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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.
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.
2017 was the year of some very short weekend breaks, and this all started in March when we flew to Brussels for less than 24 hours. I had never actually been to Belgium before (other than driving through it), and I wanted to finally see the “capital of the EU.”
I just got back from another trip visiting family and friends back in Hamburg. The city gets a certain amount of tourists but is far from being as popular as Berlin, Amsterdam, or other cities, so there is not much information available for tourists. I already posted about the main things to see and do in Hamburg, and today I'll be helping you make the most of your stay in Germany’s second largest city with an overview of the neighborhoods you want to consider when booking accommodation.
It’s been a while since I last made a favorites post so I thought I’d share my November favorites.
In the travel community, there is generally a strong focus on seeing as many different countries as possible. Many people count the countries they have been to and proudly display them on their social media. While there is nothing wrong with that and I also keep track of the different countries I’ve been to, I believe that this sometimes means people miss out on exploring specific countries more in-depth. If you only see the capital for a day or two does that mean you really know the country? That doesn’t mean you have to see every part of every country you visit, but I think that there are definitely some countries that are worth traveling to again and again because they have so much to offer.
Let me apologize for the absence these past ten or so days. I was going to put up a post on the vegan food I had in Warsaw before flying to Milan, but then I noticed that I could no longer find the picture of the best burger I've ever had. Without that picture, the post about Warsaw would have been a bit obsolete, so I skipped it. Then we traveled to Milan, so here I am with all the details on the vegan food I had in Italy's second largest city.
... even if it's a dress.
Somehow I still can't get over how beautiful my ten days in Malta were and keep looking for ways to share more pictures from the trip. You can see a few of them in my Malta sneak peek, my vegan Malta post, and my outfit post.
I thought I'd share a few sunset pictures in which I'm wearing one of my favorite dresses.
This past weekend, I traveled to a rather peculiar destination if you ask most Europeans: Tirana, capital of Albania. Due to the country's isolation from the rest of the world for a large portion of the last century, it is surrounded by many myths, no less thanks to the movie Taken. Albanians are generally assumed to be criminals active in the sex and drug trade, and many people are afraid of traveling to Albania.
I found a decently priced flight from Athens to Tirana on Skyscanner and decided I'd make up my own mind, rather than listening to what other people who have never been to the country say. I didn't expect much, but went to Tirana with an open mind. I was pleasantly surprised and have to say that I liked Tirana even more than other cities in the region.
Ah, traveling as a vegan... By now you have surely realized that I love food and travel equally, and there’s not much I like more than finding vegan food in new and unfamiliar destinations. That has not changed on my recent trip to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.