• 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 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 Soviet-…