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Monkeys' Travel Agency: Two Weeks in Iceland for Travelling Toys in April 2017

Do you want to send your best friend on an adventure? Let them join the Travelling Monkeys on their trip to Iceland. Fjords, glaciers, gazers, volcanoes, amazing nature and stunning landscapes. Let's explore Iceland together!.. [Read more..]

Cologne Street Carnival: the Best Time to Visit Cologne or the Best Time to Leave the City?..

During carnival Cologne changes completely. You look strange when you go out of the house in normal clothes. You feel strange if you don't drink enough Kölsch. Cologne people are crazy about carnival, for many it is the most important time of the year, for some however it is the time to leave the city.... [Read more..]

A Brief Guide to Couchsurfing Camps

For approximately fifteen years now hospitality networks such as Hospitality Club and Couchsurfing have been spreading through the online world. The paramount goal of these networks has been to bring people together. Offering strangers a place to sleep is still the main way to achieve this goal. Hosting and "surfing couches" is what these networks are best known for throughout the world. However, this is not everything: over the last years it has been possible to observe the establishment of a network within the networks: Couchsurfing Camps... [Read more..]

Chicago: A Walk Around the Downtown

During the Easter holidays the Travelling Monkeys went for a trip to the USA. Their first stop was Chicago. For Bambina it was her first time visiting the country of skyscrapers. Chicago was the perfect city to get the first glimpse of impressive buildings aiming to touch the clouds... [Read more..]

Vegetarian Quiche from Ivonna

The travelling monkeys met Ivonna a few months ago in Cologne on a Couchsurfing weekly meeting. She moved out of Cologne, but today she visited the monkeys and shared an amazing quiche recipe with them. They had a lot of fun cooking together!.. [Read more..]

The Border Between Europe and Asia: Just an Imaginary Line

There are different concepts in the world on how many continents exist. Some of these concepts have a rather geographical or geological background, others go back to views that are based on politics. Whether we speak of Europe and Asia, or only of one super-continent depends highly on what we were taught in school. When the Travelling Monkeys visited Ekaterinburg they wanted to check out if they could really tell the border between Europe and Asia. What they found was nothing else than a big joke... [Read more..]

1996: Riding a Slow Train Through Siberia

There are many trains running on the Tranns-Siberian Railway every day. Most of these trains travel fast and for long distances. Others go slowly and connect neighbouring cities. So far, the Travelling Monkeys only got to know fast trains. To experience something different, they decided to board an Elektrichka: 350 kilometers by slow train through Siberia, including a stop over in the middle of nowhere... [Read more..]

Ekaterinburg: More Motley Than Expected

If you consider Siberian cities to be grey and boring you haven't been to Ekaterinburg yet. Ekaterinburg is a city with a colorful culture and an interesting mix of architecture. Follow the Travelling Monkeys on a sightseeing tour past an over-sized keyboard, a monument to 'The Beatles', and an unfinished TV tower... [Read more..]

100 Photos of Kazan

Despite being among the 25 biggest cities in Europe, Kazan is relatively unknown to most travellers. This has to change! Kazan is an amazing city and it definitely deserves bigger attention. In 100 photos The Travelling Monkeys will show you what they found beautiful, amazing, surprising, interesting, touching, but also disappointing about Kazan... [Read more..]

What To Do In Moscow? (if you have just a 5 hours stopover)

Moscow is huge! So is it even worth it to leave the train station (or the airport) just for few hours? It definitely is. The best thing to do is visiting the very centre of the city: the Red Square. It is the best place to take pictures of other people walking around and taking pictures of each other and themselves..... [Read more..]

Moscow Luggage Storage Facilities Are Backpacker Unfriendly

The Travelling Monkeys found out a peculiar fact about the luggage storage during their short stopover in Moscow. There is the most stupid rule concerning the luggage they accept for storage. All the backpackers are encouraged to write complaints to the management of the train stations in Moscow. What's the most stupid rule for a luggage storage?.. [Read more..]

A Few Days in Rural Russia

The Travelling Monkeys had an opportunity to experience the real rural Russia. They stayed in an old house with Babushka Olga, who had her own garden and honey bees. They tried fresh honey, ate pies baked in a Russian stone oven, drank fresh milk from the neighbour’s cow, berries from the garden and mushrooms from the nearby forest. The food was simple, but full of flavour. That you will not get in a supermarket nowadays... [Read more..]

Mushroom Soup from Rural Russia

Today Bimbino and Bambina got something special for those who love to cook different things from all over the world. They have been to a rural area in the Vologda region, where aunt Olga showed them how to cook a simple, but very tasty mushroom soup... [Read more..]

How to get to Machu Picchu for 3 USD

There is a rumour around Cusco that it is possible to get to Aguas Calientes for 10 Soles. Numerous tour agencies are trying to conceal this fact, or at least tell that such mission is close to impossible, that is why it stays only a rumour. Bimbino and Bambina were lucky to come across a magic book full of different advice for travellers, and they found a vague description of the "10 Soles way"... [Read more..]

Cheap Way to Fly Far Away

Everyone who lives in Europe knows about Ryanair, WizzAir, EasyJet, etc. On these airlines you can fly for cheap, but unfortunately not too far. How do people find cheap flights outside of Europe? One flew to Asia for 300,- €, another to Boston for 256,- € return. We found an open-jaw flight Madrid-Lima-Frankfurt with a short layover in Sao Paulo for 305,- €... [Read more..]

The Pink Dolphins and the Brown Water

The trip from Iquitos to Yurimaguas on the Bruno was quite different to the one with the Arabella-I on the Río Napo. Even that the two boats looked quite similar a lot of factors could not have been more contrary: space, food and hygiene... [Read more..]

Welcome to the Jungle - Iquitos

With roughly 600.000 inhabitants Iquitos is one of the biggest Peruvian cities, nevertheless it is situated completely isolated in the Amazon basin, and only connected to the rest of the world by air and water... [Read more..]

Instructions How To Get From Coca To Iquitos By Boat

In this post we have tried to gather the most important information for travellers, which would help them to prepare for this big adventure: crossing the border from Ecuador to Peru via the río Napo... [Read more..]

From Pantoja to Iquitos

The first day of the trip seemed to be the longest one, as they were standing most of the time loading the cargo. In the middle of the day it rained heavily, the other time the sun was just burning. The next days the weather was similar. For lunch the monkeys got some rice with some pork, which was one of those pigs who they saw struggling to stay on the shore just a few hours ago. The portion was quite small, so they stayed hungry again. In the evening there was the same rice drink with dry bread again as for breakfast. Then Bimbino and Bambina eventually realized, that they were doomed to stay hungry for the whole trip... [Read more..]

To The Other Side

It was one of the most beautiful boat rides they had ever had in their life: stunning, a little bit scary, smooth, and chanting. Bambina had to get used to the feeling of instability of the boat, it took some time. But, when she finally could confide in the captain and trust in his knowledge of the river, she was able enjoy the ride. Being so close to the water changed their perception of the river and nature around. It's like the difference between going by car and by bicycle on land. This boat was a bicycle. They were so much more in contact with the surroundings, they could easily touch the water, they saw white birds flying around, and the jungle seemed much closer this time... [Read more..]

Last Preparations in Coca

Puerto Francisco de Orellana, better known under its short name El Coca is a small city located at the confluence of Río Coca and Río Napo. Coca is well connected by road to the west of the country. Everything that’s located east is predominantly only accessible by rivers. Coca is the base for the exploitation of Ecuador’s oil reserves. The city is full of workers on the way to their work places deeper in the Amazon, or just returning from there. And the water of Río Napo is full of rainbows and smells like gasoline even worse than the Guayas in Guayaquil... [Read more..]