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Playa Gigante & San Juan del Sur: Two Views of a Beach Day
NicaraguaTravel

Playa Gigante & San Juan del Sur: Two Views of a Beach Day

Playa Gigante: sunsets and relaxation Three volcanoes in our Nicaragua journey (...and we had skipped two for lack of time), we had planned the final days to be all about relaxation at the beach. So after narrowly managing to board a small ferry off the island of Ometepe, we drove 45 min west to Playa Gigante. There are about a dozen small beach towns like these on the Southwestern coastline of ...
Masaya Volcano: Entrance to the Underworld
NicaraguaTravel

Masaya Volcano: Entrance to the Underworld

This morning, the lock screen of Windows computer (yes, Windows, don’t give me any shit Apple fanboys) showed me a picture of Erta Ale, an active basaltic volcano in Ethiopia. You can go to the edge, but the volcano is situated in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area and one of the toughest place on Earth. So if you don’t want to caravan on a camel’s back for a week under 50°C heat, but still want ...
Going Through Airport Hell to Reach the Heavenly León Cathedral Rooftop
NicaraguaTravel

Going Through Airport Hell to Reach the Heavenly León Cathedral Rooftop

Hello all, and welcome to my first blog post of the year! Jarelle has given his impression of our first two days reuniting in Nicaragua, and has shared the awesomeness that is volcano boarding, so I won’t go over it again. I want to give you my impression of the start of this memorable Central America trip and tell you more about those first two days in León. Going Through Airport Hell The trip started in ...
Mediterranean Lamb-Stuffed Eggplants recipe
FoodHealth & Wellness

Mediterranean Lamb-Stuffed Eggplants recipe

What you’ll need: 1 eggplant per bro (us healthy bros eat a lot) 200g of lamb mince Half a can of chopped tomatoes 1 onion or 3-4 shallots 2-3 garlic cloves Salt & Peppa, Mixed Herbs A healthy dose of paprika, cumin (if you have any) and some chili flakes Pine nuts, or if you don’t have any: almond and hazelnuts Olive oil straight from the Olive Tree of Peace (shout-out to ...
Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating
BarcelonaTravel

Is Barcelona Worth the Hype? Geeking Out on Urban Planning and Tapas Eating

After a wonderful stay in Budapest, we headed to the final stop on our European trip: Barcelona, in the Northeastern part of Spain. Every travel blog out there will place Barcelona as one of their top go-to cities in Europe. However, I personally believe that this city has been hyped way too much. The reason we ended our trip there was that it was the cheapest flight out of Europe back to San Francisco ...
A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence
ItalyTravel

A Broneymoon on the Amalfi Coast, the Romantic Destination par excellence

After 24 hours in Capri, we took the ferry back to Sorrento after lunchtime. We had the afternoon to drive the sinuous road of the Amalfi Coast and reach Salerno, where we had booked accommodation. Yes, our location change is as fast as the one in a James Bond movie. Failing at the Positano Instagram game The first notable spot on the road was to be Positano. If you are at all on Instagram, you know ...
Unearthing Pompeii: The Most Impressive Archaeological Site in Europe
ItalyTravel

Unearthing Pompeii: The Most Impressive Archaeological Site in Europe

The Ruins of Pompeii are the most fascinating in Europe. This sprawling city was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Due to its convenient location next to Naples and along the coast, the site has been popular with tourists for 250 years, and ranks as Italy’s 2nd most visited attraction. Despite that, it is so big that you will ...
Naples: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
ItalyTravel

Naples: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

After 2 days in Rome, Jarelle and I took a train down to Naples, the gateway to Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast. We had one evening to spend there. A Mediterranean Behemoth... Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with first settlements being recorded two millenia BC. Today, it is the 9th most most populous metropolis in Europe, and its historic city centre is the largest in ...
11 Travel Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Rome
ItalyTravel

11 Travel Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip to Rome

Tip #1: Adapt to and take advantage of the local pace and customs Wake up before the sun rises and stroll through the streets at dawn. The temperature will be very pleasant, the city will be empty and quiet (even in summer). It will allow you to take photos like these, with literally no one around: Around 8:30-9am, Romans start crowding the streets with their vespas to go to work, but you got a good ...
Rome: The Eternal City
ItalyTravel

Rome: The Eternal City

This is the first of two articles on Rome we are publishing this week on the blog. Planting the seed This scene takes place on March 6, 2014: In true Inception fashion, I spur Jarelle on trying a Gladiator outfit, as we get ready for the record-setting QUT toga party. Looking at his roar of happiness, I know he is ready for what will come. Little did he know that he would get to re-enact this role 3 years ...

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