PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

The out-of-the-city center trip to the castle town of Visegrad about 40 kms north of Budapest was probably the highlight of my short trip to the capital of spas and thermal baths – Hungary. My UP schoolmate and I took the 50-minute train ride from Nyugati station in Budapest to Nagymaros, and then the 5-minute … More PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

One thing I like about traveling solo is meeting like-minded people from all over the world. During my 10 day trip to Hungary and Greece last summer, I came across several amazing travelers and locals. One of them is a student from Australia who’s doing some programs in Hungary and the rest of Europe. We … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)

Traveling solo is an ultimate life experience! And I was blessed enough to have visited a number of countries on my own. It teaches one to be independent, resourceful, open-minded and appreciative of the world we live in. Last summer, I went solo traveling in Hungary and Greece for 10 days, and those days absolutely … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)

LIER: An early autumn hike in Kjekstadmarka (Sørumlia-Molybdengruvene-Skapertjern-Sørumåsen)

It’s October and we finally managed to explore the woods in Lier, a municipality in the Buskerud county dubbed as Oslo Area’s “green lung” because of its vast fields and apple orchards. The woods, also known as Kjekstadmarka, borders Oslomarka in the southwest and is partly surrounded by the Oslofjord and the Drammenfjord. The hike … More LIER: An early autumn hike in Kjekstadmarka (Sørumlia-Molybdengruvene-Skapertjern-Sørumåsen)

ØSTFOLD ADVENTURE: From Northern Europe’s best preserved fortified town of Fredrikstad to Norway’s third oldest city of Sarpsborg (via Glomma)

Norway is divided into 19 counties (or fylker) and last summer, I had the chance to visit my 7th fylke, Østfold, particularly the old cities of Fredrikstad and Sarpsborg. My awesome bf arranged everything, and it came out as a surprise as he carefully planned the roadtrip, including a boat tour along Glomma/Glåma, Norway’s largest and longest … More ØSTFOLD ADVENTURE: From Northern Europe’s best preserved fortified town of Fredrikstad to Norway’s third oldest city of Sarpsborg (via Glomma)

Malmö: Home to Scandinavia’s tallest building (Things to See & Do)

Malmö, the capital of the Skåne province in southern Sweden, is the third largest city in the country. It is an economic and cultural hub, thanks to the Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark. A vibrant young city with almost half of the population under the age of 35, it is also a promising venue … More Malmö: Home to Scandinavia’s tallest building (Things to See & Do)

Söderåsen Nationalpark: A nature reserve dedicated by the King of Sweden

There are so many things to admire about Sweden. Aside from the impressive Swedish recycling revolution, where the country has to import waste to fuel their energy production, the country is also a leading nature conservationist. 97% of the country is uninhabited, i.e., less than 3% of the land is developed. Sweden, also, has 29 national … More Söderåsen Nationalpark: A nature reserve dedicated by the King of Sweden

SKÅNE DJURPARK: The world’s largest zoological park hosting Nordic animals

Located in the municipality of Höör in the Skåne Province in Sweden, the Skåne Djurpark (Scania Animal Park) is home to about 900 animals from approximately 100 species. Wolves, bears, moose, lynx, the golden eagle, wolverines and other tame and wild Nordic animals are visited by thousands of people every year. It was a very exciting … More SKÅNE DJURPARK: The world’s largest zoological park hosting Nordic animals

HELSINGBORG: Pearl of the Strait (Things to See & Do)

Helsingborg is a vibrant and historical city in the province of Skåne in Sweden. Dubbed as the “pearl of the strait” due to its strategic location in the narrowest part of the Øresund, the city is one of the oldest in the country and home to Sweden’s first pedestrian shopping street. It was 2013 when … More HELSINGBORG: Pearl of the Strait (Things to See & Do)