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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!

Face of the ‘new diplomacy’ - People - The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA

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!


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!

kisty in church view back to hostel

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!


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!

Yesterday summer shoes. Today snow and leg warmers. #altamontana amazing An old inca bridge and abandoned hot spa on the way up the mountain Cute little place we stopped for breakfast on the #altamontana tour today he lookout point to the #Aconcagua Mountain Photo by kapcha • Instagram the view

Natalia from Brazil (blogging from France)

Natalia is still exploring the lovely Lyon!

Sète was the place I ate the mos delicious food in this trip so far bouchon bouchon2 bouchon3 bouchon4 dish Just relaxing lyon Sète

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!

View out of our room this night Braai and marshmallows for the last evening of our Garden Route braai with gumboot dancing on the beach Day Tour with guide Nizaam on Sunday 9th June Day Tour with guide Nizaam on Sunday 9th June 2 hike to stormsriver mouth2 hike to the Stormsriver mouth I am also a campfire-addict liesbet on a bike tour Relaxing at the Indian Ocean relaxing beach Stormsriver ... Woaw the guide that can make magic happen

Didi from South Africa (blogging from Belgium)

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

Ballonvaarder maakt droom Didi waar - Jeugdherbergen in Vlaanderen en Brussel

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)

start of hike hiking for 5 hours HI-Lake Louise Alpine Centre

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

Good morning! Waiting for laundry after mountain biking before white water rafting

Follow all 16 of our winning bloggers over at the bigblogexchange.org , where all of their posts, pictures and experiences will be published daily on the wall.

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