Europe

Nov 172013
 
97 days in Europe comes to an end...

Today marks day 171 of my world tour and as I am writing this I’m sitting right at the back of an Etihad airplane destined for Abu Dhabi (thanks to my sister Maz for hooking me up my first ever standby staff travel ticket). During the month since my last post I have covered quite

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    Oct 252013
     
    My pintxo bar experience in San Sebastián last night...

    Pintxos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pincho) are a basque appetizer similar to tapas on small slices of bread.  San Sebastián has a huge amount of small bars that are well-known for their signature pintxo dishes. Leo (our hostel host) took us out on a pintxos tour a few nights ago.  We sampled so many great dishes and I have

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      Oct 222013
       
      Hangin' with the Homeboys

      So I’ve thought a lot about my trip since my last update in Zadar 14 days ago. Today represents 146 days on the road and I’m starting to get just a bit tired… Tired from living out of my macpac, tired of being woken up during the night and tired of being constantly on the

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        Oct 082013
         
        Get on board in Zadar.

        Zadar in Northern Dalmatia is about 400 km’s northwest from Dubrovnik.  My bus trip took nearly 8 hours with a few stops and border crossings into Bosnia along the way.  I was really looking forward to visiting Zadar as I had read some great reviews and knew it would be far less touristy than Dubrovnik.

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          Oct 012013
           
          On tourist duty in Dubrovnik...

          I’d heard so many positive things about Croatia – both during this trip as well as from friends and family that have travelled there before. I must admit my expectations were high even after some recent advice that Dubrovnik in particular was quite touristy and expensive. But I didn’t quite comprehend the magnitude and downplayed

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            Sep 192013
             
            4 days in Belgrade…

            Belgrade was never on the itinerary of my solo world tour, but after reading an article (read here) sent to me from a friend I made in Krakow I thought I’d give it a shot. The overnight train from Budapest to Belgrade wasn’t the most comfortable trip unfortunately, even with my sleeper cabin.  The 2

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              Aug 292013
               
              A Krakow of a time...

              It’s been almost 2 weeks for me in Poland.  Having spent 5 nights in Warsaw, I was almost kicking myself after arriving in Krakow because of how much I adore this beautiful city.  It was a genuine case of love at first sight when I got off the train last week and  ventured out for

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                Aug 192013
                 
                The Amsterdam come down.

                I arrived in Amsterdam by bus on the 9th August and stayed for 6 days.  I really enjoyed Amsterdam during my first visit 5 years ago which is why I decided to return this time. Amsterdam is a beautiful city with its canals, alleyways and gothic architecture – some of the buildings date as far

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                  Aug 062013
                   
                  Paris rockets to pole position...

                  Well all I can say is that at exactly this time yesterday, I was ready to bounce the hell out of Paris. I wasn’t feeling the vibe on my 2nd trip here in 5 years but that all changed following one integral decision I made yesterday – change hostels.  For 3 nights I was staying

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