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Your Guide to Ukrainian Superstitions

Every World culture has its own set of superstitious beliefs, and Ukraine is no exception.  Growing up in Ukraine, I learned every single one of them, and believe me – there are a lot.  In fact, Ukraine is very rich in its traditions and norms, and everyone – from young to old, believes and follows the same signs and omens for …

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Step Inside a Fairytale: Meet Lake Bled

There is no perfect word to describe one’s emotions when one meets the breathtaking Lake Bled for the very first time.  This awe-inspiring place has been attracting hundreds of tourists since it’s first rise into the World’s spotlight.  But even before it became a household name – lake Bled was already known as the top destination inside Slovenia for the officials, royals, and celebrities alike. So, …

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My Happy Childhood – in My Small, Unhappy World.

I never thought that writing about your own life can be so difficult.  You might think that you’ve certainly got all the facts right, and yes you know the story, since umm you’re the lead character in it.  But looking back into the past requires a certain level of objectivity and worse yet… deeper introspection, and for those that didn’t …

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An (Almost) Perfect August Weekend in Alberta, Canada

August is a perfect month for weekend getaways, and since it’s that month of the year again – let me take you along on this trip that happened on one very warm, sunny, and beautiful weekend in August of last year (2015). Weekend Destination: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Alberta is one of the ten provinces in Canada, located on the Western side.  Two …

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Crazy, Chaotic, Exotic – Solo Girl’s Adventures in Morocco

It was my mom who introduced me to the idea of visiting Morocco.  She hasn’t been there herself, but she expressed a strong desire to go there during one of her future Summer trips.  “Morocco, Morocco, Morocco”, I would hear her talking about this country constantly and that is how I ended up buying my tickets to Morocco, even earlier than her. …

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Colorful Homes of Burano

This vibrant little island named Burano is a must-see place for anyone visiting Venice for the first time.  Inhabited mostly by fishermen and their families, this island is famous for its brightly painted homes, which earned this town a top place in numerous “most colorful” lists of the World. So why should you visit Burano? The number one reason why you should visit …

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Bratislava – A Small City With A Lot Of Charm

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and remains one of the least explored cities to this day.  For some unknown reason this beautiful, small and very charming town hasn’t made it to the top bucket lists of many frequent travelers.  And that’s their mistake. Bratislava is located on the banks of the brown-colored river Danube that passes it all the …

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11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went To Iceland

Ever since I lay my eyes on that magical image of the Blue Lagoon for the very first time – I always wanted to go to Iceland.  And thanks to Icelandair, with their very competitive airfares (especially if booking in advance) that dream has finally became a reality this July, 2016. I have to say, I’ve done a fair amount of research to prepare …

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The Enchanting Town of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most interesting and widely recognized sights in the World.  This sight is so well-known that it is virtually on everybody’s bucket list and many dream of visiting it one day.  And, I am happy to say that I finally got my lucky chance of seeing it in person this June 2016, yay! Since we …

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Crime, Tourism, and the City of Naples

When I booked my ticket to Naples, I didn’t know of its terrible reputation being one of the most criminal cities in Italy, and in Europe.  From what I remembered reading about the South of Italy earlier was the general antipathy of the Northern (and Middle) regions of the country towards the South.  Italians consider people from the South to be …

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Panama City – More Than Just A Canal

Panama City is the beautiful capital of Panama – a country by the same name.  It is the safest country in Central and South America, and strangely enough one of the least explored.  It is quite a large city but you can easily navigate it by taking one of the cheap local taxis that are practically everywhere.  Please note that Spanish is the …

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Razzle Dazzle Me… Chicago

Come on, babe Why don’t we paint the town?.. And all that jazz There are not too many people in this World that haven’t seen the musical Chicago, or… at least heard of the Broadway show by the same name (that’s also based on the same play).  Chicago, lovingly called Chi-Town by the locals, is one of the most famous …

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Cape Town: A Visual Approach

Cape Town is a one lucky town – blessed with an amazing nature, sunny weather, nice, friendly people, delicious home-grown wine, and great food, this city lacks practically nothing!  Some of its major attractions include – the World famous Table Mountain, which is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, a scenic peninsula by the name Cape of Good …

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Phuket in the Low Season

Phuket is a beautiful place, and it is one of the most famous and popular touristic destinations in Thailand.  Surrounded by the Andaman Sea, this island has a lot to offer – nature, mountains, clear turquoise water, white sand beaches, great food, and lots of other attractions.  Phuket’s main economy is fishing… and tourism, and therefore if you come here during its busy …