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West Sweden’s Islands, Beaches, and Seals: Sea Kayaking and Camping in Bohuslän

Our lunch stop at a deserted island

We can’t quite believe our luck. It’s sunny and warm, and there’s not a single cloud above our heads. Summer in Sweden isn’t usually this glorious but we’ve clearly hit the jackpot with the weather. Here on our own deserted island, we’re basking under the sun, enjoying some packed Swedish meatballs and salad that we’ve packed – along with several other basic [...]

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Getting Up Close and Personal with the Moose – Sweden’s National Symbol

Thor when lying down

On our last trip to the Swedish Lapland, we heard plenty about the country’s moose, but never had a chance to see them. This time round, by sheer coincidence, we chanced upon a moose park at Dalslands Aktiviteter and found ourselves getting up close and personal to these gentle giants. These moose, known as the national [...]

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Photo Essay: Lakes, Islands, and Wild Forests of West Sweden

Nordic town of Lysekil

Greetings from Sweden! We are currently in the lake district of Dalsland in West Sweden, getting out and about in the vast lakes and endless pine forests. Over the week, we’ve had amazing experiences in different corners of the region — from kayaking and camping on our own island in the Bohuslän region and fishing for crabs in the shellfish capital of Grebbestad, [...]

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Seeing Montenegro from New Angles: Kayaking in the Bay of Kotor

Crystal waters of the bay

  It’s only 10am, but the temperature has already risen to a sizzling 30 degrees Celsius. Fortunately we’re gliding over fresh sea water in the beautiful Bay of Kotor – a few splashes of water immediately cool us down. Here in the Balkans, the sun rises as early as 6am and stays high above our heads until 7pm. It’s no wonder [...]

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Edgy Belgrade: Where Chaos Meets Character

Cityscapes

Continuing on the Med Run, we’ve crossed the border from Zagreb, Croatia, into Serbia. Here’s a photo essay of the edgy Serbian capital, Belgrade. Decades after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has reinvented itself and it’s no longer the region’s bad boy. The country is now in a state of revival and things are looking [...]

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Wet and Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning in Bled, Slovenia

Rafting along Sava Dolinka

“Ready? Paddle paddle paddle!” I rowed as hard as I could and suddenly I was catapulted into the air and tumbling into the cold emerald water of Sava Dolinka river. Minutes later, I emerged from the water and found myself getting pushed along by the current of the rapids. With a few quick strokes, I [...]

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Tracing the Scars of the Bosnian War in Mostar

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“I left the army because I wanted to protect, not attack.” Native Bosnian and ex-soldier Josip* explained while showing us around the decrepit building. We were in the Glass Bank, one of the buildings in Mostar that was destroyed during the Bosnian War. This extremely brutal civil war raged on over three years in the [...]

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From Serbia to Montenegro: The Most Scenic Train Ride in the Balkans

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One of the most spectacular train rides on the Med Run so far was the journey from Belgrade, Serbia to Bar, Montenegro. This scenic route took us through the southern pockets of Serbia and along the spine of Montenegro. On both sides of the train, we saw tumultuous mountains soaring into the sky, with rivers [...]

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Photo Essay: Croatia’s Stunning Plitvice Lakes

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You hear them before you see them. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade from various heights in different corners of the impressive Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia.  The emerald water shimmer and sparkle even from a far distance, reflecting the sun’s rays like a reflection. Thick beech and fir trees sprout out from the sides [...]

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Slovenia from Above: Paragliding over Lake Bled

As the engine roared on our backs, I felt myself being lifted into the air and drifting further and further from land. In a matter of seconds, we were flying high above the valley. From my vantage point, I feasted on endless corn fields, green plains and clusters of dark green forests, all sprawled over undulating [...]

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That’s How We Roll: Zorbing in Bled, Slovenia

Ready to roll off a ramp

In a giant transparent ball, Alberto and I strapped ourselves onto our harnesses – one to the waist, another to the feet – and held on to the handle bars. And then, as though the operator had pressed the ‘start engine’ button on an amusement ride, I watched the world swirl  around us in 360 degrees. I [...]

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Photo Essay: Snapshots from Our Train Journey through Slovenia

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Over the week, we journeyed from the western edge to the eastern coast of Slovenia by rail, taking in its backcountry from the comfort of the train windows. Train travel has always held the romance of travel to us and we savored it even more so here in the compact but nature-rich Slovenia. Despite its [...]

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The Romance of Travel: Losing Faith in Venice

Venice can be pretty if you can look beyond the crowds

The sun was gleaming on the sparkling waters of Venice’s channels as I jostled my way through hundreds of tourists on the Rialto Bridge to snap a photo of the the city’s world-famous canals. The air was hot and humid, but that clearly did not prevent hordes of travelers from flooding its shore. It seemed [...]

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The Med Run: Train Travel Through the Balkans

Paragliding over Slovenia

Our itinerary of the Med Run, a train journey through the Balkans.

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Highlights of the Ice Run: From the Northern Lights to the Ice Hotel

View of fjord from Arctic Circle Express

Over the winter, we took off on an epic train journey around the coldest reaches of Europe armed with our Eurail global passes and plenty of winter gear. This journey – which we aptly named the Ice Run – was all about the ice, the powdery snow, the raw wilderness and the chilly cold. To mush in the sugar-coated winter land, we tried our hands [...]

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