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An Insanely Detailed Guide To Bogota Colombia For Clueless Adventurers

An Insanely Detailed Guide To Bogota Colombia For Clueless Adventurers

Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is one of the places tourists often hesitate to put on their itinerary. Safety issues, general big-city-ness or even weather seem to daunt some of the travelers who love Colombia for its tropical nature, however, for an adventurous traveler interested in different aspects of Colombian society, Bogota is a fascinating spot to see. I have lived and worked in Bogota for over a year and even married a local Bogotano – therefore I often get…

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Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

Confused For Smugglers In Greece: How We Escaped The Cavity Search

If you are anything like me, you probably don´t have much experience with getting searched by police or other authorities. The closest I ever got to a detention cell was when I slept in one, back in the days of hitchhiking in Cambodia in 2013, but that was because they invited us to hang our hammock in there, even providing us with an anti-mosquito spiral. Apart from regular airport controls, I never got into a situation where an officer would …

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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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Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is mostly visited and praised for its historical downtown, UFO bridge and castle. While these are certainly worth seeing, what about all of the history that happened in the second half of 20th century? If you are interested in how communism shaped the face of the city, you came to the right spot. In this article, I will walk you through the communist architecture waiting for you to experience in Bratislava and hopefully inspire you…

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Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Kayaköy: The Ghost Village of Turkey

Every hiker who decides to walk the Lycian way from Fethiye must pass through Kayaköy; however, most of its visitants are whether tourists (unsurprisingly few this year – 2016) or local youth who is looking for a fun place to spend their Saturday evening. Most of the time the village is truly abandoned, more so in the light of the dropping tourism numbers following the Syrian conflict. Abandoned village of Kayaköy About 500 houses, empty and crumbled, attract the eyes…

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Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Black Pearl of the Mediterranean: Freecamping And Hitchhiking In Pantelleria

Since centuries ago, ships and boats float around the Mediterranean sea, discovering countless pieces of land scattered in the blue waters like colorful jewels. Among them, a few of the islands are of volcanic origin – Pantelleria being one of them. If your soul is yearning for adventure, your heart longs for ancient history, but your body pleads to be pampered, Pantelleria is THE place to go. The black rocks of the island break the waves just 141 km from…

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Black&White Photojournal: 20 Photos from Istanbul

Black&White Photojournal: 20 Photos from Istanbul

Turkey is full of colors – the spices, the fabrics, the waves on the sea…however, it is also full of contrasts. Let me take you on a black & white journey to its capital, Istanbul, in this photo essay. Along with twenty photos, I also include 3 quotes that have taken my fancy. Enjoy them with me: Read my travel guide for tips on what to do in Istanbul! Read how to get Turkish visa here. “The single story creates…

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Inspired in Istanbul: A Short (But Useful) Guide

Inspired in Istanbul: A Short (But Useful) Guide

Taksim greets us with empty arms. Slow drizzle on a Tuesday night in Istanbul is falling on the pavement as we walk past the bright shops, and only a few locals hurry somewhere through the fresh dark air. Zero tourists. Did the ongoing war in Syria finally manage to scare everyone away? It must be because of the recent bombings near Sultanahmet, those that happened shortly after my first visit to the Queen of cities. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry…

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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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