• Trip to Split, Croatia and My First Opera

    Trip to Split, Croatia and My First Opera

    Split was where I relaxed properly and had a summer holiday. As I arrived, the coach journey from Sarajevo had been particularly dull and I managed to sleep through most of it but with several pit stops, I took some photos of the great Croatian scenery as we headed through and past Dubrovnik. Very mountainous, the coach journeyed along the water’s edge.

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    A Beautiful Trip to Sarajevo

    A Beautiful Trip to Sarajevo

    From Belgrade, Serbia, I remained in the Balkans and headed to Sarajevo, Bosnia, marking my three week interrailing milestone. This beautiful city is the largest and capital of Bosnia, infamous for the shooting of Franz Ferdinand which contributed to the start of the first world war, and for a bloody siege taking place very recently, 1992-1995.

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    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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