Category Archives: Central & Eastern Europe

Impressions from Zaporizhia, Ukraine

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Zaporizhia, Zaporozhye, Zaporizhzhya.  I typically spell cities on this site according to what people are searching for on Google, not how I would normally spell it on an everyday basis.  As it turns out, no one is searching for Zaporizhia.  Made that one easy… Zaporizhia is a city in the Zaporizhia Oblast in eastern Ukraine.  With […]

6 Must-Have Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

6 Soviet Architecture Books for Your Coffee Table

If you come and hang out at my apartment, you will be quick to realize that I have a coffee table full of Soviet architecture books and a bookshelf filled with other types of reads that pertain to the same era.  These are my favorite books about Soviet architecture that you can order for yourself […]

50 Fantastic Things to Do in Kyiv, Ukraine – My Favorite City in the World

Things to do in Kiev, Ukraine (Kyiv) saint michaels monastery

Kyiv, Ukraine. My absolute favorite city in the world. I have spent quite a bit of time in the Ukrainian capital and every time I am there, I fall more and more in love with the city. I am constantly getting emails about what to do in Kyiv, so I thought I’d finally take the […]

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.  […]

Best Hotels in Kazan, Russia: Budget, Mid-Range, and Luxury Accommodation

The World Cup is less than a year away and I have decided to use this blog space to create some helpful guides for those looking to travel to some of the lesser-known cities in Russia for the event.  I’ve only spent a short amount of time in Russia over the years and decided to […]

A Travel Guide to Soviet Kiev, Ukraine

(I will preface this by saying that if you’re offended that I am spelling Kyiv as “Kiev”, please pretend it is spelled the way you prefer throughout; I am spelling it the way most locals do and most travelers search for the name for the sake of this post alone.  On the other hand, don’t […]