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How the Greeks Changed the Idea of the Afterlife: A Sneak Peak into Nat Geo’s July 2016 Issue!

This is one of the best gifts I’ve ever received this week: a preview to National Geographic’s main story for July 2016, courtesy of National Geographic Magazine Subscriptions!

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Floodlights illuminate the temple of Poseidon, god of the sea, at Cape Sounion, Greece. Image and caption credit: Vincent J. Musi

Be taken away by Nat Geo’s award-winning research and photography covering Grecian history, tradition and architecture. Here is a link to “How the Greeks Changed the Idea of the Afterlife”, as well as an additional feature on the temples of an ancient Greek cult.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

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Please know Nat Geo maintains a standard price for all subscriptions no matter where you are in the world. Please contact Nat Geo if a publishing agency claims to be the only reseller of the magazine in your country. I’ve already reported one here in the Philippines who charges 200% on top of the standard price!

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Biggest Travel Don’ts Around the World

You’ve set up your itinerary, booked your flights and hotels, packed your luggage– what else have you missed?

Before leaving, make sure you read up on the general customs of your destination so you do not end up upsetting people without your intention. Make people feel you take their values and traditions seriously, as much as you would want others treat yours as well!

Love Home Swap has prepared this infographic and my biggest thanks to them for letting me repost it 🙂

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Note: Since I am reposting this pictograph, I used rel=”canonical” to properly attribute the work. This means, blog traffic goes to the original source and not to Anthroonfoot. I encourage you to use this when reposting someone else’s online work.

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Greece

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An awesome day spent at the Acropolis!

Where do I start?

Greece has so much to offer and has definitely exceeded my expectations as from what I saw in movies and read in books. It is one of the those few places where I felt like I never wanted to leave.

I never like going to Must-See places; thus, my travel guides here are very brief that only tackle accommodation, public transportation, and a brief on sustainable travelling which I add in the end. However with Greece, everywhere I walk almost always leads me to a Must-See place where, without an itinerary, I got to visit the Acropolis, Delphi Ruins, Agora and the Museum of Heraklion after getting my morning coffee; the Temple of Olympian Zeus on my way for lunch; Thessaloniki and Meteora on my way to Athens; and Parga as I was leaving Athens. Staying in Greece felt like staying in a living museum!

Some Tips on Visiting Greece:

  • There is so much to see and do in Greece and it’s nice when locals make all the effort to attract as much visitors. Staying in Greece is really affordable. I stayed in AthenStyle Hostel at the city center, making all must-sees very accessible. The hostel owner’s mother also cooks the best Moussaka, a casserole dish made of potato, spiced minced meat, eggplant, and zucchini. This is available on the hostel’s rooftop in time for dinner.
  • Santorini and Mykonos may be famous for their beaches, but locals actually go to Parga for their beach getaways. You can enjoy the sceneries more with fewer structures, noise, and consumer stuff and activities. Add that it’s way more affordable here than in Santorini and Mykonos. I stayed in Villa Diamond 2 which is a stone’s throw away from the beach.
  • Download the Greek Travel Guide app. This will save you loads of time in trying to find walking routes. Also, I suggest that you read on ancient and modern Greek history prior to travelling so you get to appreciate the sights and culture even more.
  • Why I want to go back: As a fan of Greek mythology, history, and literature, Greece doesn’t seem to be a country worth leaving. It’s one of the few countries that truly made a mark in my heart (cheesiness aside!).
  • As with any country in the world: do not quickly assume. Make sense of the why behind the what first and while you’re at it, get lost and find yourself. Happy travels! 🙂

P.S. The keys to sustainable travels are universal: take public transportation | stay in accommodations where cooking is allowed (private or shared, it doesn’t matter) | walk as much as you can | wake up early | stay away from guidebooks | immerse yourself in local language, culture and history | visit local cafés | know that the possibilities are endless | listen to your gut ❤