• yanar dag
    Asia,  Azerbaijan,  Caucasus

    Azerbaijan – The Land of fire and mud volcanos

    Azerbaijan is also called The Land of Fire. The Absheron Peninsula has been famous for centuries of so called “burning ground”. This phenomenon can be seen 5 km from Baku in Yanar Dag. A unique attraction, located near Baku are  mud volcanoes. It’s estimated that half of the all mud volcanoes in the world are located in Azerbaijan . In Qobustan National Park you can see numerous mud volcanoes. What’s more interesting, gurgling mud is cooler than the air temperature – checked by Lukas himsef! 😀 The volcanoes are located on slopes, from which you can admire a beautiful view of the Caspian Sea on one side, and on the…

  • werona
    Europe,  Italy,  Tip for a trip,  Tips

    Girl on a Trail – one-day trip to Verona

    I guess everyone knows that feeling when you want to go somewhere for a while, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money and take day off from work. In such a situation, you can go somewhere in your beautiful country or just take a plane and within 4 hours’ time you can sit in a cafe sipping aromatic Italian cappuccino in Piazza Bra in Verona 😉 A little organisation… How to go to Verona for just one day, saving on accommodation? On the way from Warsaw to Bergamo I used Wizzair which flies very early in the morning (plane lands in Bergamo at 8.30 am). On the…

  • bosnia kuchnia
    Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Europe

    Bosnia and Herzegovina cuisine – what to eat and where?

    Each country’s cuisine is characterised by specific local products, ingredients and methods of cooking. Then how could I describe in a few words the cuisine of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)? Meat, meat and meat again! Certainly, BiH is not a country for vegetarians. Vegetables in Bosnian cusine are rather a decoration for dishes. Even a typical Shopska  salad, known to me earlier from Bulgaria, in Bosnia looks much more modestly than its Bulgarian counterpart. It is known that tradition is inextricably linked to history, and it is worth adding that BiH has been under the rule of Ottoman for over 400 years. Turkish influence is visible at every step in…

  • Wietnam
    Asia,  Vietnam

    Vietnamese market

    Vietnamese market it’s one of these places which are must while visiting Vietnam. Local markets, stalls with various products are everywhere. The trade in Vietnam seems to be a primary branch of Vietnamese economy. Vietnamese people sell everything and everywhere and I can guarantee that every needed things you’ll find in this country always close at hand irregardless the time of the day or night. It doesn’t matter if it’s dy or night, trade here is always flourishing. Who knows, maybe somebody would have a taste for a watermelon at 2 am… There’re also a various ways of sale. Goods can be sold straight from the car, and even a…

  • France

    French cuisine – the snail is not as black…

    It isn’t a piece of cake to learn French cuisine during only 3 – day trip to Paris, but it’s more difficult to taste it and eat one’s fill. French cuisine is a culinary masterpiece in the literal and metaphoric meaning of this word.   Amount of the meal is not as important as its finesse and sophisticated taste. When French seem to celebrate every bite of their meals, hungry tourists are at the crossroads: how to eat their fill and not to damage elaborate its composition. The ideal example ale popular escargots or snails. Reportedly, at least 500 mln of them are eaten in France every year. To eat them…

  • zupa dyniowa/pumpkin soup
    Recipes

    Thai pumpkin in a coconut

    Ingredients: – medium pumpkin – can of coconut milk – lemon grass – 3 dried kaffir lime leaves – broth – medium onion – 3 garlic cloves – dried galangal or grated ginger (thumb-size piece) – 3-4 tablespoons of fish sauce or oyster sauce (I used oyster sauce) – 1 teaspoon of brown sugar – optional – lime juice, puff crouton, fresh basil or coriander leaves (for garnish) Grinded Spices: 1 teaspoon of: Cayenne pepper (you can add more), turmeric, coriander, cumin, sweet pepper Preparing: – chop pumpkin into small cubes, – fry finely chopped onion with brown sugar, – add pressed garlic and fry for a while (avoid burning it…

  • Holland

    „Khowda” also called Gouda…

    As a great cheese aficionado, I couldn’t forgo visit famous Gouda. We didn’t have much time so we caught hastily the first possible train. We felt really confused when we’re told that chosen train was going to Khowda instead of Gouda. After a fast analysis of our hopeless situation and  possible ways of escape from the speeding train, I passed very timidly our “voucher” for the most expensive trip of a lifetime. Fortunately Khowda turned out to be Gouda and I took my tickets with a poker face from a train conductor.  When we came to our destination and saw thousands of cheese decorations, we knew that it was the…

  • Dublin
    Ireland

    Dublin – city in the green island, flowing black Guiness…

    Dublin like the whole Ireland, surprises by its diversity. There are certainly more Polish people than citizens speaking in native Gaelic language. In this city we can experience every possible atmospheric phenomena in one hour. Dublin isn’t only a city of economic wonders but it’s also  the place where tradition merges with modernity. Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral are the oldest buildings in Dublin. But the most famous building is the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  The most surprising is the fact that St. Patrick who is mainly associated with dancing and beer didn’t like this alcohol and to make matters worse he wasn’t even Irish. He had been held captive…

  • Vietnam

    Vietnamese alcohol…

    Vietnamese beer is connected with colonial times. Then the first brewery was established in Hanoi. Its products were intended for wealthy elite. Before the beer was introduced to Vietnamese bars people had drunk mainly rice wine, which was popular till 1960’s. During the American War, its production was banned in view of depleted rice production. From that time beer was getting more and more popular. Additionally close cooperation with Czech Socialist Republic (which was the part of USSR) popularize traditional brewing methods. Vietnamese beer – Bia hoi is brewed every evening, matures through the night and it’s delivered to nearby bars in the morning. Unpasteurized  beer without any preservatives is…

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