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I have a confession to make: I don’t love every city to which I travel. There, I said it. I found Ottawa boring and didn’t like the vibe in Copenhagen. However, I try to give every place a second chance because while I hated Paris on my first trip, I fell in love with it on my subsequent trips. Paris is still my favorite city in the world. That’s why I thought I would enjoy Bucharest in the summer. I first traveled to the Romanian capital in the fall of 2016 and didn’t like it, but as the city has a lot of parks, I figured it might be pretty in the summer. I went back last week, but it turns out I still dislike the Bucharest. Well, I can’t love every place in the world. Nonetheless, there are things that I like in this Eastern European capital, and I’m going to share them with you in case you find yourself in this part of the world for a few days. Here are my favorite things to do in Bucharest, Romania.
Last year, I spent a very short weekend in Warsaw. During my stay in Poland's capital, I didn't get to taste all the vegan food. That's why I was excited to spend more time in Krakow and try as many vegan restaurants as possible.
Many people (Polish and non-Polish) thought Krakow would be difficult for vegans, but it is very vegan-friendly (like many other Eastern European cities). If you’re planning a trip to Krakow, this post is going to help you choose where to eat vegan food – from traditional Polish dishes to burgers.
Growing up in Germany, I have been concerned with the Jewish Holocaust since I was a child. From what I remember, the subject came up in our school curriculum every one to two years. As young people living in Germany, it was an obligation for us to learn about what the country we called home was responsible for and how these horrible crimes were made possible.
Lithuania is not exactly known for being a culinary paradise. However, Vilnius didn't disappoint me. I was able to try two vegan restaurants and went to a vegan store during my short stay in Lithuania’s capital. When I travel I choose to support vegan places, so I can only report on those, but there are several other restaurants that you could go to which offer vegan options.
Living in Athens, Greece means that when I meet other travelers abroad they usually ask me for tips on what to do in the Greek capital. While there are certainly some pretty places here (check out my post on the old neighborhood of Plaka), I always tell people that there is no need to stay in Athens proper for more than two full days.
A few days ago, I got back from my trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. To be quite honest, I was never particularly interested in the Baltic countries (Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia), but as I travel on a budget and still want to do as much traveling as possible I have to pick cheap destinations over the ones that seem most exciting. (To find cheap flights, consider checking https://www.skyscanner.com/ – You can also get the app at https://skyscanner.app.link/ I earn points if you use my links, but there’s no catch for you if you click on them.)
Out of the three Baltic countries, Lithuania probably gets the least amount of hype in the travel community, but often when you expect the least you’ll be rewarded the most. I spent a total of 72 hours in the city, and these are the things I recommend if you find yourself in this beautiful Baltic city.
It's been way too long, so I think I should jump right back in with a post on my recent trip to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. I've been asked for suggestions and compiled a list of the top 19 things to do in Budapest. Of course, we all have different interests, so these are just some of the things I liked. Feel free to skip some of them and do something else instead. The most populous city on the Danube river has an abundance of experiences to offer.
If you follow me on social media you probably remember that I spent a few days in Ioannina in November. Ioannina, in the region of Epirus in northern Greece, lies at Pamvotida Lake. Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans shaped its history, but even after Greece’s independence, the city kept its unique Ottoman character.
In August, I traveled to Sofia for a long weekend to explore the Bulgarian capital. The best way to do this was by joining not only one but three free walking tours around the city. Free tours are a great way to discover a city because you will have someone knowledgeable tell you all you need to know about a sight to decide if you want to go back later and spend money on it. As these tours are free they’re the ultimate way to save money when you travel, although it’s a nice gesture to leave a small donation at the end as all the guides are volunteers. Since Sofia is not a particularly large city, especially not the areas that are of interest to tourists, it practically lends itself to walking tours which is why it was so easy to do three walking tours over a weekend without getting tired. All the tours were held in English and are worth joining for different reasons as you will find out in this review of three very contrasting free walking tours in Sofia, Bulgaria.
2017 was the year of some very short weekend breaks, and this all started in March when we flew to Brussels for less than 24 hours. I had never actually been to Belgium before (other than driving through it), and I wanted to finally see the “capital of the EU.”
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.
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