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Animal welfare groups have again risen awareness to the ongoing slaughter of dogs and trade of dog meat on the holiday island of Bali where the product is often sold to unsuspecting people as satay.

A horrifying prospect that nobody really wants to think of when a Bali holiday comes to mind as most cultures consider the slaughter of dogs as barberism and would never in their wildest dreams think of consuming dog meat. [click to continue…]

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For those who are into airline memorabilia or plan to open their own airport Terminal something exciting is coming as as the old Heathrow Terminal 1 interior is being auctioned off to the last piece.

At the moment only bids for larger items are accepted (mostly machinery) but later on a series of auctions will also make it possible to purchase signs, counters, baggage frames an everything to think of. [click to continue…]

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I had the opportunity to visit North Korea during the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, their supreme leader and founder of the republic. Even with the limited access you get as a tourist, we were able to experience first-hand many things the news usually do not explain.

The Day of the Sun, April 15th, is the most important national holiday in North Korea, set to commemorate the birthday of their supreme leader, Kim Il Sung. The celebrations around this date were one of the main draws of the travel agency when marketing the tour we took part of, including attending to the military parade, of course.

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Ibiza is worldwide famous for its wild summer nights. It is the clubbing mecca of the world, and every summer it attracts hordes of people from everywhere willing to party like there is no tomorrow.

But there is a quieter, much more relaxed island to discover when you go off season, and that’s exactly what I did last weekend.

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A popular thing for travelers worldwide is tax free shopping at countries that offer it and there are multiple options to get your VAT refunded, most commonly is Global Blue that partners with most big stores.

Global Blue is a company that essentially processes the VAT refund between the store, the government and the customer but for that they take a hefty fee (other such companies do the same). [click to continue…]

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I had the opportunity to visit North Korea during the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, their supreme leader and founder of the republic. Even with the limited access you get as a tourist, we were able to experience first-hand many things the news usually do not explain.

As I have mentioned before, Pyongyang is a city of contrasts. It has 3 million people but you barely see people on the streets. It has this movie set feeling, most things are camera ready but they are just a façade.

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Sometimes things don’t go as planned and somehow I managed to fall on my knees while crossing a street in Hiroshima a month ago. Basically I lost my balance.

Hiroshima Accident

It was evening and I was walking back to the Sheraton after having traditional okonomiyaki dinner at a place that has a number of vendors selling this Hiroshima delicacy. It was supposed to be a nice five kilometer walk to/from the hotel. [click to continue…]

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (the official name of the Hermit Kingdom, and the name the locals insist you use) is one of the most secluded countries of the world. The information we get outside its borders is either regime-approved content or the analysis/speculation of several intelligence agencies that is leaked to the press.

I had the opportunity to visit the country during the celebration of the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung, their supreme leader and founder of the republic. Even with the limited access you get as a tourist, we were able to experience first-hand many things the news usually do not explain.

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While visiting Kuala Lumpur Airport last week I became aware of a conversation taking part across from me where a young man approched a couple and was seeking donations for a charity.

The lady who was approached was a local Malaysian and took pictures of his materials the man presented to her as he was unable to produce identification or a license allowing him to be there. [click to continue…]

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Everybody no matter if you’re a frequent or leisure traveler is confronted with the situation to purchase a new suitcase or carry-on every few years and the prevailing dilemma is usually how much to spend.

Obviously someone who travels less frequently can get away with purchasing a less durable item than a frequent traveler who travels daily/weekly/monthly and would like to keep his bag longer than a few months. [click to continue…]

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Many airlines offer their customers the option of purchasing Duty Free items ahead of the flight and also add some specialty items that can be pre-ordered such as certain premium champagne brands.

Especially when purchasing expensive items it might make sense to have a second look if certain offers can make sense such as during my flight on China Airlines last weekend. [click to continue…]

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China Immigration at Beijing Capital Airport has introduced a new regulation concerning the use of 72-hour Transit Without Visa rule that requires travelers to fill in an application and wait for clearance.

Previously simple presentation of onward tickets was sufficient but now the application form is mandatory for all stays over 24 hours as well as a “background check” that is conducted somewhere in the back office. [click to continue…]

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They are testing rocket engines for their nuclear warheads . The US government is sending a warship to the Korean peninsula. The newspapers are talking of an increased risk of accidental war. And I will be there this week hoping there are no major fireworks during my stay.

I was planning for a lovely Easter break in Tuscany when a friend of mine suggested to go to North Korea instead. He had been planning this trip for almost a year, and at the moment I thought that if I was ever to do such trip, better do it with people I know and trust. [click to continue…]