Balkans

Unexpected city crush : Prizren, Kosovo

      A few months ago , I was craving another Balkan trip . I was speaking with a good Dutch friend of mine about his planned trip to the Balkans and was convinced that I am overdue for a Balkan experience. I went to the god of cheap flights and found a 10 euro  Budapest- Pristina flight and another 10 Euro Skopje -Bratislava trip flight. So it was settled, I made a spontaneous…

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Central Asia City Stomp

The weirdest capital city I’ve ever been to

Some of my fellow travel friends often tell me I am too focused on visiting capitals of places and miss the “real deal” of a country.  I forgot the memo that the hundreds of thousands that live in capitals don’t account for real people. I’ll live up to this accusation and write about a capital city that I recently visited less than a couple of weeks ago.   Astana, Kazakhstan          …

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Adult ADD

Happy ADHD/ADD Awareness Month!

So because October is Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder  ( ADHD/ADD) awareness month. I feel it is an important time to write a post about it as I have this disorder/condition/gift. I’ve also seen a thousand travel blogs addressing all kinds of mental and physical ailments from cancer to autism, but I have yet to see one about travelers with ADHD/ADD. I am sure there are some, but I have not read one yet.  Feel free…

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De Facto States

Couchsurfing Rybnitsa edition!

I’ve been a member of couchsurfing since about 2010/2011 . It has been one of the best things I have ever done. I started really using it when I was in France studying abroad. I continued to use it ever since for hosting, surfing and meet ups. While many people think it is just a free way to stay somewhere, I have to say it is more than that. Most of the places I travel…

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De Facto States

Getting the space cadet to Tiraspol

My trip to Transnistria had a  major hiccup in the way of getting there. The weather! I mentioned in the article before that I was jaded with Prague winter and that was how I decided to make a field trip a bit south. I knew I wasn’t going somewhere that south on the Adriatic sea, but I thought it might be a tad bit milder than Prague. I was in for a surprise. I checked…

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De Facto States

Let’s go somewhere that doesn’t legally exist!

Earlier this year, I was having a major mental block when it came to writing and doing research for my master’s thesis that I should have completed months before. I would get to something cool, then discover it was useless or another exhaustive study was already done. I would also lose focus and decide to watch a series of documentaries about something completely unrelated or make some stupid excuse to do something else. I was…

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