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The travel stories of Dimo – 25 Years of adventures with Penguin Travel

The travel stories of Dimo – 25 Years of adventures with Penguin Travel

Dear Traveler, I will tell you the story of Penguin Travel. But it is the story of a man, not a company. The name of the mastermind behind the fantastic journeys to unusual places is Dimiter Popov. Yet everybody calls him Dimo. I recorded a chat with Dimo a couple a weeks ago. He is talking about his passion to travel, his discoveries, what a trusty traveler should not miss. This is the 25 years story of exploration, discoveries and dedication to a passion, which turned into a... more »

A glance of Iran – the cradle of modern civilization

A glance of Iran – the cradle of modern civilization

Teheran, Iran Dear Traveler, You heard the phrase – It’s all about the journey, not the destination. The original proverb, wrongly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson is – Life is a journey, not a destination. It has become a popular cliché, but there are moments you realize how true it is. Traveling to Iran was one of these moments for me. It is a life changing experience someone considering himself a traveler should put in his top three places to visit. Going back to the... more »

Mozambique – a discovery of an African treasure

Mozambique – a discovery of an African treasure

A Dhow on the Sand Bank, Mozambique Dear Traveler, There is a country in the South-East of Africa you know by name, but probably don't have a clear idea what stands behind that name. Often people associate Mozambique as a neighbor of the Republic of South Africa. Those of us born in the 60's still keep the image of a country thorn apart by a civil war and devastated by a weird Marxist experiment. Our journey revealed a land of immense beauty, a jewel every dedicated adventurous traveler... more »

Balkan Bridges - A journey across 8 Balkan countries

Balkan Bridges - A journey across 8 Balkan countries

A journey across 8 Balkan countries | Discover the unprecedented cultural mix of Europe’s busiest historical crossroad | Enjoy the flavors and the magic of countries rich in traditions and legends | Through the scars of the wars from the 90’s, the beauty of the nature and the people of the Balkans tell the story of nations who’s fate was and will be to survive together “Of everything that man erects and builds in his urge for living nothing is in my eyes better... more »

The Trans-Siberian Express – A journey to put on top of your wish list

The Trans-Siberian Express – A journey to put on top of your wish list

Transsiberian Railroad Dear Traveler, This is the story of the most incredible journey I ever had. Finally at home, I try to put in order all the memories of places and encounters during the almost 8,000 Kilometers across Europe and Asia with the Trans-Siberian Express. The actual Trans-Siberian is exactly 9,289 km from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok, being the longest railroad on the planet. You can take this route as well, but I will tell you about the variation more precisely told... more »

North Korea – A story about ice cream, mountains and a missing guide

North Korea – A story about ice cream, mountains and a missing guide

Dear Traveler, When I told some friends I am going to North Korea, I got the same question from everyone: What can be interesting in this country? I laughed, explaining that this is the last authentic communist regime. We have to grab the opportunity to see it before it disappears in history books. But there is a deeper reason. My curiosity always pushes me to look for beauty in everything. I was sure there would be something genuinely beautiful behind the mass media clichés about North... more »

Socotra – an island forgotten by men and blessed by gods

Socotra – an island forgotten by men and blessed by gods

Dear Traveler, When I was a teenager (back in the 70's), there were no computers and "smart" gadgets of any sort. Can you imagine! We were writing letters on a paper with a pen, posting them in post boxes. Our music was the hyper modern Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" or Bowie's "Space Oddity". And the literature of my youth was the science fiction. We grew up with the books of Arthur Clark, Isaac Asimov, Strugatsky brothers or Ray Bradbury. It is Bradbury's "Martian chronicles" that... more »

Madagascar – a journey into “The Lost World”

Madagascar – a journey into “The Lost World”

Dear Traveler, I discovered recently an interesting overlap map, showing the real dimensions of the African continent. Our colonial ancestors modified "a bit" the immensity of the newly conquered and exploited continent. It is an obvious attempt to exaggerate the importance of their European homelands. How pathetic! But even this illustration is incorrect. Because the fourth biggest island on the planet, Madagascar (587,713 km2) is more than twice bigger than the eighth – Great Britain... more »

Pirin – from dusk till dawn

Pirin – from dusk till dawn

Discover winter mountain of Bulgaria Discover Pirin Mountains during winter The incredible views of Pirin Mountains Photo Winter in the Bulgarian Mountains Story and images by Emil Danailov Spending the night on Mount Polezhan, even during the winter, is not a big challenge. Some do it at 6, 7 and even 8,000 meters altitude in far harsher meteorological conditions. With its 2.851 m above sea level, Polezhan is minuscule according the Himalayan standards, being although one... more »

A glance of Iran 2 - winter is coming

A glance of Iran 2 - winter is coming

Skiing in Iran - really? This could sound like a pleasantery, but yes, you can really ski in Iran! In a matter of fact, Iran is mostly a mountain country counting hundreds of peaks above 4000m. The highest peak is Mt Damavand, an old volcano with an elevation of 5,609m! Winter in Iran is tough, and massive snow layers cover most parts of the country from December to March. Back in the sixties, under the reign of the Shah Mohamed Reza, the first proper ski resort of Iran was built in Shemshak.... more »

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