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One day trip to Bratislava

Hi everyone! It has been a while since we have posted, but here is a post about Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. During this summer, I decided to visit Central Europe instead of the usual Western Europe. The reason behind this is simply because I wanted to explore the more quiet, relaxing side of Europe that is rich in historical monuments and pretty castles. Since Bratislava looked pretty tiny on the map, I decided that staying one entire day would be sufficient to discover most parts of the city. Therefore, I arrived in Bratislava in the morning and stayed a night there before leaving to Budapest the next morning. For starters, Google Maps and Apple Maps didn't provide any information...

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안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo! by Wahwah

안녕하세요 Annyeong haseyo!  As a guest blogger I am excited to share one of my beautiful experiences during my stay in Asia. So here we go… LET’S GO TO SEOUL! Many friends said I was crazy to choose to go to Korea over all those warm places in Asia during the winter. They said “It’s freezing”, “all the attractions are outside”, “it’s not beautiful in the winter”, “and it isn’t that exciting”.  It was true, it was ice cold! However, don’t underestimate how much warmth the city Seoul can bring you in a cold winter. I stayed with seven other friends in Hongdae area, which is a perfect place to stay. Streets in the evening were filled with people and lightning, which...

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Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou

A Tier-One city in China, Guangzhou is therefore one of the most developed and affluent Chinese cities in the South. Guangzhou was a city that was not unknown to me, as I have been here several times before my exchange started at Lingnan College, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). I started my exchange officially on 29th of August and yet in less than three months I packed my suitcase and bid good bye to my lovely exchange university on 25th of November. Yeah, quite early right? All my classes only lasted for thirteen weeks, so there is still a lot of weeks left to travel around China before the next trimester starts ?. Lingnan Hall SYSU was founded by Sun Yat-Sen, the revolutionary founder...

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The spiciest and cutest city of China (1/2) by Liyen

Hi everyone! My name is Liyen — a Dutch foodie with Asian roots, and just like the peeps of OnlyGoodThings I love to eat, explore, photograph and especially to write. So when I was offered the opportunity for a guest post, I didn’t think twice for the answer “yes”. This post will feature Chengdu — the spiciest and cutest city of China. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan’s province as well as one of the largest cities situated in Southwest China, and if you ever burned your throat in China, then you probably had a delicious Sichuan dish. At the other end of hot and spicy is soft and cuteness, and this is represented by Chengdu’s Giant Panda Base. When...

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Three Days in Hangzhou

The capital of Zhejiang province, and the city in which the G20 summit of 2016 took place is no other than Hangzhou. Despite that it wasn’t crowded at all during the weeks before the G20 took place, the government evidently had spent lots of efforts decorating the city with LED light strips hanging on the trees and such. Later on, we heard from others that the reason for why the city was quite empty the weeks before the G20 was because the government wanted to ensure a perfect G20 so they ordered the inhabitants to have a holiday while also giving them coupons to travel around the Zhejiang province. That’s why we were quite astonished by how little the traffic...

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“The world is a book — if you don’t travel, you only read one page” by Sebastian

Hello! My name is Sebastian and as a friend of JDS, I’ll be writing one daring post about the Avatar Mountains! They are nicknamed after the most expensive movie ever, Avatar, which was shot here in 2009. You know, the 3-hour movie with the blue people and stuff. I have never seen something comparable to these mountains, and even though I haven’t seen every corner of the globe yet, I can assure anyone that this landscape is a one-of-a-kind. Let me start with how we got to this otherworldly must-see. After a few times practicing, we could finally pronounce the location of the famous Avatar Mountains: Zhangjiajie [dzjang-dja-dje]. We just emerged from the beautiful rice fields of Guilin, and took the...

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Guilin’s hidden beauty (1/3)

It did not matter who we asked or how many, there were always two destinations that were continuously recommended by friends, family, and even strangers. One of them is Guilin, while the other one is Zhangjiajie also known as the Avatar Mountains, and stay tuned for this one, cause it will be featured by one daring guest writer. #gallery-1 {margin: auto;}#gallery-1 .gallery-item {float: left;margin-top: 10px;text-align: center;width: 33%;}#gallery-1 img {border: 2px solid #cfcfcf;}#gallery-1 .gallery-caption {margin-left: 0;}/* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */   On the day of departure, we woke up early in the morning, and realised that taking the metro would implicate missing the train from Guangzhou to Guilin. So the only option left was taking a taxi, but it was...

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A spontaneous trip to Fragrant Hills – Xiangshan Park

(see cover for gate) In Beijing I tended to let fate decide my adventures, leading to a stance with minimal planning while  looking forward to the unexpected. And one day I got an invite from my roommate Jens to join his Honours team on a trip to the Fragrant Hills of Beijing — I didn’t know the team nor the destination but I thought: “why not, and why not say more yes in life than no?” In contrast to my roommate who was ready to rumble, I had 10 minutes to brush my teeth, wash my face, and put some decent clothes to embark on this adventure. After rushing everything and meeting the team, it became clear that one of their teammates...

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London, a dream city

Since young, I have always had London stowed in a special place in my heart because it was my dream city. To me, it has always been a place that looks effortlessly magical and filled with stories that are waiting to be told. Each time I stumbled across a literature or fictional book with the setting in England, I immediately dived into the storyline while noticing the lines that describe every single detail of the surrounding, picturing in my mind how it would actually look back in history. That was how strong my enthusiasm for England was in general, I was looking forward to the day when I will set my foot onto this land filled with magic and youthful...

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Peking University the Harvard of China

Peking University is considered by the Chinese as the Harvard of China, and together with Tsinghua University the two form the most influential academic institutions in China. On the campus one will witness numerous children as young as 6 years and as old as teenages of 16, who are accompanied by elementary teachers, parents or even grandparents. This phenomenon would be mind-boggling in the Netherlands, as I have never experienced or seen an elementary school-trip to Dutch universities. In contrast to my Western perspective, this practice is actually amazing as the Chinese wish to instil the aspiration of aiming for the top as early as possibly in their children. They believe that education is the key to a prosperous future,...

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