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72 Hours in Oslo: The Gateway City Strategy

Heading to Europe? How about traveling through Oslo, Norway and enjoy this fine city? Thanks to Norwegian Air, and many other airlines, flying to Europe from North America has become quite a bit cheaper. When you’re heading to Europe on your next adventure, consider entering through Oslo and spending a few days exploring this amazing …

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Curtea Veche Church

Bucharest for Digital Nomads: Is This the Next Chiang Mai?

Finding a good temporary home is always an interest to digital nomads. Romania’s Bucharest should be high on your list. Is Bucharest the next Chiang Mai?   Even though it’s on the other side of the globe, I feel like Romania is Korea’s sister country because of one thing in common: Romania and Korea are …

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Romanian Food: Pork, Beef, Polenta, Sour Cream, and Repeat

Romanian dishes are full of tradition, love, and pork fat (yes!) Ah, Romanian food. Why didn’t I know this before? I enjoy learning about other cuisines and trying to replicate them at home. How Korean of me. Traveling in a country that loves food is always a huge benefit to those who enjoy food, like …

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Visiting Cambridge: How Can I Meet Professor Stephen Hawking?

Can I meet Professor Stephen Hawking, please? Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Robert Oppenheimer, Hugh Laurie, Alan Turing, Stephen Fry, David Attenborough… All are some of the most inspirational figures in my life. These men also share another thing in common. Can you guess what it is? That’s right! They are all alumni of the University …

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My Favorite Architecture in Bucharest: Stavropoleos Monastery and Brâncovenesc Style

Stavropoleos Monastery is absolutely beautiful. Stavropoleos Monastery, Mănăstirea Stavropoleos in Romanian, also known as Stavropoleos Church (Biserica Stavropoleos). It’s an Eastern Orthodox monastery for nuns in central Bucharest. We saw a nun singing beautifully outside of the monastery before the prayer session. The church is built in a unique Romanian architectural style, Brâncovenesc. The Brâncovenesc …

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Life in Utsjoki: A Town in Finnish Lapland Bordering Norway

What is it like to travel Utsjoki? I believe I inherited the blood of the northerners. Seeing the snow-covered mountains and crown snow-load trees make my heart beat faster. I feel at home in the north. I’m drawn to the landscape and culture of the Arctic. Maybe my ancestors were pioneers in the region. Well, …

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Transylvania

Experience Transylvania Beyond Dracula: Small Villages, Romani Coppersmiths, and Fortified Churches

Dracula is a real person in Transylvania, did you know? Even to someone who doesn’t know much about Romania, the name Transylvania is familiar. Dracula, the Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker, put Transylvania on the global map. The novel was based on a real person, the Transylvanian-born Vlad III (also known as Vlad the …

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House of the Soviets

Visiting Transnistria: Am I in Moldova or Russia?

Traveling to Former Soviet Union countries? If you are really interested in countries of the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Transnistria should be high on your list. Officially the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR), Transnistria is a self-proclaimed republic wedged between Moldova and Ukraine. It is considered part of Moldova by the UN. It’s formally recognized by …

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