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View of the ghost town of Mystras after a rainy day

View of the ghost town of Mystras after a…

The ghost town of Mystras, abandoned almost 2 centuries ago, ...

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

Camping in a cave in Mani region, Greece

We have been in Peloponnesos in Greece for the last for weeks...

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

Meteora independent photo tour and hiking…

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

Parthenon at night, Athens

Parthenon at night, Athens

One of the characteristics that stroke me the most in Athens,...

Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox monasteries and incredible rock formations: our experience and advice

Visiting Meteora in Greece, orthodox mona…

If the Eden Valley existed, it had to be in Meteora: this is ...

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evia

Digital Nomads in the Greek island of Evi…

It has been almost 2 weeks now that we are housesitting in th...

Housesitting in the Greek island of Evia …

We are house-sitting in the Greek Island of Evia with limited c...

Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgaria famous for its light show

Veliko Tarnovo: a medieval town in Bulgar…

Veliko Tarnovo (Велико Търново in Bulgarian) is a medieval to...

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bulgaria

Beautiful view of Kardzhali Reservoir, Bu…

  Four days ago we went hiking in the area of Kardzhali, ...

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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 know the basics of the area: if you haven't done it already, we suggest you to first read our article... Read more
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 incredible place to mesmerize at amazing views, green valleys and steep rock formations that will... Read more
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 for the yearly celebration taking place on the 22nd of March, famous for its 3d and light show.The center of... Read more
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 one of my first destinations in Nepal right after visiting Lumbini, the birth place of Gautama... Read more
Visit to an underground amusement park built inside an old salt mine: Salina Turda in Romania  Salita Turda is an old salt mine with a unique atmosphere given by the underground amusement park housed in its majestic chambers. It is located in Romania, a 40 minutes ride from Cluj-Napoca, the second biggest Romanian city and former Transylvania Capital. It became nowadays a touristic destination known to locals, but not to international visitors. History of Salina Turda... Read more
Window views in Norway: nature in the backyard  While traveling in Norway last year, we were impressed by the amazing views and luxurious nature that Norwegian people could enjoy daily. And the best part was that they weren't moving from home, but just by sitting in the comfort and warmth of their houses, they could stare outside at the magnificence of Mother Nature. During these moments I... Read more

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Casino Constanta – The history of a masterpiece of Art Nouveau suspended on the frozen Black Sea

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954 days, 34 000 km and 23 countries in 46 photos: my amazing travel around Europe, without flying

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Let's go hiking: Cinque Terre and its rural side

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Hiking to Les Calanques: Marseille 's hidden fjords

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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
20 Incredible jobs I saw in India: life seen from another point of view If you think you have a boring office job, sitting full time behind a desk, 40 hours a week, and you are willing to spice up your... Read more
A freezing experience at the Ice hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden Every Year in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland not far from Kiruna, is build an ice hotel that can accommodate more than 100 people, made completely of ice, the... Read more

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Housesitting in the Greek island of Evia with no internet
We are house-sitting in the Greek Island of Evia with limited connectivity. Now we are in the closer village 30 min away just quickly checking our emails. We have some amazing photos from Meteora that...

Sonora: my first impact with Mexico

A beautiful sunset in Bahia de KinoA beautiful sunset in Bahia de KinoIn 2007 after 3 months spent in the USA, I had to leave the country and go to Mexico. My visa was expering because of my mistake on the calculation of the visa duration (3 months vs 90 days), and I was about to be a clandestine in the States. I was not supposed to be admitted back in the USA, if not after first going back to my home country, but since I already had a non changeable flight to Italy leaving from Phoenix, AZ, bought some months before, I tried anyway the adventure. Here are some colorful stories told with the emotions and feeling of that time, since I'm pasting an e-mail I wrote to my friends.

Nogales, a border town stolen from a song of Manu Chao

The corridor of my hotel in Nogales. In the morning, since the only common toilet for all of the rooms was out of order, human excrements were found in the stairsThe corridor of my hotel in Nogales. In the morning, since the only common toilet for all of the rooms was out of order, human excrements were found in the stairs"The travel from Mexico to Phoenix wasn't very calm. Our bus was inspectioned by Mexican Army and American patrol, so we had almost 2 hours of delay. At the border I was able to obtain a Visa to enter again in the US, after 2 deep interviews, inspection of my videocamera's videos and of all my baggages. But they gave me only one day of permit restricted to Phoenix Airport and they told me "We give you another change, but pay attention, don't do it again!!". The week in Mexico was a mix of relaxing, funny and scaring. I stayed in the state of Sonora that isn't touristic at all. I mean...I was the only tourist! In Nogales I slept in a very cheap hotel, found with the "help" of a man following me from the border to the immigration office, to the Atm. Eventually I had to give him 5 dollars. But can I call it hotel? No, I can't. Twenty dollars for a room with 3 beds, I had no key, the windows were broken and I had to wait because at 9 PM the room was still dirty! And also after cleaning, the beds weren't really clean, so I slept in the sleeping bag closing the holes in the windows with a blanket. Girls waiting in the corridor, probably prostitutes. During the night I was waken up 3 times. Twice was an Hotel employee talking in spanish. I didn't understand what he was trying to tell me. Probably he just wanted to see if I was away to steal something. The third time was a man with only one arm asking me for 50 Pesos. You can guess that it wasn't a really relaxing night. The morning after I escaped from this sick city, thanks to a ride that a kind girl gave me in the back of her truck till the "Central camionera". And she left me also the phone of one of her friends in Hermosillo!"

Hermosillo: where is the party?

Governamental building in HermosilloGovernamental building in Hermosillo"So I went to Hermosillo, capital of Sonora. But there wasn't much to see, and I didn't meet much people around. Also the "supposed" nightlife zone was completely desert. Finally I went to the tourist office to ask for a bus away from Hermosillo. And this was the funniest part of this city. It was in a government building, but also inside the construction itself, nobody knew where was the tourist office. Finally 2 guys found it reading all the plans. They brought me there and walking trough several offices I finally arrived to Patricia. She was assigned to tourist informations. But she didn't know how to answer my questions, and she just read from the guide. I mean...I can do it by myself! But at least she was a very cute girl, very kind and she spoke english! And to find someone that speak english in Mexico is very hard! Probably I was the fist tourist in Hermosillo, ever. And in fact Patricia offered to pick me up with her government car and brought me to take my stuff in the hotel, to see what I still was missing of Hermosillo, and then to the bus station."

A beautiful sunset in Bahia de Kino

A couple enjoying the sunset in Bahia de KinoA couple enjoying the sunset in Bahia de Kino"Next city was Bahia de Kino. Reading a flyer I took in Nogales it was supposed to be the best, funniest sea city of Mexico. When I arrived here I found only one paved road and many little dirty streets from the main street. It wasn't a "cool" place as described, but at least a very mexican style spot. Mexican classical music all around (I found it everywhere in Mexico not only here) and mexican people. Whatever you ask for in Mexico you will be asked to pay. So I had to pay 20 pesos to a man that just showed me where my hotel was. I then walked several miles along what seemed to be a nice and quiet beach until I met 2 guys fighting with punches and throwing big rocks each other. After that, a man that was following me for a long time started to call me. Fearing bad intentions I stopped next to a group of people, but he revealed to be a University teacher from Puebla searching for someone to chat with. So we kept on walking and we saw an amazing sunset."

Chilling out in San Carlos

Self-portrait of Davide in a small island with cacti in San CarlosSelf-portrait of Davide in a small island with cacti in San Carlos"The day after I went to San Carlos, still souther in Sonora State. Another sea place, where I decided to stay until the end of the trip. I got off from the bus and I got into a restaurant with wireless connection to search for an hotel. I made aquaintance with the Mexican restaurant's owner and his friends from US. We started to talk and then I was invited to hold on to wait an italian guy that was arriving. They seemed friendly, so at the beginning I accepted. After a while I went to the restrooms and while going there, I was stopped by one of these guys that told me something like "Hey if you want you can stay in my house for tonight, I've 2 free rooms. But you have to know that I'm gay. I won't touch you but you will have to get naked in front of me". Obviously I refused the offer, not only because I'm not gay; I wasn't there to sell my body for a room!! After that I found an excuse to leave the company and reach my hotel. A very nice and cheap place with a patio and nice people. Beautiful landscape with pelicans in San CarlosBeautiful landscape with pelicans in San CarlosNot many but enough. I spent these days with two canadian guys Simon and Jeff and Juan Carlos the hotel owner, going to the beach, playing freesbe and beach volley, hanging out and exploring the surroundings. Juan Carlos was a very weird subject, driving his car at maximum 15 miles per hour while eating chocolate, listening to metal music and talking about energy and vibrations.
After that my travel back in Rome started. But you already know about it. So, that's all folks!"

Davide VadalàDavide Vadalà
I like to say that I'm a gypsy traveller. Some years ago I quit my job to chase my dream of exploring our wonderful planet in a sustainable way. Thanks to my itchy feet, I had a lot of incredible adventures, and I'm just back after an amazing travel of almost 3 years by land, mainly hitchhiking. I love nature, sustainability, outdoor and hiking, and my dream is to become a travel photographer. Content attribution on Google +

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