Trans-Mongolian adventures: Art, architecture and arcade games in Moscow.

Russia was always going to be a major part of this adventure. I'm lucky enough to have been twice before (in 2011 & 2012) but it's a country that I'm absolutely obsessed with, and have been since childhood. When I first heard about the train route that snakes over 9000km, through 8 time zones, from … Continue reading Trans-Mongolian adventures: Art, architecture and arcade games in Moscow.

Ten characters you’ll (probably) meet during your hostel adventures.

Lee Lee's knowledge of the english language is limited, and when booking accommodation for his trip to Europe he failed to notice the letter 's' distinguishing between the words hotel and hostel. Not quite understanding the exchange rate, he also failed to notice how cheap the room was. Imagine his shock when he discovered that … Continue reading Ten characters you’ll (probably) meet during your hostel adventures.

Latvia and Lithuania are lovely, and here’s why.

As you're probably realised if you're following the blog closely, I'm rather behind on updating it. The main reason is that the wordpress app on my phone is extremely annoying to use, and the additional reasons are that I've just been too busy living my adventures and also occupied with several crochet projects (I must … Continue reading Latvia and Lithuania are lovely, and here’s why.

Must-do Minsk: 10 things you should do when you visit Belarus’ capital.

I'm going to start this post by saying that I absolutely loved Minsk. It wasn't at all what I was expecting. I imagined it to be hard to navigate, with no tourist infrastructure and the same dilapidation and visible poverty that you can see in cities like Chisinau. I think part of my misconception was … Continue reading Must-do Minsk: 10 things you should do when you visit Belarus’ capital.

Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors: Kyiv, part 2.

19 May 2018 After my discovery of soviet-themed restaurant chain Katyusha, I knew I had to return for more rustic comfort food. On my second visit it was brunch time, and I opted for lemonade (I've discovered that in some parts of Eastern Europe lemonade doesn't necessarily have lemon in it, it's more a catch-all … Continue reading Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors: Kyiv, part 2.

All aboard the friendship train: Bucharest & Chisinau.

Before you think I've joined a cult, I'd like to clarify what the 'Friendship Train' is, lest you have concerns for my sanity or wellbeing. The aforementioned train connects the capitals of two countries which have at times in their histories been joined as one, and which still have much in common, including an almost … Continue reading All aboard the friendship train: Bucharest & Chisinau.

Extravagant public art and a stoned hostel owner: my adventures in Macedonia.

Cities stayed in: Ohrid & Skopje Other places visited: Pristina, Kosovo Stayed at: Hotel Super 8 in Skopje (I won't name the hostel in Ohrid as it was awful, and I'm going to give it a thorough roasting later). Best thing I ate:My favourite meal was in Skopje, in an Italian Restaurant called Bella Vista, … Continue reading Extravagant public art and a stoned hostel owner: my adventures in Macedonia.