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    How to cook an English meat pie

    Introducing the sixth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the most delicious and stodgy dish from Jon‘s homeland – an English meat pie. With information and a presentational video we show you how to prepare this filling dish and dispel the myth that British cuisine is the worst in the world …

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    How to make Turkish coffee

    Introducing the fifth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the finest hot drink in the world – Turkish coffee. With information and a presentational video by the wonderful Mehmet from Erzurum, you will soon be the master of the thickest, most dreamy beverage out there.

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    Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

    Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey: road stories #3 – from Erzurum to Doğubayazıt

    This is the third part of our Travelogue in which we cover our stay in Erzurum, where we tried to learn some local dances (video included :), taught a Turkish man how to make an English pie and learnt how to prepare traditional Turkish coffee. Then we hitchhiked to Doğubayazıt and spread some spicy tunes. Curious? Read on…

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    How to play Cribbage

    Introducing the fourth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to play the English card game Cribbage. With information and a presentational video on how to play, we help you score points, peg well and beat those pesky opponents …

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    Turkish people in 12 photos

    Take a look at the collection of photos showing regular Turkish people on the streets of Trabzon. Turkish people are a wonderful photography subject as they generally like being photographed and interacting with foreigners.

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey: road stories #2 – from Trabzon to Erzurum

    This is the second part of our Travelogue in which we cover our stay in Trabzon, a hitchhiking escapade to Rize and our couchsurfing experiences. It’s great to be on the road again, onwards to Erzurum.

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey: road stories #1 – from Ankara to Trabzon

    Curious what the beginning of our hitchhiking trip across Asia was like? In the first part of our travelogue we describe our stay in Ankara and Samsun, and what happened to us on the road in Turkey.

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    How to play Mancala

    Introducing the third video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to play the Turkish game Mancala. Will Ania score a crushing victory or will Jon prevail against the odds? Find out by watching the next instalment within …

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    How to get an Iranian visa in Trabzon (2015)

    Trabzon used to be the place to go to get your Iranian visa as you didn’t need the reference number (authorisation code) and you were able to obtain your visa sometimes even on the same day. Unfortunately, these days are over! In our recent post we explain everything you need to know if you want to apply for your Iranian visa in Trabzon.

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    The culture of Turkish tea houses (çayhane)

    Let’s have a sneaky peak into traditional Turkish tea houses revealing their culture and showing you some great photos of men playing typical Turkish games.

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    Hitchhiking in the Pontic Mountains, Turkey

    A short story on heart-warming human kindness, nearly getting stuck in snowy mountains and exchanging the first CD in our Cultural Relay Project.

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    How to get an Uzbekistan visa in Ankara

    In this post you will find all the useful information you need about getting your Uzbekistan visa in Ankara: required documents, embassy opening times, cost, waiting time and the best way of getting to the embassy using public transport.

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    Hitchhike from Ankara to Samsun

    Hitchhike from Ankara to Samsun: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two contrasting Turkish destinations …

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    How to drink wine using a traditional Spanish porrón

    Welcome to the second video of our Cultural Relay project in which we explain what a porrón is and how to use this traditional Spanish drinking vessel to drink wine. Watch the video to see how we manage not to spill a drop!

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    Making traditional Turkish tea

    The first part of our Cultural Relay Project in which we learn from our host Özkan how to make traditional Turkish tea. Included is a short video giving you more information on this typical Turkish beverage and the best way to prepare it at home.

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    Guest post: Bulgarian food and drink

    Contributors Marta and Boris from Roving Snails introduce everything you need to know about Bulgarian food and drink: Have you ever wondered what cuisine the Republic of Bulgaria has to offer? Then this is the guide for you …

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    Long-term travel packing: clothes

    Long-term travel packing tips and advice with a packing list and a short video showing you the best travel packing hack that will help you reduce space in your bag.

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    Guest Post: Rules of Thumb: How to Hitch-Hike and Live on the Road – by Christopher Drifter

    Guest Post: Rules of Thumb: How to Hitch-Hike and Live on the Road by Christopher Drifter, While hitch-hiking among the verdant splendour of Sweden, a large, muscular, tattooed 22 year old skinhead pulled up…

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    Podgorica hitchhiking and transport tips

    Our guide to transport in and hitch-hiking out of Podgorica with maps, descriptions of hitch-hiking spots, useful links and transport information. Everything you need to get in, around and out of Podgorica …

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The Long Way Home – Travelogue

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How to cook an English meat pie

Introducing the sixth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the most delicious and stodgy dish from Jon‘s homeland – an English meat pie. With information and a presentational video we show you how to prepare this filling dish and dispel the myth that British cuisine is the worst in the world …

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How to get an Iranian visa in Trabzon (2015)

Trabzon used to be the place to go to get your Iranian visa as you didn’t need the reference number (authorisation code) and you were able to obtain your visa sometimes even on the same day. Unfortunately, these days are over! In our recent post we explain everything you need to know if you want to apply for your Iranian visa in Trabzon.

Hitch-hiking guides

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Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

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Hitchhike from Bangkok to Sukhothai

Hitchhike from Bangkok to Sukhothai: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two contrasting Thai destinations …

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Pie header

How to cook an English meat pie

Introducing the sixth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the most delicious and stodgy dish from Jon‘s homeland – an English meat pie. With information and a presentational video we show you how to prepare this filling dish and dispel the myth that British cuisine is the worst in the world …

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How to make Turkish coffee

Introducing the fifth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the finest hot drink in the world – Turkish coffee. With information and a presentational video by the wonderful Mehmet from Erzurum, you will soon be the master of the thickest, most dreamy beverage out there.