On the trail of Siri

by Katharina Frick

For my guest post, I decided to take you with me to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. I travelled to the small south Asian country this summer, as did my dad – over 30 years ago. I embarked on a journey looking for the trails of my father, and found his long-lost friend Siri.

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Visa to the Developed World: Enemy at the Gates

by Khac Giang Nguyen

I don’t mean Visa as a payment method. What I mean is a little sticky piece of paper pasted on your passport when you travel abroad and your country of destination requires it. It does have a supreme power that can change a man’s life forever, especially for those who come from the “developing world” and need to present in the “developed world”. Sadly, it usually changes lives for worse.

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What not to miss in Israel

By Sonja Nikcevic

The newest hot topic here is apparently, the dire state of our generation. My plan is to stubbornly continue to claim that we are totally fine and talk about other things. So… just like last time – hello from Tel Aviv! I’ve been here for exactly a week now, and for all the diversity the country offers, I’m a little disappointed to say that all that I’ve seen has been football related. Football, stadiums, football players, football press areas, with a little bit of exhausted , but fancy ,hotel life thrown in. So, the list below (yes, yet another list), is less of a ‘look at all the cool things I’ve done, you should SO do them too’ and more of a ‘go out and try to experience the country, you idiot’ reminder for me. Enjoy.

1.   Humus. Eat lots of humus.

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Now that, I have done, and will continue to do with every meal. On my way from the airport, the driver gave me a list of all the types of humus I need to try. At a fast food stand, when I asked for humus with my fries, I got a beaming smile and a free drink.  Israel’s attitude towards food, and especially humus is amazingly dedicated, and as soon as I had my first taste of it here, I understood why. Think of the best western-made humus you’ve ever had, add some olive oil, spices and multiply it by 50 –then you’ll get the stuff they have here. Dip some steaming pita bread in and you’re set – the borekas and falafel can wait.

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10 beds and one shared bathroom

by Veronica Sanchez

Ten years ago, staying in a hostel was fun. While I was travelling in Europe with my best friend we would share the room with five, six, seven people from different countries and I would enjoy it. We would have a chat in the room with the other travellers and probably end up having a beer down in the hostel bar or doing some sightseeing together. We would exchange e- mails and maybe write each other some lines once we were back in our one- year jobs in the UK. The people we met were actually an important part of the trip anecdotes. Some appear in our photo printed albums.

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Pambilinho

by Michael Seckler

My knees are close to my chin, and I’m canting my head because of the low roof. The bus that is racing into the Ecuadorian rain forest is a converted truck with benches and a roof made of wood. While the Salsa-music is trying to drown the sound of the branches hitting the truck, I think about what brought me into this nothingness. My destination is the house, Pambilinho, home of two Ecuadorian brothers who actually did what generally stays a thought: leaving society behind and moving into nature. Into the Wild. I love this movie.

After three hours I see the Pambilinho sign at the side of the road and pound my hand against the roof to tell the bus driver to stop.

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