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Bram from Travel - Experience - Live

The Secret of My Success – Travel, Experience, Live

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Everyone has an origin story, a birthplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional travel blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

The latest addition to the fold is Bram from Travel – Experience – Live. I’ll let him tell his story below. Enjoy! Read More

Cristina Barrios

Viajes Con Cristina en Cancun

Posted by | Guest Spot, Mexico, Traveling Tips, video | 2 Comments

Hola a todos! Este es mi primer artículo para Marginal Boundaries, y estoy aquí para presentar mi serie  de YouTube, Viajes con Cristina! Los videos estamos filmadondo en localidades y alrededor de las áreas en las que está de viaje y / o viviendo. Al escribir estas líneas, estamos ubicados fuera de Cancún, México, por lo que los últimos videos son filmados en localidades y alrededor de la Riviera Maya. Siga leyendo para conocer más! Read More

Anglo-Italian 2

The Secret of My Success – Angloitalian, Follow Us!

Posted by | Guest Spot, Quality of Life, The Secret of My Success, Traveling Tips | 10 Comments

Everyone has an origin story, a birthplace. Somewhere where the journey started, where the lure of the open road first tugged at the heart strings. A place that defined the rest of your life with a single epiphany: the world beyond the horizon is the world that you must see.

These are the hidden stories, the behind-the-scenes tales of expats living in other countries without the limelight of professional travel blogging or being part of the travel celebrity scene. These are the ordinary, average people just like everyone else in the world, and these are their Secrets Of Success.

The latest addition to the fold is the Anglo-Italian couple Dale and Franca. I’ll let them tell their story below. Enjoy! Read More

Budapest, Hungary

Hungary – The Heart of Europe

Posted by | Guest Spot, Hungary, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | No Comments

Hungary is a fairly small country located in Central-Eastern Europe. Due to it’s location it has a number of natural resources that makes it the perfect destination for travelers who enjoy the outdoors or a bit of getting in touch with nature as opposed to the urban jungle that makes up many places where things are just a networked series of grids and paved highways. One of my favorite things about my home country are the natural thermal waters. Hungary has over a 1,000 of them. The Romans, no strangers to the good life, were the first to take advantage of this naturally occurring phenomenon, but Budapest also offers some of the finest examples of the “Turkish Bath” found anywhere, with public baths scattered throughout the city.

You will most likely start your journey in the capital city, Budapest and generally this will be your base of operations for your stay. As a major city, you’ll find every single modern amenity and creature comfort you could ever want, not to mention plenty of history and sites to see, especially if you are someone who has a craving for Celtic and Roman history. I suggest you spend a few days exploring it’s districts, visiting the usual tourists spots or perhaps taking a boat journey on the river Danube; these are all common things to do if you are just a tourist here, and they are all worth your time.

Hungarian CastleSadly, most visitors rarely go outside the city’s borders. and it is here that the true Hungary exists. If you have the chance, take a look a bit further to the country side, to the roaming hills and lush forests and the rich and warm culture that is waiting to be explored. The country has thousands of years of history and it has left the mark on the scenery as well, ranging from castles to monasteries, natural and artificial caves and the vineyards. Oh, the wine of the Hungarians! No trip would be complete without trying some of the famous wines of these lands, but that’s another article entirely!

If you are fortunate enough, you might be able to catch one of the cultural festivities, such as the Fövárosi Nagycirkusz, or Great Circus of the Capital, or the Sziget Festival on Óbudai Sziget , which is a rock festival dedicated to music. These cultural events offer a unique series of opportunities to learn more about Hungarians and how they lead their lives above and beyond the travel guides and Internet articles. Hungarians, like many European people, know how to have a good time, but the only way you will ever learn how to party like us is if you take the time to “live like a local”, as Tim (the owner of Marginal Boundaries) is always saying.

If you like to discover new flavours, you cannot ignore Hungarian cuisine, which is considered to be some of Europe’s finest. Paprikas veal or chicken is a common dish, which is a creamy soup-type specialty that uses the eponymous spice, paprika, while töltött káposzta are cooked cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and served with a sour cream on top. We also have several goulash type dishes, usually meat-based. And you can’t forget Hungarian coffee shops and cafes, which are very Viennese if you had to compare them to somewhere else.

Hungarian HouseWhile the countryside itself is still fairly simple, the same can be said of Italy and Greec or Bulgaria or many of the other countries of Europe, but don’t let this fool you into being mistaken about Hungary. This country is just as modern as any other. You find all the services and commodities you are used to, only they cost a fraction of what I’m currently paying while living in London

As such, Hungary is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a quality vacation with a budget, or if you are interested in doing the immersion travel route and staying in the country for a longer duration. As part of the European Union and the Schengen plan, your ability to stay here depends on what country you hail from, but most people can stay for up to three months on their passport alone. Beyond that, you need a visa just as with any other country.

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View of the sand dunes

Jet Set to Dubai – Part Two

Posted by | Dubai, Guest Spot, Live Like a Local, Quality of Life, Traveling Tips | 2 Comments

If you read my previous post about my last-minute excursion to Dubai, this is the continuation of the first piece. If not, you can read about it here. I’m going to attempt to convey just how amazing my trip was and what a once in a lifetime opportunity it really was for me!

Buddha Bar, DubaiAs I had stated previously, I flew last minute to Dubai to visit a close friend during Labor Day week, which was during Ramadan in 2010. Dubai was outrageously humid, hot, and dry, all at the same time, but I was met by incredible hospitality in the resort, the restaurants and everywhere else during my stay. The night life in Dubai was something else — although alcoholic beverages could be consumed after sundown during Ramadan, this limitation did not directly affect the cost of mixed drinks, unfortunately. The first bar I went to was called Buddha Bar, and was located at another hotel.

However, all of the resorts had their own shuttle services which were accustomed to bringing patrons to various hotel bars and restaurants, so getting around was simple. The Buddha Bar was beautifully decorated and had a very soft and glowing ambiance. We overheard conversations in various languages, with German standing out on more than one occasion. We attempted to enjoy a more outgoing bar scene the next night, and so we went somewhere that was located within an indoor shopping center that was close to our resort. This place had types of drink stamp cards, where it was cheaper to drink more (woe was me the next morning).

Sand Dune poseThe Buddha Bar had an incredible patio, although no one was allowed to bring their beverages, although someone did and then promptly spilled their drink on the floor and on my camera, but there was a security guard with a mop in a matter of seconds to clean it up. The only downside (for me) is smoking is still allowed in bars in Dubai, so upon returning to the hotel room, every article of clothing we were wearing smelled like and ashtray. Although that didn’t stop us — we returned to the same bar my last night in Dubai and had another splendid evening.

The various malls in Dubai were extremely large and luxuriously decorated, and I also enjoyed the dining (although deli food at the grocery store was the most authentic), but my most memorable experience by far was when we decided to go for a day-trip excursion into the desert. This was very low cost, about $40 per person, all inclusive, for the entire day, and included a sand dune ride in a Jeep with a trained driver, and a drive away into the desert where tents, including a Middle Eastern buffet and a woman trained in Henna tattooing, were set up for us.

We were one twosome of just a handful, and were able to enjoy all of the amenities with little interruption. I had Henna done up my right hand and forearm, and we enjoyed the homemade food that was served. There was also a man with a pet falcon on his arm, but the most exhilarating offering was to ride on the back of a camel. A camel! Until that moment I had never known the sheer size of these creatures, and I was hoisted up on one before I could even refuse. What amazing animals!

Me and the camelThe getup from the ground on the camel’s back was a bit rocky but I just had to seize the opportunity to be atop of such a rare creature (not that they gave me much of a choice!).

While I enjoy all of the photos I took during my trip to Dubai, but I truly cherish the ones I took with the camel. My stunted size only makes the camel look that much larger, but that was part of the majesty of these creatures; just how large they are.

I entered a far-away country with few expectations, merely to find myself enjoying things more than I would ever have expected, and having the opportunity to explore the diversity this world has to offer. I was pleased with what I learned and experienced as a result of hopping on a plane at the drop of a hat totally last-minute, and being open to all of the possibilities a last-minute trip had to offer. Here’s to more of the same!

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