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Bergen: Gingerbread town 2016 in photos

By Alexandra Redisch in Bergen At the old Sentralbadet (public swimming pool) in Bergen, you will no longer find the smell of chlorine, but rather the scent of gingerbread – and Christmas itself. This is the site of the largest gingerbread town in the world. Schools, kindergardens and students (and everyone else who wants to, […]

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Christmas in India: 4000 steps, camels and sleeping amongst lambs

Reminiscing about a Christmas past today, a Christmas in India. You’ll pardon the photos – they’re from the days of 35 mm-film in rolls. Remember those? We rarely travel over the holidays. It’s a sacred time of sorts – not in the conventional meaning, but in the sense that it’s home time. It takes a […]

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Your favourite posts in 2016

2016 is nearing the end, and what a year it has been. But I’ll get back to that. Today, true to tradition, we’re having a look at what you liked best here on Sophie’s World this year, according to Google Analytics. For obvious reasons, not many posts published in 2016 made the cut; the one […]

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Kazakhstan & Kyrgyzstan with G Adventures: a trip review

“Welcome to Kazakhstan!” Those were the first words I heard in Central Asia – spoken with a big smile at passport control in Almaty airport, just seconds before midnight on the last day of June. Central Asia, what made me choose such an odd destination, you ask? Well, this blog is about the world’s curious […]

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24 hours in Leipzig

“Wir sind das Volk!” That was the Leipzig war cry during those world changing weeks in the autumn of 1989: “We are the people!” On 9 October 1989, 70 000 people gathered in Leipzig. This is where it all began, the Peaceful Revolution that ended one month later with the earth shattering fall of the Berlin Wall […]

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11 things you’ll love about Dresden

Dresden is only two hours away from Berlin by train, but do try to find time to spend at least one night in this beautiful Saxon city. Here are 11 reasons why: 1. Altstadt (Old Town) and Brühlsche Terrasse Until World War II, Dresden was considered one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Sadly, it was […]

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Bokor Hill Station: Whispers of the past

Gaping holes, pitch black squares and rectangles, glare at me as I approach. And shades of grey. So many shades, many more than 50. Here and there interrupted by patches of rusty red. The abandoned, derelict ruin is all that is left of this once luxurious hotel at Bokor Hill Station. When I hear the […]

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