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How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Bruges – City Break in Belgium

Weekend in Bruges

In a town as charming and romantic as Bruges, you’d have to try really hard not to have a lovely weekend. Its picturesque canals, gothic architecture and charming courtyards/squares, as well as the delicious food,  make Bruges the perfect short weekend break that will not disappoint. Situated in northwest Belgium, Bruges is becoming known as…

23 Special Places to Visit in Kathmandu: Sightseeing & Things to Do

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is bursting with kinetic energy. Din! The work of ongoing construction. Clink! The rhythm of metal craftsmanship echoing down the alleyways. Beeeeep! The commotion of a busy street corner while squeezing between cars to cross the road. It is one of those cities that gets often overlooked by tourists…

Prejudices Against the Dominican Accent & Anti-Dominican Sentiment

Dominican Accent Identity

Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, coastal Colombians, coastal Panamanians, Argentinians, and Andalusian/Canarian Spaniards generally tend to omit certain syllables and letters in our Spanish accents. For example “Como tu estas?” can easily be said “Como tu ‘ta?” when we speak. We tend to shorten some words and omit certain syllables which makes our words flow smoother…

Istanbul Highlights: 9 Unique Experiences You Can’t Miss (& 2 to Skip!)

istanbul highlights

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, is one of the world’s greatest cities. Spanning across two continents (Europe and Asia), Istanbul has been situated at a crossroad of civilizations for thousands of years. As such, today it is rich in cultural influences, impactful history, and majestic beauty. And with so much to see…

Porto Solo Travel: A Guide to the Beautiful Capital of Portugal’s North

porto photographer

Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, rivals Lisbon in its more quaint atmosphere, historic charm, beautiful nature, and artistic cityscapes. Porto is also famous for its easy access to beautiful national parks, thousand-year-old vineyards, friendly laid back locals, azulejo (tiled) facades, and a gorgeous river at the foot of the hilly city. However, despite these attractive qualities, most tourists…

13 Special Things to Do in Bhaktapur, Nepal Travel Guide

A man doing pottery at Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Bhaktapur, Nepal: an ancient Newar Kingdom from the 12th century, located 8 miles from downtown Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest and most powerful of the three main Newar Kingdoms, the other two being Kathmandu and Patan. Today, the city of Bhaktapur is known and visited for its well-preserved ancient architecture including courtyards and UNESCO world heritage sites; many of which…

7 Surprising Facts About Everyday Life in Cuba from Baracoa to Havana

I returned from my first trip to Cuba sporting a glowing tan, whistling to the hymns of the Buena Vista Social Club, and expressing a newfound snootiness for coffee. My more recent trip to Cuba, however, was less romanticized and involved a more “nacional” experience where I gained a more in-depth perspective of life on the island. Along…

Important Questions to Ask Before Committing to Pet/House Sitting Abroad

is house sitting worth it?

House sitting is a wonderful tool for travelers, especially digital nomads, to spend time abroad for free in exchange for taking care of someone else’s apartment or cat/dog. Recently, I lived in a luxurious apartment all to myself, while taking care of a gorgeous King Cavalier Spaniel dog in a quaint part of Brussels in…

Life After the Bronx: 7 Important Things I Had to Learn Getting Out of the Hood

Let me start off with a blasphemous admission: I hated the Bronx. [Gasp!] A lot of people love to reminisce about it and proudly cross their arms into an X chanting, “BX!” And while it does give me a warm sense of pride and camaraderie to hear others boast about our roots, when I’ve said…