An unforgettable second day in Belgrade, Serbia

There seems to be a bit of a pattern here. A first night I wouldn't forget and now an unforgettable second night. So that means then I've now warmed to Belgrade after my horrendously challenging first night and first impression??? No, not really. I still think it's a bit of sh!thole. At least that grading has gone down from a lot to a bit. Please note: T ...

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An unforgettable first night in Belgrade, Serbia

If you're thinking I mean in a going out, having a good time sense - think again . I have been awaiting a particularly challenging day since my travels began and yesterday it finally came. It started with an epicly long day having left the hostel in Sibiu at 8am. As I eluded to in my last post, I knew I had a long 7 hour train journey ahead. A journey which I have since accomplished but those 7 hours didn't include a two hour stop off ...

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I'm leaving Romania but here's why you should come!

Sadly, the time has finally come for me to move on from this surprisingly picturesque and peaceful country. Instead of heading further north into the mountains, which is what I thought I was doing up until a day or so ago, I've decided to move in a westerly direction. I've modified my plan so that I've left a large area to visit when I come back here one day. Hopefully by then one or more of you will be able ...

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Dracula's castle, Rasnov and a bear sanctuary all in one day

For a place so heavily reliant on tourism, perhaps unsurprisingly there are leaflets everywhere for tours in and around the Brasov commune. The most popular (for namesake at least), is a visit to Bram to see the castle. Separately, Rasnov supposedly offers a stunning fortress and then there is bear sanctuary fairly near too! All three sounded great but for 69 euros (excluding site entry) this sounded expensive and so ...

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Exploring Brasov

Apart from how placid, gentle and civilised Brasov appears to be in contrast to Bucharest, the first noticeable difference was the temperature. It's plummeted here in the mountains and they are not   expecting sunshine for a few more days time. Still, as long as the rain holds out that's OK for me. Randomly, the city is notable for being the birthplace of the Romanian national anthem as well as having Romania's first school. ...

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