• San Fermin Pamplona Spain (5)
    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:…

  • travelista_bulgarija
    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…

  • Odessa Catacombs
    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.…

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  • depeche mode ballet
    Opinions & Other Stories

    Contemporary Ballet Inspired By The Music Of Depeche Mode

    “Another World” is a contemporary ballet performance, in which Depeche Mode’s world famous “Another World” tour meets the writing of Japan’s most famous novelist Haruki Murakami. This dynamic marriage of text and performance takes in both H. Murakami’s “Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” and Depeche Mode’s brilliant flair for music and image. Laurel of the performance rightfully belong to the director and choreographer Marija Simona Šimulynaitė and all dancers of “Baltic Ballet Theater”. It is a young, ambitious and talented team, established in 2010, formed by young potential artists who studied abroad, yet have a desire to work and create in their native country. The “Another World”…

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  • Macedonia

    Skopje – city of Mother Teresa

    When strolling by the Vardar River, passing under the arches of the Stone Bridge, regarding the medieval and 1970s buildings and taking pictures of the smiling children, you realize that Skopje will remain a puzzle. Even, perhaps, forever. The strange things is, that even after visiting this city – you can’t say you loved it or not. History offers little help in finding the solution. The Capital City of the Republic of Macedonia, a modern administrative, trade and cultural centre of the state, has twice rose up like a Phoenix, after two catastrophic earthquakes in 518 AD and in 1963. Although lot of human lives and material goods were lost,…