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The Sights and Smells of Sarajevo

The Sights and Smells of Sarajevo

Sarajevo smells good. It smells like your neighbour’s house that you walk past every day on your way home from work, which makes your stomach rumble. It smells like warm burek, fresh from the oven. It smells like strong Bosnian coffee. It smells like double apple shisha. It smells of the smoke from your freshly … Continue reading

Memories of Mostar

Memories of Mostar

“New Zealand?” asked the customs agent. “Let me check if you need a visa to enter,” he said as he walked away with out passports. My heart sank, I knew I didn’t need a visa. Last time border control walked away with my passport (I’m looking at you Cambodia) I ended up paying a ransom … Continue reading

Discovering Dubrovnik

Discovering Dubrovnik

I knew a bit about Dubrovnik before I went there: it’s the tourist capital of Croatia and a cruise ship hub, the old town is full of day-trippers from all the cruise ships that stop there, it’s hot, it’s expensive (well not really unless you’re living in Spain like I was), it’s beautiful, you may … Continue reading

16 Hours in Split

16 Hours in Split

I like slow travel. I’m happy spending 5 days in one place, a week in the next and getting to know a place, not just hitting the main sights and telling people that I’ve “done” a place. My time in Croatia had to be a little bit different because I’d travelled too slowly through Slovenia … Continue reading

Let’s Go To Ljubljana

Let’s Go To Ljubljana

I should never have ended up in Ljubljana. When you look at a map and see how to get to the Greek Islands from Madrid, the best way is a cheap flight across the Mediterranean Sea. But for some reason, I thought that the best way would be to go almost the entire way by … Continue reading

An Afternoon Walking Around Europe

An Afternoon Walking Around Europe

It’s not everyday you have the time, money or energy to travel around Europe, even if you are lucky enough to be based in my beloved Madrid. In fact, if you are based somewhere like Madrid, you might prefer not to travel all the time because there is too much awesomeness to see here. However, … Continue reading

A Day in Cuenca

A Day in Cuenca

A town with houses hanging over the edge of a cliff. And what’s more, it’s a town under an hour from Madrid on the AVE. Yes, you should visit Cuenca to see its famous Casas Colgadas (hanging houses), but really there’s so much more to see. Of course, you’ll probably take a walk to the top of the … Continue reading

The Road Less Travelled in Morocco

The Road Less Travelled in Morocco

To Casablanca or not to Casablanca, that was the question. With 10 days to get from Rabat to Marrakesh and no plans, I had a big decision to make as our group headed in two different directions. Should I go north to very traditional Fez with its UNESCO medina and then to ride camels in … Continue reading

The Pull of Porto

The Pull of Porto

I’d been dreaming of moving to Spain ever since I got home from my university exchange in 2006. So naturally the first long weekend I got when I finally did move to Madrid, you’d imagine I’d spend it somewhere in Spain, right? Wrong. Thanks to some cheap Ryanair flights, a little bit of arm twisting … Continue reading