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As if possesed, devotees at Thaipusam festival in Malaysia transform into mythical characters and the drama dedicated to Lord Murugan unfolds.
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The individual at Thaipusam enters a trance state of mind. And for that moment, he IS Lord Murugan, the invincible god of war.
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I know that recently you've enjoyed some nice Norwegian scenery on this account, but the next set of images is probably not for the faint-hearted!
Today is Thaipusam, a Hinduistic holiday happening on the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai. I've arrived at Batu Caves in Malaysia, where pilgrims engage in rituals that go beyond pain, to express their devotion to Lord Murugan, God of War. He defeated the evil demon with a spear (vel), so some participants pierce their cheeks with a skewer before heading to the mountain temple.

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After saying goodbye to Northern Europe (for now), I moved over to Asia. I almost forgot how stressful long flights could be, but more than in the air, that stream of stress attacks ne when going through the airport security check! And I am not even smuggling anything!!!
So I wrote an article for Pipeaway, where I explain why I think that security check zones are sometimes the least safe areas at the airport. Do me a favor, and read about the possible dangers lurking there! The link to the article is in the bio! 👆

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Kjosfossen is one of a dozen waterfalls one can see when riding a train between Flam and Myrdal in Norway. With its total fall of 225 meters, this waterfall is powering the Flam Railway! It is a perfect enough reason to make it an obligatory stop on this journey, often described as one of the most scenic train rides in the world. It is also the steepest railway in the world, with a maximum gradient of 5,5%!
Read more interesting facts about Flamsbana and Aurland area at the link in our bio! 👆

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Aurlandsvangen is not just a nice village next to yet another Norwegian fjord. It is also a place where arts and crafts breathe together with nature! Merete Rein is a glassblower creating her artwork just next to the fjord that inspires her. Not far from her studio, Aurland Shoe Factory is continuing the tradition of the world-famous penny loafers, high-quality shoes made of resistant leather of mountain cows, or even seals and salmon from the fjord.
If you want to know more, click at the link in the bio! 👆

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Undredal Stave Church is the smallest working church in Scandinavia. Erected in 1147, it's perfect size can accommodate 40 worshippers.
Read about other Aurland must-visit spots at the link in the bio! 👆

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It is possible to hike from Aurland to Flam Marina, another scenic spot of the charming Aurlandsfjord. Could you handle this serenity?
Read more about Aurland on the link in our bio! 👆

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When in Aurland, stay in Aurlandsvangen! When in Aurlandsvangen, stay in Vangsgaarden! This old guesthouse fulfills all expectations of the modern traveler. But it is also much more than just a pleasant stay! Vangsgaarden is practically a museum-kind collection of some of the longest-standing buildings in the area, including the oldest house in the village! Aabelheim house was built in the mid-eighteenth century!
For more reasons to visit Aurland, head to the article in our bio! 👆

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Aurlandsfjord developed its tourism when the wealthy English lords came to this area to enjoy the sport fishing. Two centuries ago, they needed somewhere to stay, and the locals provided their care. If you decide to stay in Vangsgaarden guesthouse or just visit its Duehuset pub, you have to try this wild salmon from the Barents Sea! That English gentry had a good taste!
For more reasons to visit Aurland, read the article in our bio! 👆

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Stegastein is a lookout constructed 650 meters above the village of Auralndsvangen. It is a perfect spot to enjoy the mountain and fjord's views! Learn more about this masterpiece od engineering and some other things to do in Aurland on Pipeaway.com - just follow the bio link! 👆

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Otternes is an abandoned farm from the 18th century, and is certainly not the least one of Aurland attractions. Discover the rich heritage of this Norwegian region on Pipeaway - just follow the link in the bio! 👆

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The favorite country I discovered in 2018 was Norway! If you haven't read my yearly review where I explain the reasons, you can check another Norwegian jewel that impressed me! This image is from Aurlandsfjord, the side arm of Sognefjord, the largest one in Norway. Read my guide on things to do in Aurland at the link in the bio! 👆

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Plovdiv in Bulgaria was the favorite new city I discovered in 2018! The oldest European city is also the European Capital of Culture this year, so the Ancient Theater of Philippopolis will be a stage for many cultural events.
Discover other highlights of Pipeaway's travels and possibly the ideas for your future trips - the link is in the bio! 👆

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Plovdiv in Bulgaria was the favorite new city I discovered in 2018! The oldest European city is also the European Capital of Culture this year, so the Ancient Theater of Philippopolis will be a stage for many cultural events.
Discover other highlights of Pipeaway's travels and possibly the ideas for your future trips - the link is in the bio! 👆

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The favorite hotel I stayed in 2018 was Limalimo Lodge in Ethiopia! Set in the Simien Mountains, the hotel is on the route of daily migration of beautiful Gelada monkeys. I fell in instant love with these peaceful grazing primates!
Read what were the other highlights of my 2018 travels in the review linked in the bio! 👆

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In 2018, I met talented children in Arba Minch Circus. This social circus works with street kids teaching them acrobatics, getting them back to schools and providing perspectives for future. As they train in inappropriate conditions, I launched the project Circus of Postcards. Until January 31st, you can join this fundraising project by purchasing postcards. These youngsters need our help! Plus, I will be personally forever grateful. Thank you ❤️
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Pipeaway reached its 6000th Instagram folower! Thank you for being in this group of travel lovers!
If you do not follow the blog yet, definitely visit the link in the bio! 👆 The year review is a great way to start the new one together! Let's have a great one!
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Why are the shores of Malaysian island of Penang sprinkled with mandarin oranges with mysterious writings in - Chinese?
The anwser is in the third most popular article published on Pipeaway.com in 2018!
Read about this and other highlights of the year at the link in the bio! 👆

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The artist behind this art piece is Nyoman Nuarta. If you think that "Nightmare" made in steel is impressive, then you'll be stunned by Garuda Wisnu, the largest Vishnu statue in the world produced in the same workshop!
The article with exclusive photos of the work came to be the second most read article published on Pipeaway.com in 2018! Visit the link in the bio and check the rest of the readers-favorite content! 👆

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Besides being one of Croatian finest touristic jewels, the medieval town of Dubrovnik got another spotlight after it was chosen as a film set for the famous HBO series "Game of Thrones". Every year, hordes of fans travel to Croatian King's Landing, to discover the original locations of the series. One of them was the former Hotel Belvedere, and my urbex visit to the site became the most read article published on Pipeaway in 2018!
Read what were the other highlights of Pipeaway's travels on the link in the bio! 👆

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Saint Panteleimon Monastery, also called Rossikon due to its ties with Russian Orthodox Church, is the largest of the 20 monasteries on Mount Athos. Practically, it is a size of a smaller town!
If you want to visit the Holy Mountain, the spiritual capital of the Orthodox Christian world, read all you need to know on Pipeaway - the link is in the bio! 👆

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Traveling between monasteries of Mount Athos is not always easy. With scarce public transport connections, some pilgrims choose to walk from one place to the other. Hiking on these 336 square kilometers is definitely arduous. If you add to this a strict dress code that doesn't allow wearing shorts or a ban of taking a dip in the sea, Athos trek becomes a true adventure!
I don't know if you would entirely enjoy this type of "tourism" if you are not religious, but natural and historical heritage of the Holy Mountain is definitely worth exploring.
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Thank you for being with @pipeaway.project throughout 2018! Your likes almost doubled in the previous year! I hope our friendship will grow even bigger in 2019!
I am also extremely happy that two photographs from my #circusofpostcards project entered the top 9 of the most liked images. But please don't just like them, these Ethiopian kids really deserve our support! Find out how you can help on Pipeaway.com! The fundraising project ends on January 31st!
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Breakfasts in the monasteries of Mount Athos look nothing like this. While they do fulfill your needs for food, they do not offer a luxury of choice. And that choice is certainly available in the organic buffet of GKEEA Boutique Hotel in Ierissos, one of the two departure towns for the Holy Mountain.
On Pipeaway, you can read all recommendations for your Agion Oros trip - just click at the link in the bio! 👆

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Besides the monks in the monasteries, there are also monks who live as hermits on Mount Athos. Some of them have supposedly achieved such a high level of enlightenment that they've received the gift of becoming - invisible! These naked ascetics live on the Holy Mountain without shelter, even when it snows! It is said that they would be the ones who would perform the last Liturgy in the world, on the peak of this Greek mountain.
Read more about the visible and invisible monks of Agion Oros on Pipeaway - the link is in the bio! 👆

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Nobody swam on this beach for thousands of years! Nobody has even seen this sunset! The doors of Vatopedi Monastery close before the sun spills its final rays of the day over the Mount Athos peninsula. This is the only part of the Aegean Sea where swimming is forbidden. Not because of sharks or sea pollution. Nobody can swim on this pristine beach because the Orthodox church says so.
Read more about this extraordinary Greek place where tourism is not welcomed on the link in the bio! 👆

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This is the Monastery of Vatopedi, a place where the Avaton, the ban of women's access, was breached. One woman disguised herself as a sailor and broke into this male-only zone of the Greek peninsula. The problem is that one of the monks, who believed she was a he, started to flirt with her. I mean, 'him'. The woman was officially cursed by the Church, but this episode certainly didn't help with removing the unofficial image of the 'gay mecca' this place has in certain circles.
Read the full story of the Holy Mountain and its scandals on Pipeaway.com - the link is in the bio! 👆

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Avaton, the old Byzantine rule that bans women on the Greek peninsula Mount Athos, includes even domestic animals! Believe it or not, cows, ewes mares and other female animals are considered to be equally dangerous on the Holy Mountain as women themselves! The only beings excluded from this unusual concept of celibacy in the land of Orthodox monasteries are - cats! Monks find them useful in controling the rodents population so, for the moment, nobody is checking their gender.
Read more about this extraordinary place on Pipeaway - just follow the link in the bio! 👆

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The story of Avaton, the ban of entry to Mount Athos for women, is based in the old legend that claims this Greek peninsula as the land of Virgin Mary. In her old age, she sailed from Jaffa to Cyprus, to visit Lazarus. The storm blew the ship off course, and she ended up at Athos, right here, at the site of today’s Iviron Monastery. Struck by the natural beauty of the place, the mother of Jesus prayed to her Son to give her the mountain as her garden. From then on, Mount Athos was consecrated as the Garden of Virgin Mary, and no other woman could enter it. That is an official explanation for limiting the freedom of movement for EU citizens (female ones) in this area. Well, that, and the fact that women would be a potential threat to the celibacy concept of the 20 Orthodox monasteries built here in the Byzantine era.
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