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Gunung Kidul beaches: Pantai Baron, Pantai Kukup and beyond, Yogyakarta's backyard paradise

Gunung Kidul beaches: Pantai B...

Tropical fishes for sale in Pantai Kukup After coming from Kalimantan,...

The unexpected beauty of the Albanian Alps: Hiking from Valbona to Thethi

The unexpected beauty of the A...

Oti enjoying the view of the Albanian Alps Mostly unheard to...

How to get from Shkodër to Valbona and the impressive Koman lake ferry

How to get from Shkodër to Val...

The dam that created Koman Lake: on the right side the...

The village of Thethi and its lock-in-tower

The village of Thethi and its...

The steep Albanian Alps on the background of the Lock-in tower...

Beware of Mosquitoes On Your Trip To India!

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Bird Market in Yogyakarta: the shameful masochism of humanity

Bird Market in Yogyakarta: the...

Birds packed in a small cage in the bird market of...

The best shooting modes for a hike: an introduction to outdoor photography

The best shooting modes for a...

Hdr and tonemapped image created from 3 bracketed shots. Rhone Valley,...

Mount Merapi: an impressive Volcano hike in Indonesia

Mount Merapi: an impressive Vo...

Hikers on the crater of Merapi Volcano, surrounded by dramatic clouds...

Meteora independent photo tour and hiking map: be your own guide

Meteora independent photo tour...

Meteora is an amazing place for photo addicted, where to take...

Gunung Kidul beaches: Pantai Baron, Pantai Kukup and beyond, Yogyakarta's backyard paradise

Gunung Kidul beaches: Pantai Baron, Pantai Kukup and beyond, Yogyakarta's backyard paradise

After coming from Kalimantan, we truly needed a „break” to recover our strength and start with a fresh mind the second semester of our Darmasiswa scholarship program. We figured that the best choice would be the untamed southern coast of Java, Gunung Kidul Regency on Indian Ocean's shore, just 60 km away from Yogyakarta, the city where we live and study. If you ever visited Yogyakarta (Jogja, as known by the locals) one of Java's most densely populated cities, you know that finding space, privacy, silence, nature a ...

The unexpected beauty of the Albanian Alps: Hiking from Valbona to Thethi

The unexpected beauty of the Albanian Alps: Hiking from Valbona to Thethi

Mostly unheard to people outside of Albania, the hike from Valbona to Thethi is one of the most popular in the Accursed Mountains and a not to be missed occasion to experience the beauty and traditions of this land.The hike from Valbona to Thethi (also spelled Valbonë and Theth) follow an old mule track, and represent a portion of the almost 200km long trekking ring called "Peaks of the Balkans" that trespass also in Kosovo and Montenegro.The route from Valbona to Thethi, both valleys declared National Parks, deser ...

How to get from Shkodër to Valbona and the impressive Koman lake ferry

How to get from Shkodër to Valbona and the impressive Koman lake ferry

If you are planning to go visiting Valbona or hiking in the Albanian Alps, there is no better way to do it than taking the Koman Lake ferry, that guarantees impressive sceneries on the way. While not a direct ride, since the boat is connecting the two villages of Koman and Fierze, and other transportation options need to be used before and after, it's worth the hassle of changing vehicles many times. If you are planning to reach Valbona from other places than Shkodër, we suggest you to check also this article writ ...

The village of Thethi and its lock-in-tower

The village of Thethi and its lock-in-tower

The village of Thethi is an isolated hamlet embedded in the Albanian Alps, that preserves ancient traditions and a well preserved lock-in-tower. We reached Thethi after hiking from Valbona Valley for 8 hours: an incredibly beautiful and easy route that I would suggest to anybody. Our positive energy was destroyed somehow in the evening, when while searching for accommodation in Thethi, Oti got bitten by a dog. But the next morning, after a restoring and calming night, we accumulated the energy needed to go and vi ...

My first semester studying Seni Kriya at ISI Yogyakarta as a Dharmasiswa Student

My first semester studying Seni Kriya at ISI Yogyakarta as a Dharmasiswa Student

What am I doing in Indonesia? That's probably what most of my friends and family members are wondering. This time is not only about travelling, but also about exploring the artistic side of my personality that I've never had the chance to fully acknowledge. Our 1 year scholarship called Dharmasiswa is providing us a small allowance that wouldn't be enough in Italy to pay for the household bills, but here it's enough to cover all of our expenses, so that we can focus on learning. It's been 4 months now since we arri ...

Bird Market in Yogyakarta: the shameful masochism of humanity

Bird Market in Yogyakarta: the shameful masochism of humanity

The Bird Market in Yogyakarta, also known as Pasty (Fauna and Ornamental Plant Market of Yogyakarta), is a traditional gathering place animated by locals mainly on Sundays, that sees also his share of random tourists coming to visit Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java. Despite the name, we can't say that we have found anything cultural in the Bird Market, so you rather search somewhere else, if that's what you were looking for. Previously located not far from the center of the city, Pasty has been moved in 20 ...

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Window views in Norway: nature in the backyard View from a train window in Norway  While traveling in Norway last year, we were impressed by the amazing views and luxurious nature that Norwegian people could... Read more
Blocked by floods on the road from Manali to Leh This is an experience that is still clearly impressed in my mind despite not recent. It was August 2010 and I was almost at the end of... Read more
Free accommodation: 15 Strange places where I slept for free without a tent While travelling on a budget sometimes things can go wrong or different than expected, ending up sleeping somewhere unusual at night. Others times it might be just... Read more
My experience of Kumbh Mela in India between Hindu religion and traditions in Haridwar This year took place in Allahabad, India, the Maha Kumbh Mela, the biggest religious gathering of the world attracting tens of Millions of Hindu pilgrims each time.... Read more

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IMAGE Gunung Kidul beaches: Pantai Baron, Pantai Kukup and beyond, Yogyakarta's backyard paradise
After coming from Kalimantan, we truly needed a „break” to recover our strength and start with a fresh mind the second semester of our Darmasiswa scholarship program. We figured that the best choice would be the untamed southern coast of Java,...
Read More...
IMAGE The unexpected beauty of the Albanian Alps: Hiking from Valbona to Thethi
Mostly unheard to people outside of Albania, the hike from Valbona to Thethi is one of the most popular in the Accursed Mountains and a not to be missed occasion to experience the beauty and traditions of this land.The hike from Valbona to Thethi...
Read More...
IMAGE How to get from Shkodër to Valbona and the impressive Koman lake ferry
If you are planning to go visiting Valbona or hiking in the Albanian Alps, there is no better way to do it than taking the Koman Lake ferry, that guarantees impressive sceneries on the way. While not a direct ride, since the boat is connecting the...
Read More...
IMAGE The village of Thethi and its lock-in-tower
The village of Thethi is an isolated hamlet embedded in the Albanian Alps, that preserves ancient traditions and a well preserved lock-in-tower. We reached Thethi after hiking from Valbona Valley for 8 hours: an incredibly beautiful and easy route...
Read More...
IMAGE Bird Market in Yogyakarta: the shameful masochism of humanity
The Bird Market in Yogyakarta, also known as Pasty (Fauna and Ornamental Plant Market of Yogyakarta), is a traditional gathering place animated by locals mainly on Sundays, that sees also his share of random tourists coming to visit Yogyakarta, the...
Read More...
IMAGE Mount Merapi: an impressive Volcano hike in Indonesia
Mount Merapi is only one of the about 150 volcanoes in Indonesia, but out of them all it is the most active. Maybe that's why it is so desired and popular between the countless hikers that come here every year.No wonder the literal translation of...
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IMAGE Meteora independent photo tour and hiking map: be your own guide
Meteora is an amazing place for photo addicted, where to take outstanding pictures even with little technical skills, since the place is providing most of the magic. Before planning your independent photo tour and start hiking in Meteora, you should...
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IMAGE Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox monasteries and incredible rock formations: our experience and advice
If the Eden Valley existed, it had to be in Meteora: this is what we though while visiting this supernatural mix of natural landscape and human-made constructions. Meteora is not only a unique witness of monastic life and art in Greece, but also an...
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IMAGE Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgaria famous for its light show
Veliko Tarnovo (Велико Търново in Bulgarian) is a medieval town in the center-north of Bulgaria, former capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire and one of the most visited cities of the country. In particular it gets flooded with tourist...
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IMAGE Close encounter with rhinoceros, crocodiles and a sloth bear in Chitwan National Park, Nepal
 Chitwan National Park in Nepal, was no doubts one of my most intense experiences while travelling, not only for its amazing nature and fauna but also for the memory of the adrenaline running in my body after a rhinoceros was chasing us.It was...
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Where are we now: Indonesia

A magic place in Kefalonia island: Melissani cave

We still have so many amazing places to write about, but time is not always our friend. Last ...

Sunset in Kasongan, Indonesia: red explosion

After the previous photo of the day, picturing the sunset in Paragritis beach, this is the sh ...

Sunset in Parangritis beach

Parangritis Beach is just 30 km south of Yogyakarta, a favourite escape for people from the cit ...

Danube Delta in Romania

This shot was taken in the Danube Delta in Romania three years ago. The Danube Delta is world ...

Peanut processing in Indonesia

Local workers in Yogyakarta (Indonesia) separating the peanuts from the plants, and directly ...

Progress vs Tradition in Indonesia

Indonesia is literally invaded by scooters and motorbikes, moving around in a dangeorus vorte ...

Roof of the Golden Hall, Kraton, Yogyakarta

As in many other countries in the world, Indonesia is no difference, and extremes of poverty ...

Siesta time in Indonesia, becak drivers sleeping

In Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java, it's still really common to spot bicycle ricksha ...

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