Turkish Hammam Experience Is One Of A Kind

Turkish Hammam

You have likely heard of the Turkish hammam even if you have not traveled to Turkey. Hammam is a unique public bath and has been a part of Turkish social culture for hundreds of years. The concept was largely developed during the Ottoman Empire inspired by Roman baths. There are similar concepts in other cultures such as Finnish saunas, Russian baths or banyas but the Turkish hammam is unique in many ways. In Turkish hammams, the air is steamy. In hammams, you will be washed by washers called tellak who exfoliate, massage and wash you! Tellaks are usually of the same sex as the person being washed. While your tellak is preparing to wash you, you are given a hammam bowl to fill with hot water from marble sinks and pour it over your head to start your bathing experience. You can leave the rest to your tellak!

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The architecture of hammams is also very unique. A traditional hammam has three interconnected rooms. The first one is the hot room, then the warm room and finally the cold room. The hot room usually has a large dome with glass windows. There is usually a large heated marble table in the middle of the room and fountains in the corners. In this room, you get exposed to steam and get exfoliated. The warm room is for washing with soap and water after the exfoliation and finally the last room is to relax and perhaps sip a Turkish tea.

Going to a Turkish hammam is not only a unique bathing experience but it is also a social one. People of the same sex get together in Turkish hammams and share intimate stories. It is almost like a therapy session where the bathgoers open up to each other. An environment where people let their guards down and relax like nowhere else! Think about it, you are half naked with a group of strangers in a hot steamy environment wrapped in your Turkish towel also known as the peshtemal. Wouldn’t you let your guard down?

Turkish Hammam

This is a physical and a spiritual awakening. By the end of this experience, your body and your skin are rejuvenated and purified or, at least, that’s how you feel! The exfoliation and the massage are probably stronger than what you experience in North American spas and can sometimes be a bit painful but you can tell your tellak the intensity you prefer.

If you’re planning to visit Turkey anytime soon, you should definitely add the hammam experience on your list of things to do. Istanbul probably has the most gorgeous hammams you will find in Turkey but other cities such as Edirne, Bursa and Eskisehir also have renowned hammams to discover. Cagaloglu and Cemberlitas hammams in Istanbul, Saray hammam in Edirne, historic Eski Kaplica hammam in Bursa, Ferah hammam in Eskisehir are some of the most traditional ones but your hotel might even have a hammam within their facilities!

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Favorite Motocross Tracks in the World

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Fans of different sports and activities are always looking for ways to get new thrills and experiences. Sometimes, it can seem that you’ve done and seen it all, and then you discover a new location that you haven’t yet tried, and you get completely blown away. Some are so involved into their activities that they are willing to travel across the world to get to a location where they can have new experiences. It’s no different with motocross lovers, and if you’re one of them, then here are the worlds’ best motocross tracks to try out:

Spring Creek

This U.S. road is familiar to every American motocross fan. It is one of the best tracks for one simple reason: the design is amazing. It has something for everyone: turns, drops and wide spaces all allow you to take on the competition by showcasing your best side and there is an opportunity for everyone to show their abilities. It’s been home to plenty of U.S. competitions and it continues to be the staple of adventure travel in the U.S.

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Sevlievo

This little village in Bulgaria might not be the most exciting location – until you get to the track, that is. However, once you get on it, you won’t want to leave. It’s one of the Balkan’s best tracks and it’s not hard to see why. The thrills it provides are like no other and you will want to come back to it day after day.

Baumgartner Trails

Let’s go into nature next. This forest is not only good for camping, but it is ideal for hitting the tracks. Unlike the previously mentioned short tracks, this Idaho forest offers hundreds of miles for you to ride on. Since it’s a long ride, and you’re going to need a lot of time to be able to finish it, you will want to make sure you have all of your essential motocross accessories so that you are prepared for anything that comes your way. End of summer is the best time to visit, because the snow has melted off even at the highest altitudes and you’ll be able to see the forest tracks in all of their beauty.

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Oceano Dunes

Here’s something unique and new: Oceano dunes – formerly known as Pismo Beach – are the perfect sandy surface for you to ride on and enjoy the views. It’s a perfect place for a family vacation because, besides the tracks to ride on, you can set up camp and enjoy a plethora of activities like swimming, fishing and even surfing. You can also go horseback riding if two- and four-wheelers aren’t your thing.

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Hatfield-McCoy Trails

These staple west Virginian tracks are popular among locals and tourists alike. They include eight small trail systems, and all together form over 700 miles of trail which are perfect for every level of expertise. Whether you’re a veteran looking for a challenge or a novice looking to visit your first track, the Hatfield-McCoy is a right choice for you. Along every trail there are hotels, rental homes and even camping sites. The towns surrounding the trails are small historical sites where you can learn a lot about the seven counties that the tracks go through.

Whenever you are going to a new place, remember to bring all your gear and to learn about the place in advance, perhaps looking at some POV videos and reading about people’s experiences online. Not every track is for everyone, so you want to make sure you are at the right place for you. Stay safe on the roads and make sure you are always in prime condition to drive before you go onto a jumpy track.

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Where You Should Travel for a Really Good Cup of Coffee

Travel for Coffee

Nowadays, coffee has become a part of our modern lifestyle. Whether you drink it in the morning to help you freshen up or in the afternoon while socializing with your friends, you too probably have your favorite type of coffee. After all, with so many different types and ways to brew it, finding a good cup of coffee is not that difficult. However, if you’d like to taste the best coffee in the world, here’s where you should travel.

Italy

If you love coffee, you should visit Italy, especially if you’re a fan of espresso. However, the Italians don’t drink coffee in the same way as the rest of the world, so there are a few things you should know about ordering coffee in Italy. For example, if you love cappuccino, make sure to order it before 11 a.m. since some cafés refuse to serve it later due to the milk in it.

Travel for Coffee

Colombia

Thanks to the variety of microclimates in Columbia, coffee is successfully produced all year round. If you want, you can witness the process of making it as well. The Columbian countryside is filled with winding roads, and some of the plantations are not so easy to reach. So, if you like adventures, you would surely enjoy Colombia.

Jamaica

Jamaican’s Blue Mountain Coffee is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, which is why it’s very expensive. It is known for having a mild flavor and not being bitter, and grows at around 2000 feet above the sea level. The soil on Blue Mountain is rich, and with lots of rain, makes the climate perfect for growing coffee.

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Australia

If you’re looking for something a bit different, you should travel to the Land Down Under. Australians have many different methods of preparing coffee, and you can try most of them in the comfort of your own home. They also have some amazing specialized coffee pods if the regular Nespresso pods can’t satisfy your needs.

Costa Rica

Coffee became popular in Costa Rica during the late 1700s, and it’s been important for the country’s economy ever since. There is a movement in Costa Rica to grow organic coffee, so it’s safe to say that Costa Ricans prefer their coffee to be not just delicious but of high quality as well.

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Cuba

Cubans are known for preparing strong coffee, so if you’re looking for a good kick, try their coffee. It is usually very sweet but extremely powerful. Cubans guarantee that once you get used to the taste, you won’t be able to get enough of it. Just make sure not to drink it as quickly as you would your usual coffee; you don’t want to underestimate its strength.

Ethiopia

If you consider yourself a coffee lover, you should visit its birthplace. Ethiopia is one of the world’s top producers of coffee, and it’s an important part of its culture. Each regions’ coffee tastes a bit different but equally delicious. Here, you can also be a part of a special coffee ceremony that can last for hours and taste coffee like no other in the world.

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Hawaii

When thinking of Hawaii, most people imagine hot sandy beaches and cold cocktails. However, Hawaii is also home to amazing coffee. Thanks to the volcanic soil, tropical climate, and dedication of the inhabitants, the coffee here is truly of very high quality. There are even guided tours that show you how it is made. So, if you don’t know where to spend your next vacation, Hawaii should be on your list.

You can’t call yourself a true coffee lover if you’ve only tasted one type of coffee. After all, coffee is no longer just a drink; it has become an integral part of our culture. So, don’t stop at one cup – pack your bags, immerse yourself in different cultures, and experience some of the finest cups of coffee in the world.