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Switzerland’s Glacier Express

Switzerland is well known for it’s trains. Efficient, punctual and comfortable, the only thing to not like is the price! For just an hour and a half InterRegio train direct from Berne to Zurich, it will cost 47 Swiss Francs (€37 or US$52)! Most things in Switzerland are expensive so if you want to travel in Switzerland on a budget, you have to look out for the deals.
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8 Haircuts. 8 Countries. 20 Months.

Getting a haircut while travelling can be the greatest souvenir ever or the biggest mistake that you just have to live with until you get home to your normal stylist.

In my 20 months in Europe, I had some fantastic haircuts and some not so fantastic haircuts.
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Travelling through food in Vancouver

I recently returned from a 4-day trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. For a $13 Amtrak ticket, it couldn’t be passed up. Once I decided to go, I discovered my Dutch CouchSurfing host from Amsterdam last year had just moved there, a Chinese surfer I met in Bellingham could host me and there were a few CouchSurfing meetings organized for the Cherry Blossom Festival and Vancouver’s 125th Birthday Celebrations! I knew the four days would be packed with CouchSurfing activities, but in the end, the focus was all on food.
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Dumpster diving for dinner and back riding a bicycle in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a great place to let your hair down and relax. The laid-back canals offer a nice place to sit, munch on a space cake and watch the world float by- literally. Coffeehouses around the city serve up soft drugs which are legal (hard drugs are definitely illegal) and controlled under a tolerance policy making them not nearly as much of a problem as in countries where they are illegal. The country’s progressive view on drugs is one thing many tourists remember about Amsterdam and the reason why many young, rebellious backpackers love the city! But my two weeks in Amsterdam taught me less about coffeehouse menu-reading and more about how to scavenge markets for leftover produce in markets and how to ride ‘sidesaddle’ on the back of a bike.
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Dancing, shopping and living with the international communities of Seattle

When I was traveling Europe and people learned I was from Seattle I discovered the many things the city is known for. Usually people brought up Nirvana, Pearl Jam or some other grunge band, but often it was Starbucks, Microsoft or Boeing they knew. Actually, more often than not, it was Seattle’s rainy weather. As it often happens while traveling, I was expected to be an expert on these topics and on Seattle but I’ve never really been a tourist there besides the occasional day trip or stopover on our way somewhere else. Even though it’s less than 2 hour’s drive from my hometown, I didn’t really know much about Seattle, so I was looking forward to seeing what the Emerald City really should be known for.
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Finding Harley-Davidson police uniforms with a touch of 80’s awesomeness in Luxembourg

The motto of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is the stubborn ‘Mir Wëlle bleiwe wat mir sinn.’ We want to remain as we are.

They have certainly achieved this. Surrounded by the languages powerhouse countries of Germany and France, they maintain their Luxembourgish language even though there are only about 400,000 speakers worldwide. Stepping into Luxembourg city on a daytrip from Brussels was like stepping into another time. Exploring the cobblestone pedestrian streets, the massive ravine park and viewing the fairytale buildings made for an exciting day in this laid-back city.
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