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    Sant Jordi in Barcelona
    04.17.2009 EVENTS
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    On the 23rd of April, Barcelona celebrates the Catalan Patron Saint Sant Jordi (St. George in English). The main particularity of this event is that locals consider it as their St. Valentine�s day, thanks to the legend which describes St. George as a very romantic character.

    The legend also says that the Saint killed the dragon which was threatening the population since a long time. From the monster�s blood, wonderful red roses grew. This is the reason why, since the Middle Age...

  • Photo of Madrid Spain, Madrid

    04.16.2009

    Madrid Spain
    A city that you must visit

    DESTINATIONS in Madrid, Spain
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    The Origins of how Madrid came to be named is still unclear. With documented origins dating back to the 2nd century B.C.E. as a settlement of the Roman Empire. After the fall of the Roman Empire Madrid fell under the rule of Germanic Sueves, Islamic conquests, and Christian Kings. Some believe the origin of the name "Madrid" comes from legend, th...

  • Photo of Kunming China, Kunming

    04.15.2009

    Kunming China
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Kunming, China
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    The capital of China's Yunnan province is located in the middle of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau at a height of 1891m, Kunming enjoys a cool, pleasant climate, earning it the name of “City of Eternal Spring”. With a long history going back 2400 years, Kunming was the gateway to the Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and ...

  • Photo of Kuching Malaysia, Kuching

    04.15.2009

    Kuching Malaysia
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Kuching, Malaysia
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    Known as “cat city” (Kuching means cat in Malay), Kuching is the capital of Sarawak, Malaysia's largest state. Among the popular attractions are the Sarawak Museum, Tua Pek Kong Temple and the world's first Cat Museum in the Kuching City North Hall. This laidback city is also the gateway to some of Sarawak's famous tourist attractions-Mulu ...

  • Photo of Kota Kinabalu Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu

    04.15.2009

    Kota Kinabalu Malaysia
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    DESTINATIONS in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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    Capital of Sabah in east Malaysia on the island of Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is known as KK by those familiar with it. Although it has a population of just 350,000 it is a vibrant city with the added attraction of ecotourism, long sandy beaches, paradise islands, virgin coral reefs, tropical rain forests, and the mighty Mount Kinabalu just 90 minutes a...

  • Photo of Kochin India , Kochi

    04.15.2009

    Kochin India
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Kochi, India
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    This “Queen of the Arabian Sea” is situated on the west coast of India in the state of Kerala. Kochin has passed through the hands of the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch and Portugese all of whom have left their marks on the history and development of the city. It has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is divided in...

  • Photo of Kaohsiung Taiwan, Kaohsiung

    04.15.2009

    Kaohsiung Taiwan
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    DESTINATIONS in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    One of the busiest seaports in Asia and Taiwan's second largest city, Kaohsiung is also home to the country's largest steel mill, shipyard, petrochemical complexes and a thriving fishing industry. The Port was developed during Japanese occupation (1895-1945) and after the end of WWII, the city was placed under Chinese administration. Kaohsiung d...

  • Photo of Davao Phillipines, Davao City

    04.15.2009

    Davao Phillipines
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Davao City, Philipines
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    Called the city in bloom, Davao is the most important city on the island of Mindanao and the largest in the Phillipines in terms of land area with over one million people calling it home. With a predominantly migrant population, the city celebrates it's diverse culture with the many languages and dialects spoken in the city including Filipino, ...

  • Photo of Danang Vietnam, Da Nang

    04.15.2009

    Danang Vietnam
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Da Nang, Vietnam
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    Starting off as a port on the Han River, Danang was under French control after Vietnam was conquered. When the American troops landed, they worked with the Saigon government to build the city into a military, political and cultural centre. Industries flourished, resulting in the substitution by industrial zones of handicraft workshops, but after t...

  • Photo of Chongqing China, Chongqing

    04.15.2009

    Chongqing China
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Chongqing, China
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    You can find this modern city in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, gateway to the famous Three Gorges that form the focal point of the city's tourism industry. Historically, the Fishing Town is the site of China's ancient battlefields. Chongqing is also the starting point of the Yangtze River Cruise that takes in the stunning scenery of the c...

  • Photo of Chiang Mai Thailand , Chiang Mai

    04.15.2009

    Chiang Mai Thailand
    South East Asia Pearl

    DESTINATIONS in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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    You will find the second largest city in Thailand nestled in a ring of mountains in the north of the country. Chiang Mai has a history that dates back to Lanna Kingdom 700 years ago and a very distinctive culture with a mix of local, ethnic and expatriate communities. With lovely landscape, the area is known as the Rose of the North and has pre...

  • Photo of Chengdu China, Chengdu

    04.15.2009

    Chengdu China
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    A charming mix of modern tree-lined avenues and narrow streets of traditional half-timbered houses, it is a treat to visit this capital of the Sichuan province in China. The city is famous for the Dujiangyan Irrigation System, possibly the oldest functioning irrigation system in China and a World Heritage Site. Chengdu is also famous for its cot...

  • Photo of Cebu Phillipines, Cebu

    04.15.2009

    Cebu Phillipines
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    DESTINATIONS in Cebu, Philipines
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    Known as the Queen city of the South, Cebu is the Phillipines' oldest city and the country's seat of Christianity. Take a trip back in time by exploring the city which has a heritage dating back to the 16th century when Portugese explorer Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross on Cebu's shore in the service of Spain. The Cebu province is one of...

  • Photo of Balikpapan Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur

    04.15.2009

    Balikpapan Indonesia
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    DESTINATIONS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Beginning as a fishing village, Balikpapan, a city in East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo is now a centre of the petroleum, mining and timber industries. Before the oil development era, Balikpapan was a quiet town but now has progressed and expanded in size to cater for the majority of people who earn a living from working in the oil indust...

  • Photo of South East Asia, Singapore

    04.15.2009

    South East Asia
    A wonderful world

    DESTINATIONS in Singapore, Singapore
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    Have you ever thought about the perfect getaway,the one that could open your mind,and offer the widest range of experiences? I am sure many destinations pop into your head, but, have you considered Southeast Asia? whether you're interested the unbroken nature of Manado, the ancient palaces of Surakarta, or the in the futuristic architechture of Sin...

  • Photo of Donate to Help!, Rome

    04.08.2009

    Donate to Help!
    Abruzzo Earthquake 2009

    TRAVEL INFO in Rome, Italy
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    Measuring 6.7 on the Richter, the April 6, 2009 Earthquake of central Italy in the Abruzzo region has left 250 people dead with still ten of thousands stranded or homeless. With a death toll rising and the region devastated Berlusconi has declared a “State of Emergency.” You can help! From Thurs April 9th till Monday the 13th M&J hostel wil...

  • Photo of San Francisco Hostels, San Francisco

    04.03.2009

    San Francisco Hostels
    Tips for a great city

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    In 1776, the Spanish established a fort at the Golden Gate and a mission named for Francis of Assisi. The California Gold Rush in 1848 propelled San Francisco into a period of rapid growth, transforming it into the largest city on the West Coast at the time. After being devastated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, ...

  • Photo of Flying Pig Hostels Amsterdam, Amsterdam

    04.02.2009

    Flying Pig Hostels Amsterdam
    How to survive as a whapper??

    HOSTELS NEWS in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    How do the 'willing helpers at the Pig' survive?? Whapper Aly shares her 11 life rules with you. At The Flying Pig everyone starts off as a WHAPPER. To be more specific, a Willing Helper At the Pig. Basically, you work 27 hours a week either cleaning rooms or serving breakfast. In return for your acquired skills, you are covered for your bed, break...

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