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  • Housesitting in the UK: our experience

    Not the house we house-sitted, but one of the reconstructed models in the open air museum in CardiffNot the house we house-sitted, but one of the reconstructed models in the open air museum in Cardiff

    With so many housesitting websites available to apply  for assignments, it's becoming confusing and expensive to keep track of all of them: in fact anglophones countries are notoriously the biggest markets for house sitting, with plenty of opportunities for their users, the housesitters.
    In the last years

  • Navagio beach in Greece: best free location to see the shipwreck in Zakynthos island

    Oti overlooking the stunning Shipwreck coveOti overlooking the stunning Shipwreck cove

    You'll be impressed by the shipwreck in Navagio beach, its crystalline water and fine beaches, and Zakynthos island will be one of the highlights of your trip in Greece! Our suggestions will help you to get the most from your visit.

    We are not sure why so much accent it's put on the shipwreck, when all of the beauty of this

  • Our work exchange experience in the UK: plastering with clay a straw-bale roundhouse

    Clay sculpture Davide made on the interior of the roundhouseClay sculpture Davide made on the interior of the roundhouse

    After a couple of years of break from work exchanges, because of our 1 year scholarship in Indonesia and following trips, it was about time for us to start slowing down our traveling style and to learn new skills for our future projects.
    It was end of September. While being in Belgium, we took a bold decision and decided to turn

  • Living in a forest dome and experiencing community life in the UK

    View of the communal dome in the woodsView of the communal dome in the woods

    Taking part in a work exchange it’s not only about sweat and tiredness! We have already told you about the hard but rewarding work we did in the roundhouse, now it’s time to tell you more about the fun social aspect of the work exchange.
    To be honest the thing that attracted us the most about this project was not the work

  • House sitting in Greece: Delenia, a hidden pearl on the Aegean Cost

    Stunning view from one of the bathrooms in DeleniaStunning view from one of the bathrooms in Delenia

    In the beginning of our travel in Greece, we were very lucky to spot a last minute house sitting assignment and be accepted for 2 weeks in Delenia: a remote rustic property on the island of Evia (Euboea in Greek), and a very special touristic resort for groups in the summer months, placed on the rocky shores of the Aegean Coast

  • View of Land's End arch and cliffs in Cornwall

    Photo of the best view in Land's end with the rocky arch and the waves against the clifsPhoto of the best view in Land's end with the rocky arch and the waves against the clifs

    Today we were lucky to manage to hitchhike to Land's End, one of the extremities of United Kingdom in the beautifully wild region of Cornwall. Every day we are impressed more and more by the beautiful views and majestic cliffs you can see along the coastal path. Interesting fact is that there is a visitor center with parking for

  • Transfagarasan road in Romania seen at night

    Transfagarasan road seen at nightTransfagarasan road seen at night

    I took this photo on my second night spent camping next to Balea Lake, after hitchhiking on the Transfagarasan Road, the most known high mountain road trip in Romania. It was taken shortly after sunset as you can see from the light at the horizon. The first stars appearing at the beginning of the night created star trails

  • Hiking beyond Balea Lac and experiencing our favourite views in the Transfagarasan trip

    Spectacular view of Capra Lake while hikingSpectacular view of Capra Lake while hiking

    After experiencing the most famous road-trip in Romania, the Transfagarasan Highway, we were not expecting to be even more impressed by the hiking possibilities in the surroundings of Balea Lake! We stopped at the highest point of the road, where this high mountain crystalline basin is delighting its visitors, and camped for one

  • Hiking around Balea Lac to Capra Lake. Was it worth?

    Camping tents at the Lake of Capra with some peaks on the backgroundCamping tents at the Lake of Capra with some peaks on the background

    A multitude of amazing hiking possibility with plenty of different paths for any level, all starting from Balea Lac, are waiting to be explored if you are planning to cross the Transfagarasan highway in Romania. You'll be impressed of how much beauty you can see with so little effort, since at Balea Lac you are already close to

  • Road trip to Transfagarasan highway, a scenic Romanian mountain road not to be missed!

    View of the hairpin turns on the Transfagarasan road from the viewpoint in Balea LakeView of the hairpin turns on the Transfagarasan road from the viewpoint in Balea Lake

    Since the first time I visited Romania 6 years ago, I started to hear stories about this mythical road trip on the roof of Romania along the Transfagarasan Road, that every adventurous visitor shouldn't miss on his journey to Romania.

    Transfagarasan road seen at night from the viewpointTransfagarasan road seen at night from the viewpoint
    This summer we happened to be in Romania to visit Oti's family at the beginning of the summer

  • Hiking from Valbona to Thethi: the beauty of the Albanian Alps

    Oti enjoying the view of the Albanian AlpsOti enjoying the view of the Albanian Alps

    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

  • Alcohol, illegal traffic and a gun: our worst experience ever hitchhiking, from Thethi to Shkod?r

    View of the Albanian AlpsView of the Albanian Alps

    In five years I'm travelling hitchhiking, I've never felt like I was in a bad situation, and I've always, and I still, have considered it a safe technique. But just because of a matter of statistic, we eventually run into an incredible series of bad events, while in the Albanian Alps we were trying to go from Thethi to Shkod?r

  • "Local wildlife" in Thethi: Oti bitten by a dog

    Sheeps on Thethi river bedSheeps on Thethi river bed

    Our first approach with Thethi, a village in the Albanian Alps, wasn't the best you could wish for.
    While we were hiking from Valbona to Thethi, we knew there were possibilities of encounters with bears, wolves and wild boars, but we didn't consider the possibility to be attacked by a Shepard dog.

    (Note: This post, rather than an

  • Koman lake ferry: how to get from Shkodër to Valbona

    The dam that created Koman Lake: on the right side the harbourThe dam that created Koman Lake: on the right side the harbour

    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

  • Albania: the village of Thethi and its lock-in-tower

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

    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

  • A magic place in Kefalonia island: Melissani cave

    View of  Melissani cave in KefaloniaView of Melissani cave in Kefalonia

    We still have so many amazing places to write about, but time is not always our friend. Last spring we were in Greece travelling for some months and we still have managed to write just one article about Meteora, but we are still missing all the amazing beaches and landscapes we have sen in those months.

    Melissani Cave is found

  • Window views in Norway: nature in the backyard

    View from a train window in NorwayView 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 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

  • Christmas markets in Europe: our Christmas Spirit tour

    Detail of a Christmas Tree in BerlinDetail of a Christmas Tree in Berlin

    Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen at Christmas timeTivoli Garden in Copenhagen at Christmas timeWhile we are not fans of the commercial aspect of the Christmas Markets, last year during our trip back from Norway to Romania, we passed at Christmas time through some European capitals, and we were able to experience some genuine Christmas Spirit. We are not pretending to say what are the best Christmas Markets in Europe, but

  • Our visit to Casino Constanta in 2013: Is something changed from the previous year?

    Casino Constanta seen from the seaside promenadeCasino Constanta seen from the seaside promenade

    Detail of one of the apsesDetail of one of the apsesSince the first time I went to visit the second biggest city of Romania, I felt in love with the majestic Casino in Constanta, lying on the seaside of the city.
    During our short trip in 2012 to admire the rare phenomenon of the Black Sea getting frozen, we made our first report of the Casino's conditions.
    In that occasion Oti

  • Injections of happiness in our vains: couchsurfing experiences

    Nice and happy dinner table Nice and happy dinner table

    After a long period in which were cut off from our trips and dreams, and we couldn't think of anything positive, eventually we had some good days with our couchsurfing hosts.
    Some moments in which we could stop thinking about our problems and feel like if we are travelling, even if we actually are "stuck" in Romania for

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 Where are we now: England

 Going to:  Wales, Scotland

View of Land's End arch and cliffs in Cornwall

Today we were lucky to manage to hitchhike to Land's End, one of the extremities of United Ki ...

Transfagarasan road in Romania seen at night

I took this photo on my second night spent camping next to Balea Lake, after hitchhiking on t ...

Fireworks in front of Castel San'Angelo in Rome

Since some years on June 29th in Rome, there is a historical representation called "La girand ...

Portrait of a local woman in a traditional Indoensian village

This is a portrait I took of a local woman in the village of Nage, in Flores, Indonesia. Nage ...

Sunrise in Jatiluwih rice fields in Bali

While we have seen many rice fields in Java and in the rest of Indonesia, the rice terraces o ...

Sunset between the clouds in Gunung Lawu, Indonesia

This year we decided to spend an alternative Easter. Far away from our families in the bigges ...

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 ...

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Davide Vadal? and Otilia Lefter

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