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Therma Beach, Kos, Greece

Everybody on the island knows the rocky beach with an abandoned spa building. But do you dare bath in the winter?

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Thermes, Xanti, Greece

EU Money well spend: gentle outdoor pools in the Rhodope Mountains.

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Toplata voda, Varna, Bulgaria

The cities beach promenade with hot pool by the Black Sea!

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Puturoasa, Hârșova, Romania

Right at the bank of the Danube river: “The stinky baths”!

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(Mikra)-Psōronéria, Kato Damasta, Greece

Two more 35ºC soaks just a splash away from Thermopilae!

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Loutra Thermopilon, Thermopylae, Greece

A soak just as legendary as the ‘300’ Spartans having fought here 2500 years ago.

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Kouniavitis, Kamena Vourla, Greece

Bunch of warm pools next to the highway.

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Kallyntika, Kamena Vourla, Greece

Swimming with turtles!

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Gialtron baths, Evia, Greece

The low key alternative 20km from Loutra Edipsou!

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Loutra Edipsou, Evia, Greece

This hotspring town has freeloaders covered with outdoor pools at the shore.

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Mustafa-Litza, Ikaria, Greece

Radioactivity is in the water for you and me!

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Loumakia, Ikaria, Greece

Time for some ancient hydrotherapy!

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Cave Spring, Ikaria, Greece

Just one of 5 hot springs in the bay of Therma: This is the free open air coastal cave!

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Lefkada, Ikaria, Greece

Hefty amounts of hot water rushing into the Aegean sea between round boulders!

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Agia Kyriaki, Ikaria, Greece

Why not spend your time in a hotspring as you wait for your flight!

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Krifti, Lesbos, Greece

A chapel on the cliff gives the name to this long forgotten seaside hotspring!

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Polichnitos, Lesbos, Greece

Maybe not the often touted “hottest spring in Europe” but Polichintos has plenty of water and hot it is indeed!

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Wintertime Ferry Connections in the Aegean Sea from Greece to Turkey

If you ever went online for ferry connections you find yourself teleported to the late 1990: Horrible websites, missing translations unclear schedules. Here is the thing that I had to draw because it does not exist anywhere else: A freaking map to get a overview of possible car ferry connections that operate in the winter of 2022/23! I hope this helps someone – happy island hopping!

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Hot Springs Galore: 2022-24 Travel Report

As tradition wants it, we went on our winter thermal spring heist. Which would lead us this time to a place in Hungary, three spots in Romania, two in Bulgaria and many more in Greece: located in the northern mainland (Thrace), Lamia and the islands of Evia, Samothraki, Lesbos, Ikaria and Kos. There is a recap of each place and some thermal photography to go along with it. Here are all of them in order by my personal dip rating.

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Agios Giannis, Lisvori, Lesbos, Greece

Abundant hot water in the shepherds wasteland left neglected!

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Therma Spa, Gera Bay, Lesbos, Greece

Fancy outdoor thermal pools with Turkish baths!

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Megala Therma, Lesbos, Greece

Scalding water between pebbles on the beach!

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Thermis, Lesbos, Greece

Ottoman hotel in shambles, spa is vacated but the hotspring still flowing as ever!

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Efthalou, Lesbos, Greece

Aging Turkish spa under clandestine reactivation!

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Therma, Samothraki, Greece

Free hotsprings under wings of the headless nike!

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Loutra Potamias, Thrace, Greece

The random roadside hotspring!

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Loutra Eleftheron, Thrace, Greece

Literary the fountain of freedom!

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Rupite, Bulgaria

Hotsprings and home of a modern day prophetess!

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Băile Herculane, Romania

Brutalist spa town with open air hotsprings!

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Geoagiu-Băi, Romania

Spa town with roman roots and hotsprings!

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Kiskőrös, Hungary

A campground with hotspring pools!

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pixel perfect phomemo D30 labels

some tips to get crisp printouts from your mini thermal printer

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Vegetarian Recipe

magic desert sauce to pimp up boring pastry

In Portugal we got some brioche buns with a ton of nuts. But they needed a litte something since they where a little dry. That’s what I came up with, to make it the perfect late night endulgance poured over that chopped up nutty pastry.

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Chili Con Queso

super nice vegetarian chili invented by Raluceta

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Install win98SE over USB

Maybe you want to play some old games on a not so old computer without floppy and CD drive? I figured out a relatively easy way to install Windows 98 SE on a old Netbook with just a USB thumb drive.

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Cashew Basil Pesto

Creamy, cheesy, nutty Pesto experience

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Chia mango coconut pudding

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Tahini

Essential sauce for middle eastern dishes such as falafel, humus and baba ganoush. Or just as good with potatoes!

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pão de queijo

Sometimes referred to as Brazilian cheese puffs or cheese breads. This is a extraordinary culinary contraption. It it very easy and quick to bake if you have the all important main ingredient: Fermented cassava starch known as Povilho azedo.
This is the “original” non-vegan albeit vegetarian version of the recipe. Head over to pão de qué if you want to try the vegan alternative.

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rye sourdough bread

One of the few things while living abroad that always made me a little bit sentimental about Germany is a good hearty bread.

Fear no more! This is my official bread for German/Polish expats. As long as you have rye flour and some time on your hand, there is a surprisingly easy way to make delicious bread where ever you are.

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Use your iPhone/iPad as backup storage for your Mac files

You will find plenty of tutorials how to do the opposite. But here is how to use you iDevice as backup drive for times when you have no TimeMachine or other way to backup you Mac locally.

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My favorite places on São Miguel (Azores)

Recommended: Spend half a year quarantined on the island so you can explore the entire island and know all the best hot springs, hikes and beaches! If you have less time this list will help you to pick some natural highlights.

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Pão de quê

This is a trip down the memory lane for anyone having traveled through the hinterland of the south American continent. Nothing else has the satisfying crunchy yet gummy mouthfeel of the dear Brazilian breakfast item. This particular Pão de queijo replaces queijo (cheese) with quê (what?!). And it’s a long stretch to call it even pão (bread) since it’s not made from any cereal! Unfortunately the clever name is not my own idea but a popular vegan alternative to the even more popular staple.

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Pumpkin/Broccoli cream

Good old pumpkin cream with a little twist. Pepper paste can be found in the Azores and eastern European countries.

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Beet/Horseradish mush

Delightful spicy pink spread on bread or potatoes. Did I mention it’s pink?

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Khao Soi

Northern Thai curried noodle dish with crispy deep-fried pasta on top. Contrary to most food stalls on the street, this is the deluxe creamy coconut version with lots of veggies.

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Hor‧Mok (Amok)

Thai version of the thick coconut curry with a distinct taste of fingerroot (Chinese ginger). Traditionally served in a banana leaf. It is not as dangerous as the transliteration of its Khmer name “Amok” might suggest, but it tastes definitely to die for.

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Isaan

Not your regular stir fry! Veggies with all the Thai flavours and an amazing texture. Savoury, without sugar.

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apple custard 🍰

A layered cake made from spiced biscuits, apple custard and coconut cream.

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Dumplings

Oh, sweet dough!

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Raspberry Pi: headless wireless setup using a mac

I just bought a cute little Raspberry Pi Zero W as a toy for myself. I don’t intend to use it with a screen or any other peripherals. Just as a generic linux network device to run some services on. Here is how I set it up only using a SD card reader and my macbook. No screen, keyboard or network cable required.

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Scrambled Sun Flower Tofu

3 ingredient savory breakfast side dish, also a awesome spread on bread

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Baba Ganoush

Dip with a irresistible smokey flavor for flat bread or potatoes.

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Tom Kha

Thai Hot and Sour Soup with Coconut Milk

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Tom Yam Curry Paste

Precooked curry paste for Thai soups and noodle dishes, no fancy Thai herbs needed.

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Curry Paste, Thai

Fresh base ingredient for all sorts of delicious Thai dishes

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Peanut Sauce, Thai

Savory dip for fresh or steam cooked vegetables and spring rolls

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Hummus

Side for oven baked potatoes, falafel, bread or as dip for fresh vegetables

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How to get a truck drivers license in Romania as a non citizen

This is a revenge: A foreigners guide through Romanian bureaucracy.

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Brownies

Delicious sticky chocolate indulgence without the eggs and butter.

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Avial

This Coconut/Veggi dish is part of the south Indian banquet called Sadhya.

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Sambar

Indian staple lentil stew accompanies almost any dish. See also: ashram style sambar.

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Coconut Chutney

Spicy and fresh dipping sauce for Idli and Dosa. And therefore part of the south Indian breakfast.

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Masala Dosa

Fill this into your Dosa and make it Masala Dosa!

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Coconut Chutney (as Salad)

A coconut chutney which can be eaten as a side dish rather then a dip.

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Beetroot Pachadi

Pachadi is a side-dish curry similar to the north Indian Raita. Also part of sadya.

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Veggie Stew

Basic vegetable strew with a bit of south Indian twist.

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Curry Paste a la Jairam Cafe

Every cook has it’s own recipe when it comes to curry/chili pastes.

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Palak Tofu

Usually it’s spinach with cheese (palak paneer): Why not have it vegan with Tofu!

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Dal Fry

Dal. It does not get more basic Indian than that. Hari Om Tat Sat.

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Thoran

Eaten with rice and curry and is also part of the traditional Keralite sadhya. Om So Hum.

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Making Tempeh

Make fresh tempeh from Soy beans!

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Making Tofu

Make Tofu from soy beans!

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Tomato Curry

Simple non Coconut, North-Indian rendition. Hari Om!

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Olan

Another South-Indian stew that served as part of Sadhya. Om Namo Narayana.

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Sambar

The stew that powers India. Bum Bholenath! See also: Jairam Cafe Sambar

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Potato Stew

Yummy mashed potatoes for lots of hungry people; Hare Krishna

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Gadu Gadu

Buffet proportions of Peanutty Goodness.

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Peanut Sauce, Bali

One of the preparations for making Balinese Gadu-Gadu; buffet style proportions.

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Manis Tempeh

Simple and mouth-licking-delicious Tempeh preparation

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Chili Sauce

Tony’s chili sauce for his Balinese buffet dishes

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Tahu Kecap

Balinese tofu dish in Buffet size portion (maybe use 1/8 for single serving)