Your Home in Ljubljana – Vila Veselova Hostel

Slovenia

I knew I would love Ljubljana before I even stepped out of the train that brought me to the city. And it wasn’t only because of my pre-trip research (read: browsing pretty images on Pinterest and Instagram and getting overexcited). It was just the way this region makes me feel. To say that I love … Continue reading “Your Home in Ljubljana – Vila Veselova Hostel”

Postcards from the Slovenian Coast

Slovenia

Slovenian coast isn’t exactly famous. The Slovenian Riviera only measures 46.6 km, so a constantly rushing backpacker might as well overlook it. He might, but you shouldn’t. It’s quality not quantity that counts in travel, right? I feel so weird trying to convince you to visit this little piece of northern Adriatic coast. Me? I’m … Continue reading “Postcards from the Slovenian Coast”

One Day in Sintra

Portugal

I love big cities, but it’s a rather complex relationship. I need my alone time, too. Sorry, hustle and bustle, we aren’t meant to stay together for too long. Every city break I go on ends up with me on a getaway to the nearest pretty village. Or a castle. Or a pretty village with … Continue reading “One Day in Sintra”

Once upon a time in a cave village in Iran

Iran

Kandovan was my last stop in Iran before hopping on a bus to Armenia aka home, back to speedy internet connection, deadlines, technical translations, and coffee (if you like your caffeine, you better think of self-catering before you step on Iranian soil. Consider yourself warned). I planned to go there from Tabriz, thinking of it … Continue reading “Once upon a time in a cave village in Iran”

Searching for Ancient Persia

Iran

I’m not sure where to start. The whole month of April passed without a single post on this blog. I went few weeks without even posting regular updates on The Picktures social media accounts. Not my style at all. And never a good sign. Nothing has happened, really. I was mostly translating and trying to … Continue reading “Searching for Ancient Persia”

One bobsleigh track that has been through a lot

Bosnia

Sarajevo’s bobsleigh track has seen a lot, that’s for sure. It is also pretty clear that a long time has passed since a bobsled ran down its graffiti covered walls. The track was built for Winter Olympic Games that took place in Sarajevo in 1984. Today it remains a strange monument to Bosnian capital’s past. … Continue reading “One bobsleigh track that has been through a lot”

Visiting Khao Lak- Lam Ru National Park

Thailand

My trip to Thailand last November was a gift. My plane ticket was a gift. Sunlight was one, too. And fresh seafood. I’m beyond grateful for it. All that said, I kind of expected more of the Andaman Coast. I remember reading blog posts about Thai islands during my never-ending layover at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. … Continue reading “Visiting Khao Lak- Lam Ru National Park”

Gems of Eastern Poland: the Holy Mount of Grabarka

Podlasie, Poland

Grabarka is a tiny village close to Siemiatycze, Poland. Well, you probably haven’t heard of Siemiatycze either. They aren’t too touristy, but there certainly are numerous reasons why you should memorize these names. Firstly, because Podlasie region is the best place to discover diversity in Polish history, culture, and society; Secondly, because Grabarka is home … Continue reading “Gems of Eastern Poland: the Holy Mount of Grabarka”