Ireland Part 2 – End of Europe

Derry is a quiet place compared to the big cities and with winter scaring off all of the tourists it made the stay there even quieter. On arriving in the hostel I did a quick scope around and found that there were probably 3 other people staying there; a South African couple and a blazer…

Ireland Part 1

  How to start with this one? At the moment I’m sitting in a café in Columbia University in New York. I figured if I’m going to be sitting in a café writing on my laptop I should do it with some people who might exude some brilliance in my direction. I first travelled to…

Christmas in the UK

It was time to leave Turkey behind and get ready to celebrate Christmas. Originally I had planned to spend the time with family in Germany and continue for another 3 months through the European winter before moving onto the Americas. But at the last minute these plans fell through and I hastily needed to organise…

Gallipoli

  Every great Australian gap year in Europe is incomplete without doing a pilgrimage to the Gallipoli Peninsular. For those that aren’t quite up to speed with this part of WW1 history, the Gallipoli Peninsular is the site of one of the biggest defeats for the Allied Forces in WW1. Ironically it was also one…

The Ancient City of Ephesus – Selcuk

If you’re into history than you have probably already heard about Selcuk. It’s not just the location of Ephesus, one of the biggest ancient Roman cites in the world. The area also has a lot of Pre-Roman and Post-Roman ruins and the remains of the Temple of Artemis which is one of the 7 wonders…

Pamukkale – Hot Springs and Roman Ruins

Another. Night. Bus. Nearing the end of my tolerance for sleep disruption we set off again on another goddam night bus. We arrived in Pammukale at some ungodly hour of the morning when it was still dark. Staggering into our hotel we dealt with the pretty useless reception guy and managed to get keys to…

Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloons and Cave Houses

Apart from flying the only way to get to Cappadocia is by night bus. Seriously, they must be the worst way to travel  for any light sleepers like myself. Surprisingly I did get a few hours of sleep and had some senses when we arrived, which was conveniently right on dawn. I use first impressions as…