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 →

Strolling through Minsk

Now this isn't the first time I have been to an ex-Soviet place, but it's the first time I've blogged about somewhere that is still as Soviet influenced. So it is interesting for me to wonder. People here don't seem to rush or dawdle, I'm usually walking much faster or slower. I wonder if I'll... Continue Reading →

Minsk Walking Tour and Urban Art

I joined the Minsk Free Walking Tour that meets at 11am at City Hall on Svabody Square. The tour lasts two hours and finishes at Victory Square right next to Dreamy Castle Hostel. My guide was Roma and he is Belarusian and has been living and working in Minsk for 8 years. He said something... Continue Reading →

Minsk – my first day

Minsk is astoundingly beautiful at first sight. Maybe that's why they only gave me an 8-day visa. The night bus was totally lame and I didn't really sleep so I have arrived in Minsk so tired I could fall asleep standing up. The hostel reception doesn't open until 10am so when my bus arrived at... Continue Reading →

Onwards, to Latvia

I took the 5pm Ecolines service from Tallinn bus station (Bussijaam) to Riga bus station. Tickets are easily bookable online and mine cost €18.20, though they sometimes discount tickets right down to €5. The bus ride was fine. The driver was an absolute Grade A nutcase though, trying to overtake absolutely everything! I wouldn't recommend... Continue Reading →

A few days in Helsinki

I'm glad that I got to spend a few days in Helsinki on this trip but it was just so incredibly expensive. Day (Evening) One - Saturday 14 July I caught the 6:30pm Eckeroline ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki. The fare is usually between €19-24 and it's really straightforward to buy them online. The only... Continue Reading →

Estonia – love at first sight

I've loved so many places that I've travelled to so far but Estonia stunned me. Right place at the right time I think, as it has been a blast since I arrived.Sunday 8 JulyMy flight landed later than scheduled but it was easy enough to catch the bus to Freedom Square at the edge of... Continue Reading →

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