Destinations Europe Ukraine

Experiencing a Banya in Ukraine

Banya

Experiencing a Banya in Ukraine I arrived into Kyiv after a long bus journey from Warsaw which involved multiple toilet and cigarette breaks on the way. Oh and also being kicked awake by Polish or Ukrainian border police. I’m not sure which. It was an absolutely filthy afternoon with the rain just pouring down from all sides. I had no money on me and had to find my way to where I was staying. I eventually made it to an…

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Destinations Europe Ukraine

Understanding a Ukrainian Train Ticket

Ukrainian Train Ticket

Understanding a Ukrainian Train Ticket On my previous post here, I showed how easy it is to buy a Ukrainian train ticket online. Today I will show you how to understand the ticket. When you complete payment for the train ticket, you will receive an email link to your ticket which you can print out. This print out will allow you to get straight onto the train, no need to queue up at ticket booths!     So here is…

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Destinations Europe Ukraine

How to Buy a Train Ticket In Ukraine

Searching for trains

How to Buy a Train Ticket In Ukraine Buying a train ticket online in Ukraine is, perhaps surprisingly, very simple and easy. Train tickets can be booked up to 100 days in advance and there’s an English version of the site to use for those not fluent in Ukrainian. The site for booking tickets is http://booking.uz.gov.ua/en/.   Searching for a Train Ticket The first thing to do is to select where you are going from and your destination. When entering your choices, you…

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Miscellaneous Travel Resources

World’s Worst Places For Me: Places I Don’t Want To Go

The Grand Canal, Venice

 The World’s Worst Places For Me Most travellers will have a bucket list of the places in the world they would like to go. This is usually ‘everywhere’, but is there anywhere that you don’t want to go or just doesn’t appeal to you that much? Here are my choices for the World’s Worst Places   South Sudan/Iraq/Somalia/Syria/Afghanistan South Sudan is the worlds newest country and also one of the least peaceful. Civil war in Iraq has led to thousands of people…

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Destinations Europe Norway

Kjeragbolten: Scary, Exhausting and Exciting!

A stream of water flowing on the hike to Kjerakbolten

Kjeragbolten: Scary, Exhausting and Exciting! Over the summer I was in Norway, trying to complete three hikes which are on my bucket list – Kjeragbolten, Preikestolen and Trolltunga. Things did not go to plan as I was only able to do one of them. More on that later…   How to hike Kjeragbolten In case you don’t know, Kjeragbolten is a rock / boulder that sits in a crevasse in the Kjerag mountain in the south west of Norway with…

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Caribbean Cuba Destinations

Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales

Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales

Tobacco Farm and Town Carnival in Viñales My time in Cuba was sadly coming to an end with just two days remaining. I was going to spend them in the Viñales region, famous for its tobacco plantations. I can also honestly say that Viñales has some of the most amazing landscapes that I have seen anywhere in the world.     Precious Cigars You can’t come to Cuba and not sample the cigars. It would be just rude right? I didn’t…

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Caribbean Cuba Destinations

Santiago de Cuba: Revolution & Sunset

Santiago de Cuba

Revolution & Sunset in Santiago de Cuba Santiago de Cuba is a very important place in Cuba for what happened on the morning of the 26th July 1953. Fidel Castro led a group of over 100 rebels on an attack on an army barracks, generally accepted to be considered the start of the Cuban Revolution. The attack itself was more or less a complete failure and most of the rebels were either killed or captured and then executed shortly afterwards.…

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Caribbean Cuba Destinations

Santiago de Cuba: Prostitutes, chess and chickens

The main square in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba: Prostitutes, chess and chickens Santiago de Cuba is probably the strangest place that I have ever been to.  I don’t know if it was the heat (over 30 degrees at 11PM) or if there is something in the water, but I had a very surreal experience in the city. In some ways I feel like I am doing it a disservice as I was only there for 2 nights but it was the first night that was…

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Caribbean Cuba Destinations

I’m Never Hiking After Drinking Rum Ever Again!

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I’m Never Hiking After Drinking Rum Ever Again! On my trip to Cuba, this is what I was most looking forward to – hiking and camping in the Topes de Collantes region. I was in the area for two days and the hiking on the 2nd day was supposed to be the hardest. That was until I drank a litre of rum with a Cuban and Argentinian couple in Trinidad the night before, see here. Oh and it was 32…

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