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IRAN : A VISIT TO NECROPOLIS & PERSEPOLIS

“So, what made you choose to go to the devil instead of Heaven?”  I was greeted by a smile under dark sunnies with such query. “Excuse me? I didn’t get you.” “What brings you to Shiraz? Hi, My name is Ivan, and she’s Sabina.” “What brought me here? Probably the same reason why you’re here.…

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IRAN : COLORFUL MORNING AT NASIR OL MOLK MOSQUE

Spending almost an entire morning inside a place of worship, that’s built not even for my own religion became one of my most remarkable travel experiences to date! I reckon, it’s an extraordinary and unforgettable moment that’s worth sharing. Although, I’ve already been to a few impressively stunning mosques in the world (Masjid Putra or the…

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IRAN : PARHAMI TRADITIONAL HOUSE IN SHIRAZ

Although the Visa-on-arrival procedure at Shiraz International Airport took me an hour to wait before I passed through Passport Control and collect my check-in luggage, finding my accommodation for my first 3 nights in Iran wasn’t an issue. I was armed with a print out of the address of Parhami Traditional House, where the location…

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FINLAND : WINTER DAYS IN HELSINKI

I honestly had no intention of going to Helsinki. When I was planning for my 9-day-winter trip for December of 2016, my eyes were on Rovaniemi (then go by ferry to Tallinn and to Riga by bus). I was excited to walk on snow, drive a snowmobile on a frozen river, meet Santa Claus, see…

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HELSINKI : MY HOTEL REVIEW OF SCANDIC PAASI

Location matters. It always does. It’s on top of my priorities whenever I’m scouting the worldwide web or relying from friends’ recommendations for possible travel-accommodation, regardless if it’s a hotel, a hostel, an apartment or a room for rent. And on my recent Nordic winter trip, one trusted name in hotel industry in the region…

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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND : 12 THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT NORTHERN LIGHTS

It was a night filled with hope, northern lights and stardust. When Alex and Ulik of Helios Tours arrived on time for the pre-arranged pick up at 9:15PM from my hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland, I knew I was in a good company. Together with a random Russian tourist, I joined Helios Tour’s Hunting Northern Lights…

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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND : MY SANTA CLAUS SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN LAPLAND!

“If you live an ordinary life, all you will have is ordinary stories.”  Those were the sharp yet truthful words of  Aurora Lane, played by the stunningly gorgeous, Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, the Passengers. So here’s a rundown of my extraordinary experiences from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland! Why travel to Finland? I am a 40 year old kid who’s…

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MY 2016 TRAVEL MEMORIES FROM 38 CITIES IN 14 COUNTRIES

It’s never been the volume of destinations but the random experiences, the priceless learning about the world and myself, the few strangers I met who became my friends, the travel memories to cherish, and most importantly, the kind of person I’ve become after each trip. Although in retrospect, I know my wanderlust has been extremely…

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VENEZIA : A DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATION

I was half-awake when I yawned at the sight of my window. While pulling myself up from being seated on a slouched position, I saw apparition of speed boats instead of cars on laterals of my train. What used to be visible solid roads and tracks from Firenze became fluid, where boats float and birds fly over!…

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LIGURIA, ITALY : MY TRAVEL TIPS, RANDOM THOUGHTS AND REGRETS IN CINQUE TERRE

It was Tuesday, right after breakfast, when I left Hostel of the Sun in Napoli, following my pleasant 3-night-stay there. Mr. Sun was up, and Italian summer was scorching hot last July 2016. Playlist on my earphones. Scenes that I saw in Rome and Vatican City that past week flashed before my eyes. With my…

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