Travel Stories

What it’s Like to Attend the Notting Hill Carnival

Woman at Notting Hill Carnival

Surprisingly, I had never heard of the Notting Hill Carnival before Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit invited me to attend. Not sure why I hadn’t since it’s only the second-largest street carnival in the world. History of the Notting Hill Carnival Since 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival has taken place in and around the Notting Hill district of London, just west …

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What It’s Like to Eat With the Mafia in Odessa, Ukraine

Selfie at Mafia Restaurant in Odessa

Wandering around the streets on my first night in the Ukraine, I had no idea where to eat, or even what genuine Ukrainian food would be. I’m quite happy that I stumbled upon Mafia, a fancy, family restaurant serving just about everything, although not exactly authentic Ukrainian fare. What drew me to the restaurant was seeing that Mafia had a …

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Food Review: Eating With the Native Chefs in London

Native Restaurant in Neal's Yard

I was invited to eat at Native with fellow food blogger Kacie of TheRareWelshBit.com. Despite a dozen visits to London, I’d seem to have missed Neal’s Yard every time. If you like hip spots, delicious healthy food and cozy, small restaurants, Native is the perfect option for central London. We stayed at the Travelodge in Covent Gardens, just a couple streets …

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Travel Advice: Surviving the Streets of Romania, and How to Improve Them

Driving the Streets of Romania

I learned how to drive on the streets of Los Angeles. In America, LA is considered one of the most dangerous cities to drive in, perhaps only second to New York. However, in my travels, I’ve found other places far more difficult than LA. Mexico City, London and Bangkok are up there. Then there was Bucharest, Romania. While I didn’t …

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Hotel Review: NEBO Hotel in Odessa, Ukraine

Selfie at Nebo Hotel

I only spent two days in Odessa, which wasn’t nearly enough time. Fortunately, both days were spent at the boutique NEBO Hotel. When I first arrived at the hotel, I was sure I had the wrong address. While the building initially looked like it could be a hotel, there was no sign outside for the NEBO Hotel, and no indication …

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Journal Entry: A Wild Blablacar Ride from Chisinau to Odessa Via Transnistria

Building in Transnistria

Whether you go by bus or car from Moldova to Ukraine, you’ll pass through Transnistria, the little-known territory between the two countries. Getting a bus from Chisinau to Odessa isn’t hard, although the bus station is hard to find outside of town. Bus tickets are about €10, and the ride takes 5-6 hours. I considered this option, but instead choose …

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Business Card SelfieHello and welcome to Skye Travels. Yes, Skye is my real name. My mom was debating between Aaron and Zach, and finally chose Zach. When she mentioned this to my grandmother, she said no way. My family heritage is Dutch and German, and Zach means the same as “sack.” My granny said there was no way her grandson would be called a brown paper sack, and said instead I needed to be named after something without limits, like the sky. My mom had been quite a hippy, and readily agreed. Additionally, both my parents had been to the Isle of Skye, a decade apart, and thought the island was the most beautiful place in the world, so used the spelling for my name. Ironically, I’ve since been to the Isle of Skye myself, and I agree with their assessment.

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