119 Hours in Shanghai

Back to Mainland China! I've not been here since my incredible trip from Moscow to Beijing and the Great Wall back in...I was applying for a visa-free visit or up to 144 hours and had to show four or five people the onward flight information and then I was issued a transit visa. It went... Continue Reading →

New Year in Hong Kong

Kat and I arrived in Hong Kong and found that the public transport is super easy. I paid 200$HK (£20) for an Octopus card, of which £15 was credit and the rest is a refundable deposit. The metro and lots of shops accept Octopus as payment so it's handy.Our bags had been delayed as we... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 – 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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