What are your wishes for 2017?
Would you like to meet new people, make new friends?
Would you like to share your knowledge or passion?
Would you like to make some extra money?

We are looking for nice welcoming people who would like to share their knowledge with others.

Pick Your Day is the platform where the woman or man next door can offer those genuine experiences; anything from local cuisine, visit a home, city tour, biking, hiking or sharing your knowledge/hobby. Our concept is for tourists seeking new adventures and locals who would try something new in their own neighbourhood.

You can have a look at https://pickyourday.com/getstarted or mail support@pickyourday.com 

Could it be you?

Best wishes from the Pick Your Day team

This year has been a very exciting year for us and we are well prepared for 2017.
 
All of us in the Pick Your Day team love to travel and experience our beautiful world. We would like to make it easy for you to experience the diversity of cultures, people and activities – and learn something new. There are so many great activities to choose from!
 
We are here for you, if you have a dream  we will do our best to make it come true. Please contact support@pickyourday.com and we will do our best to find the perfect activity for you.
 
We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

 

One of my favourite times to enjoy London is just before Christmas. Seeing London decorated with lights and beautiful Christmas decorations gets me in the right mood. Listening to Christmas carols, visiting markets and trying local treats all bring the Christmas spirit to life.  Having hot chocolate at a nice café and watching people from all over the world Christmas shopping warms me up in the cold weather.

I would take a tour with our localist Harry. He can take us to the hidden gems, so we can discover the real London outside the tourist traps.  He can show us which local pubs serve a seasonal lunch in front of a crackling log fire. We can buy special Christmas presents from a Christmas market.  Having a chance to experience the real holiday spirit with a wonderful day in a great city is so special, warm and welcoming.
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And since it’s almost Christmas, I would treat myself to a three-hour food tour with Rizalie.  What a different way to get an insight of British culture!  Trying all the local British treats with a passionate food guide!
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I would like to step out of the tourist traps with a localist like John and Rizalie for an exciting time. I believe it’s time to see different sides to London

See all our activities in London

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

 

 

London is one of the most visited cities in the world for a good reason. The city has a long and fascinating history, and it is known as the cultural capital of the world with its renowned theatre quarter, the many great museums and exhibitions, concert halls, rock scenes and festivals. I also believe that the ethnic and religious diverse population contributes to this status.

My favorites
I have always loved speakers corner. Yes, there are indeed many absurd discussions and some opinions it is quite hard to relate to, but with its long tradition I find it very interesting. The historic sites and monumental buildings are hard to ignore and my favorite is The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. If you like nature photography, like me, I recommend Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. 

Find your favorites
With the great variety of things to do in London it can be overwhelming and hard to find the activities best suites for you. In addition there is a lot more to the city than the traditional sites and some activities may be a little harder to come by than others. Our locals in London offer a wide range of activities that will show you a different side to this magnificent city – check out our activities in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Most of us have traveled to many countries and places around the world. But what moments have really affected you, changed the way you perceive the world, or will stay with you as the greatest moments of your life?

There are many reasons why moments in our lives stick to our mind. Very often these moments are connected to the people we meet along the way. People that has a different way of life and background that makes their lives so different from our own. Or sometimes it is because their local knowledge helps you understand the history, what is special about a specific pieze of art, the best way reach the mountain top or where to eat the best lunch.

The desire to help others create their most memorable travel moments is the reason why our founder, Jan Rangul, decided to create Pick Your Day. The idea came when he asked his daughter what she remembered from all the travels they did while she was growing up. Her most vivid memory was from their visit to Turkey where they by coincident visit their drivers grandmother. She remembered with great fondness the hospitality they faced.

Jan has always been the seeker of the personal meeting when he travels and vividly tells the story when he stayed with the Masais in Kenya many years ago. Few will knock on a stangers door or know where to look for these very personal experiences. Pick Your Day will help you find these personal experiences.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Britain may not the country that springs to mind when talking about countries to travel to for the food. Over the years there has been made many jokes about the poor food and the lack of sophistication in the British kitchen. However, this has really changed and according to some they now have an enviable reputation and some of the world’s best chefs come from Britain. Even the editor of the Michelin guide recently admitted that London was poised to become the fine-dining capital of Europe according to Condé Nast Traveller.

What I personally like is the varied food scene in London. Being one of the most ethnically diverse cities worldwide you can literally eat your way around the world. Enjoy the traditional pub lunch or the afternoon tea, the many Michelin-starred restaurants or the gastropubs. There are many guides to the best places to eat in London.

To get a more personal taste of the varied food scene in London we offer a range of different food tours and cooking classes.

Check out our Food activities and Cooking classes in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

London’s dark history is quite unique and makes a visit even more interesting for those interested in the somewhat bloodier side to history.

The reason for this shady side to London’s history is partially the fact that it’s a very old town that has been highly populated and overcrowded. It has suffered from great poverty and its people have committed some of the worst crimes in history. One of the best known unsolved crimes are the identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who killed at least 5 prostitutes in the White Chapel area in 1888. Learn more about him on this interesting walk.

It has survived mad monarchs, plagues and the Great Fire of London. Many millions have lived and died in the old city, and every square inch holds memories and experiences of the former citizens, many of whom roam the city. Learn more about this on the London Bridge Ghost Tour.

London has the reputation for being the most haunted capital in the world. Understandably the pubs around London have often been at the centre of the many stories of haunting throughout the years. Join the Haunted London Pub Tour to find out more.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day team

Christmas is the season of the year where it is busy for all types of travel.

Where does everyone go? Visiting family or on vacation?

Many people like Christmas to be the same every year, same destination, same food, same people. It is the Christmas is tradition, doing the same as last year.

Others, like me, like to do different things in the holiday season. I have celebrated Christmas in Asia, Africa and different destinations in Europe. When I am home in Norway I love skiing at Christmas. To be outside the few hours of daylight and if we are lucky there is starry clear sky with spectacular northern lights. That is a perfect Christmas night for me!

I celebrated Christmas on a beautiful beach in Thailand, sitting outside with my toes in the sand and listening to the sea while having Christmas dinner. This was truly a memory for life!

I have celebrated Christmas in Austria, with beautiful white Alps, church bells ringing and joining the Christmas midnight mass. I will never forget the beautiful sight when I came out of the church at midnight, the atmosphere was amazing.

In South Africa I celebrated Christmas listening lions roar while watching the starry sky. What a great memory!

For me is Christmas a beautiful starry sky combined with an activity, what is Christmas for you?

Read about a great destination to see northern light

 

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

Not found the perfect Christmas gift yet?

What can you buy for the one who has everything? 

We believe the best Christmas present is something you can do together. 

There's nothing is like sharing memories! 

Even if you are not able to join the activity, it is a great surprise to get a present which gives a new experience. 

 

Check out at all the exciting and interesting activities you can find on www.pickyourday.com

For the best Christmas present ever!

 

 

 

Nairobi

Have you ever been to Nairobi? When you think of Nairobi and Kenya I believe the majority imagine safari and nice beaches, which is true! However, there is even more….

It is great to meet locals when you are new in town! We have localists who can safely show you the sights. Maybe you would like to experience a local market, join the local nightlife or learn how to make a local dish? 

When you are in Nairobi you do not have to travel far to see wildlife, our localists can bring you on a safari to see the big cats, colorful birdlife and see the elephants

We have amazing localist all over the world. In Kenya, you can for example meet Daniel, a localist with a big heart. He can bring you on guided tours or a day as a volunteer in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi. Daniel wants to raise social awareness and let you experience the happiness among the inhabitants. A day to learn and remember!

Pick Your Day wants you to create memories.

~Kristin at PickYourDay 

Easter is nearly upon us and there’s one thing we’ve been doing a lot around these parts recently - we’ve been dying for some chocolate!

We’ve also been having a blast updating the website to make it easier to use.

You might have seen out of the corner of your eye a few words here and there on the site light up and glitter with their sparkly newness, or a few typos disappear like little ghostly word-ships in the night.

With Easter fast approaching like a running rabbit we’re hopping -I mean hoping- to have something new for you all to see very soon, but for now, we’ve been wondering: what are your favourite kinds of chocolate?

At one point in my chocolate-laden life it was clear to me that milk chocolate was the best and most preferable chocolate in the world, then along came white chocolate and set the record straight with one bite, then Galaxy chocolate seemed to descend from the starry chocolate heavens and settle the debate.

Even though I have convinced myself that the people behind Galaxy chocolate must be miracle workers, a box of colourful Thornton’s will regularly make me doubt, and Lindt’s tasty spherical globes of chocolatey genius will make me think thrice.

I’m sure our Localists could show me the real way to make chocolate with an activity or two. It would be the perfect time to find something over the Easter break with all this sunny weather we’ve been having in London recently.

Although we can’t stop thinking about chocolate, we have managed to create a new and completely free service to support all Localists, we have also improved many of the wonderfully creative activities in sunny Lisbon, and the fun categories for activities in London.

We hope you all have a chocolate-filled Easter, and we can’t wait to show you all the cool features that are coming soon to the site!

Treat yourself to the tastiest chocolates in London 


Manchester United Game

With one of London’s top football teams, Manchester United, managing to reach the Europa Semi-Finals for this Thursday’s action-packed match with Celta Vigo at 7:30pm this Thursday 4th May 2017, we thought we’d let you know how many amazing British football teams come from London.

Even in 2017, there are thirteen teams that play in the professional leagues that call London home, and five have managed to reach the world-famous Premier League, and eight in the Football League – the oldest football competition in the world.

It’s going to be one hell of a match for London’s reds this Thursday - whose last major trophy they have yet to win is for the Europa League.

You can watch or listen to all the drama, suspense, and excitement at 7:30pm on:

BT Sport 2, BT sport Live Streaming, BBC Radio 5 Live. 

It’s going to be a good one!

 

Meet Manchester United Fan and Experience a Local Game

Meet Local footballer and Manchester United Fan

PickYourDay was 1 of only 100 international guests invited to The Great Indian Travel Bazaar of 2017 - we feel very happy and privileged to be included.
What a great event! We found that Jaipur is an amazing Indian city with colourful markets, stunning palaces and a rich culture. We made a lot of exciting contacts, and look forward to offering you the best from incredible India.
India offers a luxurious, royal-level service at a low cost, along with exciting safaris, unforgettable trekking, amazing architecture, high mountain peaks, deserts with incredible star-packed skies at night, tropical areas which look like the garden of Eden, and beautiful sandy beaches. With PickYourDay, you can pick exactly what you’d love to experience!
With e-visas available for most countries these days, it's now easier than ever to travel to India. PickYourDay will have new and exciting activities in India nearly every day in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for them while you’re looking for your upcoming adventure. For any specific wishes - drop us an email and we'll be happy to make it happen.
PickYourDay will make your dreams of India come true!
 

I had an amazing day in Delhi with Binay, my own private guide! Binay picked me up at my hotel and we walked to the impressive Sikh temple that was so close to my hotel – and I hadn’t seen it! I didn’t know much about Sikhs before, but after my visit, I was deeply impressed by their friendly hospitality and that they actually feed thousands of people every day regardless of religion or race. I visited the kitchen where volunteers cook two meals a day and learned so much about the Sikh way of life.

Then, we went by car to Old Delhi, as I stepped out of the car it was like stepping out of a time machine! Its people, bikes, rickshaws and cows were everywhere in the narrow streets along colourful shops offering all kind of amazing things. You easily get struck by the busy life in the streets, but with Binay at my side, he also helped me to see the incredible history of Old Delhi - the Havelis, the temples and the amazing carvings and balconies, and the local stories behind my first impressions. We also had some really great food tastings and I saw how they made their delicious street food. I truly recommend to go sightseeing with a local guide.

Kristin ~ PickYourDay

 

 

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Vi ser etter hjem i Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, Bodø, Narvik, Namsos, Longyearbyen, Honningsvåg og Leknes

Vi har laget et enkelt program for deg som vil åpne døren for 6 -12 cruise turister. Gjestene vil besøke deg ca. 2 timer på dagtid, de ønsker å se et norsk hjem og høre litt om dagliglivet. De vil bli "levert" på døren. All markedsføring og bestilling går via PickYourDay.com, du trenger bare å være klar for besøk til avtalt tid. Opplæring vil bli gitt. Fast honorar.

Krav til deg som vert:
- Du kan snakke engelsk
- Du liker å møte nye mennesker
- Du har plass til minst 6 gjester
- Du kan tilby vafler med brunost, kaffe/te
- Hjemmet ditt er klargjort for gjester 

 

Kontakt oss her eller  på support@pickyourday.com  eller telefon 924 00 924.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Twain said, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

The history of this place goes far back into the past. It was first mentioned in the Vedas, the Indian scriptures and the earliest archaeological evidence suggests that the settlement in the area began in the XI or XII century BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is rightly considered that Varanasi is one of the most important spiritual and religious centers in India. The Indian holy Trinity, made up of Brahma (the Creator of God), Vishnu (the god watchman) and Shiva (the god of destruction and transformation), have very important place in Hinduism, but also in the spiritual and religious significance of Varanasi itself. The Indian legend says that Brahma ignored Shiva as the supreme god, and considered himself the only creator of the universe, at the same time demanding from Vishna to adore him. The shiva got angry and cut off one of the five Brahmin's heads.

After committing the greatest sin - the murder of Brahman, he was convicted to wander across India with Brahmin's skull, hooked by his hand, until he arrived at the site of today's Varanasi, where the skull finally fell off his hand, and he thus became free from his sin. Because of this, the city is popularly called the City of the God of Siva, whom they regard as its founder, and hence all Hindu followers hope that at least once in their lives they will visit this city, perform sacred bathing in the river and, when their time arrives, also die. This is a completely special religious act for them. Because of the connection they feel with the Shiva, the identification with his sin, and the belief in the liberation of all sins, death in Varanasi for these people is a guarantee of heavenly bliss, a short cut in the eternal birth and death.

A very important link between the transition from this to the next life is the Brahman priests who read the verses of Garuda Purana (the holy Indian script), which are most often read during the ritual of the cremation of the deceased, thus accelerating the entire process of transition from one life to the other and reaching more strongly, Salvation.

Brahmani, as members of the highest caste, are the majority population of Varanasi. They maintain spiritual purity by respecting various strict rules, many of which refer to food and contact with members of lower caste. They are mostly vegetarians. Selling silk in brass circles is one of the main trading activities. Members of the highest and most respected caste always gave priests, poets, scientists and politicians at the forefront and enjoyed a great religious reputation, which has not been changed.

In its magnificence, Varanasi leaves no one indifferent to pilgrims who arrive daily from all parts of India, as well as intentions from around the world.

The traveler who is there will soon be overwhelmed by the masses of people, but also by unwittingly wandering animals. Dirt, rubbish and mess are ubiquitous and completely incomprehensible to a man from an organized Western society. Varanasi is a medieval city - a hustle and disturbing, a place where extremes intertwine. It is strewn with very narrow streets and the passerby is soon felt as if it is in some kind of maze. When it finally manages to get out of the swarm of people and comes to the river, man becomes aware of the complete change of environment. Pilgrims from all parts of India are bathing and praying therewith watching the brahmin priests. The view of Varanasi from the river fascinates and radiates inexplicable peace.

This city of expressed paradoxes, the most sacred in India, has played a major role in the history of the development of Indian civilization. As a religious and cultural center, due to its long history, it could be compared with Rome. And because it represents an exalted pilgrimage site and an idealized center of faith, it stands side by side with Jerusalem and Mecca. It is inspired by great poets, writers and philosophers, who contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization with their works.

Death is constantly present in Varanasi. At any time, it is possible to come across a group of people carrying the covered body on a stretcher and kept repeating: "Ram us satya hai", which means "Name of God is Truth." Upon arrival at the place of cremation and after the last bath in the Gang River, the body of the deceased is laid on a wooden fracture burned by the eldest son, while other male relatives observe that the deceased's material body is again split into the elements from which it was created.

Whoever dies in this city acquires knowledge from the God of Shiva and becomes himself what the Hindu belief is called Absolute Consciousness. That is why death in Varanasi is a privilege. Cremations are performed without respiration, at any time of day and night. Every day, 200 bodies are burnt daily. Unlike other cities in India where cremation sites are hidden, in Varanasi cremation takes place on the banks of the river, in view of all. Making sure that ritual cremation goes smoothly run by people who are due to direct contact with the dead members of the lowest caste, almost, but it is also highly respected in the city.

In Varanasi you can see everything that India has to offer. This city, which seems to be standing on the edge of time and joins an invisible, but present, ancient and modern world, spreading the almost tangible vibrations of the unstoppable cycle of life and death, does not cease to enchant with its inexhaustible energy. It is a city of light and darkness, morals and corruption, peace and violence, all the contrasts that spoil its visitors.

The best safaris in the world, where animals can be seen in their completely natural habitat for just a few yards, baobab trees, exotic markets full of aromatic plants, "standing in time" villages, a hot tropical climate - are exactly what Kenya offers to their visitors.

 

Cities
Nairobi is a city-province and capital of the state of Kenya. For this city it can be said that it was created recently, and the name comes from the masai language and means "place of cold water".

It is a city full of contrast. This is a sufficiently old city so you can feel the past and multi-ethnic relations, you can experience Kenyan culture, but it is also modern enough to access the Internet.

Nairobi is mixture of people from all cultures and life styles. Decorated with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped with hospitals, modern shopping centers, schools, with plenty of private and public transport and universities and colleges that provide local and foreign students education.

The city is also home to many domestic and international companies and organizations. Nairobi rope with activity. It's a city that never sleeps, the rhythm is fast, day and night. There is always something to be done and see.

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, located just off the coast of the Indian Ocean, making it the most interesting to visitors. It lies mostly on the island, while it is connected to the mainland by a bridge. This is the largest port of the country, which is characteristic of a special drink euphoria, and the store is unique. Customers who hold on one counter at least a second - will surely have to buy goods, because sellers can not be denied! In the streets there is an overwhelming crowd, but the cab is quite cheap.

For those who want to get baskets in the sun, there are a huge number of beautiful beaches along the coast, with bars, restaurants and active nightlife. Tourist attraction is the dance of Masai, the tribes of warriors living in the villages in the interior.

Just what makes Mombasa unique is the tone of the wilderness, due to the proximity of national parks and villages that live according to old customs.

Flora
Certainly Kenya's greatest wealth is its inhabitants, but not just people. Kenyan nature provides everything that is expected of Africa - the second largest mountain on the continent, hills, plateaus, deserts, as well as enjoying the ocean, beaches, coral reefs ...

The three largest national parks are Masai Mara, Tsavo Est and Aberdare. Masai Mara is one of the most famous and largest not only in Kenya, but also throughout Africa. It is located in the southwest and occupies an area of approximately 320 square kilometers. Animals move freely around the park and provide visitors with the opportunity to see them in a natural environment.

 

Fauna
Cavo Ist is a park characterized by red soil and large number of different plants. Zebras, antelopes, giraffes and elephants are seen at every step. There is also Aberdare, among the oldest parks in Kenya, and certainly the most beautiful, because it is most abundantly inhabited by exotic quadruplets. Lions, leopards, buffaloes and other animals can be spotted. It is also mandatory to visit the Victoria Lake, located in the far southwest of Kenya. It is one of the largest rivers, the Nile River.

What is definitely to be known is that, as much as it is warm during the day, on these heights, in the evening, a living thing in the thermometer will drop "everything" which is below zero.

 

Hakuna matata
Kenya's inhabitants in large, and especially, tourist destinations, like Mombasa, are very pleased and try their best to please visitors. They are dressed western, and traditional costumes can be seen only with Masai representatives or in performances that are organized for foreigners. The young are quite entrepreneurial, but they have access to "hakuna matata", which has swept the equivalent of  "no problem".

 

Read more about all the great things you can do in Kenya

Brighton, the Victorian city has an exciting past and it is known to modern generations as a city that offers the best opportunities for improving English, but also for a variety of studies in that language.

With two large universities, 22 English language schools and the prestigious Academy of Arts, Brighton is university center, and studies, depending on their school status and duration, cost about 1,000 pounds.

Lower language courses, lasting two weeks, can be found for 20 pounds. Students and students are always in large numbers throughout the year, and especially in the summer months.

Brighton and the nearby city of Hove make up one city. At first glance it is not easy to determine where one ends, and where the other begins.  Brighton and Hove are common steep streets descending to the sea, luxurious architecture and beautiful family houses with lovely little colorful gardens. They are dominated by white, pink and blue hortens.

Because of the charm and good life, Brighton is all year round destination, but especially in summer months, there are twenty times more newcomers than native residents. British tourist agencies praise the fact that more than 8 million tourists visit this city annually. Among them are many London residents, who leave this elegant resort 80 km and only 50 minutes drive, either by their own car, by speedy trains that run over and over 200 kilometers per hour.

 

THE PAVILLION

The development of Brighton began at the end of the 18th century, when the royal family chose it for its official summer residence, and thus attracted the “crème de la crème” of the English society.

Brighton's "face and spirit" has been created by his most distinguished inhabitant, King George Fourth, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who was at the royal throne of England from 1820 to 1830, and Brighton its fame owes exactly to him. In history, he is "remembered" as an art admirer, a rebel, very weak in alcohol, a woman and a gambler.

On the throne is retained only a decade and Brighton is already at the beginning of his reign chosen for summer residence at the urging doctors to their bulky, more than 100 kilograms of hard body recovered from the flamboyant life. The therapy involved daily swimming and drinking of sea water, but did not produce results.

In his eccentric and married life, he made something that was mentioned by the present generation of Brightonians - he built a luxurious building, the Royal Pavilion, which is the largest tourist attraction of the city.

The pavilion, in accordance with the king's eccentricity, presents a strange architectural combination of Indian domes and eastern minarets. That's why it is an attraction because nothing similar exists in the whole of Britain, so when you first see this building you feel like you are in India, because the top of the stone structure is decorated with dome-shaped Eastern style.

Inside, the huge chamber, for a ticket of $ 15, you can see the royal robes, huge bed that hides a secret royal orgy, a vast dining room set with porcelain dining service and gold cutlery. It is as if his royal highness will arrive at lunch every time.

King George designed  the interior of the Pavilion in Oriental style that Queen Victoria could no longer stand living in that shiny palace, this is a remote island sanctuary built for themselves, with a view of the sea. She chose this location because she does not see any contours of the Pavilion.

In every historical book on Brighton, it is said that the development of this city began exactly from 1823, when the construction of the Pavilion was completed. And twenty years later, when the railway arrives here, the city is experiencing a steady increase in the population.

 

TODAY

Today, two centuries after King George, Brighton is a very popular tourist attraction. He is for the British "little London at sea". The coast is dotted with newly built hotels, covered with numerous shops and boutiques where there are actual discounts. The most visited is the three-story department store 'Primark', in which prices only slightly deviate from those in our stores, indicating that the global recession has shaken and English, and are increasingly giving up his famous motto: "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap stuff" .

The deeper you descend to the center of Brighton, life is more and more exciting, and the passers-by are more diversified.

It stuns the smell of the sea, the wind is a daily occurrence, just like hitting the waves around the shore and advertising seagulls. These birds are so quick and if you sit on one of the lawns in order to eat a sandwich, you must first see if the seagulls are nearby, because many tourists and locals seagulls have taken food out of hand in the year.

Brighton has two docks - the Victorian Palace Pier, built in 1899, that is packed with pleasant restaurants offering cuisine from all continents. Chinese specialties are most sought after, but India's kitchen is also largely due to the many newcomers from this former British colony.

About two kilometers away is the West Pier harbor, where theater performances are often held, but in 2003 the harbor suffered two fires and its charcoal skeleton originated for years. The Brightonians are still thinking about the most suitable way for its reconstruction, but they are not in a hurry because even in this state of affairs Pier is a huge number of tourists.

The pebble beaches of Brighton, which have "surrounded" various pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and all kinds of entertainment, are simply a magnet for tourists. At this point, where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet, only a few days during the summer months the sea temperature barely exceeds 22 degrees.

Local residents are trying to live as pleasant as possible, adorned with passionate thirst for drink and hedonism in every way. As soon as you drive from London to the Brighton Railway Station, you will see the other face of the city - North Laine.

It's a subway station for students and hippies, punkers ... There are many boutiques that still sell T-shirts with prints Gevare and old gramophone records. All of the above, including today's cosmopolitanism and full tolerance, have provided Brighton the glory beyond the borders of the British kingdom.

 

NIGHTLIFE HEAVEN

The most precise definition of Brighton is that it is a city for spending. There are more pubs in one square kilometer than in the whole of Great Britain, so it's a real magnet for young people from all around the world. That’s popular clubbing place and many people like to spend “dirty weekends”.

This is the city of clothes and shoes. Vegetarian shoes and bags can also be purchased, and recently, jeans have appeared in "0" and "X" shapes, adapted for people suffering from degeneration of toe bones. Very unique place is also a store of Choccywoccydood sweets at Duke Street 24, where You can buy the most unusual sweets, where one piece costs up to an incredible 4,000 pounds!

 

GAY CAPITAL OF ENGLAND

In the last decades, Brighton has become El Dorado for homosexuals. They make up about 15 percent of the population and the largest number lives in Kemptown, which is located east of the port and known as Soho on Sea, the gay capital of Britain. The streets in this part of the city are flooded with erotic shops, mini-hotels and pubs for the gay population. A huge number of same sex couples are very usual picture on the Brighton streets.

Surrounded by Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, Cambodia is the real jewel in this part of Asia, which, thanks to a turbulent political past for visitors, has become attractive only a few years ago.

Although each trip to Asia requires great patience and an adventurous spirit, after initial adaptation to the rich but "different" Cambodian culture, it will return you multiple times.

For beginners, we present three destinations worth a visit: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and the Gulf of Thailand.

 Siem Reap

Last year, Siem Reap, a small town in the north-west of the country, visited cca 2 million people. They all wanted to see a thousand years old Angkor temple.

The biggest attraction of Cambodia really deserves it, and you need to visit it for a few days. You'd better do that with the help of a localist.

When the complex of temples is closed, visit the colorful night market where you can get outdoor massage or pedicure with the help of miniature fish.

 

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia is home to 1.5 million people who are shining with their energy and optimism with spirits of the past.

Testimonies of  Red Khmer people misdoings can not be avoided, so you can confront with them in the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, where 14,000 Cambodian captives were robbed.

You should also visit the famous "Fields of Death" where mass executions and burnings were carried out.

Keep in mind that these sights are not for those bad nerves.

When you decide to relax after such sightseeings, visit the Central Marketplace (Phsar Thmei) that dates back to the period of French colonization and the Russian Market (Phsar Tuol Tom Pong).

Both are full of handicrafts, "second hand" clothes and various fripperies.

The Royal Palace and the National Museum will give you a peaceful enjoyment over the chaotic streets.

 

Coast of the Gulf of Thailand

Beautiful beaches are the largest attractions of the southwest of Cambodia. In fact, this part of the country was popular even among French colonizers.

However, the revitalization of the coastal area is not yet over by the reign of the Red Khmer, so there is a great chance that you will find here a combination of glamor and complete misery.

What does not depend so much on political and economic opportunities are beautiful beaches with white sand and coconut palm trees, and there are also about 60 islands of unreal beauty in the vicinity.

The rich marine world makes this area ideal for divers, and it is worth to try Cambodian specialties with seafood.

Sintra and Cascais, near Lisbon, attract tourists. Visitors discover magnificent scenes of the past and present. English poet Lord Byron wrote to a friend: "This place is fantastic nice!"
When the crowds in Lisbon in the peak of the tourist season become intolerable, it is best to sit in the first train and head to Sintra, Cape Cabo da Roca and the Cascais sea resort, to visit the westernmost point of Europe towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The name of this city originates from Indo-European languages and means "star" and "sun". Sintra is located at the foot of high forested hills, where, due to the forest climate, many Portuguese rulers built their summer residences from the 15th to the 19th century. It is precisely because of this wealth of Sintra Mountains, Nature Park, historical monuments, fortresses Mouros, Palace da Pena, the National Palace, the city and its surroundings in 1995, became the protected UNESCO heritage.
The settlement was founded by the Maori in the late eighteenth century, when they built a fort on a hill above the city, which was wrapped forever by an impenetrable fog, defended Sintra. Fortress Mouros was completely reconstructed in the 19th century as a neo-gothic guards, so as to serve tourists today to watch the surrounding hills and valleys from its walls, as well as the beautiful Palace da Pena.

The palace was built by the architect Diogo de Boitak under the orders of King Manuel the First, by first designing the Jeronimic monastery and then the castle, which was the residence of King Ferdinand II. This building is a mixture of Gothic, Baroque, Maori and Islamic architecture. The Portuguese have managed to revive colorful towers that are visible from afar. Judging by the artistic portraits and the size of rooms with low vaults and small beds, the royal family was of low growth and stamina.
In the royal era of the Mouros fortress and the Palace da Pena, there was a villa with three different works. Sao Pedro is a shopping street with narrow streets and small shops in front of which handmade artwork is sold and fado music sounds are all around.


Estefania is a district around the train station, where the Town House is a large public park where artists offer their works for sale. Villa Velha is the area where the royal palace is located.
The Sintra National Palace is the best preserved medieval royal house in Portugal because it was home to the dynasty from the 15th to the 19th century.
The beauty of the Sintra can also be measured by the former Cascais fishing village. It became famous when it was turned into a resort of the Portuguese royal family, but also a European elite at the end of the 19th century.


The fortress at the port of Cascais is today a living museum, with a royal court and a chapel, as well as a hotel and marina. Very picturesque Mediterranean streets, villas and castles, great wine, excellent climate, long sandy beaches, surfing waves, in the meantime, Cascais has been promoted to an unforgettable place for relaxation and relaxation.

 

The WESTERNMOST POINT


The first piece of land seen by Christopher Columbus when he returned from his first trip to America in 1493 was the white-white walls of Cabo da Roca, near Sintra. The Romans called it the Promontory magnum. This wall was a landmark to Columbus that helped him safely sail to the port of Lisbon. Cabo da Roca is today's westernmost point of Europe with a viewpoint and a glimpse of the Atlantic.

What are your wishes for 2017?
Would you like to meet new people, make new friends?
Would you like to share your knowledge or passion?
Would you like to make some extra money?

We are looking for nice welcoming people who would like to share their knowledge with others.

Pick Your Day is the platform where the woman or man next door can offer those genuine experiences; anything from local cuisine, visit a home, city tour, biking, hiking or sharing your knowledge/hobby. Our concept is for tourists seeking new adventures and locals who would try something new in their own neighbourhood.

You can have a look at https://pickyourday.com/getstarted or mail support@pickyourday.com 

Could it be you?

Best wishes from the Pick Your Day team

This year has been a very exciting year for us and we are well prepared for 2017.
 
All of us in the Pick Your Day team love to travel and experience our beautiful world. We would like to make it easy for you to experience the diversity of cultures, people and activities – and learn something new. There are so many great activities to choose from!
 
We are here for you, if you have a dream  we will do our best to make it come true. Please contact support@pickyourday.com and we will do our best to find the perfect activity for you.
 
We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

 

One of my favourite times to enjoy London is just before Christmas. Seeing London decorated with lights and beautiful Christmas decorations gets me in the right mood. Listening to Christmas carols, visiting markets and trying local treats all bring the Christmas spirit to life.  Having hot chocolate at a nice café and watching people from all over the world Christmas shopping warms me up in the cold weather.

I would take a tour with our localist Harry. He can take us to the hidden gems, so we can discover the real London outside the tourist traps.  He can show us which local pubs serve a seasonal lunch in front of a crackling log fire. We can buy special Christmas presents from a Christmas market.  Having a chance to experience the real holiday spirit with a wonderful day in a great city is so special, warm and welcoming.
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And since it’s almost Christmas, I would treat myself to a three-hour food tour with Rizalie.  What a different way to get an insight of British culture!  Trying all the local British treats with a passionate food guide!
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I would like to step out of the tourist traps with a localist like John and Rizalie for an exciting time. I believe it’s time to see different sides to London

See all our activities in London

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

 

 

London is one of the most visited cities in the world for a good reason. The city has a long and fascinating history, and it is known as the cultural capital of the world with its renowned theatre quarter, the many great museums and exhibitions, concert halls, rock scenes and festivals. I also believe that the ethnic and religious diverse population contributes to this status.

My favorites
I have always loved speakers corner. Yes, there are indeed many absurd discussions and some opinions it is quite hard to relate to, but with its long tradition I find it very interesting. The historic sites and monumental buildings are hard to ignore and my favorite is The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels. If you like nature photography, like me, I recommend Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum. 

Find your favorites
With the great variety of things to do in London it can be overwhelming and hard to find the activities best suites for you. In addition there is a lot more to the city than the traditional sites and some activities may be a little harder to come by than others. Our locals in London offer a wide range of activities that will show you a different side to this magnificent city – check out our activities in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Most of us have traveled to many countries and places around the world. But what moments have really affected you, changed the way you perceive the world, or will stay with you as the greatest moments of your life?

There are many reasons why moments in our lives stick to our mind. Very often these moments are connected to the people we meet along the way. People that has a different way of life and background that makes their lives so different from our own. Or sometimes it is because their local knowledge helps you understand the history, what is special about a specific pieze of art, the best way reach the mountain top or where to eat the best lunch.

The desire to help others create their most memorable travel moments is the reason why our founder, Jan Rangul, decided to create Pick Your Day. The idea came when he asked his daughter what she remembered from all the travels they did while she was growing up. Her most vivid memory was from their visit to Turkey where they by coincident visit their drivers grandmother. She remembered with great fondness the hospitality they faced.

Jan has always been the seeker of the personal meeting when he travels and vividly tells the story when he stayed with the Masais in Kenya many years ago. Few will knock on a stangers door or know where to look for these very personal experiences. Pick Your Day will help you find these personal experiences.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

Britain may not the country that springs to mind when talking about countries to travel to for the food. Over the years there has been made many jokes about the poor food and the lack of sophistication in the British kitchen. However, this has really changed and according to some they now have an enviable reputation and some of the world’s best chefs come from Britain. Even the editor of the Michelin guide recently admitted that London was poised to become the fine-dining capital of Europe according to Condé Nast Traveller.

What I personally like is the varied food scene in London. Being one of the most ethnically diverse cities worldwide you can literally eat your way around the world. Enjoy the traditional pub lunch or the afternoon tea, the many Michelin-starred restaurants or the gastropubs. There are many guides to the best places to eat in London.

To get a more personal taste of the varied food scene in London we offer a range of different food tours and cooking classes.

Check out our Food activities and Cooking classes in London.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day Team

London’s dark history is quite unique and makes a visit even more interesting for those interested in the somewhat bloodier side to history.

The reason for this shady side to London’s history is partially the fact that it’s a very old town that has been highly populated and overcrowded. It has suffered from great poverty and its people have committed some of the worst crimes in history. One of the best known unsolved crimes are the identity of Jack the Ripper, the serial killer who killed at least 5 prostitutes in the White Chapel area in 1888. Learn more about him on this interesting walk.

It has survived mad monarchs, plagues and the Great Fire of London. Many millions have lived and died in the old city, and every square inch holds memories and experiences of the former citizens, many of whom roam the city. Learn more about this on the London Bridge Ghost Tour.

London has the reputation for being the most haunted capital in the world. Understandably the pubs around London have often been at the centre of the many stories of haunting throughout the years. Join the Haunted London Pub Tour to find out more.

~Christine from the Pick Your Day team

Christmas is the season of the year where it is busy for all types of travel.

Where does everyone go? Visiting family or on vacation?

Many people like Christmas to be the same every year, same destination, same food, same people. It is the Christmas is tradition, doing the same as last year.

Others, like me, like to do different things in the holiday season. I have celebrated Christmas in Asia, Africa and different destinations in Europe. When I am home in Norway I love skiing at Christmas. To be outside the few hours of daylight and if we are lucky there is starry clear sky with spectacular northern lights. That is a perfect Christmas night for me!

I celebrated Christmas on a beautiful beach in Thailand, sitting outside with my toes in the sand and listening to the sea while having Christmas dinner. This was truly a memory for life!

I have celebrated Christmas in Austria, with beautiful white Alps, church bells ringing and joining the Christmas midnight mass. I will never forget the beautiful sight when I came out of the church at midnight, the atmosphere was amazing.

In South Africa I celebrated Christmas listening lions roar while watching the starry sky. What a great memory!

For me is Christmas a beautiful starry sky combined with an activity, what is Christmas for you?

Read about a great destination to see northern light

 

~Kristin from the Pick Your Day Team

Not found the perfect Christmas gift yet?

What can you buy for the one who has everything? 

We believe the best Christmas present is something you can do together. 

There's nothing is like sharing memories! 

Even if you are not able to join the activity, it is a great surprise to get a present which gives a new experience. 

 

Check out at all the exciting and interesting activities you can find on www.pickyourday.com

For the best Christmas present ever!

 

 

 

Nairobi

Have you ever been to Nairobi? When you think of Nairobi and Kenya I believe the majority imagine safari and nice beaches, which is true! However, there is even more….

It is great to meet locals when you are new in town! We have localists who can safely show you the sights. Maybe you would like to experience a local market, join the local nightlife or learn how to make a local dish? 

When you are in Nairobi you do not have to travel far to see wildlife, our localists can bring you on a safari to see the big cats, colorful birdlife and see the elephants

We have amazing localist all over the world. In Kenya, you can for example meet Daniel, a localist with a big heart. He can bring you on guided tours or a day as a volunteer in the Kawangware slum in Nairobi. Daniel wants to raise social awareness and let you experience the happiness among the inhabitants. A day to learn and remember!

Pick Your Day wants you to create memories.

~Kristin at PickYourDay 

Easter is nearly upon us and there’s one thing we’ve been doing a lot around these parts recently - we’ve been dying for some chocolate!

We’ve also been having a blast updating the website to make it easier to use.

You might have seen out of the corner of your eye a few words here and there on the site light up and glitter with their sparkly newness, or a few typos disappear like little ghostly word-ships in the night.

With Easter fast approaching like a running rabbit we’re hopping -I mean hoping- to have something new for you all to see very soon, but for now, we’ve been wondering: what are your favourite kinds of chocolate?

At one point in my chocolate-laden life it was clear to me that milk chocolate was the best and most preferable chocolate in the world, then along came white chocolate and set the record straight with one bite, then Galaxy chocolate seemed to descend from the starry chocolate heavens and settle the debate.

Even though I have convinced myself that the people behind Galaxy chocolate must be miracle workers, a box of colourful Thornton’s will regularly make me doubt, and Lindt’s tasty spherical globes of chocolatey genius will make me think thrice.

I’m sure our Localists could show me the real way to make chocolate with an activity or two. It would be the perfect time to find something over the Easter break with all this sunny weather we’ve been having in London recently.

Although we can’t stop thinking about chocolate, we have managed to create a new and completely free service to support all Localists, we have also improved many of the wonderfully creative activities in sunny Lisbon, and the fun categories for activities in London.

We hope you all have a chocolate-filled Easter, and we can’t wait to show you all the cool features that are coming soon to the site!

Treat yourself to the tastiest chocolates in London 


Manchester United Game

With one of London’s top football teams, Manchester United, managing to reach the Europa Semi-Finals for this Thursday’s action-packed match with Celta Vigo at 7:30pm this Thursday 4th May 2017, we thought we’d let you know how many amazing British football teams come from London.

Even in 2017, there are thirteen teams that play in the professional leagues that call London home, and five have managed to reach the world-famous Premier League, and eight in the Football League – the oldest football competition in the world.

It’s going to be one hell of a match for London’s reds this Thursday - whose last major trophy they have yet to win is for the Europa League.

You can watch or listen to all the drama, suspense, and excitement at 7:30pm on:

BT Sport 2, BT sport Live Streaming, BBC Radio 5 Live. 

It’s going to be a good one!

 

Meet Manchester United Fan and Experience a Local Game

Meet Local footballer and Manchester United Fan

PickYourDay was 1 of only 100 international guests invited to The Great Indian Travel Bazaar of 2017 - we feel very happy and privileged to be included.
What a great event! We found that Jaipur is an amazing Indian city with colourful markets, stunning palaces and a rich culture. We made a lot of exciting contacts, and look forward to offering you the best from incredible India.
India offers a luxurious, royal-level service at a low cost, along with exciting safaris, unforgettable trekking, amazing architecture, high mountain peaks, deserts with incredible star-packed skies at night, tropical areas which look like the garden of Eden, and beautiful sandy beaches. With PickYourDay, you can pick exactly what you’d love to experience!
With e-visas available for most countries these days, it's now easier than ever to travel to India. PickYourDay will have new and exciting activities in India nearly every day in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for them while you’re looking for your upcoming adventure. For any specific wishes - drop us an email and we'll be happy to make it happen.
PickYourDay will make your dreams of India come true!
 

I had an amazing day in Delhi with Binay, my own private guide! Binay picked me up at my hotel and we walked to the impressive Sikh temple that was so close to my hotel – and I hadn’t seen it! I didn’t know much about Sikhs before, but after my visit, I was deeply impressed by their friendly hospitality and that they actually feed thousands of people every day regardless of religion or race. I visited the kitchen where volunteers cook two meals a day and learned so much about the Sikh way of life.

Then, we went by car to Old Delhi, as I stepped out of the car it was like stepping out of a time machine! Its people, bikes, rickshaws and cows were everywhere in the narrow streets along colourful shops offering all kind of amazing things. You easily get struck by the busy life in the streets, but with Binay at my side, he also helped me to see the incredible history of Old Delhi - the Havelis, the temples and the amazing carvings and balconies, and the local stories behind my first impressions. We also had some really great food tastings and I saw how they made their delicious street food. I truly recommend to go sightseeing with a local guide.

Kristin ~ PickYourDay

 

 

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Vi ser etter hjem i Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø, Bodø, Narvik, Namsos, Longyearbyen, Honningsvåg og Leknes

Vi har laget et enkelt program for deg som vil åpne døren for 6 -12 cruise turister. Gjestene vil besøke deg ca. 2 timer på dagtid, de ønsker å se et norsk hjem og høre litt om dagliglivet. De vil bli "levert" på døren. All markedsføring og bestilling går via PickYourDay.com, du trenger bare å være klar for besøk til avtalt tid. Opplæring vil bli gitt. Fast honorar.

Krav til deg som vert:
- Du kan snakke engelsk
- Du liker å møte nye mennesker
- Du har plass til minst 6 gjester
- Du kan tilby vafler med brunost, kaffe/te
- Hjemmet ditt er klargjort for gjester 

 

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Mark Twain said, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together."

The history of this place goes far back into the past. It was first mentioned in the Vedas, the Indian scriptures and the earliest archaeological evidence suggests that the settlement in the area began in the XI or XII century BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It is rightly considered that Varanasi is one of the most important spiritual and religious centers in India. The Indian holy Trinity, made up of Brahma (the Creator of God), Vishnu (the god watchman) and Shiva (the god of destruction and transformation), have very important place in Hinduism, but also in the spiritual and religious significance of Varanasi itself. The Indian legend says that Brahma ignored Shiva as the supreme god, and considered himself the only creator of the universe, at the same time demanding from Vishna to adore him. The shiva got angry and cut off one of the five Brahmin's heads.

After committing the greatest sin - the murder of Brahman, he was convicted to wander across India with Brahmin's skull, hooked by his hand, until he arrived at the site of today's Varanasi, where the skull finally fell off his hand, and he thus became free from his sin. Because of this, the city is popularly called the City of the God of Siva, whom they regard as its founder, and hence all Hindu followers hope that at least once in their lives they will visit this city, perform sacred bathing in the river and, when their time arrives, also die. This is a completely special religious act for them. Because of the connection they feel with the Shiva, the identification with his sin, and the belief in the liberation of all sins, death in Varanasi for these people is a guarantee of heavenly bliss, a short cut in the eternal birth and death.

A very important link between the transition from this to the next life is the Brahman priests who read the verses of Garuda Purana (the holy Indian script), which are most often read during the ritual of the cremation of the deceased, thus accelerating the entire process of transition from one life to the other and reaching more strongly, Salvation.

Brahmani, as members of the highest caste, are the majority population of Varanasi. They maintain spiritual purity by respecting various strict rules, many of which refer to food and contact with members of lower caste. They are mostly vegetarians. Selling silk in brass circles is one of the main trading activities. Members of the highest and most respected caste always gave priests, poets, scientists and politicians at the forefront and enjoyed a great religious reputation, which has not been changed.

In its magnificence, Varanasi leaves no one indifferent to pilgrims who arrive daily from all parts of India, as well as intentions from around the world.

The traveler who is there will soon be overwhelmed by the masses of people, but also by unwittingly wandering animals. Dirt, rubbish and mess are ubiquitous and completely incomprehensible to a man from an organized Western society. Varanasi is a medieval city - a hustle and disturbing, a place where extremes intertwine. It is strewn with very narrow streets and the passerby is soon felt as if it is in some kind of maze. When it finally manages to get out of the swarm of people and comes to the river, man becomes aware of the complete change of environment. Pilgrims from all parts of India are bathing and praying therewith watching the brahmin priests. The view of Varanasi from the river fascinates and radiates inexplicable peace.

This city of expressed paradoxes, the most sacred in India, has played a major role in the history of the development of Indian civilization. As a religious and cultural center, due to its long history, it could be compared with Rome. And because it represents an exalted pilgrimage site and an idealized center of faith, it stands side by side with Jerusalem and Mecca. It is inspired by great poets, writers and philosophers, who contributed to the enrichment of Indian civilization with their works.

Death is constantly present in Varanasi. At any time, it is possible to come across a group of people carrying the covered body on a stretcher and kept repeating: "Ram us satya hai", which means "Name of God is Truth." Upon arrival at the place of cremation and after the last bath in the Gang River, the body of the deceased is laid on a wooden fracture burned by the eldest son, while other male relatives observe that the deceased's material body is again split into the elements from which it was created.

Whoever dies in this city acquires knowledge from the God of Shiva and becomes himself what the Hindu belief is called Absolute Consciousness. That is why death in Varanasi is a privilege. Cremations are performed without respiration, at any time of day and night. Every day, 200 bodies are burnt daily. Unlike other cities in India where cremation sites are hidden, in Varanasi cremation takes place on the banks of the river, in view of all. Making sure that ritual cremation goes smoothly run by people who are due to direct contact with the dead members of the lowest caste, almost, but it is also highly respected in the city.

In Varanasi you can see everything that India has to offer. This city, which seems to be standing on the edge of time and joins an invisible, but present, ancient and modern world, spreading the almost tangible vibrations of the unstoppable cycle of life and death, does not cease to enchant with its inexhaustible energy. It is a city of light and darkness, morals and corruption, peace and violence, all the contrasts that spoil its visitors.

The best safaris in the world, where animals can be seen in their completely natural habitat for just a few yards, baobab trees, exotic markets full of aromatic plants, "standing in time" villages, a hot tropical climate - are exactly what Kenya offers to their visitors.

 

Cities
Nairobi is a city-province and capital of the state of Kenya. For this city it can be said that it was created recently, and the name comes from the masai language and means "place of cold water".

It is a city full of contrast. This is a sufficiently old city so you can feel the past and multi-ethnic relations, you can experience Kenyan culture, but it is also modern enough to access the Internet.

Nairobi is mixture of people from all cultures and life styles. Decorated with modern skyscrapers, world class restaurants, fully equipped with hospitals, modern shopping centers, schools, with plenty of private and public transport and universities and colleges that provide local and foreign students education.

The city is also home to many domestic and international companies and organizations. Nairobi rope with activity. It's a city that never sleeps, the rhythm is fast, day and night. There is always something to be done and see.

Mombasa is the second largest city in Kenya, located just off the coast of the Indian Ocean, making it the most interesting to visitors. It lies mostly on the island, while it is connected to the mainland by a bridge. This is the largest port of the country, which is characteristic of a special drink euphoria, and the store is unique. Customers who hold on one counter at least a second - will surely have to buy goods, because sellers can not be denied! In the streets there is an overwhelming crowd, but the cab is quite cheap.

For those who want to get baskets in the sun, there are a huge number of beautiful beaches along the coast, with bars, restaurants and active nightlife. Tourist attraction is the dance of Masai, the tribes of warriors living in the villages in the interior.

Just what makes Mombasa unique is the tone of the wilderness, due to the proximity of national parks and villages that live according to old customs.

Flora
Certainly Kenya's greatest wealth is its inhabitants, but not just people. Kenyan nature provides everything that is expected of Africa - the second largest mountain on the continent, hills, plateaus, deserts, as well as enjoying the ocean, beaches, coral reefs ...

The three largest national parks are Masai Mara, Tsavo Est and Aberdare. Masai Mara is one of the most famous and largest not only in Kenya, but also throughout Africa. It is located in the southwest and occupies an area of approximately 320 square kilometers. Animals move freely around the park and provide visitors with the opportunity to see them in a natural environment.

 

Fauna
Cavo Ist is a park characterized by red soil and large number of different plants. Zebras, antelopes, giraffes and elephants are seen at every step. There is also Aberdare, among the oldest parks in Kenya, and certainly the most beautiful, because it is most abundantly inhabited by exotic quadruplets. Lions, leopards, buffaloes and other animals can be spotted. It is also mandatory to visit the Victoria Lake, located in the far southwest of Kenya. It is one of the largest rivers, the Nile River.

What is definitely to be known is that, as much as it is warm during the day, on these heights, in the evening, a living thing in the thermometer will drop "everything" which is below zero.

 

Hakuna matata
Kenya's inhabitants in large, and especially, tourist destinations, like Mombasa, are very pleased and try their best to please visitors. They are dressed western, and traditional costumes can be seen only with Masai representatives or in performances that are organized for foreigners. The young are quite entrepreneurial, but they have access to "hakuna matata", which has swept the equivalent of  "no problem".

 

Read more about all the great things you can do in Kenya

Brighton, the Victorian city has an exciting past and it is known to modern generations as a city that offers the best opportunities for improving English, but also for a variety of studies in that language.

With two large universities, 22 English language schools and the prestigious Academy of Arts, Brighton is university center, and studies, depending on their school status and duration, cost about 1,000 pounds.

Lower language courses, lasting two weeks, can be found for 20 pounds. Students and students are always in large numbers throughout the year, and especially in the summer months.

Brighton and the nearby city of Hove make up one city. At first glance it is not easy to determine where one ends, and where the other begins.  Brighton and Hove are common steep streets descending to the sea, luxurious architecture and beautiful family houses with lovely little colorful gardens. They are dominated by white, pink and blue hortens.

Because of the charm and good life, Brighton is all year round destination, but especially in summer months, there are twenty times more newcomers than native residents. British tourist agencies praise the fact that more than 8 million tourists visit this city annually. Among them are many London residents, who leave this elegant resort 80 km and only 50 minutes drive, either by their own car, by speedy trains that run over and over 200 kilometers per hour.

 

THE PAVILLION

The development of Brighton began at the end of the 18th century, when the royal family chose it for its official summer residence, and thus attracted the “crème de la crème” of the English society.

Brighton's "face and spirit" has been created by his most distinguished inhabitant, King George Fourth, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who was at the royal throne of England from 1820 to 1830, and Brighton its fame owes exactly to him. In history, he is "remembered" as an art admirer, a rebel, very weak in alcohol, a woman and a gambler.

On the throne is retained only a decade and Brighton is already at the beginning of his reign chosen for summer residence at the urging doctors to their bulky, more than 100 kilograms of hard body recovered from the flamboyant life. The therapy involved daily swimming and drinking of sea water, but did not produce results.

In his eccentric and married life, he made something that was mentioned by the present generation of Brightonians - he built a luxurious building, the Royal Pavilion, which is the largest tourist attraction of the city.

The pavilion, in accordance with the king's eccentricity, presents a strange architectural combination of Indian domes and eastern minarets. That's why it is an attraction because nothing similar exists in the whole of Britain, so when you first see this building you feel like you are in India, because the top of the stone structure is decorated with dome-shaped Eastern style.

Inside, the huge chamber, for a ticket of $ 15, you can see the royal robes, huge bed that hides a secret royal orgy, a vast dining room set with porcelain dining service and gold cutlery. It is as if his royal highness will arrive at lunch every time.

King George designed  the interior of the Pavilion in Oriental style that Queen Victoria could no longer stand living in that shiny palace, this is a remote island sanctuary built for themselves, with a view of the sea. She chose this location because she does not see any contours of the Pavilion.

In every historical book on Brighton, it is said that the development of this city began exactly from 1823, when the construction of the Pavilion was completed. And twenty years later, when the railway arrives here, the city is experiencing a steady increase in the population.

 

TODAY

Today, two centuries after King George, Brighton is a very popular tourist attraction. He is for the British "little London at sea". The coast is dotted with newly built hotels, covered with numerous shops and boutiques where there are actual discounts. The most visited is the three-story department store 'Primark', in which prices only slightly deviate from those in our stores, indicating that the global recession has shaken and English, and are increasingly giving up his famous motto: "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap stuff" .

The deeper you descend to the center of Brighton, life is more and more exciting, and the passers-by are more diversified.

It stuns the smell of the sea, the wind is a daily occurrence, just like hitting the waves around the shore and advertising seagulls. These birds are so quick and if you sit on one of the lawns in order to eat a sandwich, you must first see if the seagulls are nearby, because many tourists and locals seagulls have taken food out of hand in the year.

Brighton has two docks - the Victorian Palace Pier, built in 1899, that is packed with pleasant restaurants offering cuisine from all continents. Chinese specialties are most sought after, but India's kitchen is also largely due to the many newcomers from this former British colony.

About two kilometers away is the West Pier harbor, where theater performances are often held, but in 2003 the harbor suffered two fires and its charcoal skeleton originated for years. The Brightonians are still thinking about the most suitable way for its reconstruction, but they are not in a hurry because even in this state of affairs Pier is a huge number of tourists.

The pebble beaches of Brighton, which have "surrounded" various pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and all kinds of entertainment, are simply a magnet for tourists. At this point, where the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea meet, only a few days during the summer months the sea temperature barely exceeds 22 degrees.

Local residents are trying to live as pleasant as possible, adorned with passionate thirst for drink and hedonism in every way. As soon as you drive from London to the Brighton Railway Station, you will see the other face of the city - North Laine.

It's a subway station for students and hippies, punkers ... There are many boutiques that still sell T-shirts with prints Gevare and old gramophone records. All of the above, including today's cosmopolitanism and full tolerance, have provided Brighton the glory beyond the borders of the British kingdom.

 

NIGHTLIFE HEAVEN

The most precise definition of Brighton is that it is a city for spending. There are more pubs in one square kilometer than in the whole of Great Britain, so it's a real magnet for young people from all around the world. That’s popular clubbing place and many people like to spend “dirty weekends”.

This is the city of clothes and shoes. Vegetarian shoes and bags can also be purchased, and recently, jeans have appeared in "0" and "X" shapes, adapted for people suffering from degeneration of toe bones. Very unique place is also a store of Choccywoccydood sweets at Duke Street 24, where You can buy the most unusual sweets, where one piece costs up to an incredible 4,000 pounds!

 

GAY CAPITAL OF ENGLAND

In the last decades, Brighton has become El Dorado for homosexuals. They make up about 15 percent of the population and the largest number lives in Kemptown, which is located east of the port and known as Soho on Sea, the gay capital of Britain. The streets in this part of the city are flooded with erotic shops, mini-hotels and pubs for the gay population. A huge number of same sex couples are very usual picture on the Brighton streets.

Surrounded by Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, Cambodia is the real jewel in this part of Asia, which, thanks to a turbulent political past for visitors, has become attractive only a few years ago.

Although each trip to Asia requires great patience and an adventurous spirit, after initial adaptation to the rich but "different" Cambodian culture, it will return you multiple times.

For beginners, we present three destinations worth a visit: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and the Gulf of Thailand.

 Siem Reap

Last year, Siem Reap, a small town in the north-west of the country, visited cca 2 million people. They all wanted to see a thousand years old Angkor temple.

The biggest attraction of Cambodia really deserves it, and you need to visit it for a few days. You'd better do that with the help of a localist.

When the complex of temples is closed, visit the colorful night market where you can get outdoor massage or pedicure with the help of miniature fish.

 

Phnom Penh

The capital of Cambodia is home to 1.5 million people who are shining with their energy and optimism with spirits of the past.

Testimonies of  Red Khmer people misdoings can not be avoided, so you can confront with them in the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide, where 14,000 Cambodian captives were robbed.

You should also visit the famous "Fields of Death" where mass executions and burnings were carried out.

Keep in mind that these sights are not for those bad nerves.

When you decide to relax after such sightseeings, visit the Central Marketplace (Phsar Thmei) that dates back to the period of French colonization and the Russian Market (Phsar Tuol Tom Pong).

Both are full of handicrafts, "second hand" clothes and various fripperies.

The Royal Palace and the National Museum will give you a peaceful enjoyment over the chaotic streets.

 

Coast of the Gulf of Thailand

Beautiful beaches are the largest attractions of the southwest of Cambodia. In fact, this part of the country was popular even among French colonizers.

However, the revitalization of the coastal area is not yet over by the reign of the Red Khmer, so there is a great chance that you will find here a combination of glamor and complete misery.

What does not depend so much on political and economic opportunities are beautiful beaches with white sand and coconut palm trees, and there are also about 60 islands of unreal beauty in the vicinity.

The rich marine world makes this area ideal for divers, and it is worth to try Cambodian specialties with seafood.

Sintra and Cascais, near Lisbon, attract tourists. Visitors discover magnificent scenes of the past and present. English poet Lord Byron wrote to a friend: "This place is fantastic nice!"
When the crowds in Lisbon in the peak of the tourist season become intolerable, it is best to sit in the first train and head to Sintra, Cape Cabo da Roca and the Cascais sea resort, to visit the westernmost point of Europe towards the Atlantic Ocean.
The name of this city originates from Indo-European languages and means "star" and "sun". Sintra is located at the foot of high forested hills, where, due to the forest climate, many Portuguese rulers built their summer residences from the 15th to the 19th century. It is precisely because of this wealth of Sintra Mountains, Nature Park, historical monuments, fortresses Mouros, Palace da Pena, the National Palace, the city and its surroundings in 1995, became the protected UNESCO heritage.
The settlement was founded by the Maori in the late eighteenth century, when they built a fort on a hill above the city, which was wrapped forever by an impenetrable fog, defended Sintra. Fortress Mouros was completely reconstructed in the 19th century as a neo-gothic guards, so as to serve tourists today to watch the surrounding hills and valleys from its walls, as well as the beautiful Palace da Pena.

The palace was built by the architect Diogo de Boitak under the orders of King Manuel the First, by first designing the Jeronimic monastery and then the castle, which was the residence of King Ferdinand II. This building is a mixture of Gothic, Baroque, Maori and Islamic architecture. The Portuguese have managed to revive colorful towers that are visible from afar. Judging by the artistic portraits and the size of rooms with low vaults and small beds, the royal family was of low growth and stamina.
In the royal era of the Mouros fortress and the Palace da Pena, there was a villa with three different works. Sao Pedro is a shopping street with narrow streets and small shops in front of which handmade artwork is sold and fado music sounds are all around.


Estefania is a district around the train station, where the Town House is a large public park where artists offer their works for sale. Villa Velha is the area where the royal palace is located.
The Sintra National Palace is the best preserved medieval royal house in Portugal because it was home to the dynasty from the 15th to the 19th century.
The beauty of the Sintra can also be measured by the former Cascais fishing village. It became famous when it was turned into a resort of the Portuguese royal family, but also a European elite at the end of the 19th century.


The fortress at the port of Cascais is today a living museum, with a royal court and a chapel, as well as a hotel and marina. Very picturesque Mediterranean streets, villas and castles, great wine, excellent climate, long sandy beaches, surfing waves, in the meantime, Cascais has been promoted to an unforgettable place for relaxation and relaxation.

 

The WESTERNMOST POINT


The first piece of land seen by Christopher Columbus when he returned from his first trip to America in 1493 was the white-white walls of Cabo da Roca, near Sintra. The Romans called it the Promontory magnum. This wall was a landmark to Columbus that helped him safely sail to the port of Lisbon. Cabo da Roca is today's westernmost point of Europe with a viewpoint and a glimpse of the Atlantic.