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Category: Europe

Aug 19 2014

Uzhgorod: My Favourite Border Town

As part of my unplanned trip into Slovakia a month or so ago, I decided to go for it and visit Lviv.  So, how did I end up in a Ukrainian border town I had never heard of?  Well, as part of my decision-making process, I went to the bus station in Kosice, where I …

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Aug 15 2014

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A recent trip to Edinburgh helped me to understand how much of a ‘Festival City’ it actually is.  I had no idea it hosted so many festivals – 12 in total, ranging in duration from a few days to a month.  Most of the festivals, like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, are in the summer.  Such events bring people …

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Aug 12 2014

Rediscovering Glasgow

As part of my interest in rediscovering the UK and Ireland, I wanted to return to Scotland this year  because it had been nigh on 20 years since I was last there.  I was originally going to do a hitchhiking race in April, which was being organised by a Couchsurfing group.  It is just the sort …

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Aug 08 2014

Polish Cheese from the Tatra Mountains

I am generally a fairly curious person but, for whatever reason, some things don’t seem to spark my interest to find out more.  This was the case a few weeks ago when I was in Krakow.  The Canadian woman I was travelling with, at the time, was feeling peckish and wanted a snack.  She saw something, …

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Aug 05 2014

Discovering Podgorica: Things to See and Do

When I was in Montenegro last year, I fell for the place because of its natural beauty.  I went to historic Kotor, pretty Perast, stunning Lake Skadar, spectacular Lovćen and Durmitor National Parks, and the underrated historic capital of Montenegro, Cetinje.  During that time, I passed through Podgorica on more than one occasion, getting buses from …

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Jul 25 2014

Palanok Castle in Mukachevo

While I was in Uzhgorod, someone mentioned there was a castle in a town nearby called Mukachevo.  As I was on a bit of roll with visiting castles, it didn’t seem like one I could miss out on.  So, I hopped on a bus to get there.  It was the hottest and sweatiest bus ride I’d had …

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