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My crazy journey: from Brussels to Seville by… Train

This year I decided to travel more or less ecological. And this means trying to avoid using the aircraft, if possible. Traveling to the south of Spain was since longtime on my bucket list. And this time I managed it: from my hometown Brussels to Seville, the hot town in Spain’s deep south. Come and take with me the train to Andalucia! Continue reading My crazy journey: from Brussels to Seville by… Train

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A Holy Week in Andalusia (this is not KKK)

Happy Easter to everyone! Last week I stayed in several towns in Spain’s deep south. Wherever I went, I came across Easter processions, accompanied by brass bands, incense and floats with wooden Bible images. But the thing that impressed me the most were los Nazarenos, men and woman dressed in robes with pointy heads in different colors. But let’s make it clear: this has absolutely no connection with the old American extremist group KKK. These are just Catholics who are having the time of their lives, because Semana Santa or Holy Week is in Spain guaranteed to be a big party!

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Cours Julien, Marseilles hipster and street art quarter

Most of the tourist that are heading to this Mediterranean city, will just see some main tourist attractions near the old harbor. And that’s a shame, because next to the bustling Noailles quarter is the quarter Cours Julien. Where street art, a fantastic bar and restaurant culture and multicultural street scenery are blending together. Let’s go to a southern French bohemian neighborhood! Continue reading “Cours Julien, Marseilles hipster and street art quarter”

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Marseille off the beaten track: La Friche la Belle de Mai

The main tourist attractions of this southern French sea port are well known, so let’s focus on one of her hidden gems. La Friche la Belle de Mai is located several kilometers outside the city center and has a lot to offer. This former tobacco factory has been transformed into a cultural complex with a skate park, some stunning street art, several bars, a playground for children, an art gallery and much more.  Continue reading “Marseille off the beaten track: La Friche la Belle de Mai”

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Let’s go, OUIGO, we go to Marseille

Last week I escaped the Belgian grey skies by traveling to Marseille in the south of France. It’s pretty well connected by high speed trains, but often the aircraft tickets are way cheaper than an expensive TGV ticket. But the French railway company SNCF has a hidden gem: their low-cost high speed train OUIGO. It was for me a cheaper and better experience than a plane.  Continue reading “Let’s go, OUIGO, we go to Marseille”

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Holland off the beaten track: Enschede

Although all the hidden gems of The Netherlands seems to be discovered, the eastern town Enschede remains as a well kept secret. In this city you won’t find just old industry and working class districts, but you might encounter here some stunning urban renovation, a Rijksmuseum and even the ugliest building in this North Sea country. Continue reading “Holland off the beaten track: Enschede”

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Zipaquirá: an unknown amazing city center

Zipaquirá is one hour north of Bogotá. Almost all tourists go straight ahead to a salt cathedral and forget to visit the city center. And that is shame, because this is a calm oasis near a city of eight million. Why should you consider visiting Zipaquirá’s center? Because of its beauty, coffee, Indigenous market and tranquility.  Continue reading “Zipaquirá: an unknown amazing city center”

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Popayán and Silvia: Indigenous presence in South Colombia

South America’s northernmost country is famous for its multi ethnic society. Less known is the inhabitance of its Indigenous cultures. The Guambiano culture for example, inhabits the southern department Cauca. You can meet this culture in Popayán, the so-called Colombia’s white town because the main color of the houses is white, and in Silvia, where a big market is held every Tuesday. Continue reading “Popayán and Silvia: Indigenous presence in South Colombia”

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Cali is a hot and surprising metropolis

The world already knows Bogotá and Medellín, but Colombia has another jewel: Cali, the so-called world capital of salsa music. But this big city isn’t just salsa, because it has a lot to offer: old streets, always a hot climate and stunning street art. Several years ago, this town was full of cars. But recently a highway has been replaced by a pedestrian zone and the number of cyclists is increasing.  Continue reading “Cali is a hot and surprising metropolis”

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How to quickly improve your Spanish skills?

This was a serious issue for me last year. As part-time traveller through Spain and Latin America, I needed a development of my knowledge and skills in Spanish. After failing somewhat during Spanish classes in my hometown and due to a lack of opportunities to practise this language, I decided to take an in-depth immersion in the language of Garcia Márquez. For one month, the Colombian town Medellín became my home and after four weeks I literally felt part of the local Paisa community. And… I was even able to think and dream in Spanish! Continue reading “How to quickly improve your Spanish skills?”

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Colombia off the beaten track: Charalá

Imagine an old tiny town with cobblestone roads, full of memories of fighting for South American independance and surrounded by 27 different waterfalls. Here, adolescents are still children and adults learn their children to swim in the rivers. At night people can sleep with their front doors open. This place is not the imaginary Shangri-La or Shambala, but Charalá in Colombia. Or Chalala, according to the Guane, a local pre-columbian culture.  Continue reading “Colombia off the beaten track: Charalá”