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A few snacks.

Tahini sauce and eggplant dip.

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Lamb and pork souvlaki.

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Potato stuffed Armenian bread.

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We had to…

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Terrible dogs but the nachos were unique to this Ikea and tasted yummy.

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Ikea sunset.

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Over the Green Line, Turkish Cyprus.

Take a selfie in front of passport control then continue on into Turkey!  Warning, this side of the line suffers from extreme poverty. 

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Playing construction materials is always fun!

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Just in case.

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Danger ous.

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I still can’t get over how odd the separation is.

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Turkish workshops and food market, Cyprus.

Once again the Turks have not let us down, their hospitality and warmth is unparalleled to any other humans we have met along the way. While touring the Turkish side of Nicosia we veered off the touristy path and stumbled upon a series of workshops ranging from cabinet makers to vintage bike restorers. Everyone was beyond welcoming (didn’t matter if they spoke English or not) and let us explore their shops.       

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Greek Nicosia.

Yesterday, we jumped on a bus and traveled to Cyprus’s capital city. Nicosia is the only remaining split capital in the world. The UN  has been here since 1974 protecting the “Green Line”, a stupid 180 kilometer wall made out of razor wire separating Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus! On the Greek side tourists line up and show their passports then walk across an imaginary line into Turkey where everyone speaks Turkish, eats Turkish food and uses Turkish Lira as currency…so weird!

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Having a good old Cyprian time.

Best smelling flowers in the world and they are everywhere!

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Costa, our friendly neighborhood butcher.

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Costa’s smoky paprika sausages used in our Airbnb stew with taro, fresh cilantro, leeks and hot peppers.

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Larnaca salt lake is behind this field and it is filled with brine shrimp which feeds many pink flamingo in the winter time.  On the other side of this lake lies the Hala Sultan Tekke, one of the holiest of shrines within Ottoman Islam. It houses the tomb of Umm Haram, Muhammad’s ‘wet-nurse’. Apparently she fell off her donkey and died in that exact spot.

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Landed in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Larnaca is designed for beach-loving tourists (mainly Brits and Russians). The brand new sea side walkway, beaches and cafes in the town center are clean and attractive, yet you only need to walk one block inland to see the poverty and neglect true Cypriots live in.   

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St-Patrick’s day fun.

This photo was taken at 1 PM in the only Irish pub open at this time of year. The bar was packed with Matt, the bartender and I…not exactly what I’m used to on this day but we made the best of it. I brought my own green food colouring just in case the Bulgarians didn’t have any.

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Abandoned waterslide close to our house.

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Good spot to watch the sun set over the Black Sea.

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Matt didn’t appreciate my singing/yelling through the plastic tube.

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Day trip to Denmark.

You can easily travel between Malmo(Sweden) and Copenhagen(Denmark) by fast trains. A new train departs every 20 minutes!

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Bicycle Park-n-Ride.

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The fanciest 7-Eleven I’ve ever seen.

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Malmo C station. Notice the spoon and fork chandelier on the right hanging above the Burger King diners. 

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Interesting mall at the Hyllie station.

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Platform 1b goes to Denmark.

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Can’t take him anywhere.

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The train rides for 30 minutes on the Øresund bridge and then dips into the Drogden Tunnel for the last 4 kilometers of the journey before arriving in Copenhagen.

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Denmark!

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Malmö City Library.

This is, hands down, the greatest, most magnificent library I’ve ever seen. The architecture of the building is just amazing; airy and grand with a true connection with the outdoors, yet turn a corner and there are several snug and cozy zones available for you to relax in with a good book. The kid’s area is enormous and includes a play area, a toddler learning center and a music room equipped with a set of drums. The library stocks millions of books, music and DVDs in several different languages. The place even has a comic book corner with light tables so you can trace your favorite superheroes directly from the books! Unlike most libraries, the Malmö City Library is abuzz with people hanging out, studying hard in the quiet rooms, talking (at normal levels) in all other areas, I even saw people drinking coffees and eating sticky Danishes!    

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Upstairs, the cubicles feel like little IKEA living rooms.

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Coffee shop style seating.

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The view of the park is spectacular, I believe parts of it light up at night.

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Modern check-in/out stations. Everything is automated with conveyor belts and robots.  

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You even get a clear view of the famous twisted torso building.

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We spent Valentine’s day weekend in Sweden!

Flights between Sweden and Bulgaria where extra cheap this February so we decided, hey, why not! We rented a cute apartment close to Malmo’s city center and spent 3 days exploring (Malmo and Copenhagen), taking pictures, eating good food, a visit to Ikea and a funny bike ride.

 

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Sweden was a chilly –3 degrees (while 18 degrees in Bulgaria). I layered up with 4 shirts, 2 sweaters, a jacket, mittens, scarf, hats, etc.

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Matt’s Valentine’s day card.

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Maybe the best Ikea hot dogs in all of Europe?

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