Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

Riga Sightseeing: 10 Unusual Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

Riga Sightseeing: 10 Unusual Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

While Riga is famous for its nightlife, lip-smacking dishes, the Central Market and Vecriga (the Old Town), there are other jaw-dropping spots not everyone recommends to tourists. If you haven’t still eaten those baked piragis or potato pancakes to heart full, pack them up- I am taking you on a tour of unusual things to […]

Slavutych, Ukraine: The Soviet City Built for Chernobyl Refugees

Housing block in Slavutych, Ukraine

I have witnessed the Chernobyl disaster go from being a globally-recognized mass tragedy to a clichéd source of trite tourism where travelers go in with their cameras hugging their hips, all ready to shoot the perfect photo (which has inevitably been taken 3,790 times already that same month) for bragging rights about how they visited such a creepy […]

Duga: The Russian Woodpecker inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Soviets never did anything in an unostentatious manner.  Not even radars that were supposed to be kept a secret from the rest of the world.  Such is the case with “Duga” (meaning “arc” in English), commonly known as the Russian Woodpecker. I have long had a desire to travel to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. […]