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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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It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

It’s never or now – I’m leaving on a jet plane

As some of you might know, I’ve spent the last few months bumming in the south of France with my mum and step dad, after quitting my job. It’s been just what I needed at this point in my life and while I could stay here forever, I don’t think it’s suitable long term plan, for many reasons. I’ve therefore decided that 2017 is going to be the year that I travel. And in a little over three weeks I…

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