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Tanya Off the beaten track - trips, tricks and tips
Tanya Off the beaten track - trips, tricks and tips

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As new 2018 began, I learned what is the most modern wish for the year’s kick off – Be positive. It seems to me everyone is turning now to positivity and undoubtedly it’s a promising start. I wasn’t an exception and received lots of “be positive” instructions. But they are definitely not relevant to me, because 47 years ago I was born to be positive and there is a clear evidence of that. Being positive is literally in my blood and it’s not just a metaphorical expression. Much simpler than it seems – my own blood type is B+ (Be positive).

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This morning I asked myself: “Why did I come to Kuwait?” The answer seemed to be simple – because I have never been there, so respectively I was curious to visit and explore it. It was surprising to realize that I have never asked myself this question before, wherever my journey brought me to. That’s my first morning in Kuwait.

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I was one of the closest witnesses of the heaviest flood for the last 60 years in Petra, Jordan. It was a smashing event, which left breathless even the native locals who are generally used to the floods in the area and experience two or three per year in the Valley of Moses (Wadi Musa).  It was November 9th , 2018 . It began as a quiet usual day in Petra, full of tourists, as November is peak season here, normally over crowded by foreigners.

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If I say, I was not interested in visiting Albania it would be false. On the contrary – Albania was already in my travel bucket list, but I did not have any plans (at all) to complete it in May, an extremely busy and hectic month for me. Albania came as a summer rain, popping up from nowhere. One of those weird journeys you get aware today you are going to travel to tomorrow. That’s what literally happened to me.

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In Petra the light is different. It changes non-stop and makes you feel as Alice in Wonderland. Everything here amazes – unearthly colours, sudden breeze in the middle of nowhere, timeless carvings, precise masterpieces, mysteriously looking bedouins, weird sounds, stunning bird eye views…No doubt, it’s a land with its own spirit, with a touching and energising background. Once experienced it, I am convinced Petra must be felt, not described. It firstly gives you courage, opens your eyes, drives all senses, challenges you and then pushes you to the limit.

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Three weeks in Paphos, Cyprus and I already have a new hobby. I daily started practicing to greet unknown people in the street. Why? Well, obviously I do it on purpose. My general impression of the locals is of grumpy, non-stop complaining, hard to please people, able to explode for no reason. They look somehow distant, in a hurry, overloaded by problems, never smile and never greet, while passing by. I understand – greeting unknown people is out of the local culture, but my aim is to brighten a bit this thunderous attitude.

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If I should describe the typical colour of Paphos, Cyprus, I would define it as “tired green”. It’s the association, which pops up in my mind when I look around. Lots of green, indeed, but mixed with dark yellow and brownish. The spot seems like a weird mixture of pre-desert environment and a tropical island. The blooming oleander and begonia bushes add an oriental pinky/red nuance, so the final impression is of an exotic piece of land, secluded in the South Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

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  I went to El Jem, Tunisia, just because it was included in the programme, arranged by the travel agency. My departure point was city of Sousse (the third most populated city in Tunisia), where our group was originally accommodated for a week stay. I had…

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Budapest was the city I picked to celebrate my 26th birthday in. Neither me, nor my girlfriend had ever been there. For both of us it looked as a great choice, to combine the birthday party, with a city break trip and a sightseeing tour. Another reason why I chose Budapest was the fact that Hungary has a historical role in the formation of my family tree. My great grandparents from my father’s side were Hungarians that eventually moved and settled in Bulgaria. When the departure day came, we both believed our programme was precisely done and all we had to complete is the two hour flight from London to Budapest

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Located in Libyan Sea, Chrissi looks much more like a Caribbean spot – extremely thin white sands, turquoise crystal water, endless beaches, lots of corals in the shallows, and no much shades. In fact, the whole island is completely covered by sand. Even the crooked cedar trees and some lonely bushes are growing directly from the sand.
  I bet most of you have never heard of Chrissi island. This small Greek island could be hardly found on the map and stands a bit away from the popular Mediterranean insular routes. I believe, it’s purposely done and is related to the Greek government’s…
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