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How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

How I Hitchhiked To Antep And Survived A Broken Spine

The heavy rain has been beating the borders with Syria since early morning. We’ve slept in a small mosque in Iskenderum that night, but got kicked out by the police soon after the first prayer call and so we were already on the road that we call home when everything went down. We’ve been riding this wave of luck for months as a somewhat clumsy surfer, but somewhere deep inside, as cliché as it sounds, I knew this charm would…

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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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10 Things I Loved About Girne (And One I didn´t)

10 Things I Loved About Girne (And One I didn´t)

Arriving to Cyprus from mainland Turkey means your first touch with the island will happen in Girne, also known as Kyrenia. That is not a bad thing at all as Girne is precisely the kind of village people struggle to describe without using words as cute and quaint! It sports a compact historical downtown, romantic harbour full of overpriced restaurants (hey, but looking is for free!) and a seemingly unattended tourist office which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore…

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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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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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Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

Walking into Wild: Seven Days on the Lycian Way (Turkey Guide)

The Lycian way is an amazing path for people who love long hikes and unspoiled nature – you can spend even months walking it! While I have only walked for a week, I enjoyed it to the fullest. If you are planning to hike the Lykian yolu, this post is for you! Here is my itinerary from Ölüdeniz (Fethiye) to Letoon / Karaköy, which is around 70 km. The reason it took us whole week to walk this distance is…

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How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

How to Prepare for the Lycian Way in Turkey: A Mountain Lover´s Guide

The Lykian yolu is known as the ancient path in Turkey that has been used by merchants for many centuries, providing contact between far away countries and exchange of goods, spices, but also information. Nowadays, you can walk the Lycian way as a tourist, following the red and white sign which will lead you from Fethiye to Antalya. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around in Turkey. Follow me on my wonderful <3…

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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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