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  • Things to do in Transnistria – How to travel to Tiraspol and Bender

    If you’re reading this article, you must have heard the name of “Transnistria” for at least once, or maybe couple of times. And if you really intend to go there, I think you can learn a thing or two from this article. You must have heard of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia for Artsakh at the end of 2020. Although this region has been recognized as part of Azerbaijan by the most of the world, it had been inhabited and governed by ethnic Armenians for almost 30 years under the name of Republic of Armenia. After the brief showdown, Azerbaijan reclaimed most of the territory, although Artsakh still holds…

  • Travel guide to Ephesus (Efes)

    Before I had visited Ephesus, I was already aware that it’s a majestic sight that you can ever see in Turkey. Well, after my visit, I can easily say that it didn’t disappoint me, both with the remains and the history behind of them. In fact, it must be at the top of your list of places to visit once you land in Turkey. You can even tell this by looking at the entry fee: Ephesus is the most expensive museum/ancient city of the country. There will be more on the entry fee later in the article. Ephesus is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015 deservedly. In this…

  • Çıralı: Where a relaxing vacation meets ancient history

    Turkey is known for its many beautiful summer resorts on Southern (Mediterranean) and Southwestern (Aegean) parts which generally become instant favorites for foreign visitors. There are super popular, superexpensive places like Bodrum, in which some shops even charge in Euros, rather than the native currency Lira. The night life is -or was, before the pandemic – electric as well, since there are countless night clubs and other entertainment options. There are many others like Bodrum. Obviously there are cheaper options for budget travelers as well. Rather than 5-star hotels with private beaches and pools and all-you-can-eat buffets, some people may prefer to be away from crowds and stay at bungalows…

  • A Little Viktor Tsoi and Kino Pilgrimage from Russia

    I am going to assume that you already know something about the Soviet rock band Kino and his legendary frontman Viktor Tsoi (or Tsoy), since you are reading this article. That’s why I won’t bother with providing extra information about him or his work. The intention here is simply telling a couple of things about my self-invented pilgrimage to three places in Russia that are somewhat related to Tsoi, maybe providing a few clues, if you want to make a similar trip in the future. Actually you don’t need to visit those spots to understand how much he is still loved and his memory is cherished by Russian -and former…