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Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

Communist Monuments in Eastern Europe

After visiting Bulgaria on my first trip around Europe I’ve been fasinated by the brutalist communist era monuments and buildings that are strewn across Eastern Europe. They are not pretty in the normal sense of the word but they are immensly striking, futurstic looking and definitely nothing like the architecture or design we have in England. Below are a selection of these incredible monuments:   Buzludzha Monument – Bulgaria The most widley recognised of these structures is Buzludzha, formally known as the House-Monument of…

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A Rainy Day in Ponta Delgada

A Rainy Day in Ponta Delgada

When I recently visted the Azorean island of Sao Miguel I was unfortunate enough to end my week long trip with 2 days of almost solid rain. I’d returned my hire car the previous day and was therefore stuck in the city, although as it turned out all was not lost. After a few hours trawling through TripAdvisor and Lonley Planets Thorntree I managed to find a few rainy day activites which could keep me occupied. So if like me you find yourself stuck in Ponta Delgada on a…

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Shooting Handguns in Sofia

Shooting Handguns in Sofia

As a Brit the closest you normally get to shooting guns is playing the latest release of GTA so imagine our delight when we were told about a shooting range in Sofia where we could shoot some handguns. The prospect seemed too good to pass up. With a few hours left before we were due to board our night train to Belgrade we found ourselves in ‘VIP Shooting Range’, a small 5 lane shooting range in the outskirts of Sofia….

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Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam

Off the Beaten Track in Amsterdam

I visited Amsterdam for the first time a few months ago and absolutely loved it. It’s one of those cities where there is something for everyone it doesn’t matter if you’re out here to smoke and drink or if you’re interested in the culture and history. When I first arrive into a new place I always enjoy doing the touristy bits (they are normally touristy for a reason) but once I’ve ticked off most of those then I try to venture…

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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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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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