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”

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”

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.”

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”

The Sun

The sun is always watching over us. Even when we feel cold and hopeless, the sun is there waiting for us to leave behind our negative and depressing thoughts. The sun is strong and mighty and burns everything within a short distance, yet the sun gives hope. It might be cold outside, but we feelContinue reading “The Sun”

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”

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!”

Empty Christmas

Last year, as I have decided to move from my place in Czech Republic to the UK, I didn’t go back home for Christmas. I had to finish packing and preparing myself for the big move. Therefore, even though it was not my first time to spend Christmas away from home, it was the firstContinue reading “Empty Christmas”

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”

Winter Wonderland

It is already December, and I can feel the winter bracing me tightly. I am not a big fan of cold weather, but I have to admit snow and cold have their beauty. It never snows in my hometown, and in general, in Cyprus, it only snows in the mountains and perhaps only for aContinue reading “Winter Wonderland”

Books and Travel

Since I was a child I loved reading books. Perhaps because I would always see my mum with a book in her hand I grew to have the same habit. Nowadays, books are both a way to travel and my favourite pastime while travelling. with a book you can travel to magical or futuristic worlds,Continue reading “Books and Travel”

Decorations and lights

Usually at his tie of the year, the whole world is getting prepared for Christmas. Christmas markets take over the cities and decorative lights bring a festive mood. Two years ago, I spent my Christmas holidays in Vienna, Austria and I think until now it is my favourite city during this time. As the CityContinue reading “Decorations and lights”

Kings and Queens

One thing I love about the UK (and most of Europe) is the gorgeous castles that adorn the entire country. Whether you are in a little town or a big city, there is at least one castle, or if not a castle, a huge mansion that could easily pass as a castle. In 2013 whenContinue reading “Kings and Queens”

Photo of the day: Sunderland

When I was 5, I went on my first journey abroad. Until today I remember the entire trip, from the feeling of being in an airport to being in the air and then landing, taking a train, and experiencing a completely different culture, language, and country. My first trip was in the UK, which nowContinue reading “Photo of the day: Sunderland”

Peacefulness

As the UK is getting ready to go back in lockdown tomorrow, most people rushed to go for one last time for the next month, at least, to a restaurant, a pub, or just for a coffee. However, what I needed were peace and rest. I needed some time outdoors to clear my mind andContinue reading “Peacefulness”

Mikulov: a photo story

Mikulov is a small town in Breclav District in the South Moravian region and it borders Austria. It may be a small town but it has a significant part in Czech Republic’s history. In the more recent history of the country, Mikulov had a significant amount of Jewish population who during War World 2 wereContinue reading “Mikulov: a photo story”

Serenity

I may be a sea lover, but I can’t deny the beauty of the mountains. Switzerland offers some of the most incredible views in the world. This is Lenzerheide, the best place for swimming with snowy mountain peeks as a view. The calm waves of the lake, the warm breeze, and the people celebrating summer,Continue reading “Serenity”

Nostalgia

I guess I feel nostalgic today. Perhaps the rainy weather in England makes me feel homesick. Mostly, I miss the warm temperatures of Cyprus and the beautiful sea. I miss going for a swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As a child, my family would go to Cape Greco. That includesContinue reading “Nostalgia”

Floating

Here in the UK for the last week, it has been raining non-stop. It seems like winter is getting closer and closer. And that’s so frustrating thinking how this year most of us didn’t have the chance to enjoy summer. Nevertheless, colder temperatures already started taking over the UK, and rain is a constant reminderContinue reading “Floating”

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”

Light and Rain

My trip to China was full of surprises. It was a three-week trip of living in traditional hostels, a 5-star hotel for free, watch a performance from monks and nuns, join an only-Chinese tour at the Great Wall, have a night out with only locals and join a family dinner, and lastly experience a typhoon.Continue reading “Light and Rain”

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”

English lifestyle

Growing up, depending on our environment, we gain certain stereotypes. Sometimes they are positive and others negative. As a child, I remember seeing England as the country of red. All the pictures of England would show the red buses, the red telephone booths, and the red-brick houses. Although these are indeed very stereotypical when inContinue reading “English lifestyle”

Photo of the day: Empty

Fig tree bay is one of the most popular beaches in Cyrus. It has been awarder as one of the best in Europe several times. It has beautiful azure waters, and soft white sand. During summer it is a struggle to find space at this fantastic beach. It is always packed with tourists. However, inContinue reading “Photo of the day: Empty”

Ordinary Life

A few years ago I participated at a volunteering project in a small city of South Korea. I spent almost three weeks in the fantastic country of South Korea yet I didn’t had much time to explore the more touristic places of the country. However, I was able to experience the country of the simpleContinue reading “Ordinary Life”

Photo of the day: Krakow

A few yeas ago I went on a solo trip to Krakow, Poland for a weekend. It was a very short trip but it was fantastic. Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. It is a very historical city in Poland and thankfully compare to others many historical monuments are stillContinue reading “Photo of the day: Krakow”

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”

Photo of the day: Cyprus

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 this dayContinue reading “Photo of the day: Cyprus”

Photo of the day: 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 years.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 daysContinue 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 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”

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”

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”

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”

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”