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Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

Embracing The Beautiful Baltics

My entire trip around Europe stemmed from one idea – to visit my former colleague Helen in Estonia, where she is now studying. Before then, I had never given much thought to this tiny country. But from that small wish, I found myself exploring some beautiful countries I don’t think I would have done otherwise, as, determined to see as much as I could in my limited time, I tagged on visits to Lithuania and Latvia en route to Estonia,…

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Krakow: History Among the Snow

Krakow: History Among the Snow

If I thought Berlin was cold, Krakow was a shock to the system. Before heading off on this trip I knew I wasn’t going to be basking in glorious sunshine, but the change in temperature from balmy southern France was a struggle to cope with. I’d packed layers upon layers, sturdy walking boots that would be able to cope with ice and snow, and treated myself to a properly insulated jacket. But the cold has a way of creeping in…

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Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

Auschwitz: A Warning to Humanity, Still and For Ever

How does one write about a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau? Anything that can be said seems trite and obvious. But one cannot make a trip there without coming away with something. I’ve found it very hard to put into words how I feel about what happened. It was the most harrowing and awful few hours of my life. Yet I left. I was there as a visitor. As a tourist. The cold I experienced that day was nothing compared to how…

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48 Hours in Berlin

48 Hours in Berlin

My journey to Berlin was a stressful one, filled with cancelled trains, controlled explosions leading to missed connections and an unexpected diversion into Switzerland. By the time I made it to my hostel, I was absolutely shattered, aching and pretty stinky. I had planned on having a drink, chilling out and prepping for the next day but instead I grabbed a much-needed shower and collapsed into my bed. The hostel was freezing that night – thankfully one of my dorm…

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