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Ricky goes to Turkey 2019

Ricky goes to Turkey 2019

Ricky goes to Turkey
Istanbul , Antalya, Fethyie

July-September 2019

After 24 hours in Albania I couldn’t stand the smell or the attitude of the people there. I immediately took a bus that took me to Athens thereafter headed to Istanbul , Turkey !
My first night in Istanbul was amazing and had a beautiful bachata night at a known hangout called the 360 which is located on the 7th floor of a historical building in the heart of downtown.

Bachata Nights at 360 – A popular restaurant spot with terrace view of the the city on Wednesday nights. The night usually start late about 11 pm and ends at 1 am. It is worth just to go and see the beautiful view from the top !

Gran Pera – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Istanbul Fridays and Saturdays. There is a terrace view on the 6th floor which is attractive and nice view.
You can also choose your favorite room : Salsa , bachata or kizomba ! Although Kizomba has not caught on in Turkey yet….there you will only find 1 or 3 couples dancing.
After a week in Istanbul it was time to move on even though I hadn’t seen the famus historical landmarks everyone was talking about. The city smelled bad, the hostel was small and dirty. The hostel name was PAXX Hostel, I don’t recommend this hostel unless you can put up with moles and dirty washrooms. I had booked a week to regain my strenght as I had not slept in a bed in weeks.
On my way to the bus station there was a huge rain storm of which I was then forced to take a taxi instead of the bus. The bus ride to Antalya was 12 hours ! Upon arriving in Antalya I immediately felt the heat of the sun and nice warm weather. The bus station (otogar) was really far from the downtown core so I had to take a nice modern tram at the cost of $0.56 CAN ! From the downton core I proceeded to walk towards the nearest beach where I could find some internet and a small café to eat.
Antalya is incredibly beautiful with its trees, cliffs and Mediterranean Sea to cool you off from the hot sun. It is too bad that governement has put profit over nature since most beaches there are once again ripped from their natural state to be replaced by stone walkways and small trees that don’t reach 5 feet tall !

Latin Nights at Flamingo Beach – To find any latin night in Antalya you really have to search hard. Salsa, bachata dancing from 10pm to about 1 am. People in Antalya start late and finish early ! Every Wednesday night

Tudors Beach – The most popular spot for latin dancing in Antalya. About 100 or so dancers come for a night of salsa and bachata. No kizomba Again night starts at 10pm and ends 1 am on Friday nights !

Marmara Hotel – Latin dancing in Antalya on Saturday nights.

Naturism in Turkey

Note that Turkey is an Islamic country and public nudity is strickly forbidden even on beaches. However, there are many remote and secluded beaches you can take adavantage of.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

 

Nature & dancing Croatia 2019

Nature & dancing Croatia 2019

Ricky goes to Croatia

Zagreb, Opatija, Pula, Rovinj

June- July 2019

One of my dreams for years was to participate in the Croatian Salsa Festival. I met some great people in Turkey and by a last second decision I found myself a close flight via Bratislova, Slovakia. Upon arriving in Bratislave my computer battery quit functioning and I rushed to find the closest computer repair store with no success. The people were, in my opinion, too preoccupied to help a lonely traveller. With some quick decision making and asking people how to get to the nearest bus station I immediately reserved a direct bus ride to Zagreb , Croatia.
Zagreb was nothing more than disapointing. I quickly took the next bus by FLIXBUS to Opatija where the Salsa Festival was taking place. To my disapointment, I only noticed that people working in this city were out for your money. I decided to get out !
Mošćenička Draga – A small town an hour car ride from Opatija. However, it happended that there was no bus service to transport me to the nearest town so I went by foot. The total distance walked was 14 km ! I was dead and exhausted from extreme heat. There is a small area for nude bathing if you walk a short distance from the city center . It’s amazing !
Be prepared for expensive meals since the businesses here will try to get all the money they can from tourists.
There is no dancing in Pula but the beautiful coastline and nude bathing is worth the trip to this beautiful little paradise
To get to Pula had to reserve an online ticket with a bus company for the price of 8 Euros. Seems like little but that is a big price difference when you compare an average bus ticket is about 2 or 3 Euros anywhere in Turkey.
The ride was well worth it I wanted to see one of the oldest monuments in Roman History still standing , the Pula Coliseum. To my surprise the Foo Fighters were in town to play there.

The road to Rovinj was just a short bus ride away from Pula and I was lucky to meet one of the organizers of the Sea Sun Salsa Festival Yannis. A great dancer and organizer of several salsa festivals.
My budget was quite tight after the events from Ukraine so I had to content myself with only one night of sensual. I was quite disapointed with the level of dancing so I decided to wait one more week for the next festival.
Instead, I explored the wonderful beaches of Rovinj, and boy was I surprised! You have to walk quite a distance though from the small city center to reach the nice beaches. Again, don’t’ be afraid to ”take it off” since croatians are very open to nudity.

Split & Markaska & Biokovo Mountains & Dubrovnik – The time to leave Rovinj was NOW. After an assault incident with a Croatian taxi driver and uncooperative police as well as rude employees at a restaurant I decided to LEAVE this crazy city or country as fast as I could.
I had to change my mind since I almost lost the only useful tool my laptop for working after the crazy taxi driver almost destroyed it.

Would you like to learn more about naturism and the positive benefits of nudity in a natural context. Learn about positive attitudes towards nudity by reading my page HERE.

 

Spain 2017

Ricky goes to Spain

Barcelona

February 2017

Barcelona was definitely one of my favorite places to visit. However, my stay was too short to explore all the venues but the one that sticks to mind was YOUSALSA located in the Casino of Barcelona. You will find a beginner level of salsa dancers with a free course in the beginning of the night.

I arrived in the city of Barcelona in the month of February and the weather was mild with no snow. It felt great to take a break from the cold. This gave me a chance to walk around the city of Barcelona and explore some historical sites like the Arc de Triomph. The streets were so confusing I was completely lost in the city at some points. The streets were small and bustling with people and the weather wasn’t cooperating since it was raining.
I arrived at the Arc de Triomph late in the evening so I was able to capture a small video moment for my internet audience. I hope to come back to this wonderful city but more during summer time

Romania 2017

Ricky goes to Romania

Lasi & Romania Salsa Congress

January 2017

The first stop of my fantastic trip to discover european salsa was Lasi, Romania. Upon arrival , I discovered a latin school called MAGNITUDE DANCE which offers courses and nights at a pub called OXFORD.
The night at Oxford Pub was amazing and the director of the school Stefan told me to go to Brasov where there was a National Congress, and I never forgot this congress and promised to come back