TURKEY: Istanbul – Mosques Everywhere You Look

Posted by on Aug 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
TURKEY: Istanbul – Mosques Everywhere You Look

The first thing I was expecting when I arrived in Istanbul were crowds and filth. Surprisingly I found neither. Instead I found clean streets, orderly shops, and nice restaurants. The only crowded area was to be expected at the Topkapi Palace or the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon. My first day was quite productive since […]

BULGARIA: Sofia – A Pleasant And Economical Capital City

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
BULGARIA: Sofia – A Pleasant And Economical Capital City

My experience here in Sofia has been more than satisfying and a breath of fresh air. The hotel owners, waitresses, and people on the street here have all been courteous and helpful. Thankfully, I finally hooked up with the walking tour before I take off for Istanbul tomorrow. I just wish I had a few […]

ALBANIA & MACEDONIA: Tirana & Skopje

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
ALBANIA & MACEDONIA: Tirana & Skopje

                        TIRANA, ALBANIA WAR MEMORIAL   Enver Hoxha Pyramid – The Dilapidated, Never-Used Mausoleum Of The Dictator A Garish remnant of the communist era that has gone through many incarnations has now degraded into a crumbling, graffiti magnet that now awaits renovation or demolition. […]

KOSOVO : Prizren – Film Festival 2015

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
KOSOVO : Prizren – Film Festival 2015

According to Serbia, Kosovo doesn’t even exist, but thankfully this is not the consensus according to the United Nations so I am able to include it on my list of countries visited. In fact one of the few advantages of the fractured Yugoslavia is that you can visit so many countries so cheaply in a […]

SERBIA: Belgrade – Bully of the Balkans

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
SERBIA: Belgrade – Bully of the Balkans

Belgrade: Bully of the Balkans Upon arriving in Belgrade, I noticed that the bully had taken a bit of a beating. The town was quite shabby, and that much of the bombing that Nato undertook went unrepaired. It’s a mostly filthy capital city with scruffy graffiti riddled buildings, showing the by-products of financial sanctions. It has […]

BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA: Sarajevo – A Place of Religious Tolerance!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA: Sarajevo – A Place of Religious Tolerance!

Aside from the food being sensational and cheap, this town had a lot of surprises that I did not expect. Although ignorant of much of this region’s recent history I got quite a lesson today which helped me to really appreciate this town. My hostel host, Haris, gave a super private tour with myself and […]

MONTENEGRO: Kotor – Day Tripper

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments
MONTENEGRO: Kotor – Day Tripper

Rather than fight the crowds and the stifling heat back in Dubrovnik, I opted for a day trip to Montenegro. I managed to avoid the crowds, but the temperature problem was another thing altogether. However, that was pretty much my fault since I decided to climb up quickly to yet another castle on a mountain […]