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Two Weeks, Ten Countries: a backpacker's itinerary

Just over two weeks spent traveling through ten European countries. It was completely worth every minute spent planning the trip - but you're welcome to save yourself some time by stealing parts of our itinerary. We used an Interrail flexipass.  It was valid for 10 days of travel within 22, and ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Lying in Church: The Backpacker's Religion

My friend Jade likes to lie in church. On the ground. It gets tricky in a house of worship; sometimes she has to settle for kneeling.  In the Hagia Sofia, she had barely a minute to soak in the 6th-century dome before a security guard dragged her up.   But ... read more

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Just how BIG is the second largest building in the world?

Caroline Mailloux

21 Nov 2009

Romania

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Oh. It’s BIG! So big my jaw dropped! The only building in the world BIGGER than the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is the Pentagon in Washington DC. But with 1,100 rooms, one million cubic meters of marble, and countless gold, silver, and crystal adornments, it still takes the cake as the most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building, in the world. Tours of the Palace are a must if in Bucharest! Students get in free and English tours depart hourly, but remember that passports are required to enter. Not only is the extravagant detailing beautiful, but the building serves as an important, but harsh, historical symbol of Communist Romania under Nicolae Ceausescu.

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