A Visit to Christiania, Copenhagen

Copenhagen in Evening

I am a travel enthusiast I love to visit different places of the world whenever I get a chance. My Name is Marro Jaaskelainen in I am originally from a small town called Espoo, which is near the capital of my country Helsinki in Finland. But lately I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world as experiencing new things and relieving new adventures is what life is all about. I have visited many interesting countries of Europe and even been to Malaysia once, but never had I been to Denmark so for my last trip I arranged for me to visit Copenhagen.

Copenhagen in Evening

I usually do not practice staying in hotel rooms or using expensive accommodations. The thing I found was best for me and my budget is to use private accommodations. I always stay like this in foreign countries, it is cheaper and very amusing for me. I usually rent a private room from a local family or a local host. It is great me to get to know some of the locals firsthand as they can direct me to all the cool places of the city that I am in. Boy did I had luck this time, i found a rental on this accommodation site and stayed in the area of Copenhagen called Christianshavn. I immediately got on well with my host and she helped me to settle and told me all about the area.

Copenhagen is a cool city, very clean and modern. Certainly one of the better places I’ have been in. Though not all of the people are relaxed here as I hoped it would be, many of them are in a hurry or busy, but the great thing is that they all travel on bikes. Although there are a lot of vehicles in the city many people get around by biking their way across the city. This gave me a great idea so I found a bike renting shop and found one that I used during my trip. I spent my days roaming through the city on my bike and I spent my night looking for great places to have fun. My landlord helped me with the choice of the clubs and places that I should visit and she was spot on every time. And I also have to say, Danish pastries, they truly are the best and it is amazing that the private bakeries have the best recipes on how to make them as they used a more traditional method.

People of Copenhagen

But the best was yet to come. I found about a district near the place where I was situated called Christiania. As I found out it is an autonomous commune established in 1989 and is actually called free town. It has a unique status and is regulated by Danish law and actually functions as its own country. There was actually a lot of turmoil with the creation of the country, so to call it, and a lot of controversy due to speculations of drug involvement, but all of that is cleared now and Christiania functions as a great tourist site and a unique landmark which is only found in Copenhagen. The great thing about Christiania is that there is a ban on vehicle use and they are not allowed within the limits of the district. I immediately noticed as the there was no noise and it makes a mellow atmosphere noise free allowing you to relax. But the bike use is more than welcomed here so I grabbed my bike and immediately went there to inspect the scene.

At first Christiania seems as any other districts in Copenhagen. It was actually made out of old army barracks and was turned into a residential area. But there are a lot of weird and interesting people here. I reckon not many people can get used to this area and that it is not for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it and cherished every second of it. People here are free and without any troubles going through their minds. I liked this notion very much and being a laid back person myself a jumped at the opportunity to enjoy it. I enjoyed a night of some jazz music in the Christiania Jazz Club where I managed to catch a gig and also had loads of fun in the Den Grå Hal which is an enormous music venue area where there was a show of some local music bands. The Loppen was also great and I enjoy a few round of their local beer here. It is actually a rock club but sadly there were no shows during the time I was there so a plain night out in the town got to do it.

All in all, I managed to spend the better part of my vacation to Copenhagen in Christiania. Although I saw other parts of the city I spent the most time here. Firstly, it was near my apartment so I got to go whenever I want, and secondly I took a liking to the atmosphere and their way of thinking. I shall certainly tell the story of Christiania on my further travels and also look to come back at a certain period.

How Can I See London on a Tight Budget

Street Performers at Covent Garden

London does not always have to be expensive in order to have a great time. There are loads of things that one can do and have a great time in one of the oldest cities in the world. Being that London is today one of the most modern cities, many get the wrong idea that it cannot be afforded by everyone and mere folks will not be able to experience anything offered. This is where this wrong assumption comes to a standstill as we can bring you some very interesting activities to do in London that will provide you with a stay to remember by being on a tight budget.

Cheap Accommodation

Cheap accommodation in London

This is one of cheap apartments in London you can rent for a few days

Firstly start by acquiring a cheap apartment to stay in. We advise you to rent a private accommodation with some of the local hosts of London and you can do so on this page http://londonapartmentstorent.com/which offers a range of solutions for your stay which will cost you a reasonable amount of money for your stay here. Other similar sites where you can look for accommodation are: http://www.housetrip.com/https://www.airbnb.com/ and many more.

Pubs

Hitting the night out does not have to be always a money spending situation. There are many pubs which organize an open mic night or a karaoke sing off contest which can always be a fun thing to do. Trying some of the homemade British ale is a treat for every foreign visitor and topped off with a great and positive atmosphere it can turn out to be a great night out. If you are lucky, stand up amateur comedy nights are also very popular in London and some places even manage to provide some stars of this branch of show business to start the night and get the night rolling. All in all, you should not be able to spend more than 10 pounds on this endeavor.

Free Tours

Free walking tours in London

There are many free walking tours

A free art tour is always great fun for people who are interested in seeing the sights. These tour are actually free to join and do not require any previous booking. You do not even have to enroll or schedule anything you just need to show up and join the tour during any part you like. The things you can experience or see during the tours are Tate Modern, the British Museum or Tate Britain. There are special discounts for children and special discount offers during various periods, so you can manage to find a bargain price for a tour on a price that is already considerably low.

New Music Bands in London

Music lovers can attend a gig in a totally underground environment. The new big thing is organizing a gig in a record store where usually people gathered to buy new albums and discus music together. Now one can come to and enjoy a live show of a new and up and coming band who are trying to make a breakthrough. Additionally store merchandise and albums are offered at a discount price so you manage to get a great show and find cheap stuff to go with it. The only problem which occurs here is that when it is a popular band there might be a shortage of space so you will have to apply in advance to get clearance for entry to the show.

Cinema in Soho

View an olds school special cinema show in the Prince Charles cinema in Soho. Special screenings are shown here at discount prices and offer an experience when going to the cinema was cheaper. It is a great place to bring your girlfriend and enjoy a date or you can go with a friend and remember the good all days. There is even an option of catching a marathon and seeing some of your favorite movies from the past. The price will come out no more than 5 pounds and that includes the pop-corn.

Free Lectures

Knowledge seekers can enjoy a free lecture. Gresham College offers free lectures in various fields like law, arts, music and many areas more. Eight of their tenured professors are happy to give out these lectures and everyone who wants to join is free to come. You do not have to apply anywhere to join you just need to come at the designated time as this works on the premise of first comes first serves. You do not have to spend anything to attend the lecture but you have so much to gain. Knowledge is precious and one should not pass out the opportunity of gaining it for free.

Street Performers at Covent Garden

Street Performers at Covent Garden

Something which is a symbol of London’s Covent Garden are street performers. You can spend your afternoon by catching their great shows and performances which they do for free and only ask for an optional “small donation” for the showing of their talent. From mime performances, singing and instrument playing, breakdancing and various other performing arts, you will be able to spend a whole afternoon going from one performer to the other ultimately making a day out of it.

Here is a similar article on our website: http://worldtravelandvacation.com/cheap-sightseeing-tours-in-london/ that might be interesting to you.

A Surprising Visit to Tuscany

Siena, Italy

My name is Mike O’Neill and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. This year I got a chance to grab some few extra days off work and decided that it was time for a holiday that I have been hankering for. Vacationing in the US would not do it for me so I decided that a trip to Europe will be something interesting to do, since I never had do luxury of going backpacking in my younger days. It was something that I needed to do but decided that in my years choosing a single location will be enough. So by carefully choosing the area of my visit I made my choice to visit the area of Tuscany in Italy. Being an architect myself, a mix of both pleasure and interest was to see some of the prime architecture which was unique to this region. The bonus of the trip was the relaxing atmosphere and that characterized the Tuscan region.

Trip to Tuscany

I managed to arrange a direct flight to Florence and arrived at the Florence Airport Amerigo Vespucci. I arranged to come first to Florence which was the prime spot of whole of Tuscany. I decided that besides Florence the cities of Pisa and Siena where the most interesting ones to visit in this area and equally the places where I can get the most amount of fun.

I first thought that staying in some sorts of a hotel would satisfy my staying needs but soon realized that many of the hotels were overbooked or did not offer the conditions I asked for or needed. And I also did not manage to find a stay in the cities in the designated periods of my visit. But my problems were resolved when I found this short term accommodation site where I managed to find private accommodations in all three cities which suited my needs. I arranged for a five day stay in Florence in a flat by my own, managed to score a studio rental in Pisa and a private room with a wonderful family in Siena.

Palio in Siena

Palio race in Siena

Palio race in Siena. Image from Flickr

The Tuscan region is widely regarded as the birthplace of renaissance with its capital of Florence being the center of it. My intention was to spend as much time as I could browsing the city of Florence as the taking strolls through its streets suited me and enabled me to see as much of the city as I could. Luckily my apartment was near the city center and I was able to see all of the major sites that I hoped for seeing. Most of the historic part of Florence and its major sights were is in walking distance from each other and enabled me to walk every day and examining and seeing everything that I wanted to experience. Among my favorites were the Giotto’s Tower and Palazzo Vecchio which truly fascinated me. The idea was to end my trip to Tuscany by seeing the city of Pisa and ending my trip with a bang and the sight of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. But it just so happened that Siena provided me with an unexpected event that I shall cherish forever. Of course I got to see the symbol of the city, the Siena Cathedral built in Romanesque-Gothic style which is situated in the central part of the city but I also had a chance to experience the Palio which was an event or rather a horse race that many locals waited for each year to see. The family I stayed with explained to me the Palio was a traditional race which signified a battle between the contrade or the different city wards of the city.

Siena, Tuscany

Siena, Tuscany. Photo from Flickr

They quickly explained to me that the wards were so competitive that it did not matter for you to win the entire race as long as you managed to beat the rival ward in the race. I was situated in the “unicorn” ward so I took membership in cheering the local squad so to say. I was astounded when I saw the Piazza del Campo, where the race takes place, as it was laid with sand and prepared for the race. I immediately noticed the heavy and dangerous curves which the riders had to overcome while racing and was immediately taken aback when the locals explained that not all of the riders manage to complete the race as many of them fall down during it. All in all, it was a thrilling experience and a race which lasts approximately 90 seconds was a thrill ride all the way and the icing on the cake was that “our” district managed to win against the rival district since their rider fell of the horse in the last lap. The unicorns perhaps did not win the race but managed to achieve their own victory this year. My last stop was the city of Pisa and something that I imagined to be the prime experience of my trip with the Leaning Tower of Pisa was nothing compared to the race I saw in Siena. Of course I had fun in Pisa but my memories always took me back to the Palio and the amazing race that I witnessed here. Pisa was my last stop and I grabbed the flight from the Galileo Galilei International Airport back to the US and completed my journey which unexpectedly turned to be the best experience of my life and it all turned from a mere and relaxing sightseeing tour.

Although the overall trip to Tuscany was a blast the highlight was the Palio of course. I promised the family that I was staying with that I shall return next year the cheer on the unicorns and hopefully get a victory in the race next year. They promised that they will save the room for me where I stayed in and besides being able to see and experience a wonderful tradition and a part of their culture I made some friends along the way as well.

Explore Sardinia With Me

Hi dear travelers, my name is Gregory van Winkell and I work as a graphic designer for a computer game company called Guerilla Gems. I live in Amsterdam, since my work is located here and put in long hours and do not have enough time for myself. Some would say that working for a computer game company is a dream job and that everyone who works in the gaming industry has loads of fun. But the true side of this is that we work hard as everybody else does and in some cases even harder. But this year I finally found some space for myself and when the opportunity knocked on the door I grabbed it immediately. I finally got some time off work and a holiday trip arose for me to visit Sardinia. Since I haven’t visited that part and heard so much positive things about it I immediately jumped at the opportunity and decided to visit the Italian island of Sardinia.

Cagliari, Sardinia

Cagliari, Sardinia

About Sardinia

Sardinia is an island belonging to Italy. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea with the closest land masses being the island of Corsica and the Apennine peninsula. It is actually proclaimed as an autonomous province of Italy with the capital city being Cagliari. As Thomas Ashby said “Sardinia is one of the least known of the larger islands of Europe, but it is also one of the most interesting,” and this notion is very true actually. The history of the island is very peculiar and mind boggling. If you want to look into that you are set on a adventure of your own, but for now I shall only mention that it ranges from the prehistoric period and the landmarks and certain historical points date back from different ancient and medieval parts of the past, giving the island a unique personal brand. Other greater towns beside Cagliari here are Sassari, the medieval town of Alghero and Bosa as well. The island is most famous for its Megalithic building structures, which are also known as being called the nuraghes, which are found all over the island. The most popular one, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site as in found out on my trip, is the Su Nuraxi di Barumini.

How to reach Sardinia

I manage to find a flight to Sardinia with a connection in Germany. I found a flight from Amsterdam, changed flights in Frankfurt and landed safely in the Cagliari-Elmas Airport. I found a really cheap flight and it did not take too long and it gave me enough time to find out as much as I can about the entertainments and fun stuff that I could do in Sardinia. As this was a rather sudden decision for me to go here on a holiday I had to do most things on a fly. But the relaxing flight gave me enough time to learn something about the island and its cities and it was the main reason for me to choose to arrive at the capital of Sardinia so I can arrange my trip from there on. I also had a chance to arrive on Sardinia via a ferry boat, but that would mean coming to Italy and taking a ferry from there to the Porto Torres which seemed interesting but I decided it would take me a lot of time and more hassle to do so.

Porto Torres

Porto Torres

Accommodations in Sardinia

Since decided to see as much of Sardinia as I possibly can and do and see as much of the interesting things this island had to offer in needed to find a stay within each of the cities I needed to spend time in. This was very hard if you use a hotel room as you needed to make an extensive booking arrangement. But as I found out though the short-term-renting.com, where I ultimately found my stays, it was easier for me to use private short term rentals which allowed me a better arrangement and even spared me some money in the process. The thing is that you can find and rent other people’s homes here. So upon arrival I stayed in a comfortable flat in Cagliari which I rented all for myself. While for a sightseeing tour of Alghero I stayed within a shared housing for two nights which was within an enormous house with other travelers and in Sassari I booked a private room with a local family which gave quite favorable conditions for my stay and even offered me a bed and breakfast arrangement as well.

What to do in Sardinia

Sardinia offered me many adventures and I got the experience many wonderful things on my trip. Firstly, the city of Cagliari is a true cultural haven, the true examples of this are the Santuario e Basilica di Bonaria, Bastione di Saint Remy and Chiesa di Santa Maria. I also managed to visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale as the price of addition was very cheap. But the best part was enjoying some fun in the sun on the Poetto beach. And a dinner in one of the restaurants in the Old Town where I heard that the best restaurants of the city where situated, and the rumors were actually true. Sassari was also very enjoyable as I managed to see many of the sites it proposed, like Archeological site of Monte d’Accoddi and the Pisan City Walls which used to surround the city in the 13th century. Here I also managed to catch the local basketball game when the local club Dinamo Sassari played their game and enjoyed a truly wonderful Sunday afternoon. For my two day trip in Alghero I got to do some Scuba diving, climbing and mountain biking and was perhaps the best part of my overall visit to Sardinia. It was also the end of my trip and I grabbed the flight out of Alghero airport and ended my adventure in Sardinia with a smile on my face which lasted the whole week when I got back home to Holland.

Passport, Visas and Documents for Brazil

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is currently taking place in Brazil. This famous  men’s football world championship is scheduled to end on July 13. However, the conclusion if this sport’s world event does not give you the excuses not to visit Brazil anymore.  If fact, Brazil is currently preparing for another big event which will be staged  here – the Olympic 2016.

So if you already preparing your Brazil adventure, find out if you need Visa and other documents to enter the world’s fifth largest country and the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world! It’s nice to learn some basic Portuguese words too!

Visas

Here’s a simple rule when it comes to visa requirements for Brazil. If your home country requires Brazilian nationals to secure a visa, then you will need one to enter Brazil as well.

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Visa Exemption

At the time of writing, passport holders of the following countries/jurisdictions are exempted and does not require a visa to go to Brazil up to 90 days either for tourism or business purposes. Read more »

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