Why we’re out of love with love locks

Why we’re out of love with love locks

At first glance, it seems like the ultimate symbol of romance: carve your names on a padlock, lock it to a bridge, and throw the key into the water, leaving you and your partner “locked” together for eternity. Except it’s not so romantic when the bridge collapses under the weight...

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How to make Indian masala chai from scratch

How to make Indian masala chai from scratch

When Indians refer to chai, they are referring to normal black tea. But masala chai refers to the aromatic spiced tea that most of us think of when we think of Indian tea. “Masala” refers to a mix of spices, specifically cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves and ginger. Together, these spices...

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How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

How to celebrate Venice Carnival like a local

As a Venetian, I must admit that sometimes Carnival feels less like a celebration and more like the beginning of the tourist season — the end of our few days free from floods of people and complete chaos. But then it also reminds me of my childhood, when we would...

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How not to piss off a Parisian

How not to piss off a Parisian

Parisians often carry the reputation of being rude and arrogant — especially to travellers in their city. But this stereotype is dated and, in fact, over the last several years the City of Love has become much more customer service oriented. If there are any rude ones, trust us they’re...

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From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

From village fields to city tours: How a Bali guide found his way

Mangde’s tale begins in a remote Indonesian mountain village, where he farmed papayas and tended rice paddies. But where it picks up today, his story is quite different. A tour guide with Bali Urban Adventures, he is living in Bali’s largest city and meeting travellers from all over the world....

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Local kitchen: Two-day beef and beer goulash

Local kitchen: Two-day beef and beer goulash

Czech cuisine is one of the heartiest cuisines out there, and this beef and beer goulash recipe, inspired by our Urban Adventures team in Prague, will certainly stick to your ribs. Perfect for cold nights in with friends, it pairs well with good wine and good conversation. For best results,...

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Holiday celebrations around the world

Holiday celebrations around the world

‘Tis the season to celebrate! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, King’s Day, the solstice… and how we’re going to fit into our pants after all those holiday dinners. But because we realise that all around this great big world of ours no two celebrations...

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9 of the world’s best Christmas markets for merrymaking

9 of the world’s best Christmas markets for merrymaking

Year-round, local markets are the best place to get a taste for local life (literally, since you can scoop up tasty snacks as you browse!). But at Christmas time, markets become so much more than just a place to shop — they become magical winter wonderlands filled with tasty cold-weather...

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Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

Behind the fine art of Christmas baubles

It’s that time of year, to hang lovely balls and baubles from the tree as you decorate your house for Christmas. But as you’re hanging all those colourful charms, did you ever wonder who invented these now traditional decorations, and how they’re made? The first Christmas bauble similar to the...

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Are we okay continuing to shop, until they drop?

Are we okay continuing to shop, until they drop?

When travellers head out to markets in search of souvenirs, they often don’t know if the goods they’re buying are made locally or responsibly. Instead of supporting touristy markets selling mass-produced imported goods, Urban Adventures wants to highlight the independent artisans who are preserving local culture — and through that,...

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