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10 museums to discover eclectic Amsterdam

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10 museums to discover eclectic Amsterdam

It is well known that Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is an ideal destination for a festive and cultural long weekend. Famous for its canals, its gabled houses, its innate sense of party, and its guilty pleasures (yes coffee shop and red-light district I’m referring to you), I propose today a new angle to visit the dynamic Dutch city: through its museums.

Having visited Amsterdam with my family and with friends, I had the chance to take part in several museum visits, each one more different than the last, mixing history, culture, and tendentious visits. All in all, it was a great way to enrich one’s culture on many different themes.

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Visit Glasgow’s dynamic city in less than 24 hours

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Visit Glasgow’s dynamic city in less than 24 hours

During my Erasmus in Edinburgh, I headed to Glasgow for a day to visit the rival city of my study area. It is true that one day is not much to visit a city, but it was enough to discover the charms of the industrial city.

So what to do in less than 24 hours for a short stopover in Glasgow?

The city is famous for its street art, its nightlife (although it has half as many pubs as Edinburgh) and its gastronomy – if you can call it Scottish gastronomy, but let’s be honest it was in Glasgow that I tasted the famous fried Mars – that chocolate bar from Mars that is fried in doughnut dough. Let’s just say I haven’t touched any Mars since, but it was a must-try!

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Discover the world’s most beautiful libraries

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Discover the world’s most beautiful libraries

” I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library” has once declared Jorge Luis Borges, the famous Argentinian writer.

Enclosing secrets as old as the world, mysterious and intriguing, these temples of knowledge offer much more than literary choices. They present marvellous architectures symbolising the developments and ideas of history and dazzle with such cachet.

From the oldest to the most futuristic, these spaces dedicated to reading were all built with the aim of being able to amaze, charm and above all inspire visitors. Well, mostly to charm and inspire me. And make me travel to unusual places.

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Visit Milan, the bustling metropolis of northern Italy

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Visit Milan, the bustling metropolis of northern Italy

One of my favourite getaways just 3 hours from home, Milan is a city that I am particularly fond of and that has started to reveal itself to me over the last ten years or so. I have become so familiar with Milan because I often go to the Italian economic capital to support my favourite football team, thanks to my dad, who shared the red and black fever with me.

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Tribute to San Siro, the Scala del Calcio in Milan

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Tribute to San Siro, the Scala del Calcio in Milan

In Milan, there are two teams – AC Milan and Inter Milan. The rivalry between these two teams and their fans is tremendous and can divide families, however close they are, or turn peaceful neighbourhoods into civil war zones. Or make me rethink my friendships/love affairs.

I’m not Italian, and it’s true that the culture of football is not very deep-rooted in Switzerland, where I come from, but I consider myself a true tifosa. The word tifoso, which means supporter, comes from the infectious disease typhus (Italian: tifo) which, if left untreated, causes a high fever, just as the tifoso, a football fan, “suffers from football fever”.

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Matka Canyon – A breath of fresh air outside Skopje

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Matka Canyon – A breath of fresh air outside Skopje

The Matka Canyon is certainly the main natural attraction in the vicinity of Skopje and one of the most beautiful places to visit during a stay in North Macedonia. If you want to make a short day trip from Skopje, this natural wonder will enchant you.

I went there during my stay in North Macedonia for my friend Viktoria’s birthday. We definitely did not have to worry about how to get there, as my friend booked a taxi for us. There are many activities in Matka, however, we just enjoyed the boat ride, having 2 hours to spare before heading back to Kumanovo for Viktoria’s birthday party.

A full guide, however, is provided below to help you appreciate the beauty of these green hills that descend steeply into a deep fjord-like gorge filled with sparkling turquoise water. Isn’t it enough to blow you away ?

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Skopje, the dashing kitsch capital of North Macedonia

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Skopje, the dashing kitsch capital of North Macedonia

I can’t thank my friend Viktoria enough for showing me a part of her country, North Macedonia, and its capital Skopje. It all started when she told us that to celebrate her thirtieth birthday, she would organize a party in her home country, Northern Macedonia.

Not going to lie, I took the opportunity to celebrate my friend, of course, but also to discover a country that was still totally unknown to me. Various twists and turns in the planning of this escapade made me couple this trip with the discovery of the capital of Kosovo – Priština (remember my wish to visit the European capitals before my 30th birthday).

This post tells the story of my discovery of Skopje, the capital of the country, with my friend Viktoria, one of her childhood friends living in the Macedonian capital, a Swiss friend of Viktoria’s family and (suspense) my dad. I was talking about twists and turns, and my dad was one of them. I was delighted to discover these two countries with him.  

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8 steps to discover the vibrant city of Porto

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8 steps to discover the vibrant city of Porto

There is an old Portuguese adage that puts Porto into context: “While Lisbon is being beautiful, Coimbra is studying, Braga is praying and Porto is working”.

Although I had visited Porto on a previous family trip, I had no memory of the Portuguese city, which made it an ideal destination for a friend’s trip. However, I had a feeling I was going to enjoy Porto; a guaranteed crush with its good and positive vibes between its dazzling colours and its messy azulejos.

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