30 Sep, 2010 in Kruja
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Kruje, a small city in Albania, has quite a lot to offer. One of the main attractions of Kruje is the Kruje Castle and the relatively new Skanderbeg National Museum hosted inside. Once there, we were received by an English fluent local tour guide who took us through the local Albanian history since the medieval […]

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[Maybe NSFW alert] This is the kind of stuff that’s fun to see in Taiwan. Taking something like a sex related store that might feel a bit sleazy, and turning it into something fun and cute that anybody can feel comfortable going into. Meet “Condom World” (or “Honey Time”) a shiny little chain store …

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Asaf Avidan, probably the most interesting internationally recognized Israeli voice in the last few years years, recently came back to his hometown – Jerusalem – to give a concert in one of Jerusalem’s most beautiful locations – the Tower of David (Migdal David).  Naturally, since I was visiting Israel at the time, I had to […]

23 Sep, 2010 in Balkans, Friends & family
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When visiting home shortly this summer break, my dad took me on a quick tour to the Balkans. Every 2.5 years or so, we try and do something together – 5 years ago in Australia (some photos here) and 2.5 years ago in India (photos together here)- though I’m sure both of us would like […]

21 Sep, 2010 in Dubrovnik
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I already mentioned how gorgeous Dubrovnik is, and discussed some of Dubrovnik’s historical context. To get the best of the city, it is highly recommended to do the old city walls tour, going up the walls and around the city, seeing the views and old city life from above. Wikitravel’s as excited as I …

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Looking for a place to celebrate the festivities of Palm Sunday around Easter time? What better place than the holy city of Jerusalem? This last Palm Sunday I visited back home in Jerusalem and though I’ve lived in Jerusalem for many years this was the the first time in my life I caught the festivities […]

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This is the number one reason why I would have serious reservations regarding living in Shanghai. It’s horrible looking, disgusting at times, and no one knows for sure but most agree that it’s extremely hazardous to your health. The pollution in Shanghai – and I have lived in some highly polluted locations – is quite […]

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Set in Yilan County, about 20 minutes from Jiaoxi (礁溪) using Taiwan’s wonderful Taiwan Free Shuttle Bus services, is a popular short hiking trail of Linmen Shipan.     A Taiwanese government site introduces : Located at Jiaosi Township …

13 Sep, 2010 in Kruja
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On the Balkanian trip we rode through the scenic and bare lands of Albania, probably the poorest country in Europe, still struggling to recover back from the wonders of authoritarian global seclusion. Generally, I would say that of all the Balkans, Albania offers relatively less for the spoiled tourist, but – aside from the views […]

Awaiting Tourists from China–Special Tour Guide Course to Welcome Chinese

An news story aired in an Israeli morning show a while back tells the story of a special tour-guide course by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism aimed at the Chinese tourists. With hopes of increasing numbers of Chinese tourists coming to Israel, this type of preparation would hopefully make them feel more welcome. …

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