Old City Guide

I’m pretty sure you can’t cover all of these in a day, but you can try. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii) The Blue Mosque is spectacular and so serene. They also provide modesty-covering robes and headscarves for tourists who need them. Only Muslims are allowed to proceed to the front for prayers, and visitors should…

Madrid? MadrEAT.

We kick-started our summer trip in Madrid, excited for sunny 28-degree days and sangrias. (Istanbul was resolutely 17-degrees when we left, reluctant to fully transition into summer.) See: Free-to-visit sites like the Plaza de España and the Royal Palace were pleasant. We spent about an hour taking photos at the garden of the palace (we…

Between Places: on the night train from Marrakech to Tanger

When I shared with Nisrine (our friend who hails from Casablanca) our Moroccan travel plans she asked how we were going to move from Marrakech to Tanger/Chefchaouen. I accidentally said, “By bus!” and she looked horrified. I meant by the train, of course, but I was preoccupied with booking buses in Europe and my brain…

Between Places: Bus Travel Part 1—reviewing European buses

This post is all about bus travel—it’s long so it’ll probably be split into three parts. I was saving this post for after we’ve taken Polskibus, so that I could make a fair comparison of the various bus companies we’ve tried. Bus travel was a huge part of our Euro tour this time round, mainly…

Czech yourself before you wreck yourself

We were really excited to get to Prague – we had the idea that it was a “cheaper” European country. And it was (by virtue of the exchange rate), except that there were sneaky people who came up with tourist traps to squeeze every Czech koruna out of you. I recommend watching this video, Janek…

I passed out in Milan. 

Alcohol + shisha + 34 degrees Milanese summer = not too good for Canz.  I was enjoying some down time after walking around the city center. Man, it was really hot. Even hotter than Singapore. I probably should’ve known better to drink more water.  The three of us shared a shisha and I had a…

Between Places: On a Flixbus from Rome to Milan

I’m pretty sure the dude behind hates me. And I hate him right back.  Travel has made me a little hard and a lot more cynical (towards panhandlers). Everybody is for themselves and maybe their travel partner(s), and when situations get uncomfortable the us-them divide gets even more pronounced.  Compared to these large-sized/long-legged Europeans, I…

I hate Shoreditch

If you love Shoreditch, I don’t think I could ever trust you as a person. This area is just overpriced, manufactured lame. How anyone could believe they’re picking up true vintage finds when every single vendor was hawking the same “vintage” pieces baffles me. I even hated the street art. It seemed like it was…

Prince Islands – Büyükada

We spent Saturday on an island crawling with tourists both local and from abroad. The Prince Islands are a series of nine islands, with four open to visitors. Büyükada literally translates to Big Island and is the most popular, evidently. Go: Take the ferry from Besiktas, it only cost TL7.50 (~SGD3) for a (#millenialpink!!) ticket. The…

Pee is for Paris 

When our French friend told us that Paris smelled like pee, we laughed. After all, Paris has been romanticised to death. It is the embodiment of class, and maybe a bit of arrogance. It really did smell like pee. And we actually saw men peeing on the sidewalk. Twice. In the daytime, we just avoided…

What I Love About: Paris

I found that Paris was grossly overhyped, resulting in throngs of Eastern Asian tourists everywhere. It was pleasant nonetheless. Surprisingly, we did not meet anyone who was unfriendly; all the waitstaff scrambled to speak to us in English even though I could manage some broken French. As a Singaporean living in Istanbul for the past…