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30 Short Girl Traveller Struggles

Standing in a small intricately carved wooden doorway in Doha, Qatar | Cultura Obscura Travel Blog #shortgirlproblems #shortgirlstruggles #dohaqatar #doha #qatar

You may or may not know this about me, but I am incredibly short. It’s honestly one of the first things people notice – and then point out – about me. And that’s fine. Irritating at times, especially with people I don’t actually like, but generally it’s fine. I mean, I am short. Again, like agonisingly so. How short, you ask? 4’9” (just under 145 cm). Most children are taller than me[…]

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2018: A Year in Review (COTAs)

​The end of the year is always a time of reflection – sometimes, whether you like it or not! It’s almost impossible to check social media without encountering a steady stream of achievements, resolutions and future goals. It’s a good excuse for some introspection; taking stock of where you are and how you got there. It’s safe to say, it’s been a HUGE year for us. We started the blog, quit our jobs, gave almost everything away and set off around the world. And that was just August[…]

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Winter Break in Tallinn, Estonia: A Mecca for Introverts, Tech Gurus & Door Enthusiasts

View of Tallinn Old Town, Estonia, Winter Break

In 2011 I saw a short documentary called Hing (Breath) about the only female chimney sweep in Estonia. That was all it took, and I was hooked. Then again, maybe the interest was always there. After all, years before that, I wrote a short story with a character named Tallinn. So, who knows[…]

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An Incident at the Theatre: Is Dark Tourism Right for Me?

Old Operating Theatre, London, Medical Tourism, Dark Tourism, Cultura Obscura

​Have you ever passed out? I don’t recommend it. Not only do you lose control of yourself, but there’s a very real possibility of injuring yourself as well. You might hit your head on the way down, or fall from a height depending on where you are. It’s also extremely disorientating, as most of the time it takes a while to realise what’s happened[…]

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