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.
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)
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.
I've decided not to write up about travel days, because they've all been pretty much the same so far. So instead, here's the lowdown on what happens on bus journeys in the Balkans. You can play it like a game of bingo if you like, and treat yourself to an ice cream if you get … Continue reading Let’s play Balkan bus journey bingo!
I find that planning and researching for a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself, and if done properly it can really enhance your experience whilst away. Unfortunately I have two distinct styles of trip planning, in much the same way that I have two approaches to adult life. A happy … Continue reading On trip planning…