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Capela dos Ossos – Chapel of the Bones

Listen here to the podcast: Capela dos Ossos – Chapel of the Bones Algarve welcomed us with rain. Heavy rain. It is believed that the end of March marks end of the winter season here. Well, cool, but we never expected it to look quite like through the window in Ireland. Ah  sure, what can…

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A shaky story

Wanna listen to this rather than read? Click here: A shaky story We woke up that morning a bit shaky and shaken. There were not many things in the apartment we slept in as it was being sold at that time and all we really had left in there was a mattress, old sofa, a…

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Portuguese home for African storks

Listen to the podcast: Portuguese home for African storks The first Arab capital of the Kingdom of the Algarve welcomes you with the view that’s quite unusual. A medium sized city, surrounded by hilly countryside of green lush vineyards and orange tree orchards, pops in the middle of it all. When entering from the N124-1…

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Salzberg of Success – Bochnia

Listen here to the podcast: Salzberg of Success – Bochnia You have probably heard about an iceberg of success where the entire invisible hard work is under the water’s surfece and the only visible part, the actual success, is merely the tip of the mountain. This is the story of Bochnia. Bochnia is a city…

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Puff Puff Puff…. Oder…. river cruise….

Version for the lazy: Puff Puff Puff…. Oder…. river cruise…. Wrocław. Heat. Over 30 °C. We melt. What can we do here on such a day? We found ourselves under the trees in the park. It didn’t help. So we continued to melt the fat and squirm with stuffiness. And then a miracle happened. Wrocław,…

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Páirc an Chrócaigh

Listen to the podcast here: Páirc an Chrócaigh Working at the Dublin’s Temple Bar Hotel had its pros and cons. I left the cons behind me a long time ago and decided to concentrate on the pros only. In this particular venue, reception work could be a nightmare. Obviously due to its location, name and…

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Diarrhea Portuguesa

You can listen to the podcast version here: Diarrhea Portuguesa From Alcacér do Sal, we took an IP8 road in order to reach the west coast of Portugal. Cities where appearing and disappearing along the way but the Atlantic Ocean was our destination. A beautiful town of Santiago do Cacém popped out in front of…

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A Not-So-Funny Granny

A podcast for those who do not enjoy reading: A Not-So-Funny Granny Our Portuguese journey, which started in Lisbon, was totally unplanned. We had a car booked and after picking it up, we decided to roam around following – not the maps, but the book! yes – I am a navigator that chases book-found places…

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Lanzarote by bike

If you prefer to listen instead of reading, click here: Lanzarote by bike Lanzarote in July is beautiful. Lanzarote in July is quite busy. Lanzarote in July is where you do not want to be if all you wanna do is sit by the pool – sun burn will be the happier of possible outcomes.…

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Santa Maria Full of Grace

If you are not a reader – listen to this blog post here: Santa Maria There are hundreds of Monuments of Christopher Columbus sprinkled around the globe. Of course, depending on the location, on some he appears as Colon, on others as Kolumb, etc. but it is still the same person. The man who is…

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The Holy Port of Porto Santo

As always, if you prefer to listen to this blog post, click here: Porto Santo Life has more imagination than we carry in our dreams. – Christopher Columbus It is easy to remember that this mini island of Porto Santo, belonging to the Madeira Archipelago, is 43 km up north from Madeira and is almost 43 km²…

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A well with no bottom – New Wiśnicz

For the non readers 🙂 – a podcast here: A well with no bottom – New Wiśnicz (Title photo: M. Tabor – Castle in Nowy Wiśnicz with Tatry mountains in the background) Nowy Wiśnicz is a village that’s neither big nor small. You can however find a variety of super interesting places out there: a…

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The city of cable-netted sky

This article can be listened to in a form of a podcast. Click here: The city of cable-netted sky When in Czech Republic, you can expect at least two things to happen to you. The first one, that you will be ripped off, mainly by taxi drivers. The prices in hundreds of Czech Crowns may…

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Bond’s Elbow

If you prefer to listen to this article, click here: Bond’s Elbow A little town, only about 20 minutes drive to the border with Germany, where Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the author of i.e. Faust and The Sorrows of Young Werther, a romantic poet, writer, lawyer, philosopher and public servant in the 18th century Germany,…

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Lisbon – a panty frenzy

For all the lazy-daisies that don’t like to read, there’s a podcast here: Lisbon – a panty frenzy. It was AD 2004. I decided to spend New Year in Amsterdam (the only better New Year’s Eve open air parties happen in Kraków). I know, the subject addresses the south of Europe, I know. But this…

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A Little Ring of the Noord

Hey everyone who does not feel like reading 🙂 Enjoy the podcast version here: There is a road in Amsterdam that runs around the city center, which locals call the Ring. There is also another Ring in the Netherlands, the Randstad, which is a cluster of several towns in the central part of the country,…

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The Beaches of Lota – Portugal

Listen to a podcast: The Beaches of Lota – Portugal I woke up this morning with a memory of a Beautiful Dream. Yea, I know, but I do dream a lot. And this word ‘lot’ happens to magically repeat throughout my life. This time, it brought me back to the Beaches of Lota in Portugal.…

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Espada com banana

Listen to my podcast here: Espada com banana Yay, Ryanair got inspired by my posts and introdused a new route between Dublin and Madeira’s capital Funchal, starting in April 🙂 Now Mickey Mouse, you may kindly consider paying me for this nice ad – free tickets will do. I may also need a new Teddy…

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The Fairy Village – Baltray

Listen to the podcast by clicking here: The Fairy Village – Baltray Majority of Irish villages remind me of a tunnel; you got one narrow enough road, both sides of which are tightly built up. Finding a parking spot along such road can pose a true challenge but often passing through such village where the…

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In the port of Amsterdam….

Listen to the podcast here: In the port of Amsterdam…. This was yet another journey to Amsterdam. It was one with a simple plan… enjoy doing whatever. I know Amsterdam like the back of my pocket after having lived there for quite a long time many years ago, which I will surely write about at…

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Cosmic Spa @ the World’s Crown Chakra

Listen here to the podcast if you don’t feel like reading: Cosmic Spa @ the World’s Crown Chakra Is there anybody out there from Poland who has not heard about the Wawel Castle? Well, if so, it must be someone who did not have access to education, and in this case he should receive compensation…

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You think you can pee? You never tried me!

Listen to this article here: You think you can pee? You never tried me! There’s a place in France, hidden well among lush meadows, sun burnt fields of wonderfully ripe vines and pretty old trees. You will get there by not trying to. We followed a road. Some road. A pretty summery road. A road…

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Posh camping with a view

A podcast can be found here if you don’t feel like reading: Posh camping with a view. Polska wersja poniżej: I can never tire of the views that South of France has to offer. Kilometres of fields with long green stripes of vines cover every centimetre of land in vicity, obviously one that can be…

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Is there a magic spell to stop it?

Listen to the podcast here: Is there a magic spell to stop it? You may, but you may not, know that on Valentines Day, an unusually strong extratropical cyclone, here in Ireland called either Storm Eunice or Storm Dudley, but well known in the countries around the North and Baltic seas: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Poland,…

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