Into the exclusion zone: a day trip to Chernobyl.

I decided to split my trip to Kyiv up into a series of posts, as I had a really busy few days there, and the day I'm about to write about deserves its own post. As you may have guessed from the last instalment, this post is about my day trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion … Continue reading Into the exclusion zone: a day trip to Chernobyl.

Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors: Kyiv, part 1.

My dear readers (all 20 of you!) may have noticed by now that I'm hugely interested in slavic culture and in the histories of the slavic nations. What you may not know is that my ancestors (my great, great grandparents) came from this part of the world (at a time when it was a part … Continue reading Walking in the footsteps of my ancestors: Kyiv, part 1.

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.

Ten things you’ll find in every Balkan supermarket (which you should definitely pack for a picnic)

Snacks: Sunflower seeds, the favoured snack of every man aged over 55, at least in warm countries where you can sit in the sunshine and hull them with your teeth, leaving mounds of shells around park benches, a kind of compostable calling card if you will. There's a technique to opening them which involves cracking … Continue reading Ten things you’ll find in every Balkan supermarket (which you should definitely pack for a picnic)

Pour yourself a glass of rakija, and let me tell you about Albania.

Cities: Shkoder & Tirana Stayed at: The Wanderer's Hostel & Trip'Inn Best thing I ate:The breakfast at The Wanderer's Hostel, partly because it was so tasty but also because of the lovely courtyard surroundings and the amazing staff who serve it up. You get a huge piece of cheese burek, a delicious chocolate croissant and … Continue reading Pour yourself a glass of rakija, and let me tell you about Albania.