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From Kazakhstan to Albania: Discover Envy-Inducing Travels of The Blonde Gypsy
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From Kazakhstan to Albania: Discover Envy-Inducing Travels of The Blonde Gypsy

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Updated: 17 January 2018

Self-described as a ‘travel addict, iPhone photographer, Balkan connoisseur and Master of Europe’, she has a talent for finding herself in the strangest of places… welcome to the envy-inducing life of Larissa aka The Blonde Gypsy. As she discovers the coolest places, she shares with us a thrilling collision of travel, photography and culture via her fascinating blog.

Originally from California, and armed with a recent Masters of Arts in European Studies under her belt, she has been travelling around the European continent (and beyond) her entire life.

“My favourite destinations have been the places you can find little to no information about on Google from Europe to Central Asia,” Larissa tells Culture Trip.

“Having travelled extensively throughout Europe for over 15 years, I decided to move to Kosovo, the continent’s newest nation (depending on who you ask), and lived there for over two years where I explored just about every corner of the Balkan region.”

“This year, I set my sights east and finally got to explore two of the ‘Stans’; Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. As was expected, both were nothing like I had expected and firmly secured my passion for travelling off-the-path.”

Here are some snaps from her most exciting travels.

Marvelling at the Kokino Bronze Age archaeological site in Macedonia…

Kokino Macedonia

Kokino Bronze Age archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia | Courtesy of The Blond Gypsy

Horse-trekking to the Jyrgalan village of Kyrgyzstan…

Jyrgalan KrygyzstanOn the way to Jyrgalan in Kyrgyzstan | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Taking a dip in the Karaburun Peninsula of Albania…

Karaburun Peninsula Albania

The breathtaking Karaburun Peninsula of Albania | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Soaking up historic wonders in Turkistan, Kazakhstan…

Turkistan Kazakhstan

Turkistan, Kazakhstan | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Taking a stroll through Trebinje, Bosnia, Herzegovina…

Trebinje Bosnia & Herzegovina

Off-the-beaten-track exploring in Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Wandering around the ancient ghost city of Ani in Eastern Turkey…

Ani Eastern Turkey

The Ancient Ghost City of Ani | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Hiking for epic views over Brod, Kosovo…

Brod Kosovo

Brilliant views over Brod, Kosovo | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Gazing at the sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey…

Cappadocia Turkey

Gazing at the sunset in Cappadocia, Turkey | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Sizing up military relics in Tiraspol, Transnistria…

Tiraspol Transnistria

Military relics in Tiraspol, Transnistria | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy

Savouring Georgian dumplings in Akhaltsikhe…

Georgian food in Akhaltsikhe Georgia

Savouring Georgian dumplings in Akhaltsikhe | Courtesy of The Blonde Gypsy