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Land of Ice and Fire

Iceland is a unique and thrilling place for a holiday, a completely different proposition from the beach and resort type of destination. This is a country of sensational landscapes where nature’s forces can be seen in all their raw power. Expect spouting geysers, boiling hot … Continue reading →

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) Makes Me Unhappy

Happy Planet Index

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) is an attempt to change how we measure the well-being of different countries. It challenges our current use of income-based measures such as GDP per capita. The idea of the Happy Planet Index makes me pretty happy. Even the UK … Continue reading →

Culinary Travelling in Barcelona

I’m definitely more of a city dweller and what I find most appealing in big cities is the diversity in people, places, food and activities. After living in Barcelona for 2 years now I sure haven’t seen everything yet, but I have some favourite corners. … Continue reading →

The Cost of Living in Europe (After 8 Months in Asia)

Europe Cost of Living

We just spent 8 months in developing Asian countries living quite cheaply. Before leaving, I wrote that we were somewhat anxious about our impending move to Europe; partly due to cost, but also in dealing with undesirable weather and straight-laced Europeans. Now, after a full … Continue reading →

Things To Do in Lisbon for Free

Lisbon in Portugal is an attractive destination all year around due to its mild climate and there is so much to see and do which will make it hard to decide. In the decision making process money is often an issue. Once you have booked … Continue reading →

A Day Trip to Tivoli

There is absolutely no ground to argue that the city Rome doesn’t already have enough monuments and sights a tourist can visit. If you have spent time in one of the apartments in Rome you already know that. But if you have some extra time … Continue reading →

Mark Malkoff Up To More Hilarious Mischief in Amsterdam

Mark Malkoff continues his reign of hilarious terror on Holland with these videos that explain there’s more to the country than smoking pot. The first video is very funny, but the quote of the day comes from the second video: As Mark switches through the … Continue reading →

Mark Malkoff Uncovers the Wonders of Amsterdam

The Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conservations has hired New York comedian/filmmaker, Mark Malkoff to show Americans (and the world) that there’s way more to do in Holland than smoking pot in coffee shops. Also check out the first series of videos. In these vids, Mark … Continue reading →

Amsterdam: Mark Eats Raw Herring and Runs in Clogs

There is something for everybody to eat and enjoy in Amsterdam. In the first Video, Mark tries a number of Dutch favourites such as, hotchpotch, hagelslag, Dutch cheese, sweet root, stroopwafel and more. In just one street in Amsterdam you are likely to run into … Continue reading →

Attractions in the Arrondissements of Paris

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements (aka. districts or sectors). You can find detailed opinion pieces all over the web about where’s the best place to live or stay or visit or whatever. Instead, here’s a quick look at what each arrondissement has to offer. … Continue reading →

Amsterdam: More than Smoking Pot in Coffee Shops

Amsterdam

Earlier this summer, a Dutch law was proposed that would not allow tourists to visit coffee shops. This is mostly a response to Amsterdam’s somewhat pervasive reputation as being the pot-smoking and hash-cookie-munching capital of the world. In concert with the Netherlands Board of Tourism … Continue reading →

Day Trips from Barcelona

If you are spending your vacation in Spain staying in Barcelona apartments you have plenty to see in the city, but especially during the summer it is very recommendable that you also enjoy the beautiful coastlines outside of the city. I would like to share … Continue reading →

La Dolce Vita in Florence

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and is widely known for its importance during the Renaissance period and the Middle ages. The city holds many treasures of Renaissance art and architecture. Every year many tourists flock to the city to admire this historical and cultural … Continue reading →