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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 …

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The 5 Best Panoramic Locations in Florence

If you’re heading to Florence and are wondering about the best panoramic views in the city – this article is for you.  We will not only tell you where they are, we will also show you how to visit them in a good sequential order, so you could save time, and experience this city from the best angles that it has …

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Reykjavík: Top 10 Sights

Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, is also the biggest city on the island, and is located on a 45-minute drive from Keflavík International Airport.  Home to about 120,000 people, Reykjavík has a number of interesting and exhilarating things to offer a curious visitor. Besides hosting a number of fascinating museums, colorful homes, and attractive restaurants, this city is now World famous …

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Stuff (Real) Parisians Like

Book:  “Stuff Parisians Like” Author:  Olivier Magny Publisher:  The Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin, 2011 So, do you want to know what the real Parisians are like?  Behind the glamorized, picture perfect myth invented by a skillful PR machine and a handful of ingenious Parisians?  Then, look no further than into this book. Written by a true Parisian guy, Olivier Magny, this absorbing, humorous and …

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Chile: My Invented Country

Book:  “My Invented Country: A Memoir” Author:  Isabel Allende Publisher:  HarperCollins, New York, 2003 Isabel Allende, the author of this book, is a niece to the former president of Chile, Salvador Allende.  The former president (1970-1973) has actually lost his life during the military coup that brought the infamous Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, to power. Before you start reading this interesting book …

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Visit Iceland on a Budget: 7 Main Tips

It is been a well-known fact that Iceland is one of the most expensive destinations in the World.  You cannot simply dismiss this knowledge with the usual: “Oh, I’ll just eat out of the grocery shops then, I don’t really mind eating sandwiches for a week”.  However, there are some tricks to keep those costs under control, and within a reasonable …

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The Seasons of Trouble – Sri Lanka’s Civil War

Book:  “The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid The Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War” Author:  Rohini Mohan Publisher:  Verso, 2014 For the past three decades, Si Lanka had been entangled in a brutal civil war that was estimated to claim around one hundred thousand lives, and displace another million.  This terrible war, that has officially ended on May 18, 2009, has …

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Budapest: Top 10 Sights

Budapest is one of the most vibrant, dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the World.  A steadily growing influx of tourists flocks to this capital all year-round to experience first-hand some of its famous sights.  Luckily, Budapest has a lot to offer, and not only to its first-time visitors, but to all of its returning guests as well. Besides visiting the main …

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Vienna: Top 10 Sights

Vienna, the imperial jewel of Austria, is one of the most gorgeous capitals in Europe, as well as the rest of the World.  Full of glamour, art, history, and charm, this city is unlike any other on Earth.  If you would like to fully explore Vienna, and to visit at least all of its major sights – it is recommended to …

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Icelandic Folk Tales

Book:  “A Traveller’s Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales” Author:  Jón R. Hjálmarsson Publisher:  Forlagid, 2016 What comes to mind when you think of Iceland?  Is it the picture perfect, supremely exciting Blue Lagoon?  Is it the magnificent and potentially destructive volcanoes, capable of shutting down the entire air traffic over the European continent for a number of days?  Or is it the notoriously …

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Child of the Dark Brazil

Book:  “Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus” Author:  Carolina Maria de Jesus Publisher:  Signet Classics, 2003 If you ever wondered what's the reality behind the closed doors of a Brazilian favela - here's your chance to find out more from the first-person account of someone who actually lived there.  The author, Carolina Maria de Jesus, is the ...
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This is Mexico – From the Eyes of an American

Book:  “This is Mexico – Tales of Culture and Other Complications” Author:  Carol M. Merchasin Publisher:  She Writes Press, 2015 What comes to mind when you think of Mexico?  Is it the turquoise water with the white sand beaches, and the luxury hotels?  Or is it the magnificent, ancient Mayan pyramids, such as the famous Chichen Itza?  Or maybe it’s the infamous drug …