Central and Eastern Europe

Istanbul fountain

First impressions of Istanbul

The sky darkened as evening turned to night. I clutched a kebab, the smell of the dürüm-wrapped meat wafting deliciously...

Plovdiv theatre

Why Bulgaria blew me away

By the time we left Romania we were running on empty.  Out of both energy and motivation after five weeks...

Sighisoara town square

Slowly sightseeing in Sighisoara

Sighisoara, in central Romania, is one of those places where nothing seems to happen in much of a hurry. It...

Brasov town square

Pork, stray dogs and a fortress: two days in Brasov

I knew virtually nothing about Brasov before I went. To be fair, that is not a rare occurrence.  My “research”...

Beach in Ulcinj

A ridiculous day at the beach

It seemed like a good idea at the time. We were in Mostar, in southern Bosnia, and hadn’t been to...

Mostar river and Old Bridge

The split personalities of Mostar

I didn’t quite know what to make of Mostar. In the eyes of the many coachloads of tourists that come...

Sarajevo view

Sarajevo: war-torn and wonderful

The door was yanked open.  Light flooded in.  A man in a uniform barked instructions, holding out his hand.  Passport? ...

Walking Dave

A day in the life

It’s 7:59am. All is quiet in a darkened room in Bucharest.  Blankets lie discarded on the floor.  The room was...

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