Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

A Travel Guide to Soviet Dnipro, Ukraine

Old Circus building in Dnipro, Ukraine

Most travelers familiar with Eastern Europe are aware that the farther east you head in any of those countries, the more ‘Russified’ the place becomes.  This doesn’t necessarily stand true for Central Europe or the Balkans, two regions often classified as Eastern Europe (and it kind of bothers me), but rather for Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltics, […]

Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine: Quick Travel Guide to a City You Know Nothing About

Kryvyi Rih has always been on my Ukraine travel list.  In fact, I have almost traveled there on two different occasions prior to my actual trip there a little over a month ago.  The problem with the industrial, Eastern Ukrainian city is that it really isn’t a tourist hub.  But then again, neither was Dnipro.  […]

Craft Beer in Tallinn: Where to Drink Estonian Beer in the Capital

I have been on to the Estonian craft beer scene for years.  In Frankfurt, we actually get some decent craft beer from Estonia.  And, as someone who has traveled to Tallinn quite a few times, I have had ample opportunity to enjoy craft beer in Tallinn (and even over in Tartu)!  When I knew I […]

Exploring Jurmala in Winter

Twenty to thirty minutes away from Riga’s central train station is Jurmala, the largest seaside resort area in Latvia, as well as the Baltics.  I had actually heard a lot about Jurmala before visiting, which actually led me to not have the desire to visit the place as much as other areas in the country […]

One or Two Days in Kyiv Itinerary: A Guide for First-Time Visitors

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It is no question that if you read my blog, you will quickly discover that Kyiv, Ukraine is my favorite city in the world.  The energy and unpredictability of the city have me captivated each and every time I visit.  And I have been there at least twenty times over the years.  This is a […]