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This is not farewell

Traveling on to Yazd, and eventually to Persepolis and Shiraz, we ventured deeper into the dry areas of Iran. Mountain ranges on the horizon presenting an impressive play of lights and shadows in the setting sun, as our VIP bus is moving at inching speed. Yazd invited us to our…

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Friendly Iran

Finally, I was on the road to Iran. Even holding a visa in my hands. This visit had been years in the making. The country that has been described by some as championing the friendliest people you can encounter as a tourist. Crossing the border into Iran Reaching the border…

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Crushing on Baku

How often does it happen that you come to a place and like it straight away? By now I would say cautiously “like it” because many centers of town, especially capitals look gorgeous, but away from the bustling and hustling? Not so much. Especially countries considered developing. Baku is one…

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When you need a Visa. And got none.

Certainly a new situation for me. I do my preparation quite well usually. Creating an excel sheet with dates, expected budget needed, required documentation to enter the country, interesting sights to visit, the whole shebang. Possibly I do get sloppy, the more I travel? Anyhow, I never before tried to…

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Wine region Kakheti

Going to the wine region in Kaketi I was thinking to team up with some other backpackers and explore some wineries. Unfortunately, the booking somehow went wrong and it was canceled. So I had to find a guesthouse in the night and ended up at grandma Nana’s house. But I…

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Armenian shared housing

It happens rarely but it happens sometimes that you get to a hostel and the timing is right to just meet people that you click with immediately. In Yerevan, I had such an experience. I felt reminded of my student time when we would sit by the kitchen table, cook…

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The real-life

Traveling for the first time decades ago someone said to me, that traveling is all nice and well, but “it is not the real life“. Ever since I have been wondering what a “real life” is? In 1996 I undertook my first long-distance trip. I chose to go to Australia…

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Tbilisi

Georgia had me craving to visit it for quite some time now. When I tried Georgian food for the first time the craving did not become less. After a brief stop-over in Germany, and after losing my mobile phone one day before going to Germany on my way to Skopje,…

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FEAR IS ONLY TEMPORARY. REGRETS LAST FOREVER. I have finished the part of my current RTW (round the world) trip that encompassed Balkan-region countries that I had not visited yet. An overview can be found on my travel-map, simply click the markers. The nicest pics I have summarized in this…

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Field of the blackbirds - Kosovo

All good things come to an and, and so I have to say goodbye to the balcan region now. I am writing this up while sitting at the airport in Skopje, waiting for a flight to the cold Germany. Yesterday I crowned the trip with a visit to a nation…

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