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  • 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 undetermined time, giving all of our support and energies.
    Since yesterday we are at Benjamin and Maria's place, a very sweet and interesting German-Romanian couple. The first day we shared the "brunch" table also with a French and a Polish hitchhiker. An unusual situation, with 6 hitchhikers, each one from a different country, and by chance sitting at the same table, sharing great stories at turn, enjoying each other without anybody being the "star" or doing monologues. Then a nice tea at Raluca's place, another nice couchsurfer that invited us at her place, taking care of an overactive and little artistic girl.
    Tonight the table was shared not only with Ben and Maria but also with a Taiwanese couple in their 60ies. They have been travelling for the last 7 years (6 months per year) enjoying their retirement period and still young and enthusiastic about life like teenagers. It has been really interesting listening to their stories but also enjoying their peculiar mimics and smiles. We even got our names written in Taiwanese!
    In this moment I have a nice feeling of satisfaction and peace, I've been missing this for a long time, and that's why it came the "inspiration" to share this moment of happiness.
    And previously another great couchsurfing experience with Radu, his

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  • Calcata: the bohemian soul of a traditional Italian village

    Panoramic view of Calcata in MarchPanoramic view of Calcata in March

    Last year we arrived in Rome just 2 days before Easter, specially to celebrate with Davide's family. When I heard that we were going to visit a traditional Italian village, Calcata, in the second day of Easter, I was imagining old people staying in front of their houses in a rocking chair with a fat cat purring in their lap,  waiting for their neighbors to greet them and start a conversation, or maybe young women shopping fresh vegetable in open markets,  while church bells are spreading their monotonous sound over the village. Well...

    The main square in Calcata during Monday Easter (Pasquetta)The main square in Calcata during Monday Easter (Pasquetta)Today is Pasquetta, the Monday Easter (second day of celebration) and the modern romans are jumping in their cars, taking their friends and go visit one or two “castelli” (picturesque villages around Rome) for the day.

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  • Novelda: an unexpected surprise in Spain

    Otilia lost in th landscape in front of El Castillo de la Mola in NoveldaOtilia lost in th landscape in front of El Castillo de la Mola in Novelda

    The little town of Novelda has been an unexpected surprise in our trip in Spain last year. We went there for two weeks volunteering with a work-exchange project (have a look at workaway platform), having no idea of what to expect from the place, but we ended up loving the town!
    Hidden in the municipality of Alicante (Valencian Community), far away from the touristic circuit, Novelda has still a lot to offer to the intrepid visitors exploring unknown lands: Art Nouveau masterpieces, a triangular tower, salty lakes and a beautiful park.

    Modernist Route in Novelda

    The interior of the modernist house-museum in NoveldaThe interior of the modernist house-museum in

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  • The Capuchin Crypt: the bone church of Rome explained

    The first chapel of the Capuchin CryptThe first chapel of the Capuchin Crypt

    A bone chandelier in the Capuchin CryptA bone chandelier in the Capuchin CryptThe Capuchin Crypt is a famous Bone Church in Rome, decorated with 3700 skeletons. It is situated in the less suitable area for an ossuary, the fancy Via Veneto street, made popular by the movie "La Dolce Vita", right below the church of "Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini".
    After being in Kutna Hora (Czech Republic) last autumn, to visit the local bone church called the Sedlec Ossuary, we were so impressed that we decided to see also the Capuchin Crypt in my hometown, Rome. We

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  • Balkan Travel: Our experience in Sarajevo

     While we were hitchhiking in Bosnia, we found diversity everywhere we went. We were amazed and intrigued by the contrast between the colorful touristic center of Sarajevo, dynamic Balkan music, busy night life and the dark history of war behind it.


    Take a coin, throw it in the air, and tell me what side it's facing you. Let's say you won, and from now on, that side should be considered the lucky one, the one you would always bet on. You would not win all the time, regardless of the head or tail you've chosen initially, and that's simply because the coin has two sides equally important. Just like that, while traveling in Sarajevo some get the pictures, others get the numbers. Those curious like me, will try to get the whole experience, by enjoying the attractions and understanding the history that shaped the reality of the present day. That being said, I hope you will choose to read both sides of the story: our personal experience in Sarajevo and it's living history.
     

    We started our day with a big aim: to leave the lovely city of Novi Sad, (north of Serbia) and arrive in Sarajevo, the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the same day. Around 300 km, and 6 hours drive through what Google used to consider (in March 2012) “no man's land”- that means unexplored territory for Google satellites. Entering in Bosnia from Serbia, it's a must having a map, or a local with you, or psychic power and prepare for a long journey. This way to go to Sarajevo is not touristic at all. In fact, you can barely spot shops, gas stations and people on your way, so you need to have enough fuel for your car, food for your needs, and all the necessary things in case you don't find civilization on your way. From all of the above, we had directions until the border with Bosnia, some food, water, and a “foreigner face” - which we were told it helps a lot - Serbs cannot confuse us with Bosniaks  and vice-versa. We didn't know what to expect, but we were enough naive to believe that we can do it, and that paid off: 50 km before the border with Bosnia, in a blink of an eye, a nice lady in her '50s stopped out of nowhere. “Where are you going?” [Sarajevo, but if you cross the border is still good for us] . “Come on

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  • Open Air Bar in Genoa

    Open air bar in GenoaOpen air bar in Genoa

    While walking in the streets of Genoa we spotted this nice looking bar, that unfortunetely was closed. If you want to know where is it, we are sorry but we can't remember, so it's a good reason to visit Genoa and search for it by yourself! :)

  • Christmas Market in Prague seen from the tower in the Old Town Square

    Christmas Market in Prague seen from the tower in the Old Town SquareChristmas Market in Prague seen from the tower in the Old Town Square

    Even if we are not big fan of Christmas Market, in Prague we had definitly good luck being there at the right moment. The atmosphere of the Old Town Square with the snow, and Tyn church in the background relating with the christmas tree in the square, created a nice memory stored in our experience for ever.

  • Rome at dusk: view of Saint Peter's dome from Tiberim river

    Rome at dusk: view of Saint Peter from Tiberim riverRome at dusk: view of Saint Peter from Tiberim river

    Saint Peter's dome is a landmark visible from several parts of the city center in Rome, but admiring it at dusk from a bridge on Tiberim river has a different impact: the warm colors of sunset melting with the water create an unforgettable moment.

  • View of Calatrava - Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich

    View of Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, designed by CalatravaView of Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich, designed by Calatrava

    Stadelhofen Railway Station in Zurich is one of the early projects of Santiago Calatrava, where it's already possible to see his stylistic signature. Build in 1990 it's the restoration of a prehesistent train station in Zurich.

  • Strange head bumping out in San Lorenzo Cathedral in Genoa

    Scary head, but it's just a shadow! San Lorenzo Cathedral, GenovaScary head, but it's just a shadow! San Lorenzo Cathedral, Genova

    We recognized this creepy head bumping out of nowhere only after reviewing the photos at the pc. It's actually not a person passing by, but the shadow casted by the buildings! The polymorphic column is the entrance of San Lorenzo Cathedral in Genoa, Italy.

  • Shop inside Mao Tao bar

    Mao Tao Bar in BelgradeMao Tao Bar in Belgrade

    A colorful shop inside Mao Tao bar in Belgrade. The riverside area along the Danube River has been redevelopped recently an now is a popular place for nightlife for locals and tourists.

  • A different point of view of the "Altare della Patria"

    Side view of Altar of the Fatherland in RomeSide view of Altar of the Fatherland in Rome

    This neoclassic monument, loved by some and hated by many in Rome, is known as Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). It is mistakenly believed to be build during fascist time, while actually it was inaugurated 11 years before Mussolini took the power. Loved or not, it can still offer amazing opportunity for photography.

  • An amazing series of arches at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

    The entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences in ValenciaThe entrance to the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia

    At the entrance of the Gallery of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia (Spain), you can admire this amazing series of organic arches decorated with mosaic, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava . And you don't need to pay the ticket to see it, the exterior view is free for everybody.

  • Montesanto Station

    Montesanto Station in Naples, ItalyMontesanto Station in Naples, ItalyWhen we passed through the train Station of Montesanto in Napoli, it was having an amazing light, so I stopped to take some shots at different exposures that I combined to obtain this HDR picture.

  • Bone Church in Kutna Hora, visit the Sedlec Ossuary

    The chandelier of the Bone Church in Kutna HoraThe chandelier of the Bone Church in Kutna HoraMacabre art at the Sedlec OssuaryMacabre art at the Sedlec OssuaryThe Bone Church in Kutna Hora, also known as the Sedlec Ossuaryfrom the district of the same name, is something that leaves you speechless: decorated with the bones of over 40 000 human skeletons, it leaves you mixed feelings: it's the guilt of artistically enjoying dead bodies, something that it's usually seen only as pain and suffering, without being scared or disgusted. But actually this crypt is a really an enjoyable and extraordinary piece of macabre art, and quite easy to reach on a day trip from Prague, only 70 km far away by car or train. We were not planning to go there, actually we didn't even know the existence

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  • 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 life, then you should move to India! Creativity is the key, and you can invent your own job, or improvise something with the little resources available. Browse through these photos showing incredible and uncommon jobs. My personal favourite is the professional ear cleaner!

    25 Incredible jobs I saw in India through photos

    Willing to send your kids at school by school bus? No problem, in New Delhi there is a human bus! This man is taking on his bicyle-rickshaw over 10 kids to carry through the dusty roads.

    Willing to send your kids at school by school bus? No problem, in New Delhi there is a human bus! This man is taking on his bicyle-rickshaw over 10 kids to carry through the dusty roads. incredible jobs in India 2011 2041 09-07-10

    Were you expecting to find David Hasselhoff in the Indian beaches ? Baywatch series is miles away here, and this interesting lifeguard is all you can get in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. If you are willing to go for a swim in the sea, you better know how to swim!

    Were you expecting to find David Hasselhoff in the Indian beaches ? Baywatch series is miles away here, and this interesting lifeguard is all you can get in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. If you are willing to go for a swim in the sea, you better know how to swim! 02 Incredible jobs in India 2011 1769 02-07-10

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  • The Casino Constanta suspended on the frozen Black Sea

    Exterior view of the Casino in winter 2012 with the frozen Black SeaExterior view of the Casino in winter 2012 with the frozen Black Sea

    The frozen Black Sea creates incredible sculptures on the promenadeThe frozen Black Sea creates incredible sculptures on the promenadeAt the beginning of February, current year, we went to Constanta (Romania) hoping to catch the last days of the frozen Black Sea, before the positive temperatures were going to melt everything. This weather transition happened on our way, leaving Bucharest from -15 degrees in

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  • Sonora, Mexico and a crazy story from Nogales

    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 stairs

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  • How to get 50% discount at the entrance ticket of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia

    City of Arts And Science Of Valencia seen from the topCity of Arts And Science Of Valencia seen from the topIf you are planning to visit soon Valencia, or you are already there, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to have 50% discount at the entrance of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias)! It's actually not a 50% discount, but a 2x1, buy two-pay one, on every kind of ticket except temporary exibhitions. In example if you are planning to buy 2 combined tickets for the Hemisf?ric, Science Museum and Oceanogr?fic, you will pay 32,90? instead of 65,80?! And it works because that's what we did :)

    So the trick is very simple. Until the end of the year (31/12/2012 at the moment, but it could be extended) there is a promotion saying that you will get this discount "Showing 3 promotional labels from the packages of 6 units of Choleck chocolate milkshakes". Basically what you have to do is to buy 3 packages of this product, save the labels and show it at the ticket office. It looks easy, but it's not that much, since these milkshakes (Batidos) are not easy to find. We tried different supermarkets all over the city with no luck, but don't worry. We are going to tell you also where we found it, so you will save some hours os stress running around the streets. In fact exactely in front of the Museum is...

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 Where are we now: England

 Going to:  Wales, Scotland

View of Land's End arch and cliffs in Cornwall

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Transfagarasan road in Romania seen at night

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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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