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August, 2015

  • 17 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: An Adventure’s Guide to Belgrade

    Belgrade Fortress Statue at Dusk

    I start to realize how little I know of the world when I show up in Belgrade and find I know nearly nothing of this “White City” and how impressive it is. Belgrade very quickly became one of my favorite cities. While it was a little hot for me while I was there, that was about the only disadvantage. Otherwise I …

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  • 14 August

    My Adventure with Adventurous Kate

    Kate and I in Tirana

    Some people dream of meeting movie stars or politicians. I dream of meeting epic travelers. In July 2015, that dream came true for me once again in Tirana, Albania. I originally went to Albania for a week to work in a hostel, and then stayed an extra week when my replacement failed to show up. At the end of that …

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  • 12 August

    My Adventure in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Crazy Car Ride

    My adventure in Sofia just may have been my greatest adventure yet. The adventure actually began on the overnight bus from Istanbul. The first time the bus stopped for a bathroom break, several of the women stayed on to conceal several packets under their shirts and pants. I honestly don’t know what was in the packets and I wasn’t about …

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  • 10 August

    My Adventurous Week in Istanbul, Turkey

    Blue Mosque

    All my life I dreamed of going to Istanbul, and I finally made it. Some things were impressive, some things could have been a lot better and one thing couldn’t have been worse. Istanbul is the first country I’ve traveled to that I needed a visa for. I purchased one in advance, which only cost $20. It would have been …

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July, 2015

  • 30 July

    Skopje, Macedonia and Lake Matka

    Skopje was my last stop in the Balkans before Istanbul. My day there wasn’t nearly long enough, but still adventurous. Macedonia was also the last country I visited that was not covered by my international data plan. So when I arrived off the bus from Kosovo, I had no idea where I was going. I started off by walking around …

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  • 29 July

    Chicken Pudding in Istanbul

    Chicken Pudding

    I’ve tried some pretty interesting dishes in my travels. Chicken pudding is up there in uniqueness, and yumminess. Taking advice from a PM I received from Adventurous Kate, I searched out Kismet Muhallebecisi, northwest of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. In her post, Kate had recommended the chicken soup and chicken gibbets, followed by the chicken pudding. The chicken soup …

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  • 27 July

    How and Why to Visit Prizren, Kosovo

    Why would you want to go to Prizren, and who even knows where Kosovo is? The real question is: why wouldn’t you want to go?! There are only two main cities in Kosovo: the capital of Prishtina and Prizren. I didn’t go to Prishtina myself, but my two days in Prizren were more than worth it. Here’s what I did, …

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  • 18 July

    Experience Something Different in Tirana, Albania

    Selfie on Pyramid #1.JPG

    Once again, Albania was a country I hardly knew anything about before I visited. The three weeks I was in Tirana were wonderful, and I can’t wait to get back someday. The three weeks in Tirana were spent working in my first hostel, Hostel Propaganda, which you can read about here. My time in the hostel was not all work, and much of the …

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  • 16 July

    Why You Should Work in a Hostel

    Riva Hostel

    I’ve just finished working for my first hostel, and in Tirana, Albania of all places. One, I can’t wait to work in another, and two, everyone else needs to do so too. Yes, volunteering in a hostel will get you a free bed, and maybe even a few meals. But that’s actually the least motivating reason to work in a …

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  • 13 July

    Find True Roman Cuisine at Da Enzo 29

    Da Enzo 29 Outside

      Finding authentic Italian restaurants in Rome can be a challenge, but they do exist. Family owned Da Enzo 29 was one of the best restaurants I ate at while in Italy, and certainly the best meal I had in Rome, a town glutted with tourist attractions. Your first hint at an authentic Italian restaurant is there is nothing tourist …

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  • 1 July

    Who Ever Heard About Kotor, Montenegro

    Kotor from St John Fortress

    If you’ve never thought about going to Montenegro, I’m sorry to tell you…you are missing out! Once again my day trip to a city turned into three days, and I was sad to leave. I actually made a mistake going straight from Mostar, Bosnia to Kotor, Montenegro. I should have traveled via Dubrovnik and seen the filming locations for Game …

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June, 2015

  • 27 June

    Why You Should See Mostar, Bosnia

    Mostar Panorama

    After Croatia, I went to Mostar for a day. I literally had no idea what to expect about Bosnia and Herzegovina. My only knowledge of it was from the war twenty year ago. Once again, I differed to my hostel’s recommendation of what city to visit. I am so glad I did. While Sarajevo might have been nice too, Mostar was …

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  • 26 June

    An Educational Adventure in Split, Croatia

    I was only in Split for a few hours. But it was just long enough to have a rather interesting adventure which was a good, educational experience for traveling. I went to Split after the Plitvice Lakes on the recommendation of the Falling Lakes Hostel manager. The only problem was I had already booked work in Tirana, Albania for the …

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  • 24 June

    Why You Must Visit Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes Waterfalls

    No trip to Europe will be complete if you don’t visit Plitvice Lakes. Many travelers have never heard of them, yet they are one of the most beautiful places on Earth. My own journey to Croatia started just to get out of the UK and Schengen zone for visa reasons. I had no idea how much I would fall in love …

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  • 22 June

    Best Lodging for Plitvice Lakes

    Plitvice Lakes from the Waterfall

    There are hostels, and then there are HOSTELS! Falling Lakes Hostel is in a category all of its own. And it’s the best lodging for one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If you’re looking for Plitvice Lakes lodging, this is the place! Falling Lakes Hostel is run by Irena and her brother Boris. It’s located in the small …

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