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August, 2015

  • 29 August

    Why You Should Visit Bratislava, Slovakia

    Presidential Palace Fountain

    Bratislava is not a city that takes long to see. But there are so many more places in Slovakia I should have visited as well. I originally wanted to visit Bratislava back in May when I met some friends in Edinburgh who invited me to stay with them. However, while I was still in Romania I texted them and found …

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  • 27 August

    My Wild Three Days in Budapest

    Budapest

    Budapest is one of the most fascinating cities I’ve been to. Make that two cities. I’ll bet you didn’t know Buda and Pest were separate less than 150 years ago. I arrived in Budapest at 6 AM off a night train from Timisoara, Romania. It was the first night train I’ve taken in my travels (and one of the first …

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  • 25 August

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Backpacking Timisoara, Romania

    Timisoara Center

    I didn’t know about Timisoara, Romania until the morning I was leaving Belgrade and deciding where to head next. I am so glad I found it. My week backpacking Timisoara was just magical! Transportation Timisoara has an international airport, but the flights can be quite expensive. You can get to and from the city by bus or train, both of …

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  • 20 August

    Living Off the Grid

    Cows on Farm

    When I went to Romania, I had the chance to stay with the parents of a friend in the town of Resita. While there, I received a tour of the family homestead, a fully self-sustaining farm off the grid. The house has been in the family for generations. Comprised of more than half a dozen large bedrooms, a bathroom and …

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  • 18 August

    Epic Thunderstorm in Krakow

    Thunderstorm in Krakow

    Waking up at six in a school-converted-hostel, after sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a classroom. Navigating the public transport across Prague, lugging a 30 kg backpack to make an 8 AM train to Ostrava. Boarding a bus from Ostrava to Krakow, getting complimentary drinks and cookies for the ride. Passing through a breathtaking countryside, filled with forests, fields and …

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  • 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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  • 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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