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REVIEW: GuideWithMe Offline Travel App

Another offering from the stables of MapsWithMe is called the GuideWithMe app. As the name suggests it’s an extensive guide to specific countries and it lists the popular cities/states/regions of the country. The details of the places are sourced from WikiTravel and thus can be considered to be fairly accurate with in any case I’d recommend using it with caution.

While travelling places Screenshot_2013-12-01-22-27-30 Screenshot_2013-12-01-22-26-08we don’t always get the best deals on communication and at such times offline maps come in handy.  GuidesWithMe is completely offline and that gives you the liberty to get a decent over view of places at your convenience. You also have telephone numbers of the places that are famous, which can be helpful when you are out all day and need to call up to check availability. There’s an inbuilt map which can be downloaded as an add-on to keep you pointed in the right direction.  Here are some pros & cons:

PROS:
1. Completely offline
2. Easy to use and very intuitive
3. Coupled with the MapsWithMe app, it would be the perfect guide book for your travel

CONS:
1. While the app is offline based, there could have been an online component in the form of a forum.  A traveller will eventually find WiFi and reading discussions or comments about such places would surely be beneficial, from my point of view.
2. Should have come with the detailed maps since it’s a single country guide app.

Overall it’s a great app to keep handy during your travel. It would surely make your life much easier on the road, while giving you the liberty to get wonderfully lost.

Football: Hungary vs. Liechtenstein by Dave

On Friday I was fortunate enough to get tickets to see Hungary play a friendly match again Liechtenstein at the Puskás Ferenc Stadion. Now I admit it, I like football, and so I couldn’t pass up the chance to see Hungary play, even though it was only a friendly. My Mum and her husband were visiting, but I couldn’t not experience watching Hungary play in Hungary, so I dragged them along too—actually, I didn’t have to do too much dragging, since they enjoy football too.
So we took the metro from Astoria up to the stadium and, not know exactly where the stadium was, we decided to follow the large crowds of people—I guessed that they were going there too, and luckily it turned out that they were. One of the reassuring commonalities between football matches in all countries is that there will always be hordes of fans drinking cans of beer on the way to the match, as well as industrious entrepreneurs selling beer in their makeshift shops, which consist of a fold-up chair and about 10 cases of supermarket beer.
After getting searched for knifes and other weapons we were eventually let into the stadium grounds, and quickly made our way to the stands. How should I describe the stadium …? Well, in the words of my father-in-law “It’s not Wembley”. That’s true. It wasn’t a newly constructed, multi-million dollar stadium. On the contrary, while the pitch was obviously well cared for and maintained, the stadium itself looked as if no one had invested in it since it was opened in the early 1950s. But still, the stadium was at least half-full and so there was lots of chanting, which mainly consisted of some sort of shouting contest between the stands, where one would shout “Hungaria and the other reply “Magyarok”, i.e. Hungary, Hungary. It all created what was actually a nice atmosphere.
Now, we have to remember that Hungary was playing Liectenstein, a country with about as many inhabitants as my hometown in England … so less than 40,000. The players are therefore part-timers, who probably have day jobs as bank clerks, plumbers and insurance salesmen, so most of the match consisted of Hungary attacking. All in all it was an entertaining match—I won’t give a detailed analysis of the entire match, suffice to say that Hungary spent most of the match attacking. So, perhaps it was to be expected that they won 5-0. But that was good, everyone was happy and singing, and they all left the ground in a good mood. I was pleased as well, not only because Hungary won, but also for the chance to see Hungary play, which incidentally is exactly 100% more times than I’ve seen the English national side play!
Credit- This interesting article is by Dave on http://studyinbudapest.blogspot.in/

#StudentPOV: 10 Must See Places in Cape Town, South Africa by Shannon Kelly

In October, 2012 I came across a flyer for short term study abroad experience in South Africa. I glanced at it for a few minutes, and then pushed it aside to look at on a later date. I probably wouldn’t have believed you if you told me that seven months later I would be embarking on a three week journey to Cape Town with 10 fellow University of Illinois students and three instructors.

If South Africa isn’t on your top list of places to go, I suggest you change that! You don’t want to miss out on this country full of vibrant culture, down to earth people and beautiful sights to see. If you ever have the opportunity to travel to South Africa, be sure to take along my list of ten places to go in Cape Town.

 Table Mountain

Table Mountain was named on of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature” in 2011. It is a mountain that is flat like a “table” so you can walk across the top. You can either take a two hour hike up to the top or there is also the option to go on a quick cable car ride. Once you arrive to the top of the mountain, you can look down over the view of the ocean and see the city of Cape Town as well.

Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope

These are two addition landmarks with picturesque views that you should not leave Cape Town without experiencing. Cape Point has a historic light house that was built in 1859 and still stands today. Cape Point over looks beautiful blue waters and the Cape of Good Hope which is know to be most south western tip of Africa. After going up to Cape Point you can take a drive down to the Cape of Good Hope to take a picture by the sign that has the geographic coordinates and make it bucket list official.

University of Cape Town

Although we didn’t get to go into UCT, we did get to explore the campus’s outside courtyards that has beautiful statues and overlooks the entire city of Cape Town. Since we were only in Cape Town for three weeks, we didn’t take any classes at the university, but it is indeed a very reputable school with a nice campus, so I wish we could’ve spent more time there.

Townships

Townships are a big part of South Africa’s history and are still a part of the country today. These areas are where citizens were forced to live during the Apartheid and it is where a good amount of the population still resides. Make a point to visit the townships at sometime during your stay.

Aquila Private Game Reserve

Make sure to catch a safari at Aquila when you’re in South Africa! At this particular place, you receive breakfast and lunch buffet style and a tour around the land in a jeep. There are rhinos, hippos, elephants, springbox, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and more! It was a great experience and unlike anything you will ever see in the United States.

Cheetah Sanctuary

Have you always wanted to pet a cheetah? You’ll have the chance to at the Cheetah Sanctuary in Cape Town. This organization houses other animals as well, and tries to prevent the extinction of these exotic animals.

Langa Baptist Church

This is a church that is known and visited by people all over the world. Everyone was up on their feet singing and dancing for almost the entire service, and it was definitely a life changing experience. It was awesome how warmly complete stranger embraced us and welcomed us into their church to worship.

Robben Island

This is where past president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, spent 18 years in prison. You take a boat ride to the island and then take a tour of the facilities. You hear stories from past inmates and also are able to view Mandela’s prison cell. Robben Island was a big part of South Africa history, and one that should be remembered.

Waterfront

This is where the boat leaves to Robben Island, but there are lots of things to do when you return to the waterfront. Not only is it another great place for pictures, but there are lots of restaurants and shops to spend time at. There is also a ferris wheel that you can go on to get a great view of the city and the water.

Hout Bay

Last but not least, Hout Bay is a harbor and marketplace that attracts many tourists. If the weather is good, you can go out on a boat to see seals. The market has many vendors selling food and souvenirs of all different kinds.

In addition to these ten places, there are so many other beaches, restaurants and landmarks that should not go unnoticed during your Cape Town trip. South Africa is a country unlike any other, and going there was an experience that I hope everyone has a chance to have at some point.
Credit: This lovely article is by Shannon Kelly. Read the blog with pictures here.
About the author: Shannon Kelly is a Journalism major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is involved with the student newspaper, new student programing, and greek life on campus. She has a passion for travel, loves animals, and never turns down an adventure. Always looking for a reason to laugh and be spontaneous, Shannon also enjoys music and movies