• A Serbian City: What to do in Belgrade

    A Serbian City: What to do in Belgrade

    Belgrade isn’t a destination you go to without some sort of preconception, perhaps that it won’t be modern or that it won’t feel safe to walk around alone. Turns out both are wrong and it’s a very aesthetically pleasing city.

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    72 Hours Visiting Sofia, Bulgaria

    72 Hours Visiting Sofia, Bulgaria

    After booking an extra night in Sofia, it became my longest stay in one location since Norway, the maiden destination of my summer jaunt. I’d heard a lot from fellow inter-railers about how Sofia wasn’t ‘authentic’ and that there ‘wasn’t much to do’. The use of the term ‘authentic’ almost infuriates me. What does that even mean? Sofia is a modern capital, authentically, and there was so much to do it took me three days to do maybe half of it (I ambled in the heat).

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    My Walking Tour of Veliko Tarnovo

    My Walking Tour of Veliko Tarnovo

    My first stop in Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, featured in my top five places to see in Europe, a fact I forgot when I arrived in a ‘travel grump’ and immediately felt like I wanted to leave. At the train station I had to dodge weird men who did not own a taxi, and when I got into an actual taxi, I was told that Bulgarians are bad people and that the EU only benefits Germany and France. Then at the hostel, it was like a hippie commune! Jaunty rating, 0.

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    Two Week Milestone: Day Train from Romania to Bulgaria

    Two Week Milestone: Day Train from Romania to Bulgaria

    Currently sat on the train from Romania to Bulgaria, I’ve come back from spending half an hour with my head facing out the corridor window in a dog-like fashion. Watching Romania speed by is a pleasure and I can’t help but think I’m doing exactly what I should be doing, and am exactly where I should be. In some ways, I’m already starting to regret the end of this trip as it’s going by so quickly!

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    A Terrifying Translyvanian Tour

    A Terrifying Translyvanian Tour

    OK, so it wasn’t actually terrifying but it was ‘terrific’. On my second day in Brasov I opted for a private tour of the surrounding areas, visiting the famous Bram’s Castle (home of Dracula), the Citadel used to protect Rasov during medieval times and the Royal Palace of Sinaia.

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