A Portuguese welcome with Oporto City Flats

One never knows what to expect when landing in a new country, especially when your trip starts long before sunrise (hello, fatigue), but judging from the initial planning stages, the bar had been set high. It was my first time in Porto and I needed central accommodation to easily make my way around throughout my 4-day stay. The rain forecasted also meant a cozy atmosphere would win extra points in making my decision. I was referred to Oporto City … [Read more...]

The RueBaRue App: Smart city-planning done right

If there is one thing that makes me cringe most is travel planning. Don’t get me wrong; I love to travel to new destinations and discover sights I’ve long had my eye on. But from where do I go to how do I go, there is always a bridge to gap. While an enriching experience whatever the mishaps, travel is often unexpected. Traveling from point A to point B always takes longer than you think, and that incredible coffee shop you’ve crossed half of … [Read more...]

Why Romania is still lacking. #Colectiv. Corruption kills

Silence speaks when words can’t. 39 dead. 130 seriously injured. 80 hanging from a thread of life. A nation floored by grief, anger and disbelief. A tragedy that could have been avoided. Twenty-six years after the fall of communism, Romania is still playing a dangerous game. And this game, by its name Corruption, is fatal. It's been 13 days since a fire that started at Colectiv Club, in center Bucharest, during a free concert by heavy metal … [Read more...]

Summer in Sydney: Top 9 Things to Do

While on my extensive travels this fall, I somehow landed unexpectedly Down Under. I liked the Australian "winter" so much, that I lingered on. How could I not? Read on my summer in Sydney guide on the top 9 things to do while it's warm.  The end of another year… a time of reflections and conclusions, endings and resolutions. But the end of the year in Sydney is all about beginnings. As all eyes around the globe anxiously await the world’s … [Read more...]

Why an Ayurveda massage might not be your thing

“Take off your clothes!” She says for the second time, right in front of me, staring. Wait ... Here!? “Can't I change in the bathroom?” I motion towards the diagonal corner. “Take off your clothes,” she insists, and she is certainly not kidding this time. I skeptically take all my clothes off, while Claire does the same, only two feet away. I reach out for the meek sheet supposed to be covering me, while my masseuse pulls me a chair. She … [Read more...]