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Quick Guide to Chichicastenango – a Vibrant Market and Town in Guatemala

Chichicastenango (also known simply as Chichi) is a beautiful, small, indigenous town that is primarily populated by the descendants of the original Mayan K'iche culture.  It is an absolute must-see on any first visit to Guatemala.  Located on about a 3-hour drive from Guatemala City, or a 2-hour drive from Antigua - this gorgeous and colorful place can be easily accessed by a frequent, daily shuttle or a regular ...
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Havana Real: One Woman Fights To Tell The Truth About Cuba

Book:  “Havana Real: One Woman Fights To Tell The Truth About Cuba Today” Author:  Yoani Sánchez Publisher:  Melville House Publishing, 2009 How does one survive when one does not have enough food on a table?  How much does anything else matter when that happens on a daily basis? Yoani Sanchez, the author of this book, is an intelligent young Cuban woman, …

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Antigua Guatemala: Top 10 Sights

If you’re traveling to Guatemala and need a quick reference guide to the top sights in Antigua – then this article is for you. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Guatemala, as well as in Central America, Antigua is a true gem.  Its original name was Santiago de los Caballeros de Guatemala, before it was renamed to Antigua, …

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Havana: Top 20 Sights

If you’re going to Havana for the first time and need a quick guide to the top sights in this gorgeous, colonial, city – then this article is for you.  Below we compiled the top 20 sights to see in Havana, together with some quick facts, such as the opening hours and the entry prices, when applicable. Please note all prices that are …

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Swiss Watching: Inside The Land Of Milk And Money

Book:  “Swiss Watching: Inside The Land Of Milk And Money” Author:  Diccon Bewes Publisher:  Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2010 What makes up a Swiss identity? What makes the Swiss tick? Who are the people that populate this beautiful, peaceful, and rich country that is called Switzerland? Whether you have been to Switzerland or not, you might have a thing or two in mind …

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Cuba For Americans: ‘The Rules of Do’s and Don’ts’

Before we dive in to this discussion on Cuba, please note – this article was intended for American citizens, who until recently, were not able to travel to Cuba, by legal means, at least. * * * So you are an American citizen, and you are reading this article because you would like to go to Cuba, correct?  That’s good …

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The Ultimate Guide to New York by Seasons

There are a ton of things that you can do in NYC, depending on the season.  Each one has something unique to offer - from the holiday markets in the Winter to the fireworks in the Summer, there's much to do and much more to see in this beautiful city. This guide was prepared by a local, to bring you the best ...
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25 (Fun) Things To Do On Easter Island

If ever get lucky to visit one of the most mysterious and remote islands in the World – do not just go there for 2 or 3 days.  There are a ton of things to do on Easter Island, and to cover most – you might need at least a week! Please note: you will need to buy a one-time pass to …

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Visiting Anne Frank’s House – Amsterdam

There is no shortage of great museums in Amsterdam, one being bigger and better than the other.  There’s the museum of Van Gogh, a house-museum of Rembrandt, there’s Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk, NEMO and Amsterdam Museum, and then there’s Anne Frank’s House. Who was Anne Frank? Anne Frank was a young, Jewish teenager locked up with her sister and her parents, …

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Vancouver’s Bucket List: Top 20 Things To See and Do

So you’re looking for an information on Vancouver and maybe even planning a trip there soon?  That is awesome, because Vancouver is undoubtedly one of the coolest cities on Earth! Since Vancouver is not a small city – there are a ton of attractions, landmarks, and even day trips that you can go on from this beautiful megapolis.  We included some of the …

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A Complete Guide to the Weird Canada

Book:  “Weird Canada” Author:  Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Publisher:  Bathroom Readers’ Institute, 2013 Canada – a quiet, beautiful and large North American country is actually full of unknown facts that very rarely become known to the outside World.  It’s just that Canada is not that popular compared to some other loud and active countries.  Or maybe it is Canada’s conscious choice to …

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Switzerland on a Budget: 10 Things You Need to Know

If you’re dreaming of traveling to Switzerland, and its pricey reputation is the only thing that’s keeping you – then this article is for you. Switzerland didn’t earn its famous reputation from nothing – it is one of the most expensive countries in the World, after all.  The cost of living, the cost of real-estate, food and transportation, is one of the highest on …

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Two Days in Paris: Guide To The Best Panoramic Sights

We are not going to lie: Paris is not a small city that can be explored in two to three days.  You need at least a week to get in some of the major sights and get a sense of what this city is about.  There are numerous museums, landmarks, cathedrals and famous cafes, as well as beautiful parks, historic cemeteries, …

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Multiracial USA: A Country of Strangers

Book:  “A Country of Strangers – Blacks and Whites in America” Author:  David K. Shipler Publisher:  Vintage Books, New York, 1998 There is no better way to learn more about United States, than by studying one of its most enduring and pressing issues – the difficult and highly emotional issue of race. In fact, there are many different races and cultures …

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The Enchanting Butchart Gardens

The beautiful and the amazing Butchart Gardens is a must-see place when traveling to Victoria or Vancouver, in the British Columbia region of Canada. The gardens were originally created by Robert and Jennie Butchart on an empty lot that is now covering the area of 130 acres (53 hectare).  In 2004, this family owned attraction celebrated its 100th anniversary and was …

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In The Land of Invisible Women

Book:  “In The Land of Invisible Women” Author:  Qanta A. Ahmed, MD Publisher:  Sourcebooks, Inc. 2008 What goes on behind the impenetrable veil of Saudi Arabia’s society?  How do the people live, how do they think, how do they dress on the streets or in their homes, what are their customs and beliefs?  How are the women treated; do they have …

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Frida: Her Life, Legacy and Struggles

Book:  “Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo” Author:  Hayden Herrera Publisher:  Perennial, 2002 Undoubtedly, some of the best ways to learn about a foreign culture are by reading novels from the local authors, or by studying biographies of its most prominent citizens.  And when you think of Mexico – quite a few big names would instantly come to mind, one of them is …