Cluj in a Very Large Nutshell

As per my sister’s travel checklist, I am required to write a guide to one place that I visit while exploring the world. For anyone following my blog during the last two trips, it should come as no surprise that I have chosen the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca as the subject of this guide. No […]

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I Promise Lemonade

Well, I’ve finally caught a small glimpse of the Cluj I used to know. Alice left for the weekend on a work team-building trip a few hours outside of town. She allowed me to stay in her place for a few more days while she was away. Those days were relatively uneventful. At one point […]

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Crossing the Styx

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 […]

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Weekend Romance in Prison

Where did I leave off last time? I believe it was in the ritzy Classic Hotel in Prizren. It still sounds like all the locals are calling it ‘prison’ every time they mention it. Lola and I were able to find a slightly less expensive hotel a few meters away for the second night in the […]

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The Mountains Win Again

Lisa and I caught a bus after breakfast from Himara to Berat, a small village in the interior of Albania on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. The drive here was spectacular, if not almost terrifying. The trip started along the coastline, but the Albanian coastline is like none I’ve ever seen before. Huge steep […]

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Glad to Be a Beach Bum

Corfu turned out to be one of the best cities of this trip. I spent several days on the island with Gaby and Lisa, the Brazilian and German companions I met that week. Our last full day on Corfu was spent mostly on the beach. In the evening we walked into town and, after a […]

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UE in the EU

Well I finally managed to get into Croatia late in the evening. Simon, my Airbnb host, was kind enough to pick me up from the train station and give me a ride the 4km to his apartment. After a quick shower I left to meet up with Frane, the hostel owner I met last year. […]

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A Brief Respite in Wojcieszow

Can someone please correctly pronounce the name of the town in which I’m staying? The train ride from Wroclaw was, despite arriving an hour late and breaking down for half an hour in the middle of nowhere, surprisingly pleasant. It was relatively empty, so I was able to stretch out and even jump back and […]

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