Learning the world through the music: Ethnoport festival

Learning the world through the music: Ethnoport festival
Last Sunday, I spent at a music festival in Poznan called Ethnoport. This festival, organized for the 8th time, is focused on a promotion of ethnic music from all over the world. Every time, the organization committee is very successful in getting involved the musicians from a variety of countries who are experts in their ethnic music. I had a wonderful time at this festival last year so when the time came I bought a one day ... Read more

Dolomites out of season

Dolomites out of season
June in the Dolomites is a low season. I found it hard to believe, but it is the truth. So few people and so few restaurants opened was a novelty to me. I visited the Dolomites many times before, but it was always either peak winter season or peak summer season. Thus, I discovered it all over again. Trekking in the high mountains is everything that I love most: beautiful view, wonderful colors, fresh air and a bit of a healthy ... Read more

Think Twice before Volunteering Abroad

Think Twice before Volunteering Abroad
We all love these stories, don’t we? A long and difficult journey with a high-minded target. More and more people volunteer abroad as it seems to combine two activities we are fond of: traveling and helping to the poor. Our collective imagination has been taken by a romantic impulse of helping those in need. The contemporary charities are not as strictly connected with religious beliefs and Christian ethos of mercifulness as ... Read more

Why You should read a Biography by Dervla Murphy

Why You should read a Biography by Dervla Murphy
I’ve been reading travel books by Dervla Murphy for quite some time now. I started in  chronological order with “Full Tilt” followed by “Tibetan Foothold“. The books  were a sort of novelty to me. I have never read anything so sincere, straightforward and honest. I was fascinated by her style and stories so when I received Dervla Murphy’s biography from Eland I started reading it right away. Here ... Read more

Why I had a great time in Lloret de Mar

Why I had a great time in Lloret de Mar
Having fun in Lloret de Mar was somehow against the odds. First, the weather was not as warm as I expected. Although I don’t mind cold, I did mind in this case because of the clothes I took (summer like dresses and sandals). Second, my phone broke down. I know! First world problems! It all confirms Murphy laws being in force, but it made me angry. Not only I had no internet connection, which was the least problem, but I also ... Read more

Why the Routine is Good

Why the Routine is Good
Over and over again the travelers argue that one of the best things about traveling is living the dream that was impossible in their daily life dominated by a routine. Every now and then the routine is blamed for the general unhappiness, dullness or even depression. Selling your house and car and starting a journey is considered not only the best antidote for this sickness but, most of the time, as an act of courage. But if you ... Read more

My Travel Plans for the Summer 2015

My Travel Plans for the Summer 2015
My mind is still on my recent travel around the world. I was reading my notes again, thinking of writing the first chapter of the book and watching the pictures I took. It will take me a while to fully understand and define all results of this long-term travel, but this should not prevent further traveling. It is a funny feeling to think about the previous travel while going on another one but there is nothing I can do about it. ... Read more

My Reasons to Bring a Notebook Everywhere

My Reasons to Bring a Notebook Everywhere
The real journey is a serious matter. If you wish to experience the world through all you senses you need to leave your comfort zone behind and be prepared for the challenges you have never faced before. I am traveling for years now, and traveling is both: a breathtaking experience and a very difficult process at the same time. The real journey gets to you and it changes you. This is important to keep a good balance between the new ... Read more

Easter is coming!

Easter is coming!
When I’m looking out of my window I see snow. And it is really hard to believe it is April and Easter is coming. Fortunately, tradition is not tied to the weather condition. Or rather: even if some elements are naturally linked to spring, like flowers, boxus, or winter corn, the Easter comes irrespectively. And this year it is snowing for Easter. Great! I am really happy to spend this Easter at home, with my family. After ... Read more

Travel around the world – ultimate guide by a survivor

Travel around the world – ultimate guide by a survivor
So, I’ve just got back home after almost 100 days of travel around the world. Needless to say, this was a fantastic time! Travel around the world has a particular flavour: not only is a lifetime dream for many but also provides a particular set of experiences collected in a short piece of time. My travel was exotic, tiresome, full of wonders, tough, interesting, fascinating and rich in everything else imaginable. I hope it is ... Read more