It’s been ‘amazing’!

It’s been a wonderful journey that so many of you have tuned in to follow and watch. Travelling 16 different countries in 10 days (well digitally for us) is tiring, but definitely inspirational. Here’s what some of our bloggers had to say about the experience.

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Liesbet Maroye

Now, I am in Paris. 3000 pictures later, with even more memories stored in my head, thinking of all the people I met and all the stories I heard. All this makes from this trip, this experience one giant lovely moment. A moment I would like to continue sharing with you. I didn’t always have the time to write more about my personal experiences, but now I am back, I have the time to reflect on certain things. The next days/weeks, on my blog “Liesbet à Paris“, I will continue writing about my reflections and my journey in South Africa.

Sophie Roberts

There is something very unique about travelling and during this trip there have been moments when I’ve felt like I was in film. Almost as though I’m reflecting on myself being there, living that moment. I feel it at times when I am most relaxed and immersed in the country.

Tina Seidling

The last 10 days have been a amazing experience, discovering a country I never had on my travel list, falling in love with white beaches, mangoes & lechon – and boku.

Auður Osp

This trip has been amazing, weird, wonderful and everything in between and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Big Blog Exchange, IYHA, Uri, Anat, Ofer, Kayed (sorry for misspelling your name before), Mahady, Miki, Moshe, Esti, Hava and everyone else who made this possible. I will never forget it!

Sophie Roberts

It’s been INCREDIBLE!  Just wanted to say a massive thanks for this opportunity. It’s really been the most wonderful week, I’ve seen, learned, experienced, tasted, and thought of so many different things.

We’d love to hear three words that describe your thoughts on the exchange and how you’ve found following it! 

Stay tuned for the blogger’s manifestos (summaries of their trip)!

Kisty Chats To The BBE Team!

When Kisty visited our offices earlier last week, she chatted to us about her exchange, as well as giving us an interview! Here is the informal chat we had about her experience (but keep an eye out for the main interview – coming soon!) including the things she learnt during her stay in the UK. Enjoy!

A Day With Kisty

Kisty, our winner from Singapore visited the Hostelling International offices on Monday (17th June) to meet the Big Blog Exchange team and enjoy a cupcake reception! She also met the CEO and President of HI, in addition to taking part in an interview about her overall experience!

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Kisty meeting our HI President!

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BBE team Brianda and Scarlett with the cupcakes for Kisty!

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Traditionally British Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream!

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We also spent a day in London with her too!

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Thanks for visiting us Kisty! It was great to meet you.

Stay tuned on this blog for the video interviews, we can’t wait to share them!

The last day of the Big Blog Exchange!

We can’t believe it’s over now. It has been an amazing adventure for all. Most of our bloggers are flying home at the moment, reflecting on their 10 days experience. As we mentioned before, some of the bloggers are staying to explore the exchanged destinations for longer at their own expense and with a support of Hostelling International’s National Associations.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy is now in Granada enjoying the sun. Look at some oh his great shots from his trip to Cordoba!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara spent her last day in Santa Monica and is now off to Spain.

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur is on her way home now! On her last day, she enjoyed Jerusalem street art and Israel Museum.

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali had a casual drive through a cloud of volcanic ash.

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has visited our office today. We had some great laugh together and we also enjoyed some HI cupcakes. She has met BBE team as well as our president Edith Arnoult-Brill and CEO Mikael Hansson.

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Amazing Asia Adventures came to a close. Sophie is now flying through Malaysia-Singapore-Amsterdam-Geneva-Chamonix to her hometown in the UK.

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario had spent her last day in Auckland.

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine is just checking-in at Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza. Here are just couple of shots from her visit of La Boca, a district in Buenos Aires, with a view of a beautiful sunset to finish off an amazing trip.

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

After visiting Carcassonne, she is heading to Biarritz, a beautiful seaside town.

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire is flying back to Canada now. She spent her last moments in Rio de Janeiro!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is about to cross the border of Germany and Netherlands.

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina is back in Frankfurt now and is missing Philippines already!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet is just on the plane back home. She spent an early morning at Table Mountain to end this trip with some great views over Cape Town.

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi had an amazing time in Belgium. Now she is on the plane to South Africa. Have a safe flight Didi…

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy said bye bye to each other and they are both on their way home.

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee spent a day at La Ronde Amusement Park yesterday. She played the Goliath which is the largest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada. Afterwards, she got on the Maid of the Mist and got really close to the Niagara Falls. She said it was the best experience ever!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 10 – BBE Daily Summary!

It’s the last full day for some of our bloggers before flying home, so they are making the very most of their surroundings!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy has been blogging about his time in Cordoba!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has been staying in Santa Monica! Doesn’t her hostel look amazing!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur has been exploring Israel’s most colourful and energetic sites in her last few days!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali has been enjoying the Midnight Sun, in Skogar.

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been exploring the (apparently) most haunted city in the UK – York!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie has enjoyed her trip so much, she said that at some points – it has felt like being in a film!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has been visiting Akaroa.

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been enjoying her last few days in Argentina by going on a HI bar crawl with some of the staff from the hostels she has been staying in! All this wine tasting and drinking must be tiring!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

After two days relaxing in Sète, Natalia visited an oyster farm!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has been exploring yet more wildlife in Brazil!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is still busy exploring Germany!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina hosted a bloggers meet up for the BBE contestants in Manila! Lots of bloggers attended – and Tina now has a new circle of blogging friends!

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She’s now on her way home.

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

After wine tasting in South Africa and she is now ready for the Town Ship Tour and the trip to Robben Isle!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi has been enjoying her last few days with new found friends!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy are still exploring Malaysia together!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee has left Toronto and is now in Montreal, a city she immediately fell in love with as soon as she saw how creatively driven it is! This weekend is the Festival International Montreal en Arts which it celebrates music, art, designs and all things artistic!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 9 – BBE Daily Summary!

There’s just a few days left to go – we can’t believe it’s gone so quickly! Our bloggers are still exploring new destinations though, and blogging about it for readers to follow.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

After exploring ‘beautiful’ Cordoba, Andy is now en route to Sevilla!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has been busy living the LA lifestyle!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur says that IYHA (HI’s association in Israel) have been spoiling her whilst she’s been away! Take a look at those lovely views!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali has been on a tour of Snæfellsnes!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been exploring Robin Hood’s bay – and tasting the English seaside classic ‘Fish & Chips’!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie and Jeremy have been exploring Malaysia together, and their readers have been setting them challenges via Twitter (scroll down to see Jeremy’s challenge below). They are currently at Port Dickson.

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has taken some beautiful images of her time in Christchurch!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been on another wine tasting expedition (this time by bike) and has met lots of other like-minded adventure seekers!

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She tried ‘mate’ a type of herbal tea for the first time and really liked it!

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia has been exploring the medieval town of Carcassone!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has some fantastic pictures from her trip to Foz do Iguaçu! She even went water rafting!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is visiting museums today, and getting to know the history of her exchange partner’s home country. Do you normally visit museums when you travel?

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Like the true foodie she is, Tina travelled around Cebu with her taste buds!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet went on a lions walk yesterday, and managed to spot two! One had even managed to climb up a tree!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

After meeting lots of new friends in Bruges and Ghent, Didi made her way to Brussels yesterday! And already, it looks like she’s having a great time!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy are continuing their adventure around Malaysia.

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One of Jeremy’s readers challenged him to try Durian fruit icecream (also known as the smelly fruit). Sophie took a photo of him tasting it, which he described as being between ‘awful’ and ‘death’.

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

After mountain biking for the first time yesterday, Chee is now in Toronto!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 8 – BBE Daily Summary!

Our bloggers have been busy exploring their exchange destinations, and blogging! Make sure you catch up on all of their posts here. Until then, here’s a little summary of what they’ve been getting up to.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

This morning, Andy was featured in The Advocate as the ‘Face of the new diplomacy’. What a great article!

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He has been staying in Toledo for the past few days, in a real Castle!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara blogged today about staying in green-eco hostel Boston!

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In addition to having a perfect day ‘surrounded by nature’!

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She is currently staying in this amazing lighthouse hostel! Yes, we do have a hostel in a lighthouse!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

We absolutely loved Audur’s latest post ‘An Eskimo in The Desert’ depicting her first experience in desert surroundings, coming from the cold climates of Iceland.

Yesterday, she lazed by the pool – chatting to the lifeguard. She said that ‘every pool should come with a handsome flirty lifeguard’!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali visited a glacier yesterday – and is up to more exploring today!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty is visiting Boggle Hole and Robin Hood’s bay today!

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“This camera was not part of my itinerary”. Kisty couldn’t resist buying a new camera!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Today, Sophie and Jeremy jumped on the bus to Malaysia together – ready to explore the historical city of Malacca. They will be hosted by HI Malaysia for the remainder of the trip, before Sophie flies back to Singapore for her flight home! We can’t believe it’s gone so quickly!

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Yesterday however, a dream came true for Sophie as she visited an infinity pool in Singapore that her brother had shown her a picture of many years back. She claimed at the time that ‘one day I will visit’ – and yesterday, was that day!

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How amazing is that view!

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When exploring Sentosa with HI representative Jo, she came across pink dolphins. We didn’t even know they existed! Apparently, they turn more pink the older they get.

Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario is continuing to explore Christchurch today!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine is visiting Alta Montana, where it goes from hot – to freezing cold (and snow) within a few steps!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia is still exploring the lovely Lyon!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has been swimming in the falls!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie’s latest blog post ‘falling in love with Bavaria’ outlined Camie’s dream to visit a Castle!

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Looks like her dream came true!

Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina has been enjoying a little slice of Paradise!

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She even spotted a whale shark! And has been updating regularly on Instagram!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

It’s the last day on Liesbet’s Garden Route Tour – take a look at her pictures!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi’s adventure was featured in a newspaper this morning! How amazing is that!

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Yesterday, she took a hot air balloon ride around the city. Meaning she had an amazing view of her surroundings to take pictures of!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy has had a great few days exploring Singapore, but is now heading back to Malaysia (with Sophie) to explore the historical city of Malacca!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

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Chee has been hiking and white water rafting today! Wow!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 7 – BBE Daily Summary!

Day 7 of the Big Blog Exchange has been full of adventure and activity! There’s only three days left of the official exchange (although several of our bloggers are staying a few days extra at their own expense to explore a little further!). We hope you’re enjoying exploring 16 different countries all at the same time, alongside our bloggers!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy told Sara’s readers that when travelling, he rarely chooses to visit and appreciate the local art – but when afforded the opportunity to in Madrid, he was pleased that he grasped the chance too, as he really enjoyed it!

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When you travel, do you look around local art galleries too?

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara is now exploring California, and absolutely loves her new surroundings!

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The hostel she was staying in, even had a hot tub! Check out her view!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Despite initial reservations about visiting Israel, Audur is really enjoying her BBE adventure – and has said it’s opened her eyes much more!

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Take a look at her salad ‘starter’, it looks like a full meal!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Today, Ali will be jumping on a snowmobile and checking out a large glacier!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been enjoying the English countryside, but is also looking forward to returning to London to explore some of the local museums – and visiting the HI offices!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie is exploring Singapore further (and Island hopping) with fellow BBE winner Jeremy! She will then head back to Malaysia (with Jeremy) for more adventures!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has been getting active whilst exploring Christchurch!

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Yesterday she took a cool sip at the Ice Bar in Queenstown!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been taking a trip to the wineries for some wine tasting!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia has been blogging from sunny Lyon today, it looks lovely!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has written about her time in Sao Paulo today, and has some amazing pictures to share!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie has recently blogged about her time in Germany – meeting new friends and visiting sites of historical interest. We love hearing and seeing what she has been up to!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina has been exploring Cebu and Bohol’s beautiful landscapes and nature! We love her captioned pictures in her latest blog post!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet has been having an amazing time on Safari in South Africa!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy Fowler is still exploring Singapore with fellow BBE winner Sophie! Today, he had lots of fun island hopping!

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And consulting the Indian fortune teller. “Please tell me I will be the final winner for the Big Blog Exchange”!

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Before visiting the Sentosa Aquarium!

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee checked into the picturesque Lake Louise hostel yesterday, before exploring what it’s surroundings had to offer!

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Today, she has her own cabin at HI Banff!

Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 6 – BBE Daily Summary!

We can’t believe it’s already day 6 and we are more than half the way through the BBE adventure! It’s been so fantastic seeing what the other bloggers are up to around the world each day, and we hope you’ve enjoyed following them too. There’s still lots more to come!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy spent the day in Cordoba today, exploring his local surroundings! We’re yet to hear how he got on, but here are some great pictures from his time in Madrid!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara is in San Francisco, and has spotted not only wildlife (sea lions on the pier) but lots of great architecture too!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur is currently staying in the beautiful city of Akko at the Akko Knights Hostel (which is very eco-friendly and modern!). She has a beautiful view from her room’s balcony!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali is really enjoying her time in Iceland, and has even had a go at driving on the right hand side of the road – all on her own!

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She is currently staying in the brand new Reykjavik Loft Hostel. Check out her view!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty is in Ambleside today, on a Lake Cruise – look at the wonderful views!

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She has blogged about her last few days on Sophie’s blog, so make sure you check that out here.

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie was sad to leave Costa Sands resort this morning (pictured with a staff member), but was really looking forward to meeting up with Jeremy in Singapore – and exploring the island together!

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She woke up today with a cold, feeling a little under the weather, but hopefully her healthy exotic breakfast by the poolside will cheer her up!

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She has had some fantastic memories (and a great Singapore adventure) so far!

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But was really excited to meet fellow BBE winner Jeremy and join him in exploring! Here they are together on the Singapore Flyer, which offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario is currently visiting Arrowtown, a city of gold!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine visited El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires today, in her own words ‘the closest thing you’ll find to heaven in a bookstore’.Picked up some watermelon shoes won bingo on the bus to Mendoza Falafel for lunch heaven in a bookstore IMG_3295

And now she is heading to Mendoza!

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia is enjoying exploring Lyon!

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She loves the traditional balconies – and the delicious crepes!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Today, Claire visited Parque Das Aves..

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And wrote an article about where to stay in Sao Paulo!

Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is on her way to Berlin, after thoroughly enjoying her time in Munich. The German Association sent over these images of her arrival a few days ago – and we couldn’t help but share them!

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Munich Park Hostel have sent Camie on her way to Berlin after a few days there. Camie says she’s going to miss it!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Harking back to her backpacker days, Tina decided to live life like a local and flag down a ride from a motorbike in Bohol!

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Before taking a ride on a boat!

And sunbathing in Paradise!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet has enjoyed another day of road tripping, whilst riding on an elephant (wow) and visiting Cango caves! What an adventure!

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She is currently staying is Hostel Jeffreys Bay – Island Vibe Backpackers, a real surfers’ paradise!

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She has also written an article about how she is using BBE t-shirt to gather signatures of all the people who taught her something along her travels!

Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

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The hostel manager at De Perdevisser hostel in Oostduinkerke where she is staying, kindly let her sleep in, rest up and saved her some breakfast!

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The hostel itself is named after the fishermen that go fishing for shrimp on horseback! Very few people in the world still do this though!

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Today, she continues her journey – and has arrived in Bruges!

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Last night, she went on a hot air balloon! Wow!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy is jumping across the pond today and visiting Sophie in Singapore! We think it’s fantastic they are able to meet up and share a few days together! Here is Jeremy arriving by bus to Singapore!

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Here is Sophie and Jeremy together at Spore Flyers in Singapore!

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Jeremy had a fantastic time looking around Singapore!

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Before checking into the hostel after a long day!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee canoed over Moraine Lake today and saw an elk on the way to Lake Louise! Before her trip, she didn’t even know they existed!

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Day 5 – BBE Daily Summary!

Today has certainly been an active day for many of our bloggers, as they Island Hop, Zip Climb and explore local food markets! We hope you’re all enjoying reading the daily summaries – we thought it might be easier to read about their daily antics in one big long post. But if you’d prefer a detailed report, make sure you check out the bigblogexchange.org wall!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

During his final day in Madrid, Andy met the team who organized his itinerary.

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Before visiting a Circus school!

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He then caught a glimpse into one of the hostel’s projects which gives back to the local community – providing free education services for local children, such as a library and electronic resources.

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Now exploring San Franciso, Sara wrote a blog post on her days in Boston – letting readers know that she would definitely like to return there for an extended period one day. She thinks it’s a wonderful city that she could definitely live in! sara44 sara45boston sara56 sara445

Follow her journey now, as she explores San Francisco!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur blogged again today regarding her impressions of Tel Aviv and how it was full of contrasts and surreal little moments. It’s a really interesting blog post – and definitely worth a read!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali explained how the Icelandic midnight sun was keeping her from resting her eyes!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has now blogged about her first few days in the UK on Sophie’s blog, which you can check out on the BBE wall. We loved her ‘adventure starts here’ picture!

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Today, she is exploring the sites of Manchester!

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And tasting the world-renowned ‘Full English Breakfast’!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Always up for a challenge, Sophie is all ready to zip wire at the speed of 60KM/hr today in Singapore!

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Whilst also trying some tropical fruits at the market!

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She recently blogged about her relaxing time in Sentosa! It looks luxurious! sophie

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario is enjoying her time in Queenstown and is keeping us updated regularly!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

After a trip to the art gallery, Katherine has been relaxing and partying (all at the same time!). We don’t know how she does it!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Now in Lyon, Natalia has been tasting the local delicacies! And exploring the city!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has really been taking in Brazil’s wildlife and nature! Check out these beautiful photographs from her trip!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie has been exploring Munich a little further, enjoying the architecture – and the yummy food!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina has been enjoying the Philippines in typical relaxed style!

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Today, yesterday evening she caught the ferry to Cebu! We can’t wait to see what pictures she takes of the gorgeous beaches!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet has been enjoying a taste of South Africa (quite literally) whilst also exploring the wildlife and landscapes!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi has been learning how to kite surf!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

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Jeremy has blogged about his last few days (with elephants, monkeys and fireflys) on Chee’s blog! It’s so exciting to hear what he has been up to!

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Whilst Chee has blogged a little summary of her adventures so far!

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Day 4 – BBE Daily Summary!

It’s day four and the bloggers trips are in full swing! Already, most of them have explored one (or more) cities in their exchange country and are starting to settle in to the new timezone. Lots of the bloggers have written a full blog post about the trip so far, complete with lots of images (some of which we will share below) so make sure you check them all out on the wall – here.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy is currently staying in Madrid at the Santa Cruz de Mercenado Hostel and has spent his first few days exploring the architecture – and the entertainment.

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He was surprised to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Spain!

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Next, he’s off to explore Segovia where he will stay in a castle at Toledo! Catch up on all his adventures here.

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has visited Chinatown (to try the noodles) and has been to Quincy Market!

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She is loving the traditional American decor!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur spoke on Ali’s blog today about contemplating converting to food blogging – because all she’s done since arriving in Israel is trial the delicious food on offer. She says that vegetarians would be in their element there, because a lot of the dishes are not centered around meat – but other flavorsome ingredients.

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And, despite initial reservations – Audur is really beginning to enjoy her trip! She says:

“I have to say that Jerusalem has surprised me. I didn’t expect to like it nor did I think I would feel short for time during my visit. To be honest I didn’t really know what to expect and sometimes uncertainty brings out sides of me I really wished would never rear their ugly heads. I’m glad I didn’t give up this amazing opportunity like I was contemplating for a while and am thankful that the world (and the Big Blog Exchange of course) has brought me here. Controversies and all.”

Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali has been enjoying Iceland so far, including a visit to Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon! Wow – we’re jealous!

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She recently blogged about her experiences at the Geothermal pool (where the water is milky because it is shaped by the silica mineral). You can catch up with that here.

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty is on her way to Manchester having spent a few days in Shropshire and Stratford. She is really enjoying the English countryside!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie has arrived at the Costa Sands resort Sentosa Hostel and is enjoying her first few days in Singapore!

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In true ‘Challenge Sophie’ style, she has been getting stuck into the challenges!

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We love this picture of her view at night!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Describing Wellington as the ‘coolest smallest city in the world’ Rosario managed to snap some ‘street style’ pictures, depicting Wellington’s ‘hipsters’.

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But, she could not leave Wellington without having view of the entire city..

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She took a cable car to the botanical gardens to enjoy the incredible scenery and today she is heading to Queenstown!

Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been exploring Colonia, despite the rain – and has taken some lovely pictures which we are enjoying following!

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She had a minor mishap when she forgot to put the handbrake on her car!

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But also managed to taste a chocolate and orange crepe – yum!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia’s trip so far has been jam packed full of exciting activities – from meeting Marie Jeanne, to staying in Paris’ new eco-hostel Paris Pajol. She toured the city by bike and found the smallest house in Paris!

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Next, she’s off to Lyon!

Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has been enjoying her time in Brazil so far, blogging from the great outdoors – and drinking coco water straight from the source!

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We love how she has customized her BBE t-shirt, don’t you?!

Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie has blogged about her first two days in Germany, giving readers an insight into what it’s like being in a foreign country for the first time (a little daunting) and how to overcome it!

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We love all the fantastic pictures she has blogged, and how she has reported on her trip so far. We almost feel like we are there with her!

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After arriving in Frankfurt, Camie set off to Munich (navigating the train system on her own – which is admirable if you have no experience of it before). She is now staying in HI Munich Park Hostel!

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She also made several great observations about Germany in comparison to what the Filipinos think – she says she is going to go home and de-bunk several myths!

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Camie is very interested in German history, and so yesterday visited Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in Munich, and updated via Instagram posts.

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Follow Camie’s journey here.

Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Look at Tina’s view this morning! lunchforone on Instagram1

We wish we were there!

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Tasting Halo-Halo for the first time (a traditional dessert) Tina said was both ‘yummy’ and ‘interesting’ with a mix of cornflakes, beans and ice cream.

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She even spotted a Tarsier!

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And visited the famous chocolate hills (although they are still green at this time of year!).

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

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After a sunny hike to Cape Point, where she spotted lots of animals and wildlife – including penguins, Liesbet and her new friends in South Africa went for a dinner, where she was able to try out some more local cuisine.

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Didi has been exploring Belgium even further!

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She even enjoyed a day at the seaside learning how to surf!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy is getting along well in Malaysia and has blogged about his first day on Chee Chingy’s blog. He’s sent us a few pictures of his trip so far!

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee has been enjoying the sun in Canada – and tasting the food! Yum!

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She is now flying across Canada to Victoria (it’s a big place and there’s lots to explore).

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Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 3 – BBE Daily Summary!

It’s day three of the BBE, and all of our bloggers are beginning to settle in (the jet lag is slowly but surely going away) and are ready to explore their exchange destinations. Our bloggers have seen some amazing sites so far, and are beginning to blog about their daily experiences on their exchange partner’s blogs – so make sure you check out the full stories on the bigblogexchange.org wall!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

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Andy has arrived safely in Madrid! We look forward to hearing what he has been up to!

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has blogged her initial impressions of the US on Backpacking Diplomacy! It seems that after months of preparing (and getting nervous for her trip), the fact it’s now so real has meant that Sara is really positive about being in Boston!

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So far, she has been enjoying the sites of her first #bigblogX city!

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And having lunch at Quincy Market!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur has posted her first blog post on Ali’s blog ‘The Sweeping Swallow’ documenting her initial reactions upon arrival to Jerusalem!

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The first thing she noticed about the city was the colourful flowers – we have to agree, they are beautiful!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Whilst Ali has also posted on Audur’s blog – I Heart Reykjavik!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

After a day in the hustle and bustle of London, we’re sure Kisty was pleased to be heading out to the countryside yesterday where she was able to explore the birthplace of Shakespeare – before watching a performance of the playwright’s very own – ‘As You Like It’.

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Today, she’s off to Shropshire to explore the countryside further!

Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie was greeted in a humid Singapore by the HI team!

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And is now beginning to explore her first full day!

Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

The last few days have been all about Wellington for Rosario – and what a busy time she’s had so far! From attending the Wellington Jazz festival – to exploring the very best ice cream shops, we’ve certainly enjoyed reading what she’s been up to!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been exploring the area of Estacion Olivos, enjoying another Asado with the team from Hostel Suites Florida and even spotting another Tango session whilst walking through the centre!

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She wasn’t sure whether the dance across the road after spotting this lit up traffic light sign…

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia has been checking out the sites of Paris by bike!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

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Claire from The Green Geekette (middle) has arrived in São Paulo and was greeted by the entire 360 Meridianos team – as well as a few other bloggers.

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She also had the chance to meet the HI Brazil President – Maria José.

Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

After a long day travelling from Frankfurt to Munich, Camie finally arrived early yesterday evening – and spent her time wisely, exploring, blogging and trialing Germany’s finest food and drink (including Currywurst).

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina chose to end her first day in the Philippines in style – with a cocktail from Raffles!

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Before setting off on her journey to Bohol (at 6AM)!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet added a video ‘How To Survive 26 Hours Travelling – In One Minute’ documenting her travel journey, before arriving in Cape Town! You can watch this here.

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She has been enjoying the relaxing attitude of the South African culture – and tasting the local cuisine! Yum!

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She is staying in the Nelson Mandela room at The Backpack Hostel in Cape Town! Check out the wallpaper!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi was met by Peggy, another finalist of the Big Blog Exchange who came to show her round Antwerp for the day.

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She enjoyed taking photos of the nearby street art.

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Before trying a local (dutch) delicacy at the food market – Maatjes (which are eaten raw and in one bite!).

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She then visited a social project based in linkeroever (left bank) of the Schelde river. The social project is called “Biodroom” (Bio-dream). The place is owned by the city and residents of the city are invited to collectively garden/farm their own fruits and vegetables.

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy is enjoying another day in Malaysia, we can’t wait to hear what he’s been up to! In the meantime, Chee kindly left him some tips – illustrated of course!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee has already been updating Jeremy’s readers about her first 48 hours in Canada – and we love how she has incorporated illustrations into her photos!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 2 – BBE Daily Summary!

It’s day two of the Big Blog Exchange and the winners are now beginning to explore their exchange destination, or are on the last leg of their journey. It’s so exciting seeing what everyone is up to and following their instant updates via Twitter (#bigblogX) but in case you’ve missed anything, here’s a little summary!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Still on his journey to Spain, Andy has kindly written a ‘guide to his country’ for Sara to use whilst she explores the US!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

After a long journey, Sara finally reached her destination – the USA!

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She was really impressed at how eco-friendly her hostel in Boston is!

Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

With three flights before reaching Israel, Audur needed some food to keep her going and decided on this hot dog in Copenhagen airport! It looks delicious!

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This morning, she finally arrived at her hostel in Jerusalem – although the flight didn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped she said the the HI representative who picked her up was ‘super sweet’ and that she couldn’t wait to get some rest before exploring Israel!

Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

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Ali tweeted the #bigblogx goodnight before stepping onto her flight headed for Iceland! We can’t wait to see what she has been up to and what her initial reactions of the country are!

Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

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After arriving early evening yesterday at Heathrow airport (welcomed by James – the manager of YHA London Central & the Queen – well sort of), Kisty has already been exploring London’s most iconic landmarks.

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Tonight, she is heading off to Stratford (the birthplace of Shakespeare) to explore the UK’s countryside!

Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

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After mountain climbing on her honeymoon, Sophie made her journey to Singapore today.

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Where HI Singapore were all ready and waiting for her!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Suffering from jet lag – Rosario felt a little lost, but was told to ‘follow the green line’ for her connecting flight (and said she felt a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, following the yellow brick road!).

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After arriving, she quickly settled down in her Wellington hostel (I’m sure that bed looked super comfy after a long flight) and headed off to the Wellington jazz festival. There’s no rest for a blogger!

Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

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Katherine is on the train to Olivos today for an Asado with the Hostelling International staff in Argentina! Asado is is a term used both for a range of barbecue techniques and the social event of having or attending a barbecue in Argentina – it sounds delicious!

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

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Natalia is on her way to France – and has her passport ready!

Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire is all aboard her flight to Brazil!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Her first day of exploring Germany and Camie has already made several observations about local culture, which she shared on Twitter.

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She’s now on her way to Munich – passing through the German countryside (right past where Tina lives!).

Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

After a long flight (but with tasty food on China Airlines), Tina was met at the airport by her exchange partner Camie’s dad and sister! Together, they went for lunch in Manila and Tina was able to try some of the local food for the first time.

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This morning, Tina decided to explore the sights of Manila further – and stumbled across a cooking show, which we’re sure is right up any foodie’s street! She says that Manila has surprised her so far, as there’s no rain and the locals are really friendly!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet went shopping, tasted some new dishes and blogged in anticipation of her flight to Cape town!

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Before arriving safe and sound!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

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Didi was met at the airport by HI after a long journey to Belgium! She said she felt extremely special to be picked up and taken back to the hostel and likened it to feeling a little like ‘Miss South Africa’!

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After settling in and unpacking, she joined the HI team for drinks and dinner!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

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Jeremy has arrived to Malaysia safe and sound! He’s had a busy first day in Malaysia so far, and has even seen some elephants!

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Welcome to Canada, @cheeChingy! Have an incredible 10 days

Chee spent her first day/night in Canada in Vancouver, and has already been exploring the sites, relaxing and tasting the food and drink!

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She took the ‘sky train’ to Canada’s largest mall – and took this photo whilst on the way! What a fantastic view!

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Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

Day 1 – BBE Daily Summary!

After months of preparing, it’s finally day one of the Big Blog Exchange phase and many of the bloggers are currently flying across the world (perhaps passing one another in the sky), ready to begin their adventure. Some, have already arrived at their destination – with a packed itinerary – and we can’t wait to follow what they are getting up to.

We will be posting a daily summary of all of the bloggers activities on this blog. However, you can follow what they write on the Big Blog Exchange wall!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

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Andy has his bag packed and ready for his adventure to Spain. Which is great seeing as he has already had a bit of a crazy start…

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Yes, an alligator ate his BBE t-shirt!

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

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Sara is at Madrid airport, waiting for her flight to the USA! She has a whole days travel before reaching Boston!

Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

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All packed and ready to go, Audur posted a really great Vine video documenting what she is taking!

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On route to Israel and Audur is greeted by a very empty airport!

Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

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Before heading off to Iceland for her 10 day adventure, Ali contemplates what the Big Blog Exchange means to her! We’re so glad that all 16 bloggers are going to have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture and potentially change their perspective on things!

Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

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Kisty is also travelling to the UK today, with a quick stopover in Kuala Lumpur and is excited at the prospect of exploring London, the UK’s countryside and the Harry Potter studio tour! We can’t wait to meet her!

Sophie Roberts from the UK (blogging from Singapore)

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Sophie got married just last week, and now – she’s jetting off to Singapore for a 10 day adventure! We can’t wait to follow her journey, can you?

Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

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Rosario has her passport ready, excited to set off on her trip! We love her creative nail art!

Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

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Kapcha has said goodbye to her exchange partner, Rosario who will be heading off on her journey to New Zealand today. We think it is fantastic how they were able to meet up with one another in real life!

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Having been in Argentina a week already, she has posted about her initial experiences in the country itself. Rosario and Katherine will both be posting on each other’s blogs and their own during the exchange.

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

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Natalia has written a guide about Brazil for Claire, on Claire’s blog, as well as an introduction. Are you excited to follow their exchange?

Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

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Whilst Claire is welcomed onto the 360 Meridianos team!

Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

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Camie traveled to Germany today, flying over the vast plains of sand in Abu Dhabi!

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Before finally arriving at her destination! Germany!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

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Tina has a day of travel before reaching the Philippines. We wonder what fantastic food she is going to be able to try out once she arrives!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

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Whilst waiting for her flight to South Africa, Liesbet has already set up for blogging! It looks like she’s going to have the plane to herself with such an empty airport!

Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

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With her new camera packed and ready, Didi is ready to explore Belgium!

Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

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After a farewell party by HI Canada, Jeremy has a long flight ahead of him (nearly 20 hours), but soon he will be arriving in Malaysia! What do you think he is most excited to see once he is there?

Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

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Chee is travelling alone for the first time, which might be a daunting experience for some – but she is taking it in her stride!

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She has a quick stopover in China before her connecting flight!

Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily.

Have you ever wanted to travel the world in 10 days? Do so through our bloggers eyes! 

And, remember – voting is now open. Vote for the trip you’re most excited to follow or the blogger you find the most inspiring!

Travel Around The World In 10 Days!

The adventure is now upon us. The 16 winners of the Big Blog Exchange have been eagerly preparing and awaiting their trip – and now, they are currently all flying to their exchange destination to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

But, the competition isn’t over yet. They still need your help!

From the 7th June – 17th June, whilst away on their adventure, the vote button will reappear on all 16 profiles, and YOU will be able to vote for your favourites. You can vote for the blogger you enjoy reading on a daily basis or perhaps the blogger whose BBE journey you have found to be most inspirational.

Join the 16 winners whilst they travel around the world. Experience 16 different countries, in 10 days. Through their eyes!

The final BBE champion, is in your hands.

Join the adventure at bigblogexchange.org 

Follow the bloggers on Twitter #bigblogX

Vote for your favourites now!

And, remember – if you’d like to take a look at the full list of all 1,173 participants you can do so by visiting bigblogexchange.org and clicking on the ‘participants, old list’. 

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ONE Day To GO!

The bags are packed, the flights are booked and the BBE t-shirts have been customized. There’s just one more day (and one more sleep) to go before all 16 bloggers will be flying to their destinations, ready to begin their ten day adventure of a lifetime.

Here’s what has been happening around the world so far…

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Kisty has packed her bags, ready for her trip to the UK and has styled her BBE t-shirts!

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Jeremy and Chee Chingy have made their blog swap already!

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As have Andy and Sara!

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Sara has posted all about her itinerary and what she hopes to explore!

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And, she’s packed her bags!

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Natalia has her t-shirts ready for her trip to France!

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Look where Katherine from Kapcha is! What an amazing view!

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Rosario is packed – and has her adventure shoes on!

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Tina has introduced her readers to her exchange partner – Camie!

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Didi has been busy packaging! It went from a bundle of clothes, to a neat suitcase!

Follow all of the 16 bloggers as they blog live from their exchange destination on bigblogexchange.org 

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We always hoped this project would stand as both a global digital interaction and an ‘in real life’ global interaction – and this picture is definitely the first sign that we have succeeded! 

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Kapcha (New Zealand) was photographed having dinner with Rosario (Argentina) and her friends! 

Have you been inspired by the Big Blog Exchange project? Are you attending a BBE meet-up?

Preparation Mode!

Our 16 winners are busy preparing, packaging and photographing for their trip – excited that in just a few days, they will be jetting off to their exchange destination.

Here’s what they’ve been up to lately…

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Camie has been busy customizing her BBE t-shirts! We love how she has made them her own.

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Liesbet has been busy packing! Don’t forget your t-shirts! 

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Jeremy is almost packed!

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The Green Geekette has got her guidebook ready!

For some, however the adventure has already started…

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Yes, Andy’s BBE T-shirt was eaten by an alligator! You don’t hear about that everyday!

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Katherine from Kapcha is already in Argentina (and has met her exchange partner Rosario). Look at this amazing photograph she took at the Parque Nacional de Iguazú!

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Kapcha has also customized her BBE t-shirt (check out the reflection in the mirror for the back of the t-shirt).

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Look at the amazing hostel Kapcha is staying in! The stunning Hostel Inn Iguazu.

Stay tuned for more on what our 16 bloggers are up to! They all head off to their exchange destinations on Friday. We can hardly wait!

Rosario (At Blue Heaven) & Katherine (Kapcha)

Rosario from Argentina and Katherine from New Zealand were chosen as exchange partners on the 29th April 2013, and just a month and a bit later – here they are meeting in person!

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Katherine jetted off to Argentina a few days ago to meet her exchange blogger Rosario and already, they have been to a tango class together – and graduated top of the class!

Rosario will be flying to Katherine’s home country of New Zealand on the 7th, but we think it’s great that they were able to meet beforehand!

We love that the BBE has meant bloggers are exchanging (and meeting) one another in real life, as well as online – don’t you?

Follow all 16 of our bloggers journeys on – bigblogexchange.org