Singapore

My flight landed late so I didn't get through immigration until around 10pm and then I followed signs to the MRT (metro) to take me into the city. As usual I got some cash from an ATM before leaving the terminal but this time it wasn't quite good enough because the ticket machine only takes... Continue Reading →

Chilling in Baku

The night train to Baku was great.It started off quite strangely when a woman wanted us to change cabins but we didn't understand she just wanted me in the cabin with her and her sons. I wasn't having any of it because I didn't know whether we would arrive suddenly in Baku with no idea... Continue Reading →

A couple of days in Kazbegi

This "townlet" is a great place to chill for a few days. The mountain air is lovely and refreshing although it is seriously cold compared to everywhere else I've been in this region at this time of year! George, who I met in the car on my way here was a great guy to know... Continue Reading →

The road to Kazbegi

I arrived into Tbilisi a little late but I thought I would chance getting a marshrutka to Kazbegi. I had forgotten that I needed a metro card and so I only had enough for the fare but a kind Russian couple loaded my fare onto their card and I was away. I had found out... Continue Reading →

Minibus from Yerevan to Tbilisi

Today I am leaving Armenia to head back to Tbilisi. I have decided to take a minibus rather than wait until 3:30pm for the train, plus I've heard that it's quite a different experience and I wanted to try both. On the taxi ride to the Kilikia bus station I can see that Ararat is... Continue Reading →

Pagan and World Heritage Armenia

Today is probably our final day trip in Armenia. We are taking a marshrutka (minibus taxi) to visit Geghard Monastery and Garni Pagan Temple. The ride lasts about an hour and costs 250 dram (£0.40) and you find the marshrutka stop next to the Mercedes Benz garage in the Nor Nork part of town, northeast... Continue Reading →

The Long Way Round Armenia

My hitchhiker's guide to this beautiful country filled with so many friendly people. This is one of my favourite trips to reminisce about already.Seb and I hitchhiked our way around Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh for around a week. It was awesome! We spent time with so many lovely people and had some really different experiences.Through the... Continue Reading →

Ancient Western Armenia

On our first day trip, we hoped to get a feel of the old Armenia, with its churches and monasteries, whilst also finding some of the newer sights. I used Yandex to take a taxi from the hostel to the "central" bus station, which is a few kilometres south of the centre, and only paid... Continue Reading →

Sightseeing in Yerevan

At breakfast we met two lovely Romanian orthodentists called Oliver and Cassiana who are travelling in Georgia and Armenia for a couple of weeks. Cassiana in particular is keen to know more about long term travel and we had a lovely chat about Romania too. Hopefully we can hang out later. Seb and I walked... Continue Reading →

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 →

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