Istanbul

The journey to Istanbul was definitely a saga and my first overnight bus trip. When waiting for a bus to arrive in an Eastern European country you always have a bit of an inner dialogue going on. Most of this is concerning what the actual bus would be like and after previous trips they can…

My Experience of Turkey

Turkey was incredible on so many levels and I constantly found myself drawing comparisons between what I’d heard from rumours, social media and the media and what I was actually experiencing. While we were there the media and government agencies were constantly squawking about the risk of crime and terrorism but honestly in Istanbul I’ve…

Sunny Beach

Sometimes you arrive somewhere and all you can think is “I’ve fucked up, I’ve fucked up so bad.” This is a story that makes you pay attention to the words ‘off season’. The trip to Sunny Beach should have been a pretty good indicator for how the rest of the time there was going to…

Plovdiv

Before leaving VT we’d spoken to an Australian couple who told us that if we liked Sofia then Plovdiv was going to be even better. They weren’t wrong. We arrived in Plovdiv during the night and the guest house we were staying in was epic with old architecture and beds which made us feel like…

The Communist UFO-Velico Tarnovo

On our last day in Sofia while trying to work out how we were going to get transport to VT, we were overheard by the staff in the hostel. Just by chance it turned out that there was a guy, a tour operator, who was travelling there the next day and would be happy to…

Sofia

The train journey here was painful. All up it took around 12 hours on a really old, loud and uncomfortable loco. Luckily with the other 2 we managed to find ways to pass the time and none of them included drinking, so be proud of me mum. On arriving at the hostel we were completely…

Bucharest

Because of a bit of homesickness and travelling by myself for so long I arranged to meet up with Aaron and Kate in Bucharest, Romania. After landing and getting onto the bus to the city the first impressions weren’t that great. Lots of houses in disrepair and garbage of the fringe of the city made…