Turaida Castle

Sigulda, Fun Day trip from Riga

Most people who make it to Latvia never escape Riga which is a real shame. Just on its doorstep is Sigulda, a sort of Baltic fairytale alcove, home to Latvia’s Gauja National Park, Latvia’s largest and most impressive. I jumped on the bus f...
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St Peters Church riga view

Backpacking in Riga, Latvia

I’m quickly falling in love with these Baltic countries, after an enchanting 5 days in Estonia I just spent another 5 great days in Latvia. I took the bus from Tallinn, Estonia to Riga, Latvia (4 hours, 11 Euro/$14). The bus station is only...
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lounge 24 estonia

How to Spend an Evening in Tallinn

Tallinn has garnered a bit of a reputation for loud, obnoxious stag (bachelor) parties coming for the weekend, getting drunk and naked and having a scrap, and while that may exist, you can easily avoid it and at least pretend to be above it...
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Tallinn Old City

A Walking Tour in Tallinn, Estonia

I’ve been anticipating my arrival in the Baltic states for months, I’d heard that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were steeped in history, dripping with culture and that their cities were full of the most amazing architecture, and my first st...
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Trans-Siberian Railyway

Trans Siberian Train Blog, My Crazy Experiences

Russian only grants 30 day visas, and considering the train itself takes about 7 solid days, it doesn’t give you a lot of time to do what you wanna do as you make your way along the journey. That combined with the fact that I got side-track...
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Peter and Paul Fortress

2 Days in St Petersburg

St Petes is to Moscow what Beauty is to the Beast. After a month in Russia I thought I had worked out Russian cities, with their Soviet hangover still lingering, mass apartment blocks, they were interesting if not pleasing to the eye, but t...
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moscow circus

Visiting the Russian circus in Moscow

When in Rome and all that. So I finally made it to Moscow, 6000km, endless nights in trains, a huge detour through Kazakhstan but at last I’m here. I’ve dreamt about visiting Moscow for over a decade, I wanted a photo in front of St Basil’s...
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