The best ideas for a long weekend in Oslo

I am reading Jo Nesbø’s crime novel “The Snowman” as the bus pulls out of Rygge Airport. I wonder what secrets lie behind the deep dark Norwegian woods we’re passing en route to Oslo… It’s something I will have to discover some other time; the next few days I will spend the weekend in Oslo, the result of a dirt-cheap ticket and a curious attitude. Today is bank holiday in Norway, the weather is balmy and crowds occupy Oslo’s terraces and beer gardens to soak up the first rays Continue Reading

The chaotic diversity of Tirana

“Mëngjes?” I stutter.  The old man at “Freddy’s hostel” looks at me, surprised. “Breakfast? No, we don’t do that here, but you can get a cup of coffee if you want…” At least that’s what I think he says. Between my non-existent Albanian and his non-existent English, it’s anybody’s guess… I am in Tirana, the capital of Albania.  When I got off the bus from the airport last night, the main square was heaving with Continue Reading

The diversity of Mexico City

I have a thing for big cities; a thing for organised chaos and for places that might seem daunting at first. “Cairo? Loved it! Los Angeles? Much better than San Francisco! Johannesburg? Hell yeah!!” So it’s no wonder that the huge metropolis of Mexico City and I hit it off! From the moment I surfaced from the metro station onto the Zócalo, I felt “yep, this is going to be my kind of place!” But the city is big: there’s the historical centre, the skyscrapers, the village Continue Reading

On the search for traditional Hong Kong

Hong Kong: a city of skyscrapers and endless shopping possibilities. A place where every square metre comes at an exorbitant price and where a constant stream of pedestrians is battling to cross the road 24 hours a day. People looking for Asian mystic and traditions have no place in Hong Kong. Or do they? I wanted to know if there were still any traditional remains left in what is known as one of the most modern Asian metropolises. I’m glad to say, there are. Welcome to traditional Hong Continue Reading

The most beautiful canals of Copenhagen

Stuck on a small motorboat surrounded by other tourists, listening to a guide who’d much rather be somewhere else, could be qualified as one of my worst nightmares as a traveller. The endless picture-snapping, the guide’s lousy attempt at humour, not to mention the selfie-sticks, I hate it all! So why is it then that I find myself at 9.30am on the quay of Nyhavn, Copenhagen’s most popular canal, standing in line for the next departure?… I blame my Danish friends! “You have to do a Continue Reading

3 easy hiking trails in Hong Kong

Forget the steel skyscrapers, the huge crowds and endless shopping centres. The outdoors is where it’s at in Hong Kong! There are endless hiking opportunities around the city that’ll give you the impression of being in a totally different place! The best time for hiking is October through to May.  Trust me, you don’t want to be huffing and puffing in the heat and humidity of the summer months! So put on your hiking boots and off we go for some easy hiking trails in Hong Kong! 1. Continue Reading

Eating my way around Hong Kong

“I promise, if you are still hungry after this food tour, you can ask my boss for a refund” says Jacky. Together with 8 other food enthusiasts, I have decided to join Eating adventures in Hong Kong.  I could do with some insight to be honest, so far I haven’t ventured further than wonton noodles and dumplings and as tasty as they might be, I am looking forward to having a real local Hongkonger show me around the vast array of possibilities and cuisines. So off I go on what looks like a Continue Reading

Tel Aviv: from ancient ports to hipster districts

Tel Aviv: to some people the name is synonym with wild nightlife and trendy clubs. Others still associate the place with the conflict of the Middle East… To me, it’s a place I had been dying to see for a very long time! I stayed one week in what is known as the most modern metropolis of the Middle East. It allowed me to discover the markets, neighbourhoods and people of the city.  I learnt that Tel Aviv is difficult to pin down: from ancient ports to hipster districts, this Continue Reading

Freetown Christiania: the alternative side to Copenhagen

“We have three major rules here: “no pictures, no running and HAVE FUN!” I am standing at the entrance of Pusher street, the main thoroughfare of Christiania and talking is Nina, a 60+ year old woman and one of the first inhabitants of this “freetown” neighbourhood in Copenhagen. Christiania was founded back in 1971 on the site of unused military barracks to create an alternative to mainstream culture. They developed their own set of rules, independent of the Danish government. Ideas Continue Reading

10 LOCAL things to do in Rio de Janeiro

No, I’m not going to tell you to visit “Christ the Redeemer” or “Sugar Loaf”, cause let’s face it, you probably figured that out yourself. Instead, I prefer telling you about the ordinary daily-life things, these little moments that let me pretend I belonged in this beautiful city for a while. Do you like to immerse yourself too while travelling? Then read on and experience the best local things to do in Rio de Janeiro! 1.       Start your day in a juice bar What will it be Continue Reading