“I’ve never seen a waterfall.”  Twenty-year-old Manon casually mentions while we wait in the queue. “What? Never?” I question in astonishment. “Well Belgium isn’t exactly known for its waterfalls, is It.” she defends with a laugh. “A fair point.”  I concede, picturing Belgium’s flat terrain in my mind. I need a moment to process this.  I … Read More

It was bubbly Lou from England who first told me about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. “Some of it is really sad and some of it is really funny. It’s hard to explain but you must visit it!” She said as she ate lemon basil ice cream from one of her visits to Gelarto … Read More

How does one get from Budapest to Zagreb? I’m sure there are a number of ways but to find a way to get there via Lake Balaton proved extremely challenging to me. Nonetheless I eventually found a way and spending time by Lake Balaton was well worth the effort and an experience I wouldn’t have … Read More

I’ve enjoyed visiting Bratislava immensely and the friendly hostel staff, especially Marianne, have contributed in no small way to this, but I am becoming city exhausted and once again I feel the isolation of being invisible in a big city. I’d like to see a bit of Slovakia’s countryside and so I head to a town … Read More

It is only 80 kms to Bratislava from Vienna and I am travelling by train.  By now I have become quite proficient at dealing with the public transport system. It helps of course that Vienna’s train station is very modern and incredibly well signed in English so I navigate it with ease. Arriving in Bratislava, according … Read More

I’ve discovered that it’s not as easy to meander through Eastern Europe as it appears on a map. Public transport doesn’t always flow the way you’d like your route to and often leads back to a central point. For example, in the Czech Republic all roads eventually lead back to Prague! So trying to make … Read More