Around Almaty – the excursions

In the morning we drove in Zhanar's 4x4 up to Big Almaty Lake. I'm not sure there's anything scarier than a nervous driver so the ride over the pass was quite nerve-wracking but we made it! We arrived at the lake in a light snow shower and everything was pure white, even the lake which... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Medellín – first impressions

I can certainly understand why so many people end up staying here indefinitely, it's an intriguing place. I wonder if I will end up joining them. I've decided to write this after my first day in the city to see how it compares to my thoughts after more exploring. El Poblado One of the main... Continue Reading →

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