Hiking to ancient Vrougoúnda

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Going to Vrougoúnda was something I had wanted to do all summer. I heard so many stories about this place, that it had gained my curiosity. Perhaps the beach was really as spectacular as I’d heard, but most of all it was the feeling I wanted to get – the feeling of being somewhere far, far away from everything.

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How to explore the Pirate island Saria, arrr!

Have you ever heard about the small island of Saria (in modern Greek Σαρία)? It is a rocky, volcanic island on the northern side of Karpathos. With only a couple of Shepherds living in Saria it is still said to be an uninhabited island.
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The Best of Turkey and the Greek Islands

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While much is written about the poor relationship between Greece and Turkey, epitomized by the divided island of Cyprus, at local level there are no such problems. There are numerous islands on the Turquoise Coast, many not far from the Turkish Mainland. Many are very small and uninhabited. Those that have a population are exclusively Greek and there is regular daily contact between the Greek population and their near neighbours, Turks. They happily co-exist and tourists coming to the area can sail these seas going backwards and forwards between Turkey and Greece.
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A Travelers Puzzle of Love

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While the snowflakes come down…

Today I woke up in a warm bed. Outside the temperatures are -10 Cº and the mountain scenery is quite different compared to where I come from. Hiking up a hill is something that exhausts me because I grew up with low and flat lands. I don’t mind going down hill though, especially when there is enough snow and I can use a snowboard to do so. Staying in the Italian Dolomites lets me discover more about myself. About why the Netherlands isn’t really my thing the whole year through since right now I can be in surroundings with extreme nature. Huge mountains, snowy peaks, frozen waterfalls and lakes, curvy roads and wild foxes that take my breath away as they appear so suddenly.
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