Bucharest is an amazing city, and I say that despite the negative connotations I had of it from last year. Granted, Bucharest itself had nothing to do with it, but my first impressions of Romania were quite unpleasant. By the time I actually made it into the capital, I had a fractured knee from the […]Read more "Beware the Budget Hostel"
Now there’s an obscure reference. But I did have a bit (more) ATM troubles here in Bucharest. It turns out this time it was the fault of my online bank, and luckily was quickly remedied with one simple text message. Thankfully, because I had but 10 Lei to my name upon my arrival in Romania. […]Read more "Standing Outside a Broken ATM With No Money in My Hand"
It means different things to different people, and you should never judge someone on what they consider their favorites. Mine are: my mother’s lasagna (which nobody – including myself – will ever be able to reproduce) and…wait for it…Subway. Yes, Subway. Especially in the last nine months I lived in the states. I was staying […]Read more "Comfort Food"
Well I made it to Varna today, after a long and uneventful week in Sozopol. I am slowly making my way north to Romania, and decided to stop in Varna to meet a friend I made last week. The city here seems to be quite nice. Of course, after spending a full week in one […]Read more "What I Learned About Sozopol"
I have been busy lately. I stayed a few more days in Plovdid, occasionally hanging out with Yoanna. We walked for hours on Sunday, from the Old Town past Liberator’s Hill that we climbed the previous day to Leisure and Culture Park and then to the massive Rowing Canal by the Plovdiv Stadium. In the […]Read more "Apollonian Tides"
The majority of residents in Plovdiv claim that the city was built on seven hills, as shown in their coat-of-arms. However, a local I spent a few hours with today argued that there are actually nine hills around the city. Regardless, one of them was bulldozed to make way for an ugly shopping mall, bringing […]Read more "The City on Nine…Eight…Seven…Six Hills"
In some ways I actually like the Cyrillic Alphabet better than Latin – or at least the distorted way English uses the Latin Alphabet. After spending the afternoon with Lola and saying out goodbyes I boarded a bus to Niš, Serbia. The title of this blog post is Cyrillic for Niš Express, the bus line […]Read more "Ниш Eкспрес"
About twice as big, actually. The Millennium Cross in Skopje, which I finally made it around to visiting today, is a little over twice as big as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio. I think the two cities should combine tourism forces, fly the Christ statue over here, and nail it to the Millennium […]Read more "Bigger Than Jesus"
I am going to try something new with my two blogs websites. For those of your who wish to keep updated on my daily excursions and experiences, I will keep updating www.briancosey.com as a glorified travel journal. My itinerary and personal thoughts and feelings will be kept fairly up-to-date on this site, as I have […]Read more "Error 404: Not Found"
Wednesday I woke up early and shared a cab with other travelers from the hostel to the bus stop at the Skopje City Mall. There I met up with Aleksandra, a fellow couchsurfer, for an afternoon hike through Matka Canyon. We took the #60 bus all the way to the end of the line, then […]Read more "Crossing the Styx"