A Bit Aboot Vancouver, Canada

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I’ve only got a wee bit of insight into Vancouver as I only tacked it on to my trip to Seattle and Bellingham for my flatmate’s wedding, but what a lovely two days I spent there! I caught the train, my preferred method of travel when possible, from Bellingham to Vancouver (the views weren’t half bad).  Upon arriving at the train station in Vancouver, its a six minute walk over to the metro which you can then catch to downtown Vancouver. On the return leg I caught the metro to the bus station and took a bus back to Seattle (not as great as the train, but certainly cost effective).

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Continuing on from Kotor, Montenegro I hopped on a two-ish hour bus (just depends on how long the queue is across the border) to Dubrovnik. You’ll want to stay awake for this drive – the road hugs the curves of the hills and affords you a spanning view of the sea. From the bus station, you can take another quick bus that lets you off outside the city walls by the Pile Gate. Continue reading “Dubrovnik, Croatia”

Kotor, Montenegro

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As I previously said, official bus routes and schedules are difficult to find online in the Balkans, so prior to my journey to Kotor I popped over to the bus station in Pristina and secured my bus journey. I left on the 19:00 bus from Pristina, which got me into Podgorica at half 3…in the morning (I like the time saving aspect of overnight buses, but I can imagine the views during the day on this bus journey are spectacular as you drive up and over a massive mountain). The Kosova man sitting next to me who spoke English warned me that the last time he made this journey, he could swear the bus station wasn’t open. GREAT. So, I’m picturing myself sitting outside a bus station in the middle of the night, by myself, freezing my bum off, with rabid dogs running about. Continue reading “Kotor, Montenegro”

Pristina (and other bits), Kosovo

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I recently returned from an absolutely lovely holiday. I did my obligatory visits to England, Italy, and Belgium, but the best part was finally exploring round the Balkans! As with most my trips to Europe, I used London as my home base – friends flats to store my bigger suitcase and dirt cheap intercontinental flights make it ideal. My main aim was to make it to Pristina to visit a dear friend of mine from my grad school and the cheapest I found was a flight from London to Skopje, Macedonia via Wizz Air (Tirana, Albania was also an option as there are buses from pretty much any point A to point B you might need). The flight cost me a whopping $35.

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