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The Ruin Bars of Budapest

The Ruin Bars of Budapest

If Budapest is known for one things it’s the great night life, although unlike other European cities like Berlin and Belgrade this isn’t centered around the clubbing. Budapest has group of drinking establishments/venues which fall under the label of ‘ruin bars’. As far as I can gather the creation of a ruin bar goes something like this: Find a derelict building in the old Jewish quarter preferably with an outdoor area Make the building structurally sound but don’t make any…

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How to Break Both Your Arms in Slovakia and Survive

How to Break Both Your Arms in Slovakia and Survive

Having your travelling companion break both his arms whilst mountain biking in Slovakia wasn’t exactly what I had planned for my first backpacking trip around Europe. However two weeks into our seven week trip that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t all bad, it did give us a great story to tell. One full day in Vienna and we had already had enough, the city was overflowing with tourist groups and I couldn’t really understand why. With this in mind, the…

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Hostel Old Plovdiv – Bulgaria

Hostel Old Plovdiv – Bulgaria

One of the most interesting and unique hostels I have stayed in has to be Hostel Old Plovdiv. On my second visit to Bulgaria, last summer, we opted to stop at Plovdiv for a couple days before continuing onto Sofia. We arrived on the night bus from Istanbul, I would call it the sleeper bus but it really wasn’t. Upon arrival we found a taxi and gave the driver the address of the hostel. After speeding along the empty tarmac…

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5 Reasons I Love Travelling Europe by Train

5 Reasons I Love Travelling Europe by Train

Train travel is arguably one of the best ways to cover long distances and see the country you are travelling through whilst you are at it. These are my top five reasons why I absolutely love travelling by train in and around Europe:   1) Trains are cheap There is no arguing that trains are good value for money. There are no hidden fees and you can take as much luggage on them as you can carry. If you’ve filled…

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Gimmelwald – A hidden gem in the Swiss mountains

Gimmelwald – A hidden gem in the Swiss mountains

Our original plan was to spend a couple days in Interlaken and then take a day trip up to Grindelwald to experience the mountains. This plan quickly changed when we met two girls at a bus stop in Venice who had just come from a place called Gimmelwald and couldn’t stop talking about it As planned we spent two nights in the tent village in Interlaken but then made our way up the Lauterbrunnen valley to Gimmelwald. This in itself wasn’t a simple feat of catching…

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The Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria’s abandoned UFO

The Buzludzha Monument, Bulgaria’s abandoned UFO

As soon as Tom and I mentioned we were heading down to Veliko Tarnovo, we were told that we had to stay at Hostel Mostel and go on the tour to the “UFO”. After an evening of casual drinking and being shown a few photos of what to expect we didn’t need any more convincing. Four days later, on our second day in the beautiful Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo, we climbed into the back of a beaten up old Toyato Landcruiser and were on…

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