• Ukraine

    Food Guide: Where To Eat And Party In Lviv

    “Secret” is, perhaps, the best word to describe Lviv, a city in the southwest of Ukraine. Narrow streets, old buildings, and picture-square courtyards hide evidence of historic events, rebellious Ukrainian character and charming stories of a daily city-life. “Secret” is, perhaps, as well the most popular type of bars and restaurants. Throughout the city, there are dozens of them. Not marked on the maps, without any sign, usually hidden by the shabby flat doors. You can easily find yourself circling around, sneaking into small courtyards, looking for the hidden doors. But when you find them – usually its more than worth it. My favorite one is called „Libraria“ (easy to…

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    Bulgaria

    Bulgaria for Beginners: all you need to know

    As an up-and-coming destination for tourist visitors and business travelers alike, Bulgaria has become increasingly cosmopolitan over the past 15 years. At least cities have, to varying degrees. Meanwhile, out in the countryside, there are plenty of places where time seems to have stood still for centuries, with villagers in traditional garb riding along donkey-carts – until you see them talking into their mobile phones. Once you have made your first Bulgarian friend, though, you will definitely not have made your last. Bulgarians are very social and love any occasions to gather for conversation, eating, drinking, dancing, or cultural or sporting events. As regards practical matters, Bulgaria is forging ahead…

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    Spain

    San Fermines festival in Pamplona: bullfighting and brutality, drink and song, joy and excitement

    I remember first reading Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises” (or “Fiesta”, how it is sometimes named) while still at school and from that daydreaming to see and experience San Fermines – a festival of bullfighting and brutality, drink and song, joy and excitement. This year I finally did it – while traveling in Spain, visited Pamplona, where the festival takes place every July. And you know what? Now I have a small understanding why San Fermines was Ernest Hemingway’s obsession. He first came to San Fermines in 1923 and paid his final visit to the annual fiestas in 1959. This festival has everything a traveler can dream off:…

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    Bulgaria

    Time when I guest-blogged about Bulgarian Christmas traditions

    Yes, sometimes I guest-blog. Nevertheless, I still write about traveling and different cultures. And even though it’s the very peak of the summer, I would like to share my old article about Bulgarian Christmas traditions. With the Western version of Christmas more and more often resembles an egoistic festival of greed (how else you can call a festival, where expensive presents are becoming the most important part of the feast?), it’s nice to know that countries like Bulgaria can still offer something more traditional. Many Bulgarian winter customs are full of Christmas symbolism, while others date back even to a distant pagan times. Nowadays many of those are mixed together,…

  • Macedonia Ohrid lake (10)
    Macedonia

    Miraculously beautiful Ohrid Lake and surrounding region

    Lake Ohrid, perhaps, is the most magical place in whole Macedonia. Crystal clear waters, springs and little rivers, green mountains and small villages, old monasteries and ancient Roman relics. If visiting Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, was not that much impressive, then Ohrid region is a must for every traveler. By the way, travel there now as it is still a hidden gem, not crowded with tourists. St. Naum Monastery The locality of St. Naum is one miraculous place, at the springs of the river Crni Drim. Located at the south shore of Ohrid Lake, the crystal clear water of the springs, are like a mirror reflecting the vegetation of…

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    Ukraine

    2,500 Km Underground: Largest Catacomb System In The World

    Odessa is a resort city in the Eastern European country Ukraine. Nevertheless, it is worth visiting for blue waters of the Black Sea, cheep seafood and rich history (the city itself was built by French, Italians, Dutch and many others) it has one unique place of interest – the largest underground catacomb system in the World. Yes, in the whole World. And you can go down there… You might have heard of the famous catacombs in Rome or Paris. But these, compared to the catacombs of Odesa, are just a “drop in the ocean”. Tunnels beneath Rome stretch only for 300 kilometers, while ones in Paris – approximatelly 500 kilometers.…