The clear blue waters and pine-covered slopes of Kefalonia

Kefalonia, with its green, pine-covered slopes and Mount Ainos majestically towering over the surrounding azure blue waters, is the biggest island of the Ionian Sea. Does its name ring a bell? Very possible! The island of Kefalonia was the setting for the 2001 movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, in which Nicolas Cage played an Italian captain during WWII. The choice for Cage to play an Italian captain might be debatable, but the movie certainly did a lot for the tourism industry of 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

Kerala: a different kind of India

So you think you know India? Crowded, polluted and heaving with holy cows? Well, think again!  I had the chance to visit the southern state of Kerala and boy, was I in for a surprise! Find out why Kerala is different from other indian states! 1.Where are the cows? I mean, seriously, where are they? A few years ago, I went to the Indian states of Rajasthan and Delhi where roaming cows in the city centre are as common as pedestrians or rickshaws. Everybody gets out of the way to accommodate Continue Reading

Rio de Janeiro: the ultimate travel tips!

Aaah, Rio de Janeiro! A name and place that leaves nobody indifferent! I planned on spending 4 days here, I ended up staying eight! A lot has been said or written about Brazil’s most (in)famous city. But how exactly do you “tackle” Rio? By all means, read on! 1/ Is Rio safe? Rio de Janeiro:  a name that evokes “beach, sun and sex”.  To some… To others Rio apparently evokes “crime, favela’s and hold-ups.  “Oh, be careful!  Are you sure it’s wise to go on Continue Reading

León: the revolutionary side of Nicaragua

The intoxicating smell of grilled meat and the plumes of smoke indicate that I’m close. I’ve just arrived in León, the revolutionary capital of Nicaragua, and my first mission after a long bus ride is to find food. Behind the cathedral I can spot the little chairs and tables of the fritangas. Fritangas are small, casual outdoor food stands that fill the main square just before sunset in most Nicaraguan towns. There’s no menu, it’s point and choose, and the main staple Continue Reading

The most beautiful colonial towns of Brazil

From the southern town of Paraty to the northern city of Olinda: colonial architecture and cobblestone streets can be found all over Brazil. But nowhere is the concentration so high than in the inland state of Minas Gerais. Minas Gerais has long been known for its wealth of minerals and its mining activities, which, together with the goldrush, created huge wealth in the 18th century. The result is a mix of beautifully decorated churches, colonial houses and a peek into the country’s rich Continue Reading

Granada, the colonial jewel of Nicaragua

The trees on the Parque Central provide a welcoming shade from the midday heat. Horses and carriages are waiting for tourists to take them around the town and the open-air terraces are heaving.  Above all that towers the prominent yellow and white Cathedral. I arrived in Granada, presumably Nicaragua’s most beautiful and most popular colonial town. And beautiful it is indeed! The nearby Plaza de la Independencia is an attractive ensemble of colonial architecture with patios hidden behind Continue Reading

Managua, the forgotten capital of Nicaragua

I’m standing on one of Managua’s highest hils, next to the black silhouette of Nicaragua’s national hero, Sandino. From the Loma de Tiscapa, I overlook the Lago de Managua and the Tiscapa lagoon, one of the only green spaces in an otherwise chaotic and busy city. The park is steeped in history. It was once the site of the Casa Presidencial, where Sandino was executed in 1934. For decades, the park was home to one of Nicaragua’s most notorious prisons. The capital of Continue Reading

Salvador da Bahia: beyond the Pelourinho

Colonial architecture, capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture: these are the clichés that usually come to mind when you think of Brazil’s 3rd biggest city: Salvador da Bahia. And they are all there indeed! All concentrated in the small historic neighbourhood of the “Pelourinho“. You can spend hours walking the steep cobble-stone streets hunting for souvenirs, visiting one of the many beautifully decorated churches or stopping at the Terreiro de Jesus for a Continue Reading