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  • hardie karges 4:05 pm on July 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Berlin, , Germany, ,   

    Featured city: BERLIN–Flashpacker Central 

    Berlin Skyline

    BERLIN is Germany’s capital and largest city and is documented from the 13th century.  It was the capital of Prussia before becoming the capital of a united, then redivided, Germany.  The city as well as the country was divided of course, and nothing was a better symbol of the Cold War than the isolated enclave of West Berlin struggling to survive while surrounded by Communist East Germany.  With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the eventual reunification of the country (a fact which never ceases to amaze me), Berlin resumed its role as the country’s undivided capital, and party central.  That’s party party, not Communist party. (More …)

  • hardie karges 4:56 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Budapest, , Hostel Relax, Hungary,   

    What do you get when you add Buda + Pest? 

    Bridge Between Buda and Pest

    You get one of the coolest cities in the world, that’s what.  One of my greatest regrets in my history as a traveler is that I passed it right by back in 2004, as it was just starting to hop.  But I didn’t know that at the time, and it didn’t look so ‘hopping’ out by the bus station.  If I’d had my hostel guide, I would’ve known.  That’s okay.  I’ll be back. (More …)

  • hardie karges 7:02 pm on July 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Manoir des Sapins, Matane, Quebec   

    Many Faces of Quebec: a Seaway Runs Through it 


    Way up on the St. Lawrence Seaway

    Sainte-Felicite is a town of over 1000 in Matane, a county of almost 15,000 on the south shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Quebec.  It is first stop on Gaspe Peninsula’s tourist circuit.  Shrimp here are renowned.  There is ferry service… and a hostel, too.

    Auberge Jeunesse Du Manoir Des Sapins is one of our partner hostels in Canada, listed and documented with full spec and contact info in our recently published “500 Hostels in the USA (& Canada & Mexico): Backpackers & Flashpackers.  Beds starts at only $23 and private rooms are available.  There is a kitchen or you can order meals, including vegetarian and organic.  Sounds like the ticket…

  • hardie karges 2:49 pm on July 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Big Island, , , Hawaii, KMEC   

    Welcome to Hawaii: More Than Paradise 


    Big Island

    You’ve battled the crowds on Oahu before, and you’ve even gotten wowie in Maui.  But have you been to the Big Island yet?  That’s a whole different story: HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, with more than 4000sq.mi/10,000sq.km, including five volcanoes, some of them still active.  The Great Crack is just the opposite, a deep fissure.  Then there’s the Hilna Slump, a chunk of Kilauea Volcano that is slumping away.  King Kamehameha was from here, and eco-tourism is big, though agriculture is still important.  Population is 185,000.  Hilo is the main city, with over 43,000 people, a downtown area, and market. Kirpal Meditation & Ecological Center is one of our partner hostels there, but they’re more than just a hostel. Beds start at thirty bucks a head.  This and 499 other hostels are written up with complete specs and contact details in “500 Hostels in the USA (& Canada & Mexico),” available online now!

  • hardie karges 4:52 pm on July 1, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Digby, Digby Backpackers Inn, , , Nova Scotia   

    Featured Place: Think Cool, Think Canada, Think Nova Scotia 

    Canada is one of the coolest places in the world, in more ways in one, and right now that sounds pretty good here in the lower 48, in more ways than one.  Canada is huge and diverse, of course, and no place better illustrates that than Nova Scotia, “New Scotland,” one of Canada’s maritime provinces far to the East, a far cry from Alberta.

    DIGBY is a town of a couple thousand on the western end of Nova Scotia and known as the “Scallop Capital of the World.”  There is a festival to celebrate its history in August and a major motorcycle rally on Labor Day weekend. They say the Bay of Fundy has the greatest difference between high and low tides in the world.

    Digby Backpackers Inn is one of our partner hostels there, with beds for only around thirty bucks, and private rooms available for you honeymooners.  There’s breakfast, bikes, and WiFi, too, of course, plus much much more.  It’s all written up in with complete contact info in “500 Hostels in the USA (& Canada & Mexico).  We recommend that you check it out.


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