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.
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.
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.
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)