Anna Osowska

The Volcanic Kingdom

Welcome to the next part of our journey through the volcanic kingdom of Tenerife. In the previous part of my story, we visited the king himself in his palace – Mount Teide and Teide National Park. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, I invite you to read part one of my mini blog series about North Tenerife: “Mount Teide – King of the Canary Islands”. In this blog post, we will hike …

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Mount Teide – King Of The Canary Islands

Let me tell you my story about visiting the north of Tenerife with a special focus on the heart of the island because it is here that the palace of the ruthless king and architect of the island is located: the Teide volcano, the highest peak in all of Spain. In this text, however, you won’t find information about the south of the island, since I leave it to the regulars of tourist resorts, fanatics …

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The Endlessness Of The Negev Desert

Today I would like to invite you once again to travel with me through the deserts of Israel. In my last blog post “The Judean Desert – Israel’s Barren Beatuy“, I showed you the marvelous Judean desert that begins just outside the walls of Jerusalem, and its yellow lunar landscape contrasts with the blue of the Dead Sea. Now is the time to travel through Israel’s greatest desert, which covers 30 percent of the country. …

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The Judean Desert – Israel’s Barren Beauty

You might think about Jerusalem – holy city for the three monotheistic religions, for Christianity, Judaism and Islam. You might think about the tomb of Christ, the wailing wall, the dome on the rock. You might think about the promised land, the only Jewish state in the world. You might think about Palestine, Gaza, the struggle for territory, or rather for beliefs, and the display of power. You might think about Tel Aviv, a cosmopolitan …

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A Touch Of The Caribbean In Crete

You do not have to spend a lot of money and fly far off to the Caribbean to see a piece of paradise on earth, just take a trip to Crete. There are two paradise lagoons on the Greek island, both tempt its visitors with white sand beaches, crystal clear and shallow water, shimmering in blue, turquoise, or dark sapphire depending on the time of day. Both lagoons are beautiful and indisputably a “must see” …

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Tirana – Between Bunkers & Pyramids

I was wondering where and when to start my story about Albania; whether I should begin with describing picturesque coastlines or one of the charming towns with historic districts that are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Instead, I decided to start this story elsewhere, namely in Tirana. In my opinion, it is impossible to talk about this country without presenting its epicenter, the capital. Tirana is very often overlooked by tourists who visit …

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Why Nepal celebrates New Year In April

April 14, 2018. I am in Bhaktapur, one of Nepal’s three royal cities. Although Nepal stretches geographically beyond the Kathmandu Valley, it is this place that is the cradle of Nepal’s culture. It is the place where the rulers resided, with the most significant places, temples and royal Nepalese cities: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan. The most important trade routes connecting Tibet and India passed through the Kathmandu valley and it was here that Hindu teachers …

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Dharavi – The City Within A City

India, Mumbai on a hot and humid summer day. The monsoons are coming soon. Grey smog above the city is darkening the sky and I cannot see the sun, although I know it has to be there. I wonder if the sun has ever been seen above India’s big cities; maybe, but definitely not today. We get off the bus next to the railway station and meet a young guy, a Hindu named Suraj on …

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Sarajevo – Red Roses in One Thousand and One Nights

I open the website of Polish Wikipedia and read: “Sarajevo – the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina inhabited by 395 thousand people (2013). Founded in 1462 by the Ottoman Turks. In 1914, the site of the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The 1984 Winter Olympics were held here. The city was heavily damaged as a result of the 1992-1995 war”. I open the English version of Wikipedia and the perception is a little different (at …

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