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Author: Leona Smith

Hello! My name is Silke and this is my travel blog. I want to show you fascinating places off the beaten track, give you a gentle introduction to history and culture, and help you get around Berlin. After 13 years in Sydney and Andalusia, I now live in Berlin, Germany. I am a travel writer, translator and book author. Read more about me here.

Finnair’s top five advantages, or why Finland’s main carrier is good

Finnair has been named Best Airline in Northern Europe for the seventh consecutive year at the World Airline Awards. And in 2015, the airline was recognized as the most punctual in Europe – a great reason to be proud. In Russia, Finnair flies from five cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg,…

World-class hotel service at 7 rubles from the center of Sevastopol

Sevastopol is a beautiful city, which is worth visiting not only for its beaches, but also for its rich history. And why would you go to the city of Russian sailors, on business or on vacation, Optima Sevastopol will be an excellent solution to the issue of accommodation. Located in…

How to catch a bargain ticket price

Anyone who has ever planned a trip knows that airfare prices change frequently. To some, they may remind the jumping exchange rate, the value of which is impossible to predict. In fact, many factors affect the price: the number of airlines flying to the desired city, the number of days…

5 European cities, a trip to which will cost less than 20 thousand rubles

In anticipation of the warm season, many begin to plan their vacations. And if you like walking through half-empty cities and getting into museums without huge queues at the entrances, difficult times are coming for you. But don’t worry, there are still many places in the world that have not…

How to save on calls while traveling in Russia and abroad

When I worked in the Vesti program, we were given $ 100 a month to pay for a mobile phone. This money was enough, including for personal purposes, so no one really thought about tariffs for cellular communications. Until one day an incident happened. My colleague Larisa received a letter…

Bashkirian hospitality: an interesting weekend in Ufa

Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, is a green peninsula surrounded by three rivers, and at the same time, it is a city on the hills, with karst caves and underground springs. If you put all this in one picture, you will understand the uniqueness of the Bashkir…

10 favorite places of Nizhny Novgorod residents in their city

With small steps, with variable clouds, the first month of summer is leaving. Nizhny Novgorod, like any other city with a population of one million, receives crowds of tourists. Of course, you can take a standard guided tour of Rozhdestvenskaya Street, look at houses and churches with a lot of…

Secrets of profitable roaming or what Lithuanian Zhdun told me about

The alarm sounded exactly at 8:00. I sat up jerkily on the bed. The vacation, which seemed so tempting yesterday, was less exciting today. But nothing, the main thing, is to jump into the car, and the road will already do its job – knocking out KPIs, presentations, disputes with…

A weekend in Krasnodar: what to see in the city

Beautiful, sunny Krasnodar is included in the ratings of the best cities from year to year and deservedly so. First of all, the number of parks, squares and flower beds, the amazing cleanliness and neatness of the streets is impressive. The narrow streets of the old center, paved with cobblestones,…

5 travel tips you’ll definitely want to share

“Je ne comprends pas ce que vous dites. Malheureusement, je ne peux pas vous aider … “, – the elderly French pharmacist threw up his hands. I tapped myself on the neck again: “Pillow! I need a neck pillow. “ “Je ne comprends pas”, – the Frenchman waved his hand…