One sunny morning in August, I find myself on a plane to Moscow – my first holiday in Russia in over 30 years. I have only once before visited Russia...
We meet on Kyiv’s Independence Square where the guide checks our passports and dress code. I have thoughtfully brought an extra pair of socks to protect a short stretch of...
There is one thing an average Finn and I have in common. Ask me if I have been to Tallinn, and I’ll shrug in response. Isn’t it obvious? A Latvian,...
(Continued from Part I: Belgrade to Adriatic by train) Day 4: Budva: Marriage proposals, filthy beaches and many, many Russians Montenegro’s major seaport, Bar is obviously on the coast but...
Točkovi i pruga ritam sekcija, Svako putovanje nova lekcija. (Leb i Sol, “Putujemo“, 1989) I love railways. There is simply no better way to travel than by train. I love...
Easter: Where to go? Some of my friends spent last Easter in their home countries. Some extended the four-day weekend into a full-scale holiday. Those with children mostly stayed in...
My Balkan adventures finally resumed after a four-month break. The choice of the destination wasn’t a difficult one. Believe it or not, I had for a while entertained the idea...
On my first visit, I had mixed feelings. Not a soul was waiting for me when I came. I landed alone, left the airport alone, and reached the centre –...
(continued from Part I) Mostar-bound Good thing I had already had some mental border-crossing experience with BiH. The next day brought three such crossings. Some of you may be familiar...
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Where do I start? 2020 was one odd year. I am sure many will remember the departing year in a variety of, mostly, negative terms. I have seen people around…