Daytrip to Corregidor Island

My alarm went off at 5:35am but because of some inconsiderately loud alarms going off in the dorm at 5am, I was already awake! I took a Grab to the Ferry Port at 6am and saw a beautiful dawn. The ride cost 150 Pesos and was much more convenient than the public transport options. I... Continue Reading →

Landing in Manila

My flight to Manila landed nice and early but immigration involved standing in a slow queue for most of an hour. I collected my bag and got cash out from an ATM. I checked three different banks and they all add 250 Pesos (£3.70) for a foreign bank withdrawal. I took out around £100 worth... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

3 Days in Bogotá – it’s a must

The bus arrived into Bogotá central station at 1:30am, much earlier than we expected. The other girls managed to get a reservation at a hostel in La Candelaria district which is the ideal place to stay and I managed to get a bed at an awesome hostel called Masaya. Dorm beds are $32,000COP per night... Continue Reading →

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