Valentine’s Day in Mostar

It was Valentines Day the day I went to Mostar, and it was likely the best Valentines Day I’ve had in years, despite the lack of flowers and chocolate. In Sarajevo it was snowing and cold that day, and for a moment I considered not going to Mostar, thinking that it might be miserable and…

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Among the Roses of Sarajevo

I really wasn’t sure what to expect of Bosnia, just that I know I’ve wanted to go to Sarajevo for years. I don’t know what initially peaked my interest in Sarajevo, whether it was a film or a news story or a novel, but for whatever reason, it’s been on the top of my list…

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The Little Things That Nobody Tells You About Life Abroad

There are a lot of things you’ll think about and plan out before you move abroad; you’ll plan how much money to bring along, what jobs are available in the country, and what the currency will be. You’ll look into places to visit, museums to see, what transportation might look like, and what basic words…

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A Month in Budapest

So now that I’ve been living in Budapest for a month now, I feel it’s time to share some initial impressions, experiences and suggestions for exploring this beautiful city. First of all, Budapest isn’t a very big city, at least not compared to many of the cities I’ve been in. It’s easy enough to get…

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A Long Weekend in Bulgaria

I haven’t met too many people who have been to Bulgaria, and even less who make it a top travel priority. For me, there was a bit of sentimental value to the place, as my late aunt’s father was from this city. My mother and my aunt were half sisters, and I’m told that my…

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Balloons and Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia

There aren’t too many places I’ve been where I feel as though I’ve stepped onto another world. I feel that welcome unfamiliarity when I’m diving at times, but I can’t recall another time on land that I’ve felt that I was in a place so foreign as I did in Cappadocia. Although it is only…

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Boating in Oman

From Dubai the border to Oman is a relatively short drive in various directions, and to the Sha’am border in the northern tip of Oman it takes about two hours. The drive is easy and smooth, and there is a whole bunch of seemingly unending desert to stare aimlessly into on the way. The drive…

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Tips for Tourists in Istanbul

Here is a brief list of some things you should keep in mind on the very touristy historical side as a tourist; Don’t talk to strangers, they all want to sell you something; or if you DO talk to strangers, keep your wits about you. If you intend to visit any mosques, bring a scarf…

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