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.
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.
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.
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…