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World’s Best Cities for Expats 2016

CNN has recently revealed the best cities for expats to live in. According to the study conducted by Mercer, these 15 cities are ideal for overseas workers. 15. Toronto, Canada 14. Bern, Switzerland 13. Berlin, Germany 12. Wellington, New Zealand 11. Amsterdam, the Netherlands 10. Sydney, Australia 9. Copenhagen, Denmark 8. Geneva, Switzerland 7. Frankfurt, Germany 6. Dusseldorf, Germany 5. Vancouver, Canada 4. Munich, Germany 3. … Continue reading World’s Best Cities for Expats 2016

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 5 – Mattentaart

Chapter 5 is dedicated to a sweet pie from Geraardsbergen in East Flanders. It is called Mattentaart , or Tarte au maton. Mattentaart is a round shaped pie, made with puff pastry and a special matte filling. The filling is prepared mixing buttermilk, wholemilk, almonds and eggs. Hence the name, the key to a delicious Mattentaart is creating a great matte mixture. The quality of milk is essential for the … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 5 – Mattentaart

wroclaw, poland, san sebastian, spain

European Capitals of Culture 2016: Wroclaw & San Sebastian

The Council of the European Union has selected Wroclaw in Poland and San Sebastian in Spain as cultural capitals for the year of 2016. Throughout the whole year, both cities will be festive with cultural organisations, events and projects. European Cultural Capital is an initiative active since 1985. Each year a limited number of cities are chosen for the sole purpose of cultural growth with … Continue reading European Capitals of Culture 2016: Wroclaw & San Sebastian

Street Art, Kavala, Graffiti

The Eyes of Kavala

Kavala is a beautiful city in the Northern part of Greece. Dating back to the Antiquity, the city witnessed different reigns: the Roman Empire, the Byzantines and the Ottomans. Today, displaying the remnants of these empires in architectural forms, Kavala also takes you by surprise because of the contemporary look brought in by street art. Walking through the streets of Kavala, you get the feeling that … Continue reading The Eyes of Kavala

Van Gogh’s Bedroom For Rent on AirBnB

His bedroom in Arles was an inspirational theme for Vincent Van Gogh. As he depicted the room three times, the room was already immortalized. Now, the famous bedroom also found existence in Chicago, thanks to a special collaboration between the Art Institute of Chicago and Airbnb. All three versions of Van Gogh’s paintings of his bedroom in Arles will be exhibited in Chicago, for the first time. The exhibition advances a deeper … Continue reading Van Gogh’s Bedroom For Rent on AirBnB

10 Inspirational Quotes about Travel

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien “One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember … Continue reading 10 Inspirational Quotes about Travel

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 3 – Sneeuwballen

After introducing Cuberdon from Gent in Chapter 2, I would like to present another sweetling called Sneeuwballen. Again, from Gent. Sneeuwballen meaning snowballs date  a hundred years back. In the beginning of the 20th century, August Larmuseau from Gent came up with a fabulous recipe, especially for those who were not able to afford the luxurious chocolates in Belgium. This special recipe resulted in the shape of … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 3 – Sneeuwballen

Connecting with Munch through Separation

Edvard Munch’s paintings and drawings illustrate his raw feelings; his themes are clustered around loneliness, love and melancholy. They are the ultimate results of what he felt after losing his mother and sister. Including the issues of the modern life as well, the wish for isolation due to the overwhelming city life with contrast to nature becomes a major theme for Munch. Relevantly, traces of Norway find existence in Munch’s paintings, depicting … Continue reading Connecting with Munch through Separation

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Where to Eat in Vienna: 3 Answers & 3 Reasons

When it comes to researching and planning in advance for my next destination, I am always skeptical about the touristic hot spot results ranking first. It is not uncommon when a popular restaurant turns into a big bubble of disappointment for your own taste despite the long queues and tons of amazing food photos on Instagram. That’s why there is always the risk of making the wrong choices wherever … Continue reading Where to Eat in Vienna: 3 Answers & 3 Reasons

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Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 2 – Cuberdon

The color of the second chapter is violet. Not as famous as speculoos, cuberdon is yet another sweetling originated in Belgium, dating back to the 19th century. It is a raspberry flavored candy, in the shape of a cone and in the color of violet. Because of its shape, cuberdon is also called as neuzeke in Dutch, meaning little nose. Dreamy violet look combined with … Continue reading Sweet Tastes of Belgium: Chapter 2 – Cuberdon

Inspiration of the Day: Find it! World

Find it! World is a three in one design by Bold Tuesday. It is a poster including a word puzzle and the theme of travel. Black background and white letters. Simplicity is sometimes all it takes to create a brilliant design. Made in Estonia, the poster appears to be a perfect proof of that. 2596 letters, 197 countries. All the countries on earth are listed in … Continue reading Inspiration of the Day: Find it! World