Category Archives: Eastern Europe & Balkans

Snapshots: 東歐 East Europe

A violinist charming a young lady with a song in romantic Budapest
Budapest skyline at sunset
Tram #47 crossing the Danube on Liberty Bridge, Budapest
Locals starting their day with a morning soak in Gellert Baths
Artists gathered in Krakow’s main square, Poland
Krakow old town, Poland
Charming Sibiu, Romania
Spooky Transylvania, Romania
Young boy watches the photographer with curiosity, Romania
Bulgarian monk at Rila Monastery

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Day 209: The YouTube Freak

Plovdiv Old Town

It’s good to be back in Bulgaria. We were supposed to take the bus tonight to Istanbul, but found it too tempting to stay here in Veliko Tarnovo. The city is nowhere as charming as Bulgaria’s old town Plovdiv (though it’s hard to stroll around without seeing pretty faces), but we just feel really at home at the Loft Hostel. Continued 繼續看…

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第二零八天: 我已經充滿力量啦!!!

彷彿垂危乏電邊緣的手機給重新充電一樣,本人今天活力無窮和充滿正能量!

在羅馬尼亞的日子很淡然,無驚喜亦無憾事,總之沒甚麼特別心情可分享,故九天的時光裡,我安心做大懶蟲,只用心在下雨天和 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 207: Train kept a rollin’

Peles Castle at Sinaia, Transylvania

On a train to Bucharest (Romania), don’t think we’re gonna make our connection to Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), so not quite sure where we will end up today. That’s ok. For now I’m just enjoying the scenery roll peacefully across the windows, accompanied by a soothing soundtrack from my earphones, watching KF sleep and letting my mind float away with the melody. Continued 繼續看…

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第二百至二百零六天: 傳說中的川西凡尼亞 (Transylvania)

小心,吸血疆屍正在用天眼看著你…

甚麼驅使我們去川西凡尼亞?是那次偶然在布達佩斯街頭看到此地的照片,思量過後覺得不能錯過這裡的美景,於是我們改行程再北上都要親身看一看。旅遊書形容得很豐富,尤幸我們最終都來了。 Continued 繼續看…

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Day 204: A world cycler in spooky Transylvania

Transylvania, the birthplace of spooky legends

Super excited tonight! Just met Yuji at our hostel in Brasov. He’s the first traveler we’ve met who’s on a hellova journey – around the world by bicycle. Exactly like Yusuke’s adventure, the Japanese traveler who cycled around the world for 7 years and wrote a book that eventually inspired us to quit our jobs to travel. Continued 繼續看…

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第一百九十八天: 霸道王

這是共產和奧匈帝國建築物的對比

塞爾維亞,前南斯拉夫共和國的中堅份子,不讓科索沃、波斯尼亞等脫離共和國獨立

一直想來這裡看過究竟,一直不明白為了甚麼此國要這樣 “蝦蝦霸霸”,心想留得住共和國的身分,卻捉不緊國民的心也只屬徒然。然而來到了,我找不到一點點身經百戰的歷史痕跡,也沒察覺任何霸權影子… 都說新一代皆是幸福的,沒受過戰火洗禮,展現出來的均是歡顏和光鮮的打扮;我想,這個國家選擇了往前走… Continued 繼續看…

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Day 198: Leaving Serbia… confused.

Serbs whiling away the afternoon in Belgrade

Belgrade. The Serbian capital made a good stopover point as we prepare to cut through Romania from the west. There’s a pretty energetic vibe to the city, everyone seemed to be out and about – young adults hanging out at cafes; old folks playing chess in the park. I’m sure the nightlife here is as great as any Western European capital, though we were too tired (or old?) to see for ourselves. We could hear music thumping faintly in the distance, all the way from our hostel. Continued 繼續看…

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Snapshots: 巴爾幹半島 Balkans

Rovinj, a picturesque town on the Istrian coast.
Pink & violet are signature colours of the Croatian sunset.
Boats docked at Rovinj’s harbour, Croatia
White graves of those who gave their lives in the Bosnian conflict.
Different years of birth, same year of death.
Golden statue of Bill Clinton rising before the proud phrase: ”No Negotiation. Self Determination!”,
a strong reminder of Kosovo’s desire for independence, which was backed by the Americans.
Creepy Gjirokastra trapped in time, Albania

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Day 195: Sleeping at a Bulgarian monastery

Rila Monastery

We heard of sleeping in monasteries from a Belgian family we met in Albania and decided to see for ourselves what it was like to spend a night in one.

Rila Monastery is Bulgaria’s most famous and I could see why from the minute we entered the courtyard. Immediately surrounding us were four levels of arched walkways which house the monks’ living cells. In front stood a domed church with beautiful murals, whilst the Rila mountains behind provided nothing short of a spectacular backdrop.

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