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Danube Delta – Water, Willows & Fish Soup

What do you do when life takes you by surprise? Do you open yourself and embrace the challenge? Do you shy away and rather stick to the familiar? How do you draw the line between adventure and insane risk? For many years I was literally afraid to visit the Danube...

Hiking in Romania: Padis – Cetatile Ponorului, Apuseni Mountains

I told you in the previous post in the Hiking in Romania series that the harder a place is to reach, the cleaner and the more exciting it is. Apuseni Carpathians trails are hard to reach indeed, especially if you don’t have a car, but they are worth the pain. Those...

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Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

I can’t believe how many fears of our ancestors have provided popular touristic objectives of today. If we only think of how many citadels and fortresses are there, we see that throughout the history humans were anything but friendly. Everybody wanted something that...

Greeks of Kayakoy, Go Home! The Bitter Meaning of Going Home

She was almost blind. Her myopia was so advanced that she had to stick her nose into a book to be able to read. Despite her thick glasses which looked like two jar bottoms, she was one of the most smiling and optimistic in our class, if not in the entire highschool....

Saklikent Gorge, The Place Where Time Stops

Out of all places I’ve been to, two have the magic power to stop the time. One is Mount Olympus in Greece. The other one is Saklikent Gorge in Turkey. These places have a strange power to bring happiness and peace in your soul. For the entire time you are there, you...

The Oludeniz Earthquake – How Close Do We Get to Places We Visit?

It’s strange how we get attached to things in our lives. Wardrobes full of clothes we don’t wear anymore, boxes crowded with old photos, bookcases and bookcases with books we read once, every little nail and screw from dismantled household appliances, old magazines,...

Did the Hermits of Meteora Greece Lose Their Privacy to Tourists?

I can’t believe how many fears of our ancestors have provided popular touristic objectives of today. If we only think of how many citadels and fortresses are there, we see that throughout the history humans were anything but friendly. Everybody wanted something that...