Category Archives: Backpacking

Drinking Espresso in Italy

After having lunch with Sicilian Couchsurfing host in Noto: Host: Would you like a coffee? Me: Sure. Walked into a cafe and ordered two espresso. Host downed the shot in 5 seconds: Let’s go. Oh oh oh, you are still … Continue reading

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Sicilian Street Food

I don’t eat pork or goose large intestine Chinese style, and I never like Turkish kokoreç (grilled offal wrapped in small intestine) for the strong taste. So when I saw Sicilian grilled lamb small intestine, Stigghiola, I thought I’d just … Continue reading

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On Bracelets

The only thing I have lost so far during ChiLaTour was a rosario bracelet, which was a gift from a friend from Colombia. For over five years, I had been wearing it everyday as my amulet, or so I thought. … Continue reading

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Second Anniversary of my “Sabbatical” Year

Can’t believe that it has already been two years since I started this so-called sabbatical. Well, frankly, the second year was not as exciting anymore. For this very reason, I have done less travels. For three and a half months, … Continue reading

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First impression of Athens

First impression of Athens (After staying in Turkey for three months): • Looking at the feta cheese, Greek coffee, Greek delight, baklava, helva, tahini, koulouri/simit, salep, ayran, dried fruits, etc. etc., it feels like I am still in Turkey, just … Continue reading

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Taking Sabbatical

Some of you may wonder how I could manage to travel for over a year without a stable source of income. In fact, to live on savings was one of the major mental preparations I had to myself once I … Continue reading

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First Anniversary of my “Sabbatical” Year

A year ago today, I took off from Toronto, Canada, and started my so-called sabbatical year. It has been a very rewarding experience full of ups and downs, and I am grateful for everyone of you who has motivated me along … Continue reading

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