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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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Visit to Langkawi, Malaysia

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Before starting my long term solo trip, I told my friends I wanted to go to Malaysia. Whenever I was saying “Malaysia”, all the people I know who had been there already told me the same thing “Oh you’re going to Malaysia? Then you have to visit Langkawi!” And when I was asking why, usually […]

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Guide to visiting Angkor Wat

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My visit to the Angkor temples didn’t come off so well. Let’s say my visit didn’t come off as well as I thought it would be, or not exactly how I was expecting it to be. It’s partly my fault, but I’m not the only one to blame. You must be like “How dare you!? […]

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Visit to Tuol Sleng (S-21) and Choeung Ek (the killing fields)

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A lot of travelers going to Cambodia don’t even stop by Phnom Penh, because they feel like there’s nothing to do there. However I recommend staying there for a few days, at least to visit the Tuol Sleng genocide museum (formerly prison S-21), but also Choeung Ek, the killing fields of the Khmer rouge. But […]

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Visit to Hoi An, the city of lanterns in Vietnam

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I heard a lot of good things about a small town located in the center of Vietnam, Hoi An (not to be confused with Hpa An!). I didn’t know this city but all the travelers I met kept telling me I really had to go “Hoi An, I loved it! You absolutely have to stop […]

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Why travel solo?

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“But… Are you serious? Travel solo?” “Why don’t you bring someone with you? You don’t have any friends?” “You must be bored often when you travel solo right?” “Aren’t you scared to travel solo, on your own?” “Don’t you feel lonely sometimes?” “How do you meet people? Must be hard huh?“. This is the kind […]

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Visit to the Kuang Si Falls, Laos

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During my stay in Luang Prabang, I kept hearing about a place, again and again. An unmissable. A place I had to see, Kuang Si Falls. “Daaaaaamn I visited Kuang Si Falls yesterday, it was wonderful! Man, just go, you’re gonna love it, it’s sooo beautiful!” Not just travelers, the manager of my hostel also […]

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Things to do in Luang Prabang

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“Opium, ecstasy, weed, MDMA, mushrooms… My friends, you can have whatever you like!“ This is one of the first sentences I heard when I arrived in Laos, before reaching Luang Prabang. I left Chiang Rai in Thailand in the morning, we stopped one night in a village in Laos to spend the night, before hitting […]

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Begpackers : tourists begging for money

The begpackers… I heard about those people before starting my long term trip,  since the media brought this whole begpacking phenomenon to light in 2017. But honestly, I thought begpacking was a marginal trend, and I really didn’t think I would ever see begpackers when I started traveling. However… I spotted a few ones!!! In […]

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Things to do in Pokhara

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Pokhara is the city where everybody goes in Nepal, because this is where treks start in Nepal. I was hesitating over writing an article about Pokhara, since I didn’t trek for various reasons… But I had the opportunity to visit the city where everything starts, Pokhara, and I met a lot of travelers who were […]

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Travel to Myanmar : what you should know

Myanmar, a wonderful country, attracting every year more and more tourists. Indeed, during the last few decades, Myanmar was almost completely secluded from the rest of the world, further to the military coup staged by Ne Win in 1962. Ne Win was a military commander who led Myanmar for 26 years! But since 2011 and […]

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