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Exploring Palermo: Beauty And Decay In The Capital Of Sicily

Exploring Palermo: Beauty And Decay In The Capital Of Sicily

It takes us three rides and one afternoon to get to Palermo from which we wrongly assume that hitchhiking in Sicily is easy. We say goodbye to two Spanish designers and their rented car in a narrow street paved with shiny blocks of stone. Palermo welcomes us with a mix of languages, noises and skin colors. Its decadent beauty reminds me of many places I´ve known, yet adorned with unseen patterns and people. We walk past the Palace of Justice,…

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15 Awful #BorderCrossingFails To Scare You Before Summer

15 Awful #BorderCrossingFails To Scare You Before Summer

Digital nomads, serial backpackers and full-time travelers are well-organized people with neatly arranged files of documents to fulfill visa requirements everywhere they go…sorry, what? Don’t you believe me? Yeah, actually, no. I have entered Mexico without getting stamped (and had to sneak in back to the US secretly), barely saved my husband from a big red REJECTED stamp when we tried going to Macedonia, spent two months in Turkey illegally without even knowing and got searched through and through for…

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How To Get A Teaching Job In Colombia As A Foreigner & Without Agencies

How To Get A Teaching Job In Colombia As A Foreigner & Without Agencies

I have heard from many travelers that it is a piece of cake to get a teaching job in Colombia, since the locals like foreigners and prefer them for language teaching positions. Well…yes and no. It is indeed relatively easy for a native speaker to find a teaching gig because many people assume that being fluent in a language is an equivalent of being able to teach it. However, it is definitely possible to work as a teacher even if…

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Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Northern Cyprus: Hitching & Hiking In Karpaz National Park – With Map

Karpaz National Park is a green needle sticking out from the northern part of the island of Cyprus. While Google Maps doesn’t show much when it comes to hiking trails in Karpaz (shame on you, google!), you can definitely hike there with success. I had no idea about how are the hiking paths in Karpaz (also called Carpasia or Karpass), but based on my experience with hiking the Lycian trail, I figured there must be some in the NP – and…

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Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Is Northern Cyprus Safe For Solo Female Hitchhikers?

Short answer: yes. When I told my mom I left my loving husband on the mainland in Turkey and took a ferry to hitchhike around Northern Cyprus on my own for two weeks, she got really nervous. I think she even lost some sleep because of it – sorry, mom! In spite of her concerns, I felt safe and happy in Cyprus. I enjoyed the culture, the people and the food, the landscape was beautiful and I even got to…

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How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

How To Prepare Turkish Coffee (And Avoid Getting Married)

Let´s start with a nasty secret, shall we? Right on: I used to think Turkish coffee was blueh. You know, all the weird stuff floating in it and getting into your teeth…well, you get my point. Those were the times my only experience with Turkish coffee was the one at the buffet of the Poprad train station – and believe me when I tell you you don´t want to try that brew! (Or any other train station coffee in former…

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How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How to Avoid Dengue Fever When You Travel?

How can you avoid getting dengue fever on the road? This question seems to immediately start bugging many who set foot on the ground of a tropical country, “tropical” in this context being loose enough to contain all the hot places where a “tiger mosquito” (the one with white stripes) can thrive. I would even say the dengue is haunting the minds of all the travelers who travel to hot and humid regions – except for those who have contracted it already…

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Day Trip to “Little Rome” – Trnava, Slovakia: Guide With Map

Day Trip to “Little Rome” – Trnava, Slovakia: Guide With Map

If you love visiting off the beaten path places, this town is right up your alley. Trnava is not touristy and I can´t figure out why. After all, it is lovely; rich history is peeking out of the picturesque streets, plenty of churches (it used to be the archbishop´s  seat) and romantic squares, surrounded by thick fortification walls originating in 13th – 14th century. It even has the most beautiful cafe I have ever been to (and I have been…

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Basic hitchhiking guide for a (stressing out) newbie hitchhiker

Basic hitchhiking guide for a (stressing out) newbie hitchhiker

Getting into a car with strangers is something that makes many people cringe – the fear of the unknown has the power to overwhelm the logic in a split second and even the thought of it seems too dangerous to consider. I used to be the same – however, I have been a happy hitchhiker for past three years and I swear to my favorite hiking boots that I have never had a bad experience, ever. Many Most of my friends…

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Castles, bunkers and Danube: Biking In Bratislava

Castles, bunkers and Danube: Biking In Bratislava

The summer is here and so is your wanderlust, I know. However, it is more of a bicycle-lust in my case – it would be a shame not to delight in riding those wonderful paths that run all along the Danube river! So jump on your two-wheeled horse with me and let´s explore the beauty of the Danube riverine forests together!  You will find all the necessary information on where&how in this post. Ready? Let´s see. Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia –…

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