Bisecting Europe and Asia, Cyprus is an island full of sights and history. This visual blog takes the viewer from the famous archaeological ruins in Paphos to the far reaches of the island along the Akamas Peninusula, and winds through the Troodos Mountains and Mt. Olympus to end in the ports of Larnaca.
Catania was gritty and dingy in the most alluring way that some Italian cities can attain. After a few days wandering through the graffiti-covered streets and a wild goose chase for street horse meat that sent us to the far reaches of the city, we began to understand Catania’s mafia-riddled past. The dilapidated buildings and lack of green spaces and parks speaks to the mafia-controlled urban planning efforts undertaken by criminals.
I can’t speak the language, I have a love-hate relationship with the cuisine, and the stiff, rule-abiding mentality is 100 percent opposite of how I grew up, but somehow, unarguably, Austria is HOME as much as any home I’ve known. The German word, Gemütlichkeit, describes it best - the state of mind of being cozy, comfortable, relaxed and content with a sense of belonging and community.