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2 days in Montreal

I had been hearing about Montreal for a long time. People kept saying good things about this city. For quite some time, I was telling myself “One day, I’ll go visit Montreal“. The opportunity finally arrived! After visiting New York, I told myself “Why not also visit Montreal? It’s not far…” All right let’s go! […]

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Racism towards black people in Morocco

“No you cannot stay here, the hotel is fully booked” “But I booked a few days ago, many rooms were available!” “Yeah we can see you have a booking but we made a mistake. Actually there’s not a single room available. You’ll have to go somewhere else“. It never happened to me before, check in […]

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How to use the NYC subway

This is when I started traveling that I realized how fast, efficient and clear the subway in Paris (my hometown) is. When traveling elsewhere… It immediately gets more complicated! “How to use the New York subway? How does it work? I don’t understand all the signs…” Those are questions many travelers ask themselves and it’s […]

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Visit to the 9/11 memorial

We all remember what we were doing and where we were when we heard about the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Moreover, in my case, I had the opportunity to see the twin towers with my own eyes in the 1990s… The 9/11 memorial is located exactly where the twin towers were. Underground, there’s also the 9/11 […]

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Visit to Ellis Island museum

Ellis Island was the entry point the United States for the immigrants coming from all over the world between 1892 and 1954. Most of these immigrants were the Jews persecuted in Europe, looking for a brighter future in the USA. Other immigrants were going to the United States to flee poverty, war, etc. Ellis Island […]

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The black Westerner travel privilege

I wrote several times on this blog what it’s like traveling while black : going through immigration takes longer, the locals stare at you in some areas of the world, locals who want to get a picture with you, people asking about your origins (“where are you really from?”), the ridiculous comparisons with black celebrities… […]

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Visiting New York for the first time

New York is probably the most popular city in the United States. People going to the US usually visit New York. Those who’ve never been in the US first think about the things to do in New York, before potentially going to see other cities. Yes, New York hosts more than 60 million tourists every […]

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3 days in Chicago

I’ve already been to several US cities, but I was often hearing people say “You have to visit Chicago when you go to the US“. I even heard “Chicago is one of the very few US cities where I can see myself moving in“. I thought about it more and more often, and finally, I […]

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Almost stuck in Italy because of coronavirus

It’s 10:30pm. I’m at the restaurant in Catania, Sicily, in the south of Italy. We’re a big group, about 30 people, the food is delicious, the alcohol is flowing in abundance… We could hear bursts of laughter in the room. The atmosphere is relaxed, we’re having a great time, and damn we eat so well! […]

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3 days in Lisbon

Lisbon is getting more and more popular and honestly, I understand why. The weather is nice, it’s a dynamic city, the food is delicious, there’s a rich cultural and historical heritage, and of course life is not expensive. Moreover, Lisbon is a beautiful city and people are nice. I spent 3 days in Lisbon and […]

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Horse riding along Song Kul, Kyrgyzstan

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Song Kul, a mesmerizing lake located in Kyrgyzstan. With Issyk Kul and Ak Suu Transverse Trek, it’s one of the major tourist attractions in Kyrgyzstan. And this is completely understandable, those two lakes are splendid. Watching them, you really feel like YOU are in the scenery of a postcard. And the best way to enjoy […]

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Visit to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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Everybody told me the same thing. The ride from Almaty in Kazakhstan, to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan goes smoothly. Crossing the border is easy and quite fast, which is logical. The two countries are neighbors, same culture, they were both part of the same country not that long ago, a lot of people make the trip […]

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Things to do in Almaty

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I already talked about it in my article with all the tips about Uzbekistan, but Central Asia, in general, doesn’t attract many people. With no mass tourism, interactions with the locals are more authentic, and after Tashkent, my last stop in Uzbekistan, I knew I would still be blown away for the next few weeks, […]

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Things to do in Tashkent

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Tashkent is the first stopover of almost all travelers who decide to visit Uzbekistan. Bur for me, it was my last stop, before going to Kazakhstan. Indeed, I didn’t go straight to Uzbekistan by plane, but overland from Turkmenistan… And I already had the opportunity to visit Bukhara and Samarkand, before getting to the Uzbek […]

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Things to do in Samarkand

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I was told that Bukhara was THE city to visit in Uzbekistan, and as I was explaining it in my post about Bukhara, I probably set the bar a bit too high, and I was a little bit disappointed. Thus I was expecting anything for the other cities, and I wasn’t expecting anything special regarding […]

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Things to do in Bukhara

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I had high expectations. I had really high expectations. I think my expectations were a bit too high. A lot of people told me that if there was only one city to visit in Uzbekistan, it should be Bukhara. Once again, I did my research beforehand and I found a lot of information here and […]

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Why use a VPN while traveling

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Before starting long-term solo travel, I had no idea what a VPN was. Actually yeah, I vaguely heard about it, I broadly knew what it was, but what I knew about VPN in general was very limited. In fact, I was unable to say in concrete terms what’s its use, what is it for, how […]

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Traveling while black

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I’m always surprised when I see how people around me are astonished when I tell them stories about what happens to me on the road, anecdotes linked to my color skin. Traveling while black means going through different experiences than my fellow white or Asian travelers. The more I travel, the more I realize it. […]

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Macau day trip from Hong Kong

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During my visit to Hong Kong, I realized I wasn’t far from Macau. Therefore, it was quite obvious, I had to go visit Macau. I did my little research about Macau, and I told myself I wouldn’t stay for several days there (looking back I think I did the right thing, but staying two or […]

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3 days in Hong Kong

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Oh wow! There’s a lot of money here! I spent 3 days in Hong Kong, and after backpacking Southeast Asia, the first thing that really struck me, is how rich Hong Kong is! 3 days in Hong Kong and I feel like I’m living on another planet than the one I was living on for […]

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