An Overnighter’s guide to Stockholm, Sweden

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I had always wanted to visit Sweden for one reason. The meatballs.

I was lucky enough to get a visa for Europe and I immediately booked flights to Stockholm. It was easy to find flights from JFK-New York and low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle has many outbound flights to the Nordic countries. I booked my stay at Skanstulls Hostel which I think was in a very convenient location. I spent less than US$30 per night for this hostel!

The accommodations at Skanstulls was amazing but there was one thing that I could not handle during my stay. There are only two frosted glass cubicles and showers are public. If you intend to take a bath during peak hours, get ready to leave your comfort zone. I had no choice but to wait until the frosted glass cubicle were empty just so I could do my morning routine!

My trip to Sweden…

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Nepal’s Secret Weapon: The best thing about Nepal

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What’s the best thing about Nepal? Nope……it’s not Everest! OK…the dream of seeing Everest may be the big attraction for the first time visitor to Nepal, but I’ll wager that Nepal’s “secret” weapon is the fondest and most lingering memory.

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This “secret” weapon is usually the reason tourists fall in love with Nepal.

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Sorrento, Italy

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One of my other loves (apart from Disney) is Italy, I try to visit at least once a year. One of my all time favourite destinations is Sorrento. I was lucky enough to visit for my Honeymoon & it just made my time there even more magical.

Sorrento, is a beautiful town that over looks the bay of Naples in Southern Italy.

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We were lucky enough to stay at The Bristol Hotel (and I can’t praise this Hotel enough!) & even luckier with the views we got to wake up to every single morning (Mount Vesuvius, was there to great us):

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Sorrento for me, is the place I left my heart & the place I can’t wait to return too! (May 2019!). It has the most amazing scenery, friendliest people, incredible food and fantastic views.

Whilst we were in Sorrento, we spent most of time just walking around the town…

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Coasts, coves and caves: Walker Bay

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The Western Cape is full of seaside highlights just waiting to be explored – Walker Bay has some of the most spectacular of all.

One of South Africa’s prime whale-watching locations, Walker Bay nature reserve is divided into several sections around and between Gansbaai and Hermanus.

From the top of the path that leads down to the shore at Klipgat cave, you can see Walker Bay’s pristine white sands stretch for many kilometres. The scale of the beaches, known as Die Plaat, is incredible.

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CapeNature claims that Walker Bay is one of the world’s best spots for whale-watching from the shore. The bay is a calving-ground for southern right whales, and one can easily witness them frolicking from the shores of Die Plaat.

Whale season typically stretches from June to December every year, but the reserve is a stunning attraction all year round.

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Bangkok, day 2

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Day two began not with a ferry, but a combo of the metro (subway) and theBTS (aka the sky train). Both are inexpensive, very easy to navigate, clean and a very fast and convenient way to travel around Bangkok. Weexited the BTSat National Stadium, the closest stop to the Jim Thompson House.

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A former OSS agent during WWII and assigned to Thailand, Thompson fell in love with the country and moved there after leaving the service. He became interested in the beautiful Thai handwoven silk, and began exporting it to the west,and his business took off. He is really credited withcreating the huge Thai silkindustry as it exists today. His house in Bangkok is now a museum; Thomson also collected Thai and other Southeast Asian antiques. The house is magnificent, and we learned was constructed from six other houseshe bought and had transported from Ayutthaya and…

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National Palace Museum

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One of the reasons why I wanted to go back to Taiwan is I wanted to visit the National Palace Museum of Taiwan again. When I went there in 2007, it was a very rushed affair, only an hour or two and only the most precious exhibits were shown to us by the guide (a Filipino-Chinese who migrated to Taiwan). I barely had time to admire the paintings. When I view paintings, especially landscape paintings, I spend so much time staring at them and get the feel of the art work. So I told my self when I get the chance to go back, I will be spending at least half a day to stare at paintings.

Well, because I am such an idiot, it took me some time before I figured out how to reach the Museum (after alighting from Shilin Station, Tamsui-Xinyi Line, I still had…

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Pissouri Bay – Cyprus