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Growing up in Germany, I have been concerned with the Jewish Holocaust since I was a child. From what I remember, the subject came up in our school curriculum every one to two years. As young people living in Germany, it was an obligation for us to learn about what the country we called home was responsible for and how these horrible crimes were made possible.
Lithuania is not exactly known for being a culinary paradise. However, Vilnius didn't disappoint me. I was able to try two vegan restaurants and went to a vegan store during my short stay in Lithuania’s capital. When I travel I choose to support vegan places, so I can only report on those, but there are several other restaurants that you could go to which offer vegan options.
Living in Athens, Greece means that when I meet other travelers abroad they usually ask me for tips on what to do in the Greek capital. While there are certainly some pretty places here (check out my post on the old neighborhood of Plaka), I always tell people that there is no need to stay in Athens proper for more than two full days.
A few days ago, I got back from my trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. To be quite honest, I was never particularly interested in the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), but as I travel on a budget and still want to do as much traveling as possible I have to pick cheap destinations over the ones that seem most exciting. (To find cheap flights, consider checking https://www.skyscanner.com/ – You can also get the app at https://skyscanner.app.link/ I earn points if you use my links, but there’s no catch for you if you click on them.)
Out of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania probably gets the least amount of hype in the travel community, but often when you expect the least you’ll be rewarded the most. I spent a total of 72 hours in the city, and these are the things I recommend if you find yourself in this beautiful Baltic city.
It's been way too long, so I think I should jump right back in with a post on my recent trip to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. I've been asked for suggestions and compiled a list of the top 19 things to do in Budapest. Of course, we all have different interests, so these are just some of the things I liked. Feel free to skip some of them and do something else instead. The most populous city on the Danube river has an abundance of experiences to offer.
If you follow me on social media you probably remember that I spent a few days in Ioannina in November. Ioannina, in the region of Epirus in northern Greece, lies at Pamvotida Lake. Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans shaped its history, but even after Greece’s independence, the city kept its unique Ottoman character.
Facial oils are becoming increasingly popular, but many people are still insecure about whether or not to use oil as part of their skincare and, if so, which one. There are many articles detailing which oil is most beneficial for which skin type, but I wanted to give a general overview of some of the oils I have personally used and easy ways to use oils on the face.
A lot of non-vegans claim that veganism is for a rich elite in Western countries that can afford to shop at fancy health food stores, but the reality is quite the opposite: Meat consumption, in particular, is a sign of wealth (which may be why so many people are unwilling to give up meat).
I recently wrote about my makeup favorites and posted a more general review of vegan and cruelty-free beauty products. In the interest of transparency, I think it's also worth talking about products I absolutely dislike. Not because whether or not I love or hate a product says anything about the actual quality of the product, but because I think that if I explain why I don't like a certain product it might save other people a bit of time and money.
In August, I traveled to Sofia for a long weekend to explore the Bulgarian capital. The best way to do this was by joining not only one but three free walking tours around the city. Free tours are a great way to discover a city because you will have someone knowledgeable tell you all you need to know about a sight to decide if you want to go back later and spend money on it. As these tours are free they’re the ultimate way to save money when you travel, although it’s a nice gesture to leave a small donation at the end as all the guides are volunteers. Since Sofia is not a particularly large city, especially not the areas that are of interest to tourists, it practically lends itself to walking tours which is why it was so easy to do three walking tours over a weekend without getting tired. All the tours were held in English and are worth joining for different reasons as you will find out in this review of three very contrasting free walking tours in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.
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