Day 10 – BBE daily summary

As sad as it makes us to say it – the exchanges have now come to an end!

Yesterday our bloggers enjoyed their last day in their exchange countries, took in their last doses of the beautiful cities they were residing in, and reflected on the wealth of amazing experiences they have all had over the last 10 days. It’s been an incredible journey not just for the bloggers – but for the readers and all of us here at HI too.

Our bloggers may be making their way back home today, but the Big Blog Exchange journey is far from over!

Over the coming days we’ll be bringing you the results of some more challenges we set the bloggers during their exchanges – such as the second edition of our best activity video challenge and the results from our best video interview challenge! We’ll also be posting some interviews with the bloggers and of course, our video epilogues that will see them all reflect on their Big Blog Exchange journeys – keep an eye out for these videos at the end of November.

If you’re only just tuning into the Big Blog Exchange journey – it’s still not too late! You can still join us for a 10 day digital trip around the world by going back to our day 1 daily summary and making your way back to here – the final day.

You can follow their adventures and catch up with what they will be doing when they return home as they report live on Twitter, as well as by searching the #bigblogx tag on Instagram. You can also catch up with our 16 winning bloggers by taking a look at their individual blogs, as they post more stories, reflections and photographs from their journeys.

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For now, here is what our bloggers got up to on the 10th and final day of their exchanges..

Lucie, France to USA! Lucie spent the last day of her USA exchange in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas. A city she has grown to love over the last few days, and will take away nothing but fond memories of. It was a beautiful, sunny day in Austin yesterday – and Lucie made the most of the weather by kicking off her Sunday with a long walk along boardwalk. She grabbed some lunch at a DIY restaurant, and admired the beauty of the natural spring pool right in the centre of the city. She ended her day in Austin by visiting the crazy cathedral of junk and made her way back to our Austin hostel to start work on customising her Big Blog Exchange T-Shirt! 
Follow Lucies journey on Taralynns blog.

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Taralynn, USA to France! Yesterday Taralynn explored Amiens a little before a long day of travelling back to the iconic capital of Paris – the city she kicked off her Big Blog Exchange adventure in 10 days ago. Taralynn has written a post on Lucies blog about her lunch with the secretary general of Hostelling International in Amiens yesterday.
Follow Taralynns journey on Lucies blog.

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Logan, Canada to India! Yesterday Logan set off in a Jeep in search of wild tigers, it was on his India bucket list to see them in their natural habitat, and he was determined to tick it off. We’ll have some photos for you soon from his day, for now however, here’s a reminder of what he did the day before. He set out to complete his exchange partner Purujeets dare – to ride a camel. He couldn’t find any camels however – so he improvised! He rode an Elephant through the jungle and saw a whole host of other wildlife – we’ll count that as a dare completed! Logan has also spent some time with the fantastic YHA India team in the offices in Delhi!
Follow Logans journey on Purujeets blog.

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Purujeet, India to Canada! Yesterday Purujeet made his way over to Halifax in Nova Scotia. He explored the markets for the day and made his way back to our Halifax hostel for some home cooking and a farewell!
Follow Purujeets journey on Logans blog.

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Vincent, Malaysia to Argentina! Vincent spent his final day in Argentina in Buenos Aires – and what a beautiful day it was! He got his caffeine fix at Cafe Tortoni with his exchange partner Belens dad and his friend, before heading out to explore the city a little more before saying goodbye to Argentina, for now!
Follow Vincents journey on Belens blog

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Belen, Argentina to Malaysia! Belens last day in Malaysia was spent in the state of Penang, the place she has seen a wealth of unique and beautiful street art in over the last few days. Vincent has spent time with both of Belens parents in Buenos Aires since arriving in Argentina, and Belen has also met some of Vincents loved ones while in Malaysia! While in Kuala Lumpur Belen had a meal with Vincents wife and sister! 
Follow Belens journey on Vincents blog.

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Ainoha, Brazil to Ireland! The last stop on Ainohas Irish adventure is the city of Dublin! She explored the city, and is preparing to say goodbye to the wonderful HI Ireland staff and the country she has fallen in love with over the last 10 days.
Follow Ainohas journey on Stephanies blog.

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Stephanie, Ireland to Brazil! Stephanie spent the last day of her Brazillian adventure in Rio de Janeiro, in the same city and hostel in which she began her Big Blog Exchange adventure 10 days ago. She met a fellow traveller from Scotland and they decided to head into Rio exploring for the day together. They visisted the Panema Hippie Fair, stumbled across a traditional Irish bar – and headed for the top of the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain! 
Follow Stephanies journey on Ainohas blog.

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Jono, Australia to Slovenia! After a big farewell celebration (with a lot of wine) the night before in our hostel, it was time for Jono to say goodbye to Slovenia. He spoke of the country with such a warmth, and was incredibly saddened to have to say goodbye. He headed for Venice to catch his flight back home, and it’s beauty somewhat softened the blow of leaving Slovenia (briefly anyway.) He was told to get a taxi to the airport, and spent a few minutes slightly confused as to how until he realised that the taxis would of course be by water! Here are some additional photographs from Jonos 10 day Slovenian adventure.
Follow Jonos journey on Ninas blog.

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Nina, Slovenia to Australia! Nina arrived at our Melbourne hostel yesterday, and sadly today she is saying goodbye to Australia and the Big Blog Exchange journey. She said she has had the experience of a lifetime, and when we spoke to her earlier she was in Malaysia on her way back home – already missing it down under!
Follow Ninas journey on Jonos blog.

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Ruth, UK to Hong Kong! Yesterday was Ruths final call for shopping in Hong Kong – so she visited all of the local markets! Today with a heavy heart she says goodbye to Hong Kong and flies back to the UK. Here are some snaps of her with the staff from our YHA Mei Ho House hostel. 
Follow Ruths journey on Kittys blog.

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Kitty, Hong Kong to the UK! Kitty wrote a letter to Bristol and Bath describing the differences between the cities, and how much she loved them. Today she is in Liverpool and will be returning to London to catch her flight back to Hong Kong and say goodbye to England – for now at least.
Follow Kittys journey on Ruths blog.

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Manuel, Spain to South Africa! Yesterday Manuel enjoyed his last day in beautiful Cape Town and took this incredible shot for us. Today he’s headed for Johannesburg before catching his flight home to Spain!
Follow Manuels journey on Roys blog.

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Roy, South Africa to Spain! Roy spent yesterday in the last stop on his Spanish itinerary – the iconic city of Barcelona. He enjoyed his last Spanish sunset before heading back to Madrid to catch his flight home to South Africa this afternoon. 
Follow Roys journey on Manuels blog.

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Marcela, Italy to Philippines! Marcela said goodbye to Baguio and made her way back to the city of Manila, today she catches her flight home and says goodbye to the Philippines – but she’s already started planning her return in 2016!
Follow Marcelas journey on Tessas blog.

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Tessa, Philippines to Italy! Tessa spent yesterday hanging out with the Pope, well, not literally, but she did see him! She went on a tour of the Vatican and managed to capture a shot of the Pope as he appeared on the balcony at midday. She’s decided to stay in Europe for a few extra days to see France and Iceland, and we wish her a safe remainder of her trip! She spoke of how proud she was that she had faced her fears and travelled solo for the past ten days in Italy on the Big Blog Exchange – and we’re so pleased about that!
Follow Tessas journey on Marcelas blog.

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Our bloggers may be making their way back home from their 10 day exchanges today, but the Big Blog Exchange journey isn’t quite over yet!

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Day 8 – BBE daily summary

What an amazing journey the Big Blog Exchange 2014 has been so far, every single day we’ve seen our winning bloggers leap out of their comfort zones and experience new things in a new country, staying in our hostels, gaining an understanding of the countries culture and sharing every thought and moment with us all. If you’re only just tuning in, you can catch up on what’s been happening over the last 7 days by going back to our day 1 daily summary, and making your way back to right here – day 8! Here is an overview of what our winners got up to yesterday in 16 countries across the world.

To follow their journeys you can read their individual blogs, but remember they will be posting on their exchange partners blog for the duration of the exchange. You can also follow the individual adventures as they report live on Twitter, as well as by searching the #bigblogx tag on Instagram.

Lucie, France to USA! Yesterday Lucie said goodbye to the beautiful city of San Diego and headed over to Austin, Texas! She had the fantastic opportunity to attend Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin and said it is by far one of the best festivals she has ever been to in her life. She saw some giant Jenga, some BMX shows, had a grab & go traditional festival lunch and discovered some new favourite bands. She stayed in our HI Austin hostel last night. 
Follow Lucies journey on Taralynns blog.

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Taralynn, USA to France! Taralynn landed in Rennes yesterday. As soon as she arrived she became obsessed with the city and declared to her readers that she absolutely adored it. She spent the day exploring and last night she made her way to the next stop on her french itinerary – Amiens. She’s exploring there today, and we’ll catch up with what she got up to on tomorrows summary.
Follow Taralynns journey on Lucies blog.

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Logan, Canada to India! Logan took a train up north and got into Ramnagar, where his next accommodation was located. He had a bit of trouble acquiring Wi-Fi so unfortunately we don’t have any photos for you from his day, we do however, have a strange little story. Despite his frustration borne from the lack of Wi-Fi that day, Logan managed to find connection for a brief period of time. He was sat outside his accommodation by the entrance, and suddenly realised his phone had picked up a signal from somewhere. He looked to his right and saw a deep, ominous Indian jungle. He looked to his left and saw 5 homeless men cooking their dinner over a fire, whilst listening to Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. He was slightly confused about where this connection had come from, given his odd location – but he didn’t question it, and instead decided to use the surprise glimpse of connection to inform us of this strange occurrence. You may  remember Logan’s odd Justin Bieber themed taxi ride at the beginning of his trip in Delhi, he thought this would be the last time he would hear this, but he was wrong. His driver in the middle of the Indian jungle played it again yesterday, shortly followed by Celine Dion and Bryan Adams, the perfect trio of terrible Canadian music (his words, not ours.) He laughed as an entire street of Indian residents turned to watch as his taxi pass through, with Bryan Adams ‘This Is Me’ on full blast. What an odd day. We assume he will be compiling all of these songs into a ‘BBE India 2014’ soundtrack when he returns to Canada. Today he’s off to see some Tigers and Elephants!
Follow Logans journey on Purujeets blog.

Purujeet, India to Canada! Yesterday Purujeet said goodbye to Niagara, the falls and the fantastic team of staff he had formed such a warm opinion of (and had become a part of for a while) and made his way to Montreal. He explored the area for a while and headed out for Tacos at a fantastic little Mexican place. Last night he attended a pub crawl, and partied with fellow travellers from 7 different nationalities, swapping stories and making friends, staying in line with what this project is all about – cultural understanding. 
Follow Purujeets journey on Logans blog.

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Vincent, Malaysia to Argentina! Yesterday Vincent left HI Bariloche and made his way to the airport. His next stop was Buenos Aires, a city he has already formed fond memories off from earlier on in his BBE adventure.
Follow Vincents journey on Belens blog.

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Belen, Argentina to Malaysia! Belen has been exploring Penang further, saw even more of Malaysias unique and beautiful street art (that involves a lot of cats!) and visited the fantastic camera museum – a great place to visit for any blogger!
Follow Belens journey on Vincents blog.

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Ainoha, Brazil to Ireland! Yesterday Ainoha made her way back through Dublin and over to Galway City! She explored the area, saw the Spanish Arch and ended her night with some traditional Irish music at a local pub, before retiring to our Sleepzone hostel.
Follow Ainohas journey on Stephanies blog.

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Stephanie, Ireland to Brazil! Stephanie spent her 8th day in Brazil in the naturally beautiful area of Arraial do Cabo! She was originally supposed to get on a bus back to the city, but she just couldn’t say goodbye to the beautiful beaches just yet. She extended her stay slightly and did some snorkeling, and after seeing her photos – we understand why!
Follow Stephanies journey on Ainohas blog.

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Jono, Australia to Slovenia! Jono has described the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana as a ‘fairytale town’. Yesterday, despite the rain, he woke up ready to make the most of his last day and night in Ljubljana. He said goodbye to hostel Tresor, a former bank, but not before robbing it and escaping on a long board.
Follow Jonos journey on Ninas blog.

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Nina, Slovenia to Australia! Nina has put together a video of her time canyoning and abseiling in the beautiful Blue Mountains that we just had to share with you! Yesterday Nina was in Melbourne exploring, she saw some street art, had some Kangaroo burgers and stayed at our Melbourne hostel.
Follow Ninas journey on Jonos blog.

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Ruth, UK to Hong Kong! Ruth met Stephanie from YHA Hong Kong yesterday, and had a fantastic tour around a local museum.
Follow Ruths journey on Kittys blog.

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Kitty, Hong Kong to the UK! Kitty wrote a letter to London, thanking it for the incredible few days she spent there at the beginning of her adventure in England. Yesterday she hopped on her next train over to York!
Follow Kittys journey on Ruths blog.

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Manuel, Spain to South Africa! Manuel spent yesterday in beautiful Cape Town, and took some amazing shots for us.
Follow Manuels journey on Roys blog.

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Roy, South Africa to Spain! Roy took some beautiful shots in Pamplona, said goodbye and made his way over to Zaragoza yesterday. Today he’s touched down in Barcelona, and we’re already excited to see his shots from the incredible city. 
Follow Roys journey on Manuels blog.

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Marcela, Italy to Philippines! Marcela has now reached the last city on her agenda, Baguio! She checked into our hostel and enjoyed the stunning views.
Follow Marcelas journey on Tessas blog.

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Tessa, Philippines to Italy! Tessa explored Italy‘s third largest city yesterday, Naples.
Follow Tessas journey on Marcelas blog.

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It’s currently day 9 of our 10 day digital trip around the world, and we’ll be giving you the full low-down from today on the blog tomorrow!

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Winners Landed

 

Day 2 – BBE daily summary

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!

Remember Twitter is buzzing with live updates on the whereabouts and insights of the 16 winners, to follow live updates of the exchanges – click here!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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The last day of the Big Blog Exchange!

We can’t believe it’s over now. It has been an amazing adventure for all. Most of our bloggers are flying home at the moment, reflecting on their 10 days experience. As we mentioned before, some of the bloggers are staying to explore the exchanged destinations for longer at their own expense and with a support of Hostelling International’s National Associations.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy is now in Granada enjoying the sun. Look at some oh his great shots from his trip to Cordoba!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara spent her last day in Santa Monica and is now off to Spain.

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur is on her way home now! On her last day, she enjoyed Jerusalem street art and Israel Museum.

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali had a casual drive through a cloud of volcanic ash.

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has visited our office today. We had some great laugh together and we also enjoyed some HI cupcakes. She has met BBE team as well as our president Edith Arnoult-Brill and CEO Mikael Hansson.

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Amazing Asia Adventures came to a close. Sophie is now flying through Malaysia-Singapore-Amsterdam-Geneva-Chamonix to her hometown in the UK.

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario had spent her last day in Auckland.

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine is just checking-in at Aeropuerto Internacional de Ezeiza. Here are just couple of shots from her visit of La Boca, a district in Buenos Aires, with a view of a beautiful sunset to finish off an amazing trip.

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

After visiting Carcassonne, she is heading to Biarritz, a beautiful seaside town.

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire is flying back to Canada now. She spent her last moments in Rio de Janeiro!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is about to cross the border of Germany and Netherlands.

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina is back in Frankfurt now and is missing Philippines already!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet is just on the plane back home. She spent an early morning at Table Mountain to end this trip with some great views over Cape Town.

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi had an amazing time in Belgium. Now she is on the plane to South Africa. Have a safe flight Didi…

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy said bye bye to each other and they are both on their way home.

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee spent a day at La Ronde Amusement Park yesterday. She played the Goliath which is the largest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada. Afterwards, she got on the Maid of the Mist and got really close to the Niagara Falls. She said it was the best experience ever!

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Day 10 – BBE Daily Summary!

It’s the last full day for some of our bloggers before flying home, so they are making the very most of their surroundings!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy has been blogging about his time in Cordoba!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has been staying in Santa Monica! Doesn’t her hostel look amazing!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur has been exploring Israel’s most colourful and energetic sites in her last few days!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali has been enjoying the Midnight Sun, in Skogar.

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been exploring the (apparently) most haunted city in the UK – York!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie has enjoyed her trip so much, she said that at some points – it has felt like being in a film!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has been visiting Akaroa.

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been enjoying her last few days in Argentina by going on a HI bar crawl with some of the staff from the hostels she has been staying in! All this wine tasting and drinking must be tiring!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

After two days relaxing in Sète, Natalia visited an oyster farm!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has been exploring yet more wildlife in Brazil!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is still busy exploring Germany!

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina hosted a bloggers meet up for the BBE contestants in Manila! Lots of bloggers attended – and Tina now has a new circle of blogging friends!

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She’s now on her way home.

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

After wine tasting in South Africa and she is now ready for the Town Ship Tour and the trip to Robben Isle!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi has been enjoying her last few days with new found friends!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy are still exploring Malaysia together!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

Chee has left Toronto and is now in Montreal, a city she immediately fell in love with as soon as she saw how creatively driven it is! This weekend is the Festival International Montreal en Arts which it celebrates music, art, designs and all things artistic!

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Day 9 – BBE Daily Summary!

There’s just a few days left to go – we can’t believe it’s gone so quickly! Our bloggers are still exploring new destinations though, and blogging about it for readers to follow.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

After exploring ‘beautiful’ Cordoba, Andy is now en route to Sevilla!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara has been busy living the LA lifestyle!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Audur says that IYHA (HI’s association in Israel) have been spoiling her whilst she’s been away! Take a look at those lovely views!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali has been on a tour of Snæfellsnes!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been exploring Robin Hood’s bay – and tasting the English seaside classic ‘Fish & Chips’!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie and Jeremy have been exploring Malaysia together, and their readers have been setting them challenges via Twitter (scroll down to see Jeremy’s challenge below). They are currently at Port Dickson.

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has taken some beautiful images of her time in Christchurch!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been on another wine tasting expedition (this time by bike) and has met lots of other like-minded adventure seekers!

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She tried ‘mate’ a type of herbal tea for the first time and really liked it!

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia has been exploring the medieval town of Carcassone!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has some fantastic pictures from her trip to Foz do Iguaçu! She even went water rafting!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie is visiting museums today, and getting to know the history of her exchange partner’s home country. Do you normally visit museums when you travel?

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Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Like the true foodie she is, Tina travelled around Cebu with her taste buds!

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Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

Liesbet went on a lions walk yesterday, and managed to spot two! One had even managed to climb up a tree!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

After meeting lots of new friends in Bruges and Ghent, Didi made her way to Brussels yesterday! And already, it looks like she’s having a great time!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Sophie and Jeremy are continuing their adventure around Malaysia.

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One of Jeremy’s readers challenged him to try Durian fruit icecream (also known as the smelly fruit). Sophie took a photo of him tasting it, which he described as being between ‘awful’ and ‘death’.

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

After mountain biking for the first time yesterday, Chee is now in Toronto!

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Day 8 – BBE Daily Summary!

Our bloggers have been busy exploring their exchange destinations, and blogging! Make sure you catch up on all of their posts here. Until then, here’s a little summary of what they’ve been getting up to.

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

This morning, Andy was featured in The Advocate as the ‘Face of the new diplomacy’. What a great article!

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He has been staying in Toledo for the past few days, in a real Castle!

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Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara blogged today about staying in green-eco hostel Boston!

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In addition to having a perfect day ‘surrounded by nature’!

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She is currently staying in this amazing lighthouse hostel! Yes, we do have a hostel in a lighthouse!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

We absolutely loved Audur’s latest post ‘An Eskimo in The Desert’ depicting her first experience in desert surroundings, coming from the cold climates of Iceland.

Yesterday, she lazed by the pool – chatting to the lifeguard. She said that ‘every pool should come with a handsome flirty lifeguard’!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Ali visited a glacier yesterday – and is up to more exploring today!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty is visiting Boggle Hole and Robin Hood’s bay today!

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“This camera was not part of my itinerary”. Kisty couldn’t resist buying a new camera!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Today, Sophie and Jeremy jumped on the bus to Malaysia together – ready to explore the historical city of Malacca. They will be hosted by HI Malaysia for the remainder of the trip, before Sophie flies back to Singapore for her flight home! We can’t believe it’s gone so quickly!

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Yesterday however, a dream came true for Sophie as she visited an infinity pool in Singapore that her brother had shown her a picture of many years back. She claimed at the time that ‘one day I will visit’ – and yesterday, was that day!

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How amazing is that view!

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When exploring Sentosa with HI representative Jo, she came across pink dolphins. We didn’t even know they existed! Apparently, they turn more pink the older they get.

Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario is continuing to explore Christchurch today!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand(blogging from Argentina)

Katherine is visiting Alta Montana, where it goes from hot – to freezing cold (and snow) within a few steps!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia is still exploring the lovely Lyon!

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Claire from France (blogging from Brazil)

Claire has been swimming in the falls!

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Camie Juan from Philippines (blogging from Germany)

Camie’s latest blog post ‘falling in love with Bavaria’ outlined Camie’s dream to visit a Castle!

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Looks like her dream came true!

Tina from Germany (blogging from Philippines)

Tina has been enjoying a little slice of Paradise!

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She even spotted a whale shark! And has been updating regularly on Instagram!

Liesbet from Belgium (blogging from South Africa)

It’s the last day on Liesbet’s Garden Route Tour – take a look at her pictures!

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Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

Didi’s adventure was featured in a newspaper this morning! How amazing is that!

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Yesterday, she took a hot air balloon ride around the city. Meaning she had an amazing view of her surroundings to take pictures of!

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Jeremy Fowler from Canada (blogging from Malaysia)

Jeremy has had a great few days exploring Singapore, but is now heading back to Malaysia (with Sophie) to explore the historical city of Malacca!

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Chee Chingy from Malaysia (blogging from Canada)

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Chee has been hiking and white water rafting today! Wow!

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Day 7 – BBE Daily Summary!

Day 7 of the Big Blog Exchange has been full of adventure and activity! There’s only three days left of the official exchange (although several of our bloggers are staying a few days extra at their own expense to explore a little further!). We hope you’re enjoying exploring 16 different countries all at the same time, alongside our bloggers!

Andy Anderson from USA (blogging from Spain)

Andy told Sara’s readers that when travelling, he rarely chooses to visit and appreciate the local art – but when afforded the opportunity to in Madrid, he was pleased that he grasped the chance too, as he really enjoyed it!

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When you travel, do you look around local art galleries too?

Sara Rodriguez from Spain (blogging from USA)

Sara is now exploring California, and absolutely loves her new surroundings!

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The hostel she was staying in, even had a hot tub! Check out her view!

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Audur Osp from Iceland (blogging from Israel)

Despite initial reservations about visiting Israel, Audur is really enjoying her BBE adventure – and has said it’s opened her eyes much more!

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Take a look at her salad ‘starter’, it looks like a full meal!

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Ali Karp from Israel (blogging from Iceland)

Today, Ali will be jumping on a snowmobile and checking out a large glacier!

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Kisty Mea from Singapore (blogging from the UK)

Kisty has been enjoying the English countryside, but is also looking forward to returning to London to explore some of the local museums – and visiting the HI offices!

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Sophie Roberts from UK (blogging from Singapore)

Sophie is exploring Singapore further (and Island hopping) with fellow BBE winner Jeremy! She will then head back to Malaysia (with Jeremy) for more adventures!

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Rosario Lamastra from Argentina (blogging from New Zealand)

Rosario has been getting active whilst exploring Christchurch!

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Yesterday she took a cool sip at the Ice Bar in Queenstown!

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Katherine Kearsley from New Zealand (blogging from Argentina)

Katherine has been taking a trip to the wineries for some wine tasting!

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Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia has been blogging from sunny Lyon today, it looks lovely!

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