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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Apollonian Tides

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 […]

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Ниш Eкспрес

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 […]

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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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An Unexpected Journey

No hobbits, I promise. Thursday I spent much of the afternoon with Marija, a girl I met from a popular social networking application. She has offered to take me to a music festival in Greece, about 100 kilometers from Thessaloniki. On my trip, I have quickly adopted a policy of not saying ‘no’ when possible. […]

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Standing Still in Skopje

There is a fun story behind that title, but I’ll get to that later. Quite a few interesting occurrences have presented themselves recently, but I guess I will also get to that later. I may or may not be going back to Greece for a week, but again I will get to that (much) later. I’ll […]

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Here I Go Again On My Own

Greetings from Ohrid, Macedonia! The rest of my time in Tirana was fairly uneventful. I did manage to catch a bus to Tirana East Gate, a huge shopping mall several kilometers from the city center. I needed to replace a few items, mostly electronics, that have stopped working recently. I caught the minibus at 1500 […]

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