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Xiamen: A Family Holiday

Xiamen China is a major coastal city in Fujian Province. It’s also the ancestral home of many overseas Chinese scattered around Southeast Asia. If you haven’t already guessed where I’m going with this, my parents’ are from here (Fujian). My dad actually went to school in Xiamen City, so this is sort of a homecoming for him. He hasn’t been back there for over 30 years though, and with the mega urbanization that went on in mainland China in the recent years, he’s as much of a tourist as we are.

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Fairytale Town of Sintra

Located just a stone’s throw away from Lisbon is the quaint little town of Sintra. In my opinion, this is one of the best places to go outside of Lisbon if you are interested in Romantic Architecture of the 19th Century, or simply because you are after a day trip from Lisbon to escape the modern city.

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Salvador de Bahia Carnival

The Salvador Bahia carnival lasts 6 days and has the unique arrangement where the participants are identified through wearing abadas, whose purchase gives the wearer the privilege of accompanying a bloco during the carnival, or as a ticket to the vip lounges known as camarotes, where celebrities perform, food & drinks are served and more.

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La Tomatina Fun

If you’re looking for exciting and unusual things to do this summer, you have to know about La Tomatina, one of Spain’s most unique events that’s notorious for being absolutely crazy, utterly messy, and most importantly of all – ridiculously fun!

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Backpack Flags

In the beginning of my trip, a friend gave me a backpack flag of Israel. Since it was the first country, it seemed like a cool idea to fill my bag with flags as I go along. But it turned out backpack flags isn’t as popular as fridge magnets, postcards or mugs as travel souvenirs. In fact, I forgot all about this plan of collecting flags. I don’t think I encountered them at all in Europe.

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