A few days ago our winning bloggers jumped out of their comfort zones and took off on the adventure of a life time, armed with a backpack of blogging equipment and an open mind. Yesterday on the blog we gave you the low-down on what our bloggers got up to on Halloween, their first full day in their exchange country, and what an amazing day it was! We had Tango lessons in Argentina, Panda costumes in DC, Pumpkin carving contests at HI Vancouver, scary movies in Paris, bucket list wishes ticked off in Brazil and some surfing lessons in Australia. If you missed yesterdays action, click here to catch yourself up!
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Yesterday, the 1st November, was the second full day of their exchanges – here is a summary of what our bloggers have been getting up to!
Lucie, France to USA! Lucie has said that the culture shock really hit her when landing in America, but as she put it beautifully ‘It is a different country, there is no need to compare, I needed to just be there and enjoy’. Lucie had an amazing time on her first day in Washington DC, celebrated Halloween in our DC hostel, she saw the Washington monument and the Abraham Lincoln Memorial. Lucie grabbed some lunch in Washington DC yesterday, and made her way over to the next city on her itinerary, Baltimore, Maryland, exploring and staying in our Baltimore hostel!
Follow Lucies journey on Taralynns blog.
Taralynn, USA to France! Yesterday Taralynn woke up and grabbed some breakfast in Paris at Bobs Bake Shop. After breakfast, she set off to catch her train to Strasbourg – and got a bit lost along the way! The metro system in a new city can be difficult to grasp for somebody who is new to the whole thing, and even after this and a broken luggage wheel (not ideal!) she made it to the hostel in Strasbourg safe and sound. She’s written a blog on Lucies page, the second edition of her day in Paris. Visiting the iconic Notre Dame and seeing the beautiful locks by the river. She may have walked into a pole, as she was embaressed to admit (we’ve all done it!) but she loved Paris, and is now settling in Strasbourg for the next leg of her French adventure. We can’t wait to see what she gets up to in Strasbourg!
Follow Taralynns journey on Lucies blog.
Logan, Canada to India! Logan spent some time in Dehli, and commented on the traffic! “Traffic in India is unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. It is tremendously scary and confusing, but provides a unique look into the lives of the locals!.” He had a strange taxi experience involving a Cow and Justin Beiber… but he had a fantastic time exploring Dehli, and has written a post on Purujeets blog about his first impressions of India. Yesterday, he headed over to Agra!
Follow Logans journey on Purujeets blog.
Purujeet, India to Canada! Purujeet spent yesterday, his second day in Canada in Vancouver! He spent the day exploring, visiting local museums and galleries and spent some time in our Vancouver Downtown hostel. He’s off to Whistler in the morning, and we can’t wait to see what he gets up to.
Follow Purujeets journey on Logans blog.
Vincent, Malaysia to Argentina! Yesterday Vincent spent some time in Buenos Aires, and headed off to catch a flight from HS Palermo, Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Vincent arrived at HS Mendoza at middnight, caught up on some sleep and is off to the Andes on his third day!
Follow Vincents journey on Belens blog.
Belen, Argentina to Malaysia! Belen attended a Malaysian wedding on her first day! She spent some time in Putrajaya – visited the Convention Centre and went off on a boat ride! She even came across the Durian fruit, a somewhat scary food suggested by her exchange partner “No wonder nobody wants to try it! It smells horrible!” All part of the cultural experience, Belen!
Follow Belens journey on Vincents blog.
Ainoha, Brazil to Ireland! Ainoha was allocated her traditional Irish name yesterday over breakfast, and made her way over to the incredible city of Cork to do some exploring and meet the Cork City hostel staff!
Follow Ainohas journey on Stephanies blog.
Stephanie, Ireland to Brazil!
Stephanie met our Brazillian BBE 2013 winner yesterday! She spent the day taking in her last dose of Rio, before packing her bags and heading over to the vibrant city of Salvador! She checked into our quirky F Design hostel, pretended to be a monkey for a few selfies and then got out the face paint (and an Irish hat, of course) ready to party Brazillian style for Halloween.
Follow Stephanies journey on Ainohas blog.
Jono, Australia to Slovenia! Jono visited Bled in Slovenia yesterday, took on some hefty food challenges, rowed a boat on the stunning lake, took some cheesey head shots at Bled castle and enjoyed the stunning view of Bled from our Bled hostel.
Follow Jonos journey on Ninas blog.
Nina, Slovenia to Australia! Nina spent her second day in Sydney, recovering from her surf lessons and had some Kangaroo pizza! Jono, her exchange partner thinks she’s nailing the Aussie lifestyle so far! She made her way over to the Blue Mountains – we’ll see how she got on there tomorrow!
Follow Ninas journey on Jonos blog.
Kitty, Hong Kong to the UK! Kitty has spent her first few days in the UK in the currently chilly capital of London! She’s seen Portabello Market, M&M world in Leicester square, Notting Hill, the Natural History Museum and yesterday – she let her nerd flag flight high and proud and visited Harry Potter Studios. Being a creative breakfast blogger, she’s had a fair few traditional English Breakfasts too!
Follow Kittys journey on Ruths blog.
Ruth, UK to Hong Kong!
Ruth is enjoying the stunning views of Hong Kong, she’s been exploring the streets of the city and the beautiful beaches.
Follow Ruths journey on Kittys blog.
Manuel, Spain to South Africa!
Manuel went on a horse back beach ride, and took some incredibly stunning photo’s of his views along the way. Follow Manuels journey on Roys blog.
Roy, South Africa to Spain! Roy spent his second day in Spain in Burgos, with beautiful clear skies – and visited Burgos Cathedral!
Follow Roys journey on Manuels blog.
Marcela, Italy to Philippines! Marcela left Manila and headed over to Cebu City. She explored the city and she’s having an incredible time, and getting a taste for the local cuisine! She’s currently in Cebu City preparing for Mactan Island!
Follow Marcelas journey on Tessas blog.
Tessa, Philippines to Italy! Tessa spent the day exploring and headed over to Vicenza! Today she is heading over to Venice, and we’ll see what she got up to there tomorrow!
Follow Tessas journey on Marcelas blog.
Remember to check back to the blog tomorrow, we’ll be giving you an overview of what are bloggers are getting up to today on the third day of their exchanges!
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You can see all of the bloggers together by clicking here. They will be posting on their exchange partners blogs for the duration of the 10 day cultural exchanges, sharing everything with you all along the way. It’s day 3 of our 10 day digital trip around the world, and we can’t wait to see what else they get up to. We have an incredible team this year spreading the word of the project in 16 culturally diverse countries, and the adventure is only just beginning!