Road trip

Sometimes people have the need to escape. Life can become unnecessarily overwhelming and suffocating. Same people, same space, same food, same places. It becomes boring. Thus, people enjoy travelling. Travelling is about exploring new places, or even new lifestyles and cultures. But most importantly travelling is about getting out of your comfort zone and having … Continue reading Road trip

Photo of the day: Flowers

Sometimes the beauty of travelling is discovering a splash of colour, or a splash of happiness in an unexpected corner. While exploring Bratislava, I happened to stumble on this beautiful and tiny flower shop. It was a rainy November day so a bit of colour was definitely needed. A splash of colour Thanks for reading, … Continue reading Photo of the day: Flowers

Cesky Krumlov: a photo story

Last year in March 2019, with two friends, I went on a little exploration trip. We went to the small town of Cesky Krumlov in the South Bohemia region. It is a beautiful and picturesque town, the moment you step into the town's centre, you're transported into a fairy tale. I would say it is … Continue reading Cesky Krumlov: a photo story

Photo of the day: Leeds

University of Leeds My journey of exploring, discovering, understanding, and maturing, started in the city of Leeds in the United Kingdom. I lived in Leeds as a university student, and I had four fantastic years there. I met people from all over the world, I enjoyed various parties, concerts, or other events. I got to … Continue reading Photo of the day: Leeds

Photo of the day: Cyprus

Ayios Sozomenos Today, is the independence day of Cyprus, so I decided to dedicat this day to my beautiful country. The picture above is of the church of Ayios Mamas. It is located at the village of Ayios Sozomenos which has been abandoned after the war in 1974. The reason I'm posting this picture on … Continue reading Photo of the day: Cyprus

Photo of the day: Olomouc

Olomouc The picturesque city of Olomouc is located in the Moravian region of Czech Republic. It is a historical city in the country and was once the capital of Moravia. Nowadays, it is a touristic hub with various attractions. There are several religious monuments such as the Holy Trinity Column which is part of the … Continue reading Photo of the day: Olomouc

Photo of the day: Home

Home Lately, I've been feeling nostalgic and homesick. Last December I took the decision to leave my place in Czech Republic and move to the United Kingdom. Therefore, I didn't go back home to Cyprus for Christmas to pack everything and prepare for my departure from Brno, the city I was living at for 3 … Continue reading Photo of the day: Home

Feelings

The weather is finally getting cold, rainy, and windy. I believe autumn always gives us feelings of nostalgia, depression, sorrow, emptiness or even a feeling of escaping our lives. I guess it depends from each person's mood and lifestyle. To be fair, I love rain and autumn but at the same time during rainy days … Continue reading Feelings

Acceptance

This post is not about travelling but rather a personal essay of my experience of understanding and accepting myself. However, while this is not about travelling, my journey to discovering myself is linked to travelling. Specifically, it is connected with getting to know other cultures and people, who helped me manifest myself with their stories … Continue reading Acceptance

Explore. Discover. Learn.

In 2015 I had the chance to travel to China. For sure many wish to explore the vast country of China, to walk at the Great Wall, to visit the Forbidden City, to explore the Shaolin temple or to witness the greatness of the Longmen Grottoes. Undoubtedly there are so many historical and cultural attractions … Continue reading Explore. Discover. Learn.

Love is the key

On a different post I both criticised and praised volunteering tourism. I still stand by the opinion that often volunteering created harmful results rather than positive. Yet, from my experience I believe that volunteering can teach people of love, understanding, respect, and hope. This post is of how I came to learn that love always … Continue reading Love is the key

Volunteering Tourism

When I was a university student in the UK, many organisations would often promote volunteering abroad. Indeed, volunteering is perceived as a good act, and most people do it out of their hearts' goodness. However, I believe volunteering sometimes brings harm rather than positive results. For instance, an 18-year-old goes to help at an orphanage … Continue reading Volunteering Tourism

Troodos: The Highest Mountain in Cyprus

Everyone knows Cyprus as an exotic island with breath-taking sandy beaches and hot burning sun. Perfect for vacations and holidays to bathe in turquoise waters, built mini castles in the white sand of the beautiful beaches, and get a golden tan. But, Cyprus is not only about the sea. Cyprus, also has the mountain range … Continue reading Troodos: The Highest Mountain in Cyprus

Shades of Yellow

Often the moment September arrives, people from being sunny, smiling people turn into depressing turtles. Everything feels slower, and people want to just stay at home and feel warm. But I feel like September, and autumn, in general, is perhaps one of the prettiest times during the year. The cities and forests get beautiful yellow … Continue reading Shades of Yellow

Unexpected beauty

Sometimes the best things you'll discover while travelling are random and unexpected places. You are merely walking around a street and unexpectedly you stumble upon the best view of the entire city. Or perhaps out of the blue you find some interesting art, statue or some sort of decoration. I just love random things you … Continue reading Unexpected beauty

Positive Energy

Often school, work, expectations, and obligations consume our spirit and happiness to a degree of forgetting to smile. Sometimes it is rather difficult to find positive energy when you're cooped up in four walls every day. For this reason, people seek different ways to release stress. For some, the best way is reading a book … Continue reading Positive Energy

Street performers

Exploring new cities and strolling around unknown streets can be very fascinating with street performers. Just imagine walking on Prague's famous Charles bridge and you hear "Imagine" on the background. Or you are at the Eiffel tower and several artists create their versions of the tower on their canvas. Art is certainly beautiful and often … Continue reading Street performers

Eternal Love

Undoubtedly, a lot of people are familiar with the concept of love-locks. Many couples dream to put their lock to the many popular bridges and destinations around the world as a promise of eternal love. Truthfully, I always found it an interesting and beautiful concept. While travelling around Europe I was lucky to see many … Continue reading Eternal Love

No borders

When people live alone in a foreign country, they often seek others of their own ethnicity. Although being amongst your people sounds appealing, to me, it always seemed dull. Undoubtedly, it’s always good to have someone of your background close to you because usually, you can comprehend each other better. You can understand the meaning … Continue reading No borders

The sea life

For most of us this year we got stuck in our homes, unable to travel to other countries. Here in the UK since travelling abroad is nearly impossible most British people are taking the opportunity to explore their country, especially the South. Since its summer and for once the weather is warm, we can finally … Continue reading The sea life

One love

They say one picture is a thousand words. Looking at this picture I can see several meanings. Here are some words that I can think of: Love, kindness, smile, happy, relax, enjoy, art, Bob Marley, music, summer, sunbathing, tanning, sunburn, sea, ocean, blue, beach, waves, sky, sand, bikini, flip flops, seagulls, mermaid and many others. … Continue reading One love

The island of cats

In a previous post I called Cyprus the island of Aphrodite. However, the truth is that Cyprus could easily be called the island of cats. Legend says that Cyprus was gradually overtaken by poisonous snakes therefore, Saint Helen brought to the island cats to minimise the population of snakes. Centuries later, there are probably more … Continue reading The island of cats

Bright night

One thing that I love in big cities is that they never go to sleep. At daytime one can easily explore and discover the many different attractions, parks and historical places. The streets are booming with boisterous and cheerful tourists. However, night does not mean darkness and silent streets. The cities are still lively and … Continue reading Bright night

Green and other colours

As a child I always loved nature. I grew up in the countryside and my home was surrounded by wheat fields and olive groves. However, Cyprus is a relatively dry land thus, when I visit other countries I love exploring their natural parks and natural reserves. I love how colourful nature can be. It is … Continue reading Green and other colours

Chapels, Churches, and Cathedrals

Cyprus is one of the first Christian countries and until today Christianity is the dominant religion on the island. Thus, Cyprus is still a very traditional country. But, an interesting fact is the integration of the original culture and rituals of ancient religions with Christianity. Perhaps because it was one of the first Christian communities, … Continue reading Chapels, Churches, and Cathedrals

The island of Aphrodite

South Europe is known for the classical history of the once great ancient Greeks and Romans. Their great achievements are admired worldwide with millions of tourists visiting every day the well-known monuments of Acropolis and Colosseum. But today, instead of praising the greatness of Greece and Italy, I would like to introduce the birthplace of … Continue reading The island of Aphrodite

Sunshine and Ice-cream

The first things we usually think about England are the rain, the red buses and red telephone booths, the brick-houses and the Queen. It probably never crosses in our minds that in summer people can relax at long beautiful beaches, sunbath in the sun and cool down with an ice-cream. It is quite funny how … Continue reading Sunshine and Ice-cream

Empty island

Abandoned places have a unique ambience. They can be scary and creepy, yet exciting. When exploring an abandoned building everything suddenly looks suspicious. A key, a chair, a poster or a piano. You can't help yourself but think questions such as why, what, when or how. But, that's why it's so exciting. You never know … Continue reading Empty island

Mermaids and dolphins

It is no secret that I love the sea. Coming from Cyprus summer always meant blue sea, sunny days and watermelons. I never realised that not everyone went to the beach or collected sea shells during summer. Only when I lived abroad in colder countries, and countries that didn't even have sea I realised that … Continue reading Mermaids and dolphins

Castles

As children we grow up with beautiful stories of princesses, princes and enormous castles. One of my favourite stories as a child was Cinderella. Perhaps because she went from nothing to having everything that she ever wished for. I was also always fascinated by the majestic castles of fairy tales. Therefore, something that I love … Continue reading Castles

A Journey through English

For those whose first language is not English, I’m sure you all remember the very first time you had to speak in English. It feels weird, and it’s as if you are becoming a completely different person. Mind you that happens with every new language you learn. But since English is the international language, it’s … Continue reading A Journey through English

Summer Vibes

Summer is a little bit late this year considering everything that happened are still happening in this world. But it's time to get into it don't you think? To celebrate summer here are some summer photos from different parts of the world! Ayia Triada Bay, Cyprus Sunderland, UK Chania, Crete, Greece Cape Coast, Ghana Tongyeong, … Continue reading Summer Vibes

A sense of belonging

When travelling, people are often on a journey of discovering or on an adventure into the unknown to explore, understand, see, do, or taste. But no matter how much someone loves being on the road, there are times one would feel nostalgia, homesickness, or misplaced. For anyone in this world, home emits feelings of belonging, … Continue reading A sense of belonging

Exploring home

We are currently living in difficult and stressful times, feeling worried whether we have enough toilet paper or not for the next month. Everyone knows by now that many countries all over Europe are locked down so many travellers are stuck outside of their own homes or are stuck in their small hometowns feeling suffocated … Continue reading Exploring home

A life full of choices

Recently I moved to another country because of a new job opportunity that I was lucky to get. But unfortunately for the first time in my life I have been struggling greatly to adapt. Usually I easily get along with the people around me and I am a quick learner so I generally don't have … Continue reading A life full of choices