Author archives: Eleni

What to pack for the TransSiberian railway trip

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Big trips often require big planning, yet it's bound to be worth it, right? In the case of the Transsiberian and Transmongolian railway journey, I can vouch that it will be the trip of a lifetime, one you read in the books about with almost too many experiences to take in. Preparing for it is a big task and it can seem daunting. From figuring out where you w[...]

11 things to see and do in Moscow

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No matter the season in which you visit the Russian capital, Moscow is bound to captivate you whether the Christmas lights shine on the ice rink at the Red Square or you’re basking under the sun at the evergreen Gorky park. In a city as large as this one with a history known around the globe, some guidance on what to see and do is needed to elevate your R[...]

Meet the Cypriot entrepreneur reviving a traditional profession

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As I grow older, tradition and cultural identity are two things that I increasingly cherish and admire. I look out for them not only when I’m abroad, on a quest to unearth the tales of the world but also when I’m in an all-familiar setting, one I falsely think I know too well; home. Over the last decade, if I dare I say so, I’ve noticed societies express [...]

The Travelettes guide to St Petersburg

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Before I visited St Petersburg, all I knew about it was what I had seen in the animated film ‘Anastasia’. I’m not sure what that says about me but I grew up singing ‘Journey to the Past’, feeling terrified of Rasputin’s character and in complete awe of how aristocratic the city looked. In the summer of 2019 when I visited it for the first time, I got to expl[...]

Fengaros: the Cypriot festival bringing music to a rural village

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Summer in Cyprus means way more than simply lounging at the beach and surviving the heat. Sure, hustling through daily life at 40 degrees is no easy task but the summer months on the island also mean it’s the festival season! Kato Drys was an unknown village to most before Fengaros Festival took over and rebirthed it. Many locals hadn’t even visited the v[...]

What first-time travelers to Iceland should know

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It’s an ever trending destination and a quick Instagram search will show you why there has been a real fascination with Iceland in the last few years. It’s the smooth glaciers and bursting geysers, the waterfalls with the long names nobody can pronounce, the famous blue lagoon and of course, the Northern Lights. Witnessing Iceland’s vast nature is like wa[...]

What it’s like living in a tourism-dependent country

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Up until my mid-teens, I never really realized that I was living in a holiday destination as spending my summers by the beach and sharing holidays with tourists was all I knew. Thinking back, it probably hit me when I left Cyprus to go to university abroad and I found myself talking about my island’s warm weather, blue waters and popularity amongst traveller[...]

Touring Transylvania: beyond spooky tales and gothic architecture

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Nestled in the peaks of Romania’s Southern Carpathian Mountains and in the Transylvanian region, is the city of Brasov in all its baroque, gothic and renaissance glory. Roaming through Sfatului Square, the towering Gothic Church and the instagramable Rope Street, believed to be one of the narrowest streets in Europe, should keep you entertained for a brief f[...]

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