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Lviv: The way Central Europe was

This is serious stuff. The doorman – if you could call him that –is dressed in full military garb, wielding a very real looking PPSh-41 sub machine gun and smoking a chunky cigar of 80’s action movie proportions. Slava Ukraini! (Glory to Ukraine) he barked at us. Luckily I was with 2 cute Ukrainian local … Continue reading

Frozen

Transcarpathia Part #2: Reaching absolute zero

Today we would be going to Mukachevo – Or Munkács as Bernie defiantly calls it. Located about one hour away, we were going to wait for a bus until it was distilled that a cab ride would only cost a paltry 35 hryvnia. Mukachevo’s main attraction is a 14thCentury Hungarian castle perched atop the only hill in the … Continue reading

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Transcarpathia Part #1: “One for connoisseurs”

This is the part of an article where I’d normally impart some existing convictions of the said area prior to visiting, but for Transcarpathia I’ve got nothing. I’m sure as hell you don’t either, other than the musing that the name sounds like something out of a B rated horror film or Borats Kazakhstan. The … Continue reading

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Chernobyl: Walking in a nuclear winter wonderland (includes video)

Tell most people that you’ll be visiting Chernobyl and you’ll illicit a response of horror and disbelief. Tell a Ukrainian and you can multiply that reaction 100 fold. A trip to the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident is no walk in the park – unless of course you like your parks heavily irradiated, devoid … Continue reading

Verona

10 cool random things in Italy

1. Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak) The trattoria’s of Florence are highly regarded across Italy for their mastery of Tuscan cuisine, but there’s one item on the menu which is truly godly. Forget Argentina, Texas or where-ever else you hold a cut of beef in high regard – the Florentines have being fine tuning the … Continue reading

Russian beauty pagent

The Euro top 8: Girls

1. Polish The most western of the Slavic countries, Polish girls have all the benefits of the iconic Slavic girl combined with a far more educated point of view. Fair skin, delicate facial features and striking blue eyes are the stereotypical hallmarks of a Polish girl. While very sexy, they know it themselves all too … Continue reading

Prague

Prague: Czech Hedonism

  My arrival into Prague was without incident. I got off my Ryan air flight and into a small shuttle which took me directly to The Prague Square Hostel, a place which had been recommended to me by a friend. I’d been interested in seeing Prague for a long time. Its reputation for being a … Continue reading

Sterio bar

Baltic blast: Episode I: Riga & Tallinn

I touched down in Riga airport about 8pm feeling slightly better than death. I’d come down with something bad about a day earlier and my plan for tonight was simple. Cab. Hostel. Painkillers. Sleep. Then pray for good health in morning. It was a terribly dull plan for my first night in Latvia, but desperate … Continue reading

Delerium cafe

Brussels: One night Only

One whole day and night in Brussels is all I was going to be afforded. My main intention was Amsterdam but seeing that none of the budget airlines had any good deals to there, a taste of the Belgian capital – only 2 hours away from Amsterdam seemed like a worthy stop over. Plus I’ve … Continue reading

Bologna skyline

Bologna: Where the Italians eat Italian

For the ultimate culinary faux-paus in Emilia-Romagna, head to a Bolognese Trattoria and without so much as glancing at the menu – assertively ask the waiter for a plate of its famous Spaghetti. In turn you’ll be greeted by a face-palming look of disdain, frantically followed by a long practiced anecdote about how the dish … Continue reading