Never Give Up

Sometimes when traveling, you get to be anonymous and become a stranger among strangers. But strangers can become your friends, lovers, heroes, or inspiration. Although I was born in a generation where women are much more privileged than in the past, as a woman, I did have moments that made me realize the struggles manyContinue reading “Never Give Up”

Artist

Nowadays, artists often are being praised daily for their outstanding achievements. But, no matter where they are from or where we are from, I’m sure there are a couple of artists we all know. Their music, art, dance, or writing gives us motivation, happiness, or relief. However, the best is when we are having aContinue reading “Artist”

Yellow

Growing up in a semi-countryside ambience, as a child this time of the year was the best. The fields had long greenish wheat crops, colourful wildflowers and the trees beautiful blossoms. Furthermore, the weather was finally becoming sunnier and warmer. So naturally it was the best time to run wild into the fields and playContinue reading “Yellow”

Invisibility

The leading role always steals all the spotlights and attention. It is a role with a huge responsibility. A role filled with shiny clothes and bright smiles. Sometimes the smiles are fake. However, when surrounded by people, the big and bright smiles are genuinely happy. After all, a leading role cannot be a leader withoutContinue reading “Invisibility”

Visibility

Today, is Transgender Day of Visibility and I wanted to take my turn and give my support. I am not a trans person so, I could never understand what they go through, so by no means do I want to share their thoughts and feelings. However, I still want to support trans people in anyContinue reading “Visibility”

Fear

They say homo sapiens, or humans, if you prefer, are comparatively vulnerable in terms of physicality. However, looking at our history vulnerability is a complex topic. Today I was looking through my old journals, diaries and notebooks from elementary school till now. While searching I found an old unfinished poem which I think still fitsContinue reading “Fear”

Live. Love. Laugh.

Understandably, many people are quite annoyed at the “quote” live, love, laugh. After all, usually these are words told be people who perhaps never needed someone to encourage them to live, love or laugh. However, life is not that simple. It’s not always easy to just live, to love or laugh. Nevertheless, here I amContinue reading “Live. Love. Laugh.”

Metallic Chair

A little something I wrote while waiting for my flight in Heathrow, London which perhaps many of you experienced before. Especially now because of COVID. No matter a person’s personality, or dreams, and hopes, a journey to another place is always thrilling. For many people, flights can be scary yet, everyone gets an exhilarating feelingContinue reading “Metallic Chair”

The Tale of the Forgotten Woman

This is a story based on true events and is dedicated to all women fighting for their rights. A hot July in 1974 shifted Joanna’s destiny drastically. Like any other morning, Joanna got up from her sweet slumber to start getting ready for her day. Like always, she started with a relaxing bathroom routine andContinue reading “The Tale of the Forgotten Woman”

Connection

Earlier today, I was listening to a live podcast on Instagram from my favourite Japanese singer. To be fair, I almost understood nothing, but still, I liked listening to his voice. His tone is so calming. While listening to him, I thought about how connected the world is. Here I am in Cyprus, connecting withContinue reading “Connection”

Freedom

When I was younger, I often wished that I wanted to be free. But one would wonder, what does it mean to be free. For instance, I was never locked up in any kind of way. I never had to run away from an abusive relationship, whether romantic, familial, or friendly. Moreover, I grew upContinue reading “Freedom”

The Light

“The light will guide you to the end of the tunnel.” This is a quote I often come upon in all kinds of situations. However, sometimes I find it quite annoying. How do I know the end of the tunnel will be good enough? Indeed, the light indicates life, but at times life can beContinue reading “The Light”

The Return

Depending on each person’s lifestyle and views, 18 months can be considered a short or long period. After all, in 18 months, one can be pregnant, and then their child will already turn 1 year old, certainly, for a child’s life that is a very long time. Personally, 18 months don’t feel like a longContinue reading “The Return”

Choices and Opinions

When travelling, it can’t be helped but encounter people with different opinions, beliefs, and life choices. Naturally, according to one’s background, people develop different ideologies and life paths. However, sometimes, I wonder if and when I should interfere with someone’s beliefs. The past year I got to live and make friends with people from differentContinue reading “Choices and Opinions”

Noise

While sitting quietly in your car and patiently waiting for the green light, your mind can travel to a thousand places. But most likely, you’re thinking, “How did this end up to be my life?”. In the background, you can hear the radio’s soft music, and gradually you start wondering and observing your surroundings. TheContinue reading “Noise”

Normal

If normal is overrated, it would mean that there is normalcy in life. But is there really such a thing as being normal? Sometimes I wonder what normal really is. My mum would often chide me over my clothing choices. My parents often worry about my desire to travel alone, and my friends wonder whyContinue reading “Normal”

Running

Usually, travel stories are about exploring new places, visiting fantastic destinations, and learning more about other cultures and nations. However, most travellers will tell you the most unique and challenging experiences they had were during simple and ordinary tasks, such as using public transportation. Unfortunately, I have an issue with time. I seem to neverContinue reading “Running”

Breathe. Feel. Dance.

The wind is blowing, the trees are dancing calmly to the soothing beat of a waltz, and I am lost.People tend to create beautiful dreams of their desired future. Their greedy minds always create a perfect-like path covered with rose petals. However, reality often is cruel. So, here I stand, lost amongst the dancing treesContinue reading “Breathe. Feel. Dance.”

Kindness

With the arrival of the new year I went on a stroll around the city to relax and try to breath in the air of 2021. Hopefully, better air than last year. So far, it doesn’t feel that much better. Where I live, we are in tier 4 so more or less in lockdown, andContinue reading “Kindness”

Happy New Year!

Last year, I decided to follow my dreams and leave my cosy place in Czech Republic. But instead of going back home in Cyprus, I left for the UK. In the year of 2019, I had what you would describe as enlightenment. After many tears, I discovered my true passion and myself. Therefore, I wasContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Diversity

Recently I got a comment from a friend about how amazing it is to come from a country with such a diverse culture. I was so confused by that because I never considered my country diverse. When I asked him, what he meant by it, apparently, he thought our culture is very mixed, thus veryContinue reading “Diversity”

Lost

“Not all who wander are lost”. A quote often favoured by travellers, but what’s so wrong with being lost? We’ve all been there at some point of our lives, both in literal and metaphorical ways. And to be fair sometimes when travelling it be can be fun to get lost in narrow or huge andContinue reading “Lost”

Wind

So, what if dreams are only but a fantasy? The truth of life is only an illusion that can easily break with one breath, just like a cold breeze on a warm summer day. You lay on the beach embracing the warmth of the sand, and while you immerse yourself in the sound of theContinue reading “Wind”

People being humans

The current situation in the world showed us how no matter our background, lifestyle, status etc. we are all humans with the same bodies, minds, souls, and spirits. It is easy to forget what it means being a human but I believe travelling does give us the opportunity to rediscover humanity. Advance technology and globalizationContinue reading “People being humans”

Greetings

Hello everyone, I’ve been posting on Stories of Yesterday for a while now, but I never really introduced myself. So, greetings everyone, my name is Lydia, I am 26 years old, and I am from Cyprus. At the age of 18, I moved to Leeds in the UK for my studies. I then decided toContinue reading “Greetings”

Buy my a coffee

Hello dear people! I’ve been receiving a lot of love lately and I am very grateful for all your support If you like my content and would like to support me you can buy me a coffee:) It would only motivate me further to work hard to give you better content and achieve my dreams!Continue reading “Buy my a coffee”

Photo of the day: 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 learn many thingsContinue reading “Photo of the day: Leeds”

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 storiesContinue 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 attractionsContinue 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 alwaysContinue 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 orphanageContinue reading “Volunteering Tourism”

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 bookContinue reading “Positive Energy”

Solo travelling

From a young age, I have been a very independent person. In my childhood, I would often participate in various extracurricular activities, and one of them was being a scout. At the age of seven, I went on my first trip away from my parents for a whole week. We went camping in the mountains.Continue reading “Solo travelling”

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 meaningContinue reading “No borders”

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’sContinue reading “A Journey through English”

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”

Colours of Portugal

A few years back I had the chance to spend a day in the capital of the beautiful and colourful Portugal. I was flying to Accra, Ghana, however I had a stop for 18 hours in Lisbon. I arrived at Lisbon in the evening so I was able to explore the city during the nightContinue reading “Colours of Portugal”

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 suffocatedContinue reading “Exploring home”

Lock down

Dear friends and fellow travellers, I know that we all love travelling and for those who live abroad like myself I understand the stress of being away from your loved ones BUT please stay home. Travelling is beautiful but we always need to be considered no matter the situation. I see a lot of peopleContinue reading “Lock down”

Oh London my London

Whoever has travelled in the British capital or anywhere in Great Britain then is well aware of the gloomy whether and constant grey sky over the country. However, if you ever actually lived in this country then you know the best way to start a conversation is to complain of how miserable the weather is.Continue reading “Oh London my London”

Perfect match

Since I was a kid, music has been a huge part of my life and until today no matter what I do, I love having music on the background. I think it always helps me keep my mind occupied and at the same time to concentrate. Of course it’s not only about the music, it’sContinue reading “Perfect match”

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 haveContinue reading “A life full of choices”

Roller Coaster

Sometimes, I find myself looking back on the last few years and I realise how life is in fact a roller coaster ride that has more inversions than you can count. Often, I would hear the phrase “life is like a roller coaster” but only felt how truthful that is when I found myself strandedContinue reading “Roller Coaster”

Of Flights and Love

I guess I am a little bit late (like always) but Happy Valentine’s day! So, we just had Valentine’s day last Friday, and frankly, this whole weekend, if not week, should be all about love. You all know by now that this is a travel blog filled with stories from my travelling mishaps and adventures,Continue reading “Of Flights and Love”

One person, a million stories

One of the most beautiful things about travelling is meeting unique people. When on the road, you often get to meet others to share your stories and dreams. Undoubtedly, travelling is the best way to find yourself immersed in beautiful fairy-tales, inspirational life stories, or crazy adventures. And along the way, you create your ownContinue reading “One person, a million stories”

Being a petite woman

We are almost halfway to the end of the first month of 2020, and just three days ago, I finally moved back to the United Kingdom. It was not my first time moving to another country, but it was my first time moving by myself without any help. I admit my life has been aContinue reading “Being a petite woman”

The power of words

When you’re travelling, you often encounter strangers that, with their stories, give you power. But only recently did I feel the real power of communication and speech. In the summer of 2019, I had the chance to participate in a volunteering project as a leader. Being responsible for a team that consisted of people fromContinue reading “The power of words”

New Year, New Life

The year 2019 was full of ups and downs, but it was also a year of learning, discovering, and understanding. The last six months of 2019 were eye-opening to new possibilities and hope for a better future. A future of being truthful to myself and my dreams. After a long time, I decided to takeContinue reading “New Year, New Life”

Christmas Dinner

Have you ever been invited to a Christmas dinner and thought, “Why am I here?”. Well, I have. While I was in the United Kingdom, my friend had somehow become good friends with an elderly lady who sat next to her on the train. She was a free-spirited lady with an outgoing personality and open-minded.Continue reading “Christmas Dinner”

Cheers

No matter where you’re from and whatever background you might have, a family is probably the best gift you’ll ever get. Growing in a big family, I always assumed that all families are big, supportive, and happy. On my various journeys across the world, I got to meet many families. Some were similar to myContinue reading “Cheers”