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How Tirana Caught Me Off Guard

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I was pretty happy when I got off the bus in Tirana. The journey from Ohrid (via Struga) in Macedonia was about 5 hours and I had spent most of the time speaking to an elderly Albanian man who had developed a slight affection for me, continuously pinching my cheeks in delight as we spoke in broken Russian. Slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to shake him in Tirana, … Read More

Ancient Plovdiv: A Bulgarian Gem

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While standing at the bus station upon our arrival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, a man approached me and gestured to my scuffed, worn boots implying that he wanted to shine them. I smiled politely and shook my head before returning to my conversation with Michael, where we were deliberating how best to get to our hostel. To my bemusement, the man didn’t leave but had returned my smile with one even … Read More

Pécs: Hungary’s Undiscovered Gem

Most visitors who make it to Hungary only spend a few days in Budapest before crossing into the next country on their Eurotrip.  If you only have a few days to spend In Hungary, spending it in Budapest is definitely the way to go. You will undoubtedly love wandering around the Jewish quarter, checking out ruin bars and spending a relaxing afternoon in one of the baths around town. Budapest, … Read More

What To Do In Ohrid: The Jewel of Macedonia

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Ohrid is the reason to visit Macedonia. The town is located on the shores of the aptly named Lake Ohrid and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. It has a wonderful mix of natural beauty and historical monuments that ensures you won’t be at a loss for what to do in Ohrid. I recommend spending at least two full days in the town which will give you … Read More

Is It Worth It To Visit Skopje: Macedonia’s Unusual Capital

Visiting Skopje Macedonia's Unusual Capital

Skopje is an unusual city. Walking along the banks of the Vardar River and seeing the large Neo-Classical style buildings you could be mistaken for thinking this city is similar to Paris or Budapest or other grand European cities that are based along a grand river. However, there are two crucial things that you realise when you visit Skopje that make the Macedonian capital different: the fact that the majority of these … Read More

Five Best Places To Visit In Albania

Beautiful and fascinating Albania, nestled between its more developed neighbours along the Adriatic Coast, is still relatively undiscovered on the mainstream European tourist trail. The country is still waking up from years of isolationism and whilst tourism is increasing to some coastal areas, particularly close to Greece, the country as whole remains one of the few unexplored countries left in Europe. If you’re unsure which cities to include on your … Read More

What To Do In Kotor For Three Days

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Montenegro has quickly established itself as one of the hottest new destinations in Europe. Tourism has returned here since the sharp decline during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. And with its prime location, nestled between Croatia and Greece on the Adriatic Coast, it was only a matter of time before tourists ventured here and away from its more popular neighbours. A perfect way to explore the highlights of Montenegro … Read More

Ten Unusual Things to do in Budapest

Budapest, Hungary easily ranks high among our favourite cities in Europe and it is not hard to tell you why. Aside from being one of the most visually stunning capital cities in the world, Michael and I have been there a number of times and know that there are a million things to do in Budapest! However, the city is steadily increasing in popularity (and rightly so), making it increasingly difficult … Read More