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Pai in Thailand : a relaxing city…

I’ve been to many places where I had absolutely no plans to go : Odessa in Ukraine, Batumi in Georgia, Jaipur in India, Kerala still in India among others… Most of the time I went to those places following advice from fellow travelers. Pai in Thailand is one of those cities. I didn’t even know the […]

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Visit of the Inle Lake in Myanmar

Inle Lake is, like Bagan, a major tourist destination in Myanmar. In fact, Inle Lake is a big lake located in the center of the country, at altitude and surrounded by mountains. The water is shallow there. On the lake, there are floating villages, which means houses on stilts are there. The people living there […]

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Chiang Mai, world capital of digital nomads

Chiang Mai, located in the north of Thailand, is known for being the world capital of digital nomads. But… What is a digital nomad? Someone who has the luxury to work from anywhere in the world, as long as the person has a laptop and an internet connection. Among other jobs, digitial nomads are developers, […]

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Bangkok, starting point for backpacking in Southeast Asia

Bangkok! I don’t even need to introduce Bangkok to you! It’s the capital of Thailand and… what a capital! ALL the travelers/backpackers/tourists I met in Southeast Asia, either in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia or elsewhere… stopped by Bangkok. Sometimes just for a day, sometimes for a few days but everyone stopped by this city! Bangkok is […]

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Mandalay, cultural capital of Myanmar

Damn, it’s been a while! I almost forgot how it felt! In Mandalay, a lot of people greeted me in the street and smiled at me! I’m a star, like in Uzbekistan! Many locals stared at me all surprised in the streets of Mandalay, and it felt weird -especially the first few hours- since I […]

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Yangon, former capital of Myanmar

The atmosphere is relaxed here. I would even say the vibe is cool here. I feel like I’m gonna like it. We are very far from the tensed atmosphere of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Now I’m in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Or I’d rather say… the former capital of Myanmar. Since 2005, it’s Naypyidaw. But honestly, […]

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Dhaka, dense capital of Bangladesh

No gibberish, I’ll go straight to the point. I didn’t like at all my stay in Bangladesh, precisely in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. I had planned to stay more or less two weeks in the country : arrive in Dhaka, visit the tea plantations in Srimangal, hang around the Kaptai lake, see Chittagong, and […]

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Kathmandu : temples, dust and traffic

I didn’t have any particular expectations regarding Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Because all the travelers I met on the road beforehand, who had been there before I did, told me not so good things “Kathmandu is in chaos! Cars everywhere, it’s filthy, very noisy and there’s nothing to do there! You don’t need to […]

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Ella and Kandy : visit of Central Sri Lanka

I decided to start off my trip in Sri Lanka by the south of the country, before heading to Ella and Kandy, in the center of the country. As days were passing by, I noticed almost all travelers were doing it the other way around : they prefer to save the beaches in the south for […]

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Visit to the south of Sri Lanka : Colombo, Galle, Mirissa Beach

My stay in the south of Sri Lanka didn’t start out well. I’m starting to get used to the dumb customs officers… People told me before getting there “The locals in Sri Lanka have such a prejudice against black people. They think they’re all drug dealers, or doing suspicious business. In the street, people will […]

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Visit to the Niagara Falls, Canada

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It’s impossible to go to Toronto and not visit the Niagara Falls! Actually the Niagara Falls are only two hours away by car from Toronto. Moreover, the Niagara Falls are probably the most famous waterfalls in the world, and we can see them from Canada or from the US, because they form a natural border […]

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3 days in Toronto

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We start hearing more and more often about Toronto, this city located in Ontario, Canada. I didn’t have particular expectations regarding my 3 days in Toronto, but I had a feeling I’d like it. We regularly see Toronto as one of the world’s most livable cities in numerous rankings. Moreover, people I know who visited […]

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Visit to Austin, Texas

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My visit of Austin in Texas was a lot different than what I was expecting. We all have those images and prejudices about Texas. Over there, they’re all cowboys, Texas is a giant desert where it’s scorching outside and there’s nothing there apart from three or four big cities, all the Texans are close-minded, not […]

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Visit to Trento in Italy

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When tourists decide to visit Italy, they usually go to Rome. Then it varies depending on the people : Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Sicily… But few people go visit Trento in Italy! Truthfully speaking, I didn’t even know the existence of this city before going there. But I had the opportunity to go to Trento for […]

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Japan travel tips : things to know before you go

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When you arrive in Japan, you feel like you’re landing on another planet. Everything is so different from home! But at the same time, Japan still fascinates a lot of people. In fact, millions of people visit Japan every year. A lot of them are a bit lost when they get there because they don’t […]

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Being black in Japan

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What is it like, being black in Japan? Before getting to Japan, I heard that the Japanese are rather close-minded, that they don’t accept the fact that foreigners are coming to invade their territory, and basically that the Japanese are racists. But, at the same time, I was also hearing a lot of beautiful things […]

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Sexual frustration in Japan

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Are the Japanese sexually frustrated? I think so. I know a lot of Japanophile won’t agree with me. They’ll say that I cannot understand this culture so different from ours anyway. They’ll say it’s easy to think the Japanese are sexually frustrated after spending only three weeks in the country. They’ll say that by staying […]

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Visit to Osaka

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Osaka is often overlooked by the Western tourists. That’s a shame, they don’t know what they’re missing. I loved my visit of Osaka. It’s not a city-museum like Kyoto, there are probably less things to do in Osaka, but I loved the vibe, the atmosphere of Osaka during my visit. For instance, Japanese are usually […]

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Visit of Kyoto in three days

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I didn’t really know what to expect when I decided to visit Kyoto, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868. It’s not a huge megalopolis like Tokyo, but it’s not a small town either, like Kobe or Nara. In fact, Kyoto has a population of 1.5 million, but the vibe is not the same […]

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Visit of Hpa An in Myanmar

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There are so many places, cities and villages to visit in Myanmar. Hpa An is one of those places you have to see in the country. Like the Inle Lake, I didn’t know much about this area before getting there. Hpa An is a city with almost half a million inhabitants, located in the south […]

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