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Birds of Istanbul

While Istanbul trip was not aimed at finding wildlife, there were enough birds that were impossible to miss. The most obvious birds in Istanbul are the seagulls. Hundreds if not thousands of them circle above the ancient […]

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Old streets of Istanbul

One of my favorite things to do in Istanbul was getting lost in a maze of its old streets. Riding a tram to the last stop just to end up in a new and unfamiliar […]

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Ottoman Golden Century: the age of Sultan Suleiman

One of the most interesting characters in the Ottoman history was Sultan Suleiman (1520 – 1566).   A true leader, he personally led his army on numerous military conquests, took a hands on approach to all matters of […]

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Ottoman Istanbul: Topkapi Palace

Having explored Byzantine Constantinople I could now concentrate on the Ottoman Istanbul. And what is a better place for the introduction to the Ottoman Empire than the Topkapi Palace – the power seat of the sultans from which they […]

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On the trail of Constantinople

Exploring Byzantine Constantinople in the modern day Istanbul is a fascinating journey of discovering Ancient Rome in the cultural center of the Ottoman Empire, of moving back through time into the deeper layers of the […]

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Exploring Istanbul: First impressions

If the Earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital. – Napoléon Bonaparte  There are cities in the world that you can love before ever seeing them. For me Istanbul has been such […]

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A Weekend in Prague

In January 2016 I had to travel to Moscow for what will probably become my last ever trip home, and to make things a little bit more interesting I decided to spend a weekend in […]

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Wildlife of Palo Verde National Park

On my last day in Costa Rica we returned to Guanacaste province since a number of places were closed due to heavy rainfall, we ended up retuning to Palo Verde National Park, coming full circle, back to […]

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Wildlife watching adventures at Tirimbina & La Selva

Tirimbina Lodge was a pleasant surprise. Tucked inside a protected patch of beautiful rainforest it serves as a research station as much as a lodge. It is home to Costa Rica’s longest suspension bridge that […]

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On the road across Costa Rica’s Continental Divide and on to Poas Volcano

We arrived in Sierpe soaked to the bone. Once we changed into dry clothes we jumped into the car and headed for San Jose. It looked a little bit too far for the amount of […]

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Sloth acrobatics

On a recent trip to Costa Rica my friends and I had an unexpected encounter with a  Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth that challenged my perception of a sloth as being a clumsy, slow animal. We were […]

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Wild pumas of Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park

Our second day started with a 4.30am hike to the Sirena River in hopes of seeing tapirs taking a dip in the ocean. The tapirs appeared to have had an earlier swim that day, but […]

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The adventure of getting to Corcovado National Park

We were finally heading to Corcovado and I felt the familiar knot of nervous excitement in the pit of my stomach, as we walked in pre-dawn darkness towards the main street of Drake Bay. Bolivar, […]

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Whales and dolphins of Drake Bay

From Manuel Antonio we headed further south towards Drake Bay and the Osa Peninsula. In the dry season Drake Bay can be reached by a dirt road that crosses the mountains and several rivers. But […]

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Villas and wildlife of Manuel Antonio

From the misty mountains of the continental divide we made our way to the sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast, spotting our first flock of Scarlet Macaws at Playa Hermosa. When we pulled into the […]

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