“We might have witnessed the last Mass Games in history”, my buddy Joe tells me. We’re in a cafe in rainy Amsterdam catching up. I met Joe on a tour to Pyongyang (North Korea’s capital) and we both left the tour more puzzled that we already were. Although the whole tour was only a day and a half, we felt like we got an inside look into a city unlike any other in the world.
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My name is Victor Eekhof and I'm a young world explorer from Amsterdam. I have traveled to more than 50 countries in 6 continents, always traveling on a budget.
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If you have ever spent a night in a hostel you have inevitably been invited for a game of asshole. Or president. Or bullshit. What am I talking about? Travel games of course! You can find them in all different names and shapes: some are played with cards, some with dice and some just by exchanging words. I’ve decided to bundle these games into one article.
Many of us love to travel and explore new places right? Well, how many of us actually take it up a notch and learn the local language at the same time? Sure, you may have a phrase book to hand for those “thank yous” and “excuse mes” but what about actively participating and learning more about the new culture you’re in as well as talking with the locals?
When it comes to Puerto Plata, there’s no secret; it’s a full-on vacation must-see, complete with glittering resorts, seaside villas, boating excursions, scuba-diving and more. Between the delicate native cuisine to the locales particular take on Spanish, the beachfront cantinas and the high top treks through the densely forested and spectacularly beautiful mountaintops, there’s no reason not to escape from your day job and wake up in this dream world.
The large Siberian Lake Baikal is know to some for being the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With it’s 32.000 square meter of untouched wilderness it’s an absolute gem for hikers. While arranging my Trans Siberian Train ticket with a Dutch agency, I was told most people take breaks from the epic train journey in two places: Ulaanbataar in Mongolia and Irkutsk in Russia. The main island of Lake Baikal, Olkhon island, is about 300 kilometer (186 miles) from Irkutsk. Since I’ve heard great things about it I decided to spend 5 days in the area to somehow reach it. It turned out to be a great recommendation, as you’ll read in this article. Mongolian Ulaanbataar was too, but for very different reasons.