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Many say springtime is the time when Göteborg awakens. With the first rays of sunshine, suddenly the streets are filled with elated citizens – making you wonder where all of these people were hiding outduring winter. While right now may be a great time to enjoy this city’s soft evening light and the spring flowers, there is one destination more than 8550 kilometers eastwards that offers an equally splendid ...

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Krakow

The past week has been insane. Or perhaps I should say the past 10 days to be more precise. Part of the insanity has been the destination of my last conference – Krakow. As a European city, Krakow has been underrated and definitely under-marketed as a tourist destination. Krakow is evidence that good things hardly make it to the news – it is one of the few cities that survived the looting and destruction of ...

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Dubai – the Desert City

Mid-december and the sun stands high over Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. The Pakistani taxi driver shoots through the traffic, zig-zagging the six lane highway that cuts the city lengthwise. Driving by the districts Downtown Dubai, Internet City, Media City, Dubai Marina I lose count on the number of skyscrapers we pass. "If you would have come fifteen years earlier this would only be a desert", the taxi drive ...

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Bangkok – The City of Angels

Ah Bangkok, my City of Angels! Even before ever having visited Thailand’s capital city, you can marvel at the fact that its full name is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest place name. A glorious string of archaic descriptions, it literally means “The city of angels; the residence of the emerald Buddha; the great impregnable city; steadfast and thriving in its gracefulness; ...

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Karachi – the city that still shines.

Out of the many loves that engulf my life, there is one that keeps flickering no matter how strong the winds blow, that is my love for Karachi. This city, no matter what the Western media says, is magical in its own dusty, humid and wonderfully sunny way. Not only was this the first capital of the newly formed country of Pakistan in 1947, today it is the financial hub of the country, where 18 million people ...

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Lomé: the City of Thousand Contrasts

You might have never heard anything about Lomé. And I would not blame you because I think I would not know anything about the place if I haven’t lived there during my childhood. However, according to my opinion Lomé is definitely worth a visit if you are traveling in sub-Saharan Africa. Indeed, it is the capital of Togo, one of the smallest country of Africa and is located next to Bénin and Ghana, and below ...

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Vienna – The Pearl of Central Europe

If you want to go to a place where you can do everything, explore new options and enjoy maximally culture, art, beautiful nature, astonishing architecture and entertaining night life then Vienna is your city. It offers everything from relaxing walks in the parks and castles to opportunities to attend exhibitions in galleries, museums, opera, ballet, classical concerts and so much more. First, let’s start wi ...

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City Guide: London

”Do you like London? Well, neither does the English.” This is the first sentence of Berlitz’s travel guide for London published in 1987 to introduce the potential visitor to the city. The author spends the following paragraphs explaining how the English soul rests in the countryside and that their country-dwelling peers look upon the Londoners with something that can most aptly be described as pity. Since t ...

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City Guide: Brussels

Although Brussels represents for many the political capital of Europe, it is rarely being praised as an attractive travel destination. The city’s most famous icons, the Atomium and Manneken Pis, have probably contributed to this view. While the former is located pretty far out and therefore is not as enchantingly omnipresent as Paris’ Eiffel Tower, Manneken Pis has notoriously disappointed Brussels visitors ...

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City Guide: Åbo

Staden Åbo är Finlands bästa sommarstad. Som Göteborgs systerstad lider hon av regn och dåligt väder men under sommaren blomstrar hon och drar till sig turister från olika håll och kanter. Åbo är framförallt en kulturstad. Det finns mängder av teaterkompanier i Åbo som hänger efter sina svåra framföranden på diverse hipster ställen som Bar Kuka på Slottsgatan eller Klubi där man får köpa dyr blaskig öl samt ...

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