Merry Christmas 2019! I haven't written a single blog post all year - how very lazy of me! However part of that is because this year has been extremely busy - I went to 6 weddings and 3 hen parties, got back into volunteering and as well as a full time job I've also done … Continue reading 2019 – A year in review!
By now, dear reader, you'll probably know that I'm no longer on the road. Well over a year has passed, and I'm now back in my own double bed in London, rather than lying in cramped bunk trying to type blog posts whilst avoiding dropping my phone on my face (a surprisingly common occurrence). As a result, … Continue reading Four busy nights in the Mongolian capital: Part 3 of my Trans-Mongolian adventure!
Nizhny-Novgorod Leaving Moscow was a wrench; it's one of my favourite cities and I felt like I still had so much to see. I was excited to get further into Russia though, and the first stop was only a couple of hours journey from the capital. I had planned to get to Nizhny-Novgorod via Vladimir … Continue reading From Moscow to Ulan-Ude: Part 2 of my Trans-Mongolian adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.