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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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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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A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

A Night of Fright: Sleeping in a Ghost Hotel in Erice, Sicily

Southern Italy is overflowing with abandoned buildings and Sicily is no exception. Among those, hotels are not seldom. Seeing this favorable situation, we have decided to test a couple of those to relieve our wallet and entertain you, my readers, with an adventure at the same time! There was a little complication though – what was meant to be a comfortable way of spending the night, turned into a test of courage for the little fearful me… I enjoy a…

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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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10 Breathtaking Urbex Spots Around the World

10 Breathtaking Urbex Spots Around the World

I love the thrill I get from urbex. If you like exploring, adventure and abandoned buildings, urban exploration is probably already on the list of your interests too. Home and on the road alike, I love to discover the rough side of a place – not only the picture perfect of the polished downtown, but also the dirty and shabby (but spellbinding and adrenaline raising) of the abandoned locations.  These guts of a country oftentimes have an interesting (hi)story behind…

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5 weirdest places I slept at during my travels

5 weirdest places I slept at during my travels

Budget travel, as you know for sure, is not all about nice hotels and cute bed&breakfasts (although we all love those, don´t we?). When your budget is low even among the poorest guys, you need to level it up with unconventional ideas. And since that couchsurfer´s comfy couch is not always free, here I am with the collection of the five strangest and most uncommon accommodation spots I have spent a night at. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot….

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Graffiti Underground: Abandoned Metro Station in Bratislava

Graffiti Underground: Abandoned Metro Station in Bratislava

Taking a metro is something you are not likely to do in Bratislava. Tramway, sure, the old one and the futurist one as well – but never underground. Still, that was the plan in the seventies – like all the plans of the era, this one also failed. Read on to discover an abandoned depo and what was to be a Bratislava metro station in this weeks´ photostory. In the epoch of communist steal fist, panel houses were growing from…

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Reclaimed by Nature: Abandoned Hospital Of Rázsochy, Bratislava

Reclaimed by Nature: Abandoned Hospital Of Rázsochy, Bratislava

I step up the concrete stairs and try not to make much noise. Adrenaline levels in my blood are rushing high, heart is pumping. I snap quick photos and hide my camera behind my back, walking slowly around the dirty corners, listening attentively to the sounds of the forest that has ingurgitated this pride of medicine, this top notch hospital that never attended a single patient. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around…

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