me in their boat to share some of the cost. That’s the thing; the boats that you can hire to go to the Puerto Princesa Underground River from Sabang fit six people, so you are better off sharing. Heading to the Puerto Princesa underground river Amazing views on...

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Why Did I Stay so Long in Don Det?

Posted by on October 25th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 9 comments

When I finally left Don Det, I realized I had stayed on the island for over a week; and when I look back, I can’t really explain why I stayed for so long. However this is not to say, that it isn’t worth staying a week on Don Det. It most certainly is. Off to the sunset The reason why I can’t explain it is that there is not really that much to do on the island. I had no luxuries, only a cold shower and shared bathroom; everything on the island closes at 11pm; and the only wifi on the island is probably running on smoke signals. But it still was one of my favorite places in Laos. Don Det is a small island on an area called Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) on the Mekong river...

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Top 7 Tips for Tubing in Vang Vieng

Posted by on September 27th, 2011 in Asia, Laos, Photos | 13 comments

Disclaimer: drinking and tubing in Vang Vieng is a dangerous combination which can result in injury and/or death, and shouldn’t be attempted by anybody – it is awesome fun though! Waiting for a boat, which was stuck(!), to get us to the first bar. Eventually we gave up and tubed to the second one Tubing, in case you didn’t know yet, is the act of going down a river on the inner tube of a tractor. Now, I am considered to be something of a pro in the tubing circles, as I have now tubed on two continents. Coming to Vang Vieng after doing tubing in Guatemala (multiple times), I knew what to expect. And I was so wrong. Tubing in Lanquin was a simple thing, you got a tube, you got beers in a sack, you got a...

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Hoi An, an Illusion of a Traditional Vietnamese Town

Posted by on September 15th, 2011 in Asia, Vietnam | 6 comments

Hoi An is beautiful, there is no question about that When I went to Hoi An, I was expecting a beautiful old Vietnamese town. I was expecting something very traditional, with houses from an era long since gone; something that had frozen in time; something I could see in a historical movie. And that’s what I got. When you go to Hoi An and especially once you enter the old town, you cannot but admire the old traditional feeling the place evokes. The wooden buildings are all from a time long since gone; they all have paper lanterns and plants decorating their façade. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and art galleries lending the place an aura of tranquility. There are no cars on the alleys and narrow roads, only primitive vehicles (!) and pedestrians, so it feels very...

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