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Keur Yakaar, the hotel & restaurant that trains young locals in the tourism business

After having left from Senegal already, one of the sweetest memories I have from this trip I have to say it’s definitely my stay at Keur Yakaar, even if when I was in the plane on the way there I still had no idea what this was at all. Instead of quickly compressing the idea in a bunch of words, I will just start saying that this is no ordinary restaurant or hotel, and you will get to begin to realize it when you know that Keur Yakaar in Wolof language means “hope’s house“. Table of content Free tourism studies...
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Where to buy and how to activate a SIM card in Senegal?

As you know, some time ago I decided that traveling the way I travel, I would buy a SIM card with data to roam smoothly around every new country I went to. In Gambia and Senegal it was not going to be any less and the truth is that, again, it was a more than wise decision! Table of content Telephone companies and SIM card activation Incredible prices! Good coverage and very fast network Useful codes   Telephone companies and SIM card activation There are three major companies sharing the mobile telecommunications market in Senegal. These are Orange, which is...
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The caves of Can Riera, the little catalan Antelope Canyon in the province of Barcelona

After spending more than 6 years living abroad and getting to know dozens of countries, I realized when I came back that I didn’t know Spain at all and not much more Catalonia. I got down to work and instead of traveling to faraway places, in the last months I have dedicated myself to visiting here close by throughout Catalonia and also a little of Aragon and southern France, since geographically is what is closest to Barcelona. ¡Here with part of the mountain team!   The site I’m going to talk about today has been on my bucket list for...
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Eid al-Adha / Kurban bayram: How we experienced in Indonesia and Tajikistan the Feast of the Sacrifice

With this year’s Ramadan that just started yesterday, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the three Ramadans that we lived during our long trip, the first in Turkey, the second in Cambodia —where we barely noticed it, as only 2% of the population follows Islam— and the third between Emirates and Oman. And although I have hundreds of notes on our experiences in these four countries living this important Islamic tradition, today I am not going to write about it but another important holiday that Muslims have. If I start by telling you the name of Eid al-Adha, I...
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The giant and the new-born turtles of Ras al Hadd

One of the things Eugenia ended up regretting the most of not coming with me to Sri Lanka, was to miss the chance I had to visit the giant turtles of Hikkaduwa. That’s why, when we got to Oman we knew we had to visit some turtles on the east coast. We thought that would take place in the quite known reserve of Ras al Jinz but as a matter of fact, as usually happened to us, we ended up changing our plan and visiting them at Ras al Hadd, following the recommendation of our Couchsurfing host. Let’s get to...
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In between Roman ruins and the reserve La Camargue: Arles, beyond Van Gogh

During our road trip in Provence, most probably, due to the vivid colors of Van Gogh paintings and for my appreciation for this artist, I was really looking forward to visiting Arles, even if Jordi didn’t have much of a clue about it. As a pleasant surprise, we discovered this city not to be just a home to this great painter but also of a lot of others historical, natural and artistic beauties. Arles from above!   If you planned to stop by the city for just a couple of days, rethink it or program already the next trip, because...
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Where to buy and how to activate a SIM card in Kyrgyzstan?

As usually happens to us, even though we know how useful it is to have a SIM card in the country we are visiting, weeks went by in Kyrgyzstan without even noticing them. Finally, when we arrived at Osh guesthouse we saw that at the front desk there were a lot of free prepaid cards. However, we were about to cross into Uzbekistan, so we took it but forgot about it. It was not until we finished visiting this country and Tajikistan, that since we had the flight from Astana we crossed Kyrgyzstan again and a big part of Kazakhstan....
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