Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

A Travel Guide to Soviet Kharkiv, Ukraine

Derzhprom in Kharkiv, Ukraine from a Soviet Travel Guide to Kharkiv

I remember the moment that I booked that train to Kharkiv from Kyiv’s central station.  I wasn’t sure what I was doing, but I knew I had wanted to head east and Kharkiv just seemed like the obvious option.  I booked my ticket a few weeks in advance on the ‘fast train’, but I never […]

Thoughts and Photos from My Time in Chernobyl and Pripyat

My first trip to Ukraine was all the way back in 2011.  I say ‘all the way’ back because, unless you have been ignoring all major world news in recent years, you surely have heard about the revolution that took place in Ukraine and is still unraveling today.   Ukraine in 2011 is a very […]

Tallinn to Helsinki Ferry: Cruising Across the Baltic Sea with Tallink Megastar

It took me eight years of living in Europe to take a Baltic ferry.  I have visited the Baltics and Nordics so many times (I mean, I lived in Norway for four years!), but I never seemed to hop aboard a ship and sail to my next destination; it was all about the plane journey.  […]

11 Amazing Things to do in Druskininkai, Lithuania’s Spa Town

Druskininkai, Lithuania Travel Guide: Unusual Things to Do in a Lithuania Spa Town blue church

Are you looking for the best things to do in Druskininkai, Lithuania? This guide will help you out! I first heard of Druskininkai, Lithuania from my friends from Belarus.  This Lithuania spa town sits fairly close to the Belarussian and Polish borders and is situated along the Nemunas River, Lithuania’s largest river, which also passes […]

Tallinn Cafes: Where to Find The Best Coffee in Tallinn, Estonia

I have been to Tallinn several times throughout the years. The city is ever-changing and always presents me with something new, even if I never properly explored it the way I like to explore cities until my most recent trip. I had heard that Tallinn’s coffee scene had really exploded in recent years and I […]