Culture

Charming Košice is calling your name

Today, I'm introducing you to Košice (pronounced Ko-shi-tse), one of the most underrated cities and hidden gems in Europe. With a population of over 250,000, Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia, and in 2013 it was the European Capital of Culture. It's fairly small and easy to get around, especially if you're staying in Košice center [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Culture, Destination, Europe, Slovakia, Urban|6 Comments

Edinburgh Festivals on a weekend trip

August might just be the best time to visit Scotland. Why, you ask? First of all, you have a 50% chance of sunshine, which by Scottish standards is a wee bit better than the rest of the year. And second of all, it's FESTIVAL TIME! For many years, artists, performers, musicians and dancers have flocked to Edinburgh in July and [...]

By | September 1st, 2016|Culture, Destination, Europe, Scotland|8 Comments

Street art in the funky Metelkova

During my trip to Ljubljana a few weeks ago, I was introduced to one of the coolest neighborhoods I've seen: Metelkova. Metelkova is an autonomous culture zone. A former military barracks. A town within the city, just a few minutes walk from Ljubljana's city center. When I first saw photos of it, I didn't find it inviting AT ALL. And [...]

By | July 4th, 2015|Culture, Destination, Europe, Slovenia, Urban|10 Comments

Getting blessed by a Naga Sadhu

A while back I was online looking for inspiration for an article on rituals. As I glanced through Google Images, something caught my eye and practically dragged me in... It was a man. A naked man. With long furry dreadlocks, smeared in white paint, screaming and running ferociously through the Ganges river with a trident in hand. That [...]

By | March 30th, 2014|Adventures, Culture, Destination, India|22 Comments

Joining 110 Million People at Maha Kumbh Mela

Imagine millions of people gathering the same place. Loud speakers playing Hare Krishna mantras and naked men walking around with tridents in the streets. That's how the Maha Kumbh Mela was like. I can honestly say that attending this festival is one of the most exhilarating, humbling and challenging experiences I've had. Even though I [...]

By | March 30th, 2014|Adventures, Culture, Destination, Feature, India|4 Comments

Chichicastenango: Let’s go to the market

Each Thursday and Sunday, Mayan vendors from around Guatemala walk up to hundreds of kilometres to the highland town of Chichicastenango. Here, at the biggest native market in Central America, they set up small stalls with textiles, handicrafts, wood carvings, pottery and jewellery in the streets around the main square. Even though the market is held for locals, [...]

By | March 11th, 2014|Adventures, Central America, Culture, Destination, Guatemala|4 Comments

Visiting the Kayan tribe in Northern Thailand

In a small village, deep in the Thai jungle, a woman sits under a bamboo roof spinning yarn by hand. Her neck is adorned with shiny brass rings that almost makes her look abnormal in the most fascinating manner. It's hard not to stare. She's part of a Burmese refugee group who live in the borderland between [...]

By | December 14th, 2013|Adventures, Culture, Destination, Faces, Thailand, Tribes, Women|1 Comment