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Alive in Bratislava

Alive in Bratislava

When the kids of the movie Eurotrip arrived in Bratislava, they frightfully whispered “Dear sweet mother of god, we’re in eastern Europe”. Well, I’m in Bratislava today and for the record, it’s nothing like the that scene. No angry dogs, severed hands or dodgy characters.

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Oslo remembers

Oslo remembers

Before arriving in Oslo, I wondered if I would notice any changes due to the terrorist attack last summer and the ongoing trial. I noticed banners saying “The city remembers” already at the central station, and the site where the bombing took place felt like a silent beacon.

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Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

Roaming the cobblestones of Istanbul

I am currently sitting in a room in Sultanahmet, the old part of Istanbul. The Bosporus strait is within sight and the air is filled with the competing sounds of hungry seagulls and shouting minarets.

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Winter in Berlin

Winter in Berlin

I recently got back from a trip to Berlin. My last time there was a decade ago, where I remember a sky full of construction cranes in the eastern parts. The city has seen some serious improvements since then and some sites had changed beyond recognition.

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Visual misconceptions in movies

Visual misconceptions in movies

We often perceive travel destinations from visual impressions gathered from movies, TV and other sources. This can of course give a somewhat different view than the real one. When James Bond arrives to a city, there are always fancy cars and girls in bikini everywhere with no sign of pollution, poverty or rain clouds. As a-ha once sang, “the sun always shine on TV”.

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Bourdain is back with Layover

Bourdain is back with Layover

One of the best ways to get inspiration for upcoming journeys is to watch entertaining hosts embark on their adventures. One of the best ways to get inspiration for upcoming journeys is to watch entertaining hosts embark on their adventures. There are lots of great travel shows out there.

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A nice house in Palma

A nice house in Palma

A few days ago I ascended the wide stairs from the Royal garden and turned a corner. Suddenly I stood in front of La Seu, the imposing cathedral of Palma on the island of Mallorca. Then I heard a sullen voice from an American tourist nearby, “that’s a nice house”. And just like that, the magic was gone.

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Marseille 40 years later

Marseille 40 years later

So I’m back from a weekend in Marseille and more. The town itself reminded me of Gothenburg and San Francisco. All three have a riverfront, lots of hills, an island fortress and a lot of great seafood restaurants. But I remembered the seedy streets from the 1971 movie “French Connection” and wondered how much it had changed in 40 years.

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