Yerevan

We arrived at 7:15am at the Yerevan Central Railway Station and the metro apparently doesn't run until 8am, it didn't matter to us so we just went to get some breakfast at a nice cafe near the station. We paid 2,000 Dram (£3.26) each and chilled out for a while. Yerevan Central Station is beautiful... Continue Reading →

Night train to Yerevan

To me that sounds more like an electronic music album than a blog post. Seb and I arrived at the train station in Tbilisi 10 minutes before the train and weren't sure which platform to go to, but then I remembered that our train would definitely already be there waiting and that it was probably... Continue Reading →

Getting to know Tbilisi

Today Seb and I are on the Tbilisi Free Tour. The meeting point is at the Tourist Information Centre at Freedom Square at 12pm. There is a second tour each day at 5pm. Our guide is Joseph from Great Britain who has lived in Tbilisi since 2012. He moved here to become a freelance journalist,... Continue Reading →

Tbilisi Sulphur Bath Day!

This is the most wonderful experience and if you haven't yet had a proper Turkish/Georgian bath then I insist you give it a try. You will never feel more clean that this IN YOUR LIFE! Today I am at the public sulphur bath in Tbilisi. I paid 3 Lari for entry and I brought my... Continue Reading →

David Gareji Monastery

This morning I found a blog that mentioned a direct bus to the David Gareji Monastery complex so we've walked to Pushkin Park next to Freedom Square to check with the tourist information centre. I didn't twig that the bus was more of a tour, it's a return journey for 25 Lari (£7.30), but that's... Continue Reading →

Tbilisi – vibrant modern meets classic

Tbilisi won my affections immediately. We arrived at the central railway station before 7am and my first view from the train window was this underpass. Then we three walked 20 minutes to Fabrika Hostel which I managed to book as we stepped down on to the platform. The beds cost us £8.24 each, which isn't... Continue Reading →

Road Trip to Riga

I had booked a flight from Riga at an ungodly hour, so arriving just in time for the flight wasn't going to work without paying a fortune... Except, I remembered that a couple of people had told me about a great Tallinn to Riga sightseeing day trip which arrives at 9pm in the city! Just... Continue Reading →

Back to Tallinn!

This place does feel like home for me even though home is wherever my backpack is. I returned for a week to see the bits and pieces I missed on my previous trips, in particular the Viru Hotel KGB Museum tour and some more sightseeing. My mum and stepdad joined me in Tallinn to see... Continue Reading →

A Weekend in Barcelona

I spent a weekend in Barcelona recovering from overeating in San Sebastian by... eating yet more tapas! My flight was delayed so I got to Barcelona later than anticipated, and the airport is insanely laid out so it took me forever to find my bag. I managed to find the airport bus and paid €5.90... Continue Reading →

Fiesta and Pintxos in San Sebastian

I spent a whirlwind 48 hours in San Sebastian with James and his friends Chad and Austin. We met two amazing German girls called Johannah and Christina and the 6 of us partied and ate tapas (Pintxos in Basque) at so many incredible tiny places for two days straight. This is my first time in... Continue Reading →

Sziget Festival

I'm going to keep my festival and Budapest city posts separate but they are definitely linked. I'm so glad to be back at Sziget, the Island of Freedom, after four years!! Day 1 I arrived at Budapest International Airport at around 2:30pm but it took a long time for the luggage to reach the belt.... Continue Reading →

Kyiv Walking tours and Lavra Monastery

Adam and I did a couple of walking tours in Kyiv, which were good and gave different insights and covered different regions of the city. Kiev or Kyiv? So the BBC and other institutions continue to spell the name of the Ukrainian capital as Kiev. But I choose to type Kyiv because that's how the... Continue Reading →

Twenty four hours in Moldova

Now I'm not saying that a single day is ideal to see anywhere, but while we were in Kyiv it became clear that we were about as close to the tiny little known country on the outskirts of Europe as we would ever be. So we bought an overnight bus ticket to Chisinau, the capital... Continue Reading →

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Exploring the abandoned cities of Chernobyl and Pripyat was always a dream. I had hoped to find a guide (called a Stalker) to help me hop the fence into the Exclusion Zone but it takes time to arrange and it was straightforward to arrange a tour for my first visit. So here we go... Actually... Continue Reading →

Arriving in Kyiv

I had a rubbish first couple of hours in Kyiv, bumping into some of the most unfriendly people I've ever met whilst travelling. But I'm certain that it will get better. I arrived at the central train station and struggled to find signs for the metro. When I eventually found it after asking for directions,... Continue Reading →

Belarus Road Trip – Castles and Statues

The driving in Belarus has a level of passive-aggressiveness that I have only ever witnessed before in Russia. The traffic is kept flowing by the mega 6-lane highways around Minsk, and drivers on these roads can expect to be tailgated at crazy distances and undertaken and overtaken at the same time no matter what speed... Continue Reading →

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