We forgot to pack moisturiser to the desert

I won’t be naming the tour company we booked with because I was generally unhappy with the whole experience. ‘You get what you pay for’ really applies here. For reference, we paid 70eur/pax for our 2-day Sahara tour, which included one night’s stay in the Zagora desert. My biggest gripe was the hidden costs that…

HELP. Where should I go next?

I’ve been working through a slew of posts from my summer trip, so do keep a lookout as they get released over the next few weeks. Since I have no final exams this semester, I’ll actually be free to travel from 19 Nov to 2 Dec, after which I will commence my internship. I’m terribly…

I got called “cheap” in Marrakech

It was a dream to travel to Marrakech, we absolutely couldn’t wait for this leg of the trip. It turned out to be really overwhelming, partly because of the hot summer. And also because it was Ramadan, the locals had really short tempers and we witnessed several fights a day. Our Ryanair flight was delayed…

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…