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Hawaii Pacific University Student Review

Hawaii Pacific University Student Review

Aloha guys! I am pleased that you are interested in Hawai’i Pacific University and you will definitely not regret it if you decide to spend your semester abroad in Hawaii. I hope that with this experience report I can give you all the important information and make Hawaii a little more palatable. If you have any questions afterwards, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Information about the host university

I organized the registration for the Hawai’i Pacific University (HPU) through College Contact. The HPU is very international and you will mostly deal with Germans, Norwegians, Swedes and Swiss, even if that is a bit of a shame. The campus is in downtown Honolulu and most of the students live in Waikiki, which is about 40 minutes away by bus.


In total, I have four courses in Hawaii, each with 6 creditstaken, which is credited to the University of St. Gallen with 24 credits. Basically, it can be said that, as with most exchange universities, the level is quite low compared to St. Gallen and it is easily possible to achieve the top grade in most subjects. On the other hand, courses here are much more complex during the semester and you have quizzes every week for some courses and the examinations usually consist of several papers, group projects, presentations, a midterm exam and a final exam. However, for most subjects it is more quantity than quality that counts. Often, presence is also part of the grade. I put my courses in such a way that I didn’t have a university on Tuesday or Thursday. There are also many students who do not have classes on Monday and Friday, which is beneficial if you want to fly to another island for a weekend. I will now report in more detail about my courses:

International Business Management – Attila Pohlmann

This course was by far the course with the least effort for the top grade. The examination consisted of group work with presentations, individual presentations, attendance and a final exam. This course was credited to me in the compulsory elective area.

International Marketing – Thomas Kohler

International Marketing was also credited to the HSG in the compulsory elective area. In contrast to International Business Management, this course is massively more complex, but the grades were just as easy to achieve. The examination consisted of group work with weekly submissions and weekly presentations, weekly quizzes, an individual presentation and a final exam.

Living History of Hawaii – Dr. D. Askman

This course was credited to me in the Reko area and it was by far the most exciting course. The professor makes the lessons very interesting and since your own notes are the only material with which you can learn for the exams, you always pay attention. The examination consisted of three short papers, attendance and two exams. The effort is very fair and the top grade is possible, but you have to make an effort.

Intermediate Microeconomics – Xing Fang

The professor was extremely difficult to understand, and she wasn’t very good at explaining either. This course was also on the more demanding side compared to other courses at the HPU. Nevertheless, thanks to extra credits, the top grade is quite possible. The course was credited to me as Micro 2.


I definitely recommend you live in Waikiki because that’s where life happens! We lived 200 meters from the beach , I shared a room. Having your own room here is quite expensive and almost impossible to get for less than $ 1000 a month. (We paid 700 each) Finding an apartment itself was not easy either, the best thing is to go to the Waikiki Beachside Hostel two or three weeks before the start of your studies and look for a couple of roommates with whom you can go looking for an apartment together. I found the apartment by simply walking down the street and calling the numbers down at the apartment buildings. Other good places to go are Craigslist or Real Estate Agents.

Leisure and mobility

Public transportation on O’ahu is pretty good by American standards . However, you have to factor in a lot of time because most journeys take two to three times as long as if you were driving a car. Because we wanted to make the most of our time, my three roommates and I decided to buy a car. Renting can be very expensive as you always have to pay an extra fee if you are under 25 years old. In retrospect, I don’t know if that was a good idea because we had a lot of stress buying and selling. But I think that’s a matter of luck.

As for leisure, Hawaii has so much to offer, as you you can probably imagine. Since we had a car, we were completely free to go to the North Shore for a day, to swim with dolphins on the west coast early in the morning or to get to the hikes, which are a little more difficult to reach. Use every single day, time will fly by!

Not just paradise

Like almost everything, Hawaii also has some not-so-nice sides. For one thing is the incredibly expensive life here. Especially healthy, fresh food is extremely expensive. If you want to eat reasonably well, you should expect between $ 20-40 for food every day.

Another negative point is the number of homeless people and other somewhat creepy people walking around downtown and Waikiki. It’s sad to see how badly people are sometimes.

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Exchange Study in Argentina

Exchange Study in Argentina

The recipe for South America is simple. Start with the joy of life and hospitality. Then add a mix of modern cities and relics from the Inca Empire. Sprinkle with fascinating wildlife and unique scenery. Then you have a bit of what a stay as an exchange student in Argentina gives you.

If you come to live in Argentina, you will meet a lot of nice people who welcome you with hugs – and you will easily make new friends. You will surely be seduced by their passion for football, beef and tango. Argentines love to dance and eat out – especially on the weekends – but in everyday life, family life is the most important thing. As an exchange student, you will feel the close family relationships of your host family and experience the European influence, which is largely expressed in the capital Buenos Aires and a high level of education.

Argentina is known for its nature. From the giant Iguazu Falls on the Brazilian border and ice-covered mountain peaks in the east to the lush rainforests in the northeast and penguin colonies in the south. It is both magnificent and varied.

An exchange stay in Argentina opens your mind! Are you ready to go on an adventure?

  • CAPITAL CITY: Buenos Aires
  • LANGUAGE: Spanish
  • CURRENCY: Peso (ARS)
  • AREA: 2,780,400 km2 (ARG)
  • POPULATION: 43,417,000 (ARG) (Source:

People and community

Argentina People and community

Young people in Argentina are very socially minded. They meet in friends’ homes, in the city center, go out to eat, go to the cinema, go out and dance or hang out at a local café. Most students join sports teams or go to a gym in the afternoon. Many also study another language at a language school. As a means of transport, young people often use their bicycle or walk, but in big cities, public transport is often used.

Parents and children usually have an open relationship where they discuss opinions and plans, but parents usually get the last word. Do not miss family dinners and the opportunity to improve your Spanish while talking about the day’s events.


Argentina Schooling

According to TopSchoolsintheUSA, the school week runs from Monday to Friday. The classes can be located in the morning (from 08-13) or in the afternoon (from 13-18). The school year starts in March and ends in December. Usually there are about 35 students in each class and it is standard that the students wear school uniform.


In Argentina, the official language is Spanish, but many also speak English, Italian, German, French or Portuguese. If you know basic Spanish, it will undoubtedly be an advantage, although it is not a requirement to get to Argentina. However, you are encouraged to take language lessons, and the local AFS volunteers will possibly help arrange an independent language learning for you during the first months.


Argentina Food

Beef, like culinary, sticks together, and you can find it in dishes like milanesas (a kind of beef schnitzel), chivito and empanadas , all of which testify to a great influence of Italian cuisine. Unlike the cuisines of other Latin American countries, the food in Argentina is not spicy. Argentines are known for drinking mate, a local green tea, which is often a social event.


Children Education in Lebanon

Children Education in Lebanon

Lebanon, on the Mediterranean coast, has been hit hard by civil wars and there are still conflicts between different groups in society. The war in Syria has put further pressure on the country with millions of people fleeing. More than half of Lebanon’s Syrian refugees are children.

Since the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011, around one million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon. Even before that, many Palestinian refugees lived in camps around the country. Children, and especially girls, are hard hit by conflicts and disasters. A total of 1.4 million children in Lebanon are expected to grow up in vulnerability, without access to the essentials such as protection and clean water.

Poor finances affect children

To cope with everyday life, families become dependent on the children contributing to their livelihood. Children are forced to work in agriculture, in a factory or as a street vendor in the middle of traffic. The most vulnerable children are at risk of being exploited in prostitution, falling victim to human trafficking or being recruited by armed groups.

Deteriorating situation for girls

Girls and women are negatively affected by the difficult economic situation and an unequal view of girls and women in particular, both among Lebanese and refugees. Among other things, girls are forced to stay at home to take care of the household and can therefore not go to school. Without education, their ability to control their own lives diminishes.

Six percent of children in Lebanon have been forced into child marriage. But for the girls who have fled Syria, it looks even worse, among them just over one in five has been forced to marry before they have turned 19 years old. Young girls are married off because someone is responsible for them or because the family is poor and needs money. Girls in child marriage are particularly vulnerable to violence.


This is what Plan International in Lebanon is doing

Plan International has been in place in Lebanon since 2016. Our highest priority in the country is to prevent children from being married off or forced to work, by focusing on the right to education and protection from violence. We work on several levels to increase girls’ power over their lives and opportunities to avoid child marriage and sexual violence.

In Tripoli, northern Lebanon, we work to support teenage girls’ schooling, which gives them a more stable foundation for the future and at the same time reduces the risk of them getting married early. We also work to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women are met. We do this by informing, working to change attitudes and ensuring that girls have better access to health care and relevant products.

Plan International Lebanon informs and provides support to both children and adults to counter violence and to let them know where to turn if they are exposed. We also run preschools where both children and parents receive support. We educate young people so that they can support themselves and take a place and influence society in a positive way.

Plan International has a series of reports on the situation of teenage girls in humanitarian crises . One of the reports is about girls on the run in Lebanon and describes how violence is part of their everyday lives, that many are married off and how the economy affects their opportunities to go to school.

Together with girls of different ages, we discuss what their rights are and how they can take power over their lives.

Children Education in Lebanon

Youngest and strongest in the family

Ten-year-old Kholud was only three years old when the war broke out and her family was forced to leave Syria. The family sought refuge in the city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, where they now live in poverty.

The difficult situation has forced Kholud’s family to marry off her older sisters. Her two brothers have also been forced to leave school to work.

Despite the challenges, Kholud is determined to follow his dream and train as a lawyer. She has joined one of Plan International’s programs that we run together with one of our partner organizations in the city where Kholud lives.

– I want to become a lawyer so that I can defend the rights of all people and make my voice heard in the society where I live, says Kholud.

The program that Kholud is part of is developed for children who are at risk of getting married or forced to perform harmful work. Together with the other children, she gets to learn more about her rights but also practice different skills. She also gets to learn basic reading and writing skills so that she can start studying and have better opportunities to support herself.

Kholud says that her sister is introverted and that their mother often underestimates her potential and says that she will soon be married off. But Kholud refuses to accept that her sister’s fate is already predetermined and urges her to decide for herself about her future.

– My sister can neither read nor write but I try to teach her everything I learn in the lessons so that she can become a stronger person, says Kholud.

Kholud’s stubborn struggle for his sister’s future has finally paid off. The family has agreed to let her sister take part in Plan International’s program.

– I can already see a difference in my sister’s personality and I am very happy about that, says Kholud.

Facts about Lebanon

Facts about Lebanon

Capital: Beirut
Population: 6 million
Life expectancy: 80 years
Infant mortality rate: 4.5 per 1000 births
Proportion of children starting school: 86.3%
Literacy: 91%
Proportion of women in parliament: 3%

Children Education in Sierra Leone

Children Education in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is located in West Africa and is one of the world’s poorest and least equal countries. There are great natural resources, but a long civil war and an outbreak of Ebola have damaged the economy and had serious consequences for the children in the country. Girls are extra vulnerable and do not have access to their rights.

The civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002 led to the deaths of 50,000 people and a third of the population was forced to flee. It had a major impact on the economy and the country’s development. The country had slowly begun to recover from the war when it was hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014. The disease had catastrophic consequences for those affected. 10,000 children lost one or both their parents, the country suffered from food shortages and unemployment and violence increased. All schools in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea closed during the summer and millions of children were left without education.

When all schools in Sierra Leone reopened the following year, not all children could return. More than half of Sierra Leone’s population lives below the poverty line and many parents could not afford to let their children go to school. Poverty also leads to many children under the age of five being malnourished. Sierra Leone is one of the countries in the world where most children under the age of five die.

Sierra Leone is now free of Ebola, but children have been greatly affected by the progression of the disease. One study shows that child labor increased because children had to help support their families. With so many deaths, even girls could be forced to take over responsibility for their younger siblings when their parents died. According to the UN, two out of five children work in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone

Two out of five girls in child marriage

Sierra Leone is one of the least equal countries in the world. It has a big impact on girls’ lives. The country has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world and almost two out of five girls are forced to marry before the age of 18. The level of education is low for both girls and boys, but lowest for girls who on average go to school for almost three years. Even children from low-income families or with disabilities lose the right to go to school. The lack of education is one of the reasons why so many girls are married off.

This is what Plan International does

Plan International works to strengthen children’s and young people’s right to development, protection and participation. We work to support local savings and loan groups and contribute to increased profits in agriculture to improve the livelihoods of the families affected by Ebola.

Some of our general areas of focus are support for children and young people so that they can address the causes of discrimination against girls and women, work to improve the conditions of children – in practice and politics, preparatory and urgent work to deal with crises and support for children so that they can grow up in security with access to their rights.

Now the schools get more books

In Sierra Leone there are many who cannot read and not even in school are there certain books. Plan International works to give more people the opportunity to discover the world of books.

For many children in Sierra Leone, books are a rarity. Few families have the opportunity to have books at home and for those who can afford it, there are few bookstores with a small selection. Many children also do not have access to books at school. Together with Book Aid International, Plan International distributes 10,000 books to over 100 schools around Sierra Leone. Through the project, Plan International wants to increase the proportion of literates that is now around 45 percent.

– Without books, children will not pass exams, that is the biggest problem. There is no reading culture at all, says Mariam Murrey who is an advisor for the program.

The hope is that the books will give students the desire to read and support them in their learning. Schools receive everything from academic books to fiction for children and picture books for the little ones. All books are in English, which is the official language of the country and is used in teaching.

13-year-old Mariama is one of the students who received books.

– Thank you so much for giving my school books and for giving us the opportunity to read and learn, she says.

The schools that have received books have also been encouraged to create small corners where students can practice reading. The books should be there so that the children can easily find them and settle down.


A role model for young women

Dad said it was a waste of money to educate girls, that girls should get married and move out. I refused to listen to Dad and showed that the structures of society were wrong. Now they can all see that women can also become teachers. Now I am a role model.


Plan International has made it possible for people in several communities in the Moyamba district to be able to report genital mutilation or kidnapping of children; two serious violations of children’s rights that also lead to girls being forced to drop out of school. When Plan International celebrated the UN’s anniversary last year, many children participated in the work of producing a letter to the local authorities demanding more money to protect children.

Security and protection

To survive for play and laughter

Now they look at me as a hero because I survived Ebola. In the future, I want to help people when they get sick, especially children.

Michael, 14 years

Michael’s family died of Ebola. He himself became infected but survived and moved in with his aunt. When the epidemic was over and school started again, he asked his aunt not to go there because his classmates were afraid of him and did not want to talk to him. But his aunt refused to let him stop. At the same time, Plan International worked to change students’ attitudes and reduce discrimination against Ebola survivors. Today he plays and laughs with his friends and he is happy to have them back.

Facts about Sierra Leone

Facts about Sierra Leone

Capital: Freetown
Population: 7.6 million
Life expectancy: 52 years
Infant mortality rate: 110.5 per 1000 births
Proportion of children starting school: 98.3%
Literacy: 32.4%
Proportion of women in parliament: 12%

Children Education in Central African Republic

Children Education in Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is located in the middle of Africa. The country is rich in natural resources but violence, political unrest and corruption hinder development. Armed conflicts have also forced people to leave their homes. Children, and especially girls, are hard hit by the situation.

In 1960, the Central African Republic became independent and since then the country has had several shifts of power and periods of unrest. The country has enormous natural resources, but despite this, a large part of the population lives in poverty. Instead, the assets in many cases contribute to conflicts because rebel groups exploit the lack of law and order to make money on, among other things, gold and diamonds.

The recurring outbreaks of violence have affected both the school system, the judiciary, health care and the labor market negatively and it looks particularly bad outside the capital. Many people have been forced to leave their homes and four out of five Central Africans are considered poor. Children are hard hit by conflicts and disasters and in a country with a very young population – three out of five are under 25 – it has serious consequences.

Facts about the Central African Republic

Girls particularly vulnerable in conflicts

The Central African Republic is one of the countries with the highest child and maternal mortality rates in the world. One in ten children does not survive their fifth birthday and among pregnant women almost one percent die during childbirth – for reasons that could have been avoided. Another problem is the high number of teenage pregnancies. Just over a fifth of all teenage girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant and give birth to children, even though they themselves are still children .

Girls’ vulnerability is generally higher with ongoing conflicts in the country. In conflicts and disasters, the risk increases that girls will be forced into child marriage, become pregnant while they themselves are still children and be forced to leave school to take care of the household and family. The fact that girls have to drop out of school is one of the biggest obstacles for them to be able to support themselves in the future and have the opportunity.

This makes international plan in the Central African Republic

Plan International has been in place in the Central African Republic since 2014. Our programs in the country focus on children’s right to education, food, protection from violence and young people’s opportunity to participate in society. One of our more priority programs is to provide support to children and young people who have been affected in various ways by the conflicts that prevail in the country. This may, for example, be about ensuring their access to education. But also about giving young people the opportunity to earn a living, for example by offering vocational training.

We also work to prevent children from being recruited to armed groups, by actively influencing leaders of armed groups, authorities and civil society, and facilitating the children’s return to family and local community.

We support children who have lost or been separated from their parents with necessities such as food, water, soap, mattresses and blankets. Many of the children have lost their parents and come to school without clothes, shoes and other things they need in class. We hand out school packages with pencils, pads, toys and teaching materials.

“No child should have to experience the things I experienced”

When rebel groups captured the capital of Bangui in the Central African Republic, Francois’ father, relatives and neighbors were killed. Francois then joined a self-defense group where he was used as a child soldier. Today he has broken free and through Plan International has had the opportunity to create a new path in life.

Francois grew up in one of the areas in Bangui that was hardest hit when the violent conflict in the Central African Republic broke out in 2012. As a way to stop the rebels, various self-defense groups began to build up. Francois decided to join in revenge for his dead relatives and father.

– I was the youngest in the group. We were sent out into the jungle to learn how to handle weapons. We were constantly monitored by the armed group. We were forced to carry out armed attacks in several villages before we were allowed to return to the capital, says Francois.

After months of training in the jungle, the self-defense group returned to Bangui. There, Francois was reunited with his mother.

– She wanted me to come home. But my boss did not want that. So I only went to her when I was hungry.

In the end, Francois managed to escape the armed group and then got in touch with Plan International.

– Through Plan International, I trained as a carpenter. I started making furniture which I then sold. From the money I got together, I started my own small business. Right now I am selling oils and spices while I continue with the carpentry on the side to be able to help my mother financially.

He says that he wishes that no child would have to go through what he went through as a child soldier.

– No child should have to do what I did.

Plan International is actively working in the Central African Republic to provide children like Francois with vocational training to help them increase their income and improve their lives. Our program is sponsored by the EU and implemented in collaboration with a local organization.


A second chance for a bright future

I am very happy to be able to go to school again, even if it feels strange after all the time I have been at home. I enjoy learning new things, especially math. When I grow up, I want to work as a teacher and teach others about things I can

Zara, 13 years old

When the civil war raged in the Central African Republic, Zara and many other children could not go to school. But thanks to the Plan International education program, more than 480 children have now been given a second chance and a way back to school.

Security and protection

Reunited after the war

I am very happy that I was able to be reunited with my father after we have been apart for four years

Bossin, 17 years

During the civil war in the Central African Republic, many children were separated from their parents. Bossin and his sister Anastasie were sent with their mother to Kaga-Bandoro for protection. Their father stayed in the capital Bangui. Shortly after their escape, their mother died. The father believed for a long time that his children had also died. But now he has been able to be reunited with his children again thanks to Plan International’s family reunification program.

Central African Republic

Facts about the Central African Republic

Capital: Bangui
Population: 4.7 million
Life expectancy: 52 years
Infant mortality rate: 85 per 1000 births
Proportion of children starting school: 71.9%
Literacy: 36.8%
Proportion of women in parliament: 9%

Las Palmas Travel Guide

Las Palmas Travel Guide

Las Palmas – City break in the Canary Islands. The capital of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, is one of the most classic resorts in the Canary Islands.


From the time of Columbus to the present day

Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, one of the Canary Islands, is a classic of holiday towns and a popular travel destination for both city and beach holidaymakers.

Many of Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts are located in the south of the island, amidst sand dunes. However, the northern part of the island does not remain a little overshadowed as a resort: Las Palmas to the north has not only an excellent sandy beach, but also many attractions and hiking opportunities.

The city of Las Palmas was founded as early as 1478 and became a popular tourist destination a few decades ago. Originally, the city was an important trading post and port stage, and Columbus also stopped in Las Palmas during his voyage to repair the platform. The house where Columbus is said to have lived during his visit can still be found in Las Palmas Old Town.

Today, Las Palmas is a versatile and modern holiday destination, suitable for both city and beach holidays. Las Palmas has fun for families with children and nightlife, especially on weekends. The city is also a good base for a car holiday around Gran Canaria.

The most famous attractions of Las Palmas are its old part of Vegueta and the long beach of the city Las Canteras.

Colorful houses in Las Palmas.

Colorful houses in Las Palmas

Pleasant climate all year round

Gran Canaria is an island with a diverse climate and Las Palmas is located in the green north of the island. The Canary Islands have one of the most pleasant climates in all of Spain .

In Las Palmas you can enjoy long and warm summers, which are the most popular tourist time. The warmest months in the city are July-October, when daytime temperatures average 25 degrees and rise to a maximum of 30 degrees. During the summer months, Las Palmas hardly ever rains.

Although the highest temperatures of the day remain above 20 degrees even in winter, the weather is unstable and cool, especially in January-February. Nights, especially in mid-winter, can be chilly.

Beaches and activities

In the center of Las Palmas is the five-kilometer-long Las Canteras Beach. Las Canteras is a well-kept and clean strip of sand with lots of facilities from sun loungers to eateries nearby. For children, Las Canteras offers small playgrounds and a few amusement parks for a fee.

A lover of culture will enjoy Las Palmas, especially in the old town of Vegueta. There are many museums and famous sights along the cobbled streets of the Old Town. In Vagueta, for example, Santa Ana Cathedral and Columbus House are worth a visit.

Gran Canaria is a good destination for motoring, so you should leave Las Palmas for a rental car to explore the island’s scenery. The views to the south are very different from the greenery of the central parts, so it’s worth taking at least a day trip to the sand dunes. The distances between the resorts are not large, so during the day you have time to get around the whole island.

Shopping and entertainment

For the shopper, Las Plamas offers good shopping. In terms of price level, Gran Canaria is hardly cheaper than in Finland, but a shopping tourist can still make discoveries in the shopping streets and large department stores of Las Palmas.

Las Palmas is also popular with food travelers as there are many good restaurants in the city. You can choose from a small family restaurant as well as a top-class gourmet restaurant.

The nightlife in the city is lively, especially on weekends. Las Palmas is the entertainment center of Gran Canaria, where you can spend the evening in pubs, nightclubs and salsa clubs. Las Palmas also hosts many events from concerts to carnivals. For example, the Las Palmas Carnival is celebrated in February-March.



Playa de las Canteras Beach is just outside the city center.

Good flight connections to the Canary Islands

From Finland there are good flight connections to Gran Canaria and Las Palmas. Gran Canaria Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain and there are also direct leisure and low-cost flights.

Gran Canaria Airport is located in the east of the island, around 20 km from Las Palmas. Flights to the island cost about 200-800 euros and a direct flight takes 6-7 hours.

Las Palmas is a popular package holiday destination. Holiday trips to Las Palmas can be found in the selections of many travel agencies and it is also a popular destination for sudden departures.

Hotels and accommodation

Las Palmas is a popular tourist destination, which is why there are also many hotels in the city.

Las Palmas offers a variety of accommodation. If desired, the traveler can choose, for example, a high-quality apartment hotel or a modest and affordable hostel. There are also many family-friendly hotels in the city.

A hotel night in Las Palmas costs an average of 70-90 euros, but the cheapest accommodation is for twenty euros.

Getting around in the Canary Islands is easy

The city of Las Palmas can be reached on foot, by taxi or by local bus. A local bus trip costs 1-2 euros with a single ticket. A series ticket for ten trips costs 6-7 euros.

There are plenty of taxis in Las Palmas and taxi rides are especially cheap on short routes. However, for longer trips, you may want to use a bus.

The bus route network connecting the resorts and major villages of Gran Canaria is comprehensive and reasonably priced. A bus ride from the airport to Las Palmas, for example, costs a few euros.

Gran Canaria is a good destination for motoring, so if you feel like hiking outside Las Palmas, it’s worth taking a rental car from the airport. Many international car rental companies have an office at Gran Canaria Airport. However, it is worth booking the outing game before you go on a trip.

Las Palmas also offers excursions to the sea, as the city has ferry connections to neighboring islands. There are daily connections, for example, to Fuerteventura, a 3-hour ferry ride away, which costs around € 90 round trip. Tenerife can be reached from Las Palmas in a couple of hours and travel costs around € 50-100.



Santa Ana Cathedral is one of the most famous attractions in Las Palmas.

Casa de Colón

Casa de Colón, or Columbus House, is one of the most famous attractions in Las Palmas. According to the story, Kristoffer Columbus lived in this ornate house in 1492, from which the house takes its name. Since 1953, the house has served as a museum.

There is no entrance fee to Columbus House and its museums.

Catedral de Santa Ana

Construction of the Santa Ana Cathedral in the old town began as early as the 15th century, but it took almost 350 years to complete. Now the cathedral is a good masterpiece of Canarian architecture and the cathedral also features paintings by the archipelago’s most famous artist, Juan de Miranda. The Santa Ana Tower has great views of the coast.

The entrance fee is about 3 euros per adult. Children have free admission. An elevator ride to the lookout point of the tower costs a couple of euros.

7 Mares Diving Center

At the 7 Mares diving center, next to Las Canteras Beach, tourists can take a diving trip or course in the clear waters of Gran Canaria. Courses and excursions are organized for divers of all levels and equipment can be rented or purchased on site. Diving insurance is mandatory and can be obtained from the dive center.

The price of the diving trip with equipment rental is about 40 euros per dive.



Las Pamas is a successful beach and city break.

The best activities in Las Palmas

  1. A day at Las Canteras
  2. A tour of the Old Town
  3. Shopping
  4. Car trip around the island
  5. Diving course
Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto Travel Guide

The former capital of Japan, Kyoto, is the embodiment of Japanese culture colored by world heritage sites.



Imperial Japanese crown jewel

The Kyoto legend originated about 1,500 years ago. The most significant turning point in the city’s glamorous history saw the light of day a few centuries later when Kyoto became the capital of Imperial Japan.

Although the residence of the country’s emperor and the importance of the city to the country varied over the years, Kyoto maintained its position as the capital for almost an entire millennium.

The years have passed, but surprisingly little has changed. Once so glorious, the capital is still glorious Kyoto today, even though it is no longer the administrative center of the country.

The splendor of Kyoto persisted over the war


Unlike almost all other major Japanese cities, Kyoto survived the devastating World War II virtually intact.

Due to this good fortune, Kyoto is Japan at its most authentic and flowering. Centuries-old temples of the capital era, Shrines and other impressive buildings still stand in the same places as proud as ever.

As many as 17 of the Kyoto monuments have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The most famous examples of these are probably the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle.

In addition to individual top attractions, the city is worth the same without a precise destination. In the midst of nearly endless history and stagnant architecture, the mind rests.

Districts of Kyoto

By Japanese standards, Kyoto is at most a medium-sized city. In Finnish terms, however, with a population of one and a half million, it is a giant with many things to see.

The city center is an interesting combination of new and old. The Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle bring a historic touch, counterbalanced by a state-of-the-art train station.

Western Arashiyama, on the other hand, is a little more natural because of its lush hills. The eastern part, Higashiyama, is again known especially for its geishas. The southern part is largely the area of ​​the old capital, while the northern part is home to many World Heritage sites.

At its best in spring and fall

Most tourists head to Kyoto in the spring and fall, largely due to favorable weather. Temperatures revolve around twenty degrees on either side, and rain doesn’t do much of a headache.

In summer, of course, it is hot, but also very humid. Winter frosts are instead a congestion-avoiding choice.



Trips to Kyoto

There is no airport in Kyoto, but the connections from Finland to the rest of Japan are so great that you should not miss the trip.

The most convenient way to get there is by flying from Helsinki on a Finnair direct flight to Osaka and continuing the journey by high-speed train to your destination.

The flight takes about ten hours and usually costs 800 to 1,000 euros for the round trip. By train from Osaka to Kyoto in just over an hour.

Many accommodation options

According to DigoPaul, Kyoto offers accommodation for every taste. As a rule of thumb, hotel accommodation in the city center is expensive, a little further away a little cheaper. Also in high season, prices follow the increase in passenger numbers.

At a cheaper price, you can stay in a more traditional hostel or, in Japanese, a capsule hotel, if you are not bothered by the cramped place. In Finnish, internet cafes also represent a rather exotic accommodation option.

For the experiential, the right direction is temple accommodation instead. While the language barrier and bedtime may be surprising at first, the morning devotion of the temple certainly begins the day out of everyday life.

The train is the best ride game

With public transportation, Kyoto makes an exception when compared to many Japanese metropolises. The two-line metro is quite modest in the city, and you can’t get anywhere from it.

It is still worth favoring railways in Kyoto as well, albeit overground. The trains cross and cross almost everywhere. Buses, in turn, patch the shadows left by the train network.



The splendor of the Imperial Temple

There are a total of four imperial temples in Kyoto, the most famous of which is probably Kyoto-gosh, simply the Imperial Temple, right in the center.

The whole thing is absolutely beautiful and the historical hum is palpable. The palace garden with its cherry trees is also enchanting, especially in spring. The temple still occasionally serves as a stage for state events.

However, those intending to attend the temple should note that access to all Imperial temples must be requested from the Imperial Household Agency, and during the busiest seasons, there will not be enough time for guided tours for all applicants.

Other Imperial Monuments include Sento Imperial Temple, Katsura Villa and Shugakui Villa. Access to these must also be requested, but unlike the Central Temple, they do not offer English-language tours.

The rugged beauty of Ryoanji’s rock garden

When the mind gallops after overtaking a rally of sightseeing, it is worth taking the direction of Ryoanji Temple.

The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is considered the most impressive example of Zen Buddhist achievements in the whole country.

There are a total of 15 larger boulders in the temple courtyard, of which only 14 can be seen at a time — regardless of location — according to Buddhists, all the stones can only be seen after the tent , the Enlightenment.

Stopping Kiyomizu-dera

Kijomizu-dera’s history goes far, in fact, further than the entire Kyoto story. The temple, from its place, on the slope of a mountain, has seen all the colorful stages of the city.

The view from the temple over the city is impressive, but there are plenty of wonders inside the building as well. Namely, there is a waterfall in Kiyomizu-dera, where the water of the mountains flows.

The temple is one of the city’s most popular attractions, and for good reason. It is definitely a must-see for every visitor to Kyoto.



The best attractions

  1. Imperial temple
  2. Kiyomizu-deran Temple
  3. Ryoanji Stone Garden
  4. Nijo Castle
  5. Gionin geishat
Shopping and Eating in Gdansk

Shopping and Eating in Gdansk

Eating in Gdansk

The culinary traditions in Poland are not different from those you find in, for example, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Baltic countries, but of course with their own twists and specialties. The dishes are often strong and tasty, and it does not save on calories. The basic ingredients are sauerkraut, beets, cucumber, kohlrabi, mushrooms, sausages, pork, and the Poles use a lot of herbs such as parsley and dill, as well as a lot of pepper.

Like the rest of the central and eastern parts of Europe, Poles also eat a lot of dumplings (kopytka or pierogi in Polish). These can be simple, as an accompaniment to meat dishes, or elaborate, with, for example, bacon pieces, vegetables, cheese, or something else as a filling. There are also dessert varieties. In Gdansk, kopytka is often served as an ingredient in good goulash.

The towns along the Baltic Sea naturally also offer seafood, and in Gdansk you will find many good fish restaurants.

In addition to very many restaurants with traditional food, you will find more than ok restaurants with international cuisine. If you want to eat French delicacies, Italian pizza, or American hamburger, you will easily find it too.

Prices are a good deal lower than at home in Norway, but somewhat higher than in the Czech Republic, for example. In any case, you will probably be left with the feeling that you got a lot of food and drink for your money.

Gdansk is located in the far north of Poland

Nightlife in Gdansk

One of the characteristics of the nightlife in Gdansk is that it does not seem to close. Here you will find nightclubs that are open until ordinary people go to work in the morning. Even the pubs seem to suffer from fear of sheets, and are often open until both 03:00 and 04:00 at night / in the morning.

Most of the nightlife is concentrated in the old town, and in the area on and around the marina.

If we are to recommend anything special, it must be that you visit one of the many and good bars located in Gdansk. Several of them are open until late at night, and are often converted into more music clubs at some point during the evening. In Gdansk you will also find several exciting beer bars, with good beer from local microbreweries. There are also several brewery pubs in the center, where it smells delicious, freshly brewed beer when you enter the door.

Shopping in Gdansk

According to DigoPaul, Gdansk is probably no Milan, London or Paris when it comes to shopping, but you can easily find everything you need of fashion clothes, shoes, and whatever it is you need. Prices are lower than at home, and the selection is much the same.

Shopping in Gdansk

The easiest way is to find your way around the large shopping centers in the city. Here are four of the biggest and best. Three of them are close together, so here you can get the shopping done in one go:

  • Galeria Baltycka– This is the most famous shopping center in Gdansk, and offers over 200 different shops. You will find the internationally known brands here, such as H&M, Zara and Benetton, as well as some Polish brands. The center also has many other types of shops, as well as many restaurants and cafes. You will find Galeria Baltycka right by the stop of the same name if you take tram number 6, 11 or 12.
  • Metropolia– The shopping center is right next to Galeri Baltycka. It’s a little smaller, but newer. Metropolia is a must if you are looking for toys or children’s clothes. You will also find many fashion stores, accessories stores and much more here.
  • Manhattan– The shopping center is located in Wrzeszcz, and you get there with the same tram routes as to Galeria Baltycka (6, 11 and 12). This is a good center, with a good selection, and it is also a little less stressful here.
  • Madison Shopping Gallery– This is located right next to Gdansk Glowny Central Station and within the boundaries of the Old Town. If you get your feet wet to get to Madison, Gnilna Street is the one you aim for. The center is large and goes over 4 levels. The shops are mainly those with fashion clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty and skin care, sports, as well as a number of restaurants and cafes.


Eating in Copenhagen

Eating in Copenhagen

Restaurants in Copenhagen

According to digopaul, Copenhagen has many good places to eat, whether you want a simpler meal at an inn or a nicer dinner at a luxury restaurant. It is no problem to find a good and pleasant inn where delicious Danish food is served, or restaurants with food traditions from all the world’s nooks and crannies. The Danish chefs are known for making good portions of food, and most restaurants have varied menus that should satisfy both large and small stomachs.

Here are some suggestions if you need inspiration in the food route when you are in Denmark’s capital:

  • Noma has been named the world’s best restaurant several times. You have to book a table long time in advance, but for food lovers this is definitely the top of the wreath cake in Copenhagen.
  • Kiin Kiin and AOC are two good options if you did not get a table at Noma, but still want to go to a restaurant with a star in the Michelin guide. Kiin Kiin was the first Asian restaurant (Thai) to receive a star, while AOC (with two stars in the guide) focuses on Nordic food traditions and ingredients.
  • The breakfast place is the restaurant you should visit if you love vegetarian food, and visit the free town of Christiania. Please note that the restaurant does not open until late in the morning, despite the name indicating otherwise (the inhabitants of the sanctuary may not get up as early as other people…).
  • Growth in Sankt Peders Stræde is a great restaurant, located in a converted greenhouse. Much of the focus is on fresh vegetables, but not just vegetarian dishes. Here you get delicious seafood and meat dishes as well.
  • Cock’s and Cow is the place to go if your stomach is screaming for gourmet-class burgers. The menu has an impressive selection of varieties, and the accessories are perfect for this type of food. Cock’s and Cow has six restaurants in Copenhagen, including the one located at Kastrup Airport.
  • Royal Smushi Café is where you have to go if you want to eat the herb Danish open sandwiches, and maybe take another snap. Usually the Danes’ slices of bread are loaded with toppings, and thus you often only need one of them. At Royal Smushi, you get the open sandwiches served in sushi size, so you can taste all varieties if you want.
  • Schønnemann is one of the city’s oldest restaurants, and it also serves traditional Danish dishes. Try Scønnemann’s open sandwiches with herring or smoked eel, preferably with ice-cold schnapps next to it.
  • Café Far’s Dreng has two breakfast restaurants in the center of Copenhagen. Stop by if you are hungry for what is said to be the city’s best breakfast.

Nightlife in Copenhagen

Nightlife in Copenhagen

The nightlife in Copenhagen is not different from what you get in Oslo. The differences are mostly in that there is more to choose from, and the rules for closing time are more liberal. Here is a selection of the better establishments within each category:


  • Chateu Motel– huge nightclub on over four floors.
  • HIVE– nightclub with lovely lounges and top DJs.
  • Bremen Theater– on Fridays and Saturdays, the foyer of the theater is transformed into one of the city’s best nightclubs.


  • The Jane– nightclub and cocktail bar with both dance floors and Chesterfield
  • Curfew– Curfew you will find Stenosgade 1 and it is known as one of the very best bars in Copenhagen.
  • 1105– trendy cocktail bar with English style, caters to those over 30 years.
  • Madam Chu’s– one of the city’s best bars with Chinese-inspired interiors.

Traditional pubs

  • Bo-Bi Bar– old Danish inn with relaxed style and nice prices.
  • Vessels Kro– even older pub with a good selection of drinks, and open until late at night.
  • Aléenberg– unchanged bodega since 1924, and open until the sun rises.

Beer bars

  • Mikkeller and Friends– one of Denmark’s best breweries, with over 40 bottling towers.
  • Himmeriget– small and intimate beer bar with beer from the best breweries.
  • Taphouse– centrally located and large beer bar with over 60 tap towers.

Wine bars

  • Ravnsborg Wine Bar– one of the best wine bars. Intimate with good dishes.
  • Nimb Vinotek– choose from over 1000 bottles. Interior in typical Danish design.
  • Ancestral– modern and cozy. Top selection in wine and delicious snacks.

Wine bars