The Marvelous Madness that is Marrakech, Morocco

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Morocco was always on my bucket list, but when I came across a photo of this decadent hostel (with a pool, hello) I just knew I had to go. That’s how much I love a good hostel. So, I enlisted my Euro travel buddy and after a short visit to her family in Spain we hopped on a plane to Marrakech. We paid a whopping $12 for a our flight. So…ya know, that was a stretch of the pocket book.

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Sarajevo (& Mostar), Bosnia and Herzegovina

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This past weekend’s adventure…I barely know where to begin it was so intense, action-packed, and at times life threatening. Okay, I suppose I’ll start off by stating that Sarajevo is, without a doubt, my favourite Balkan city. It is absolutely beautiful and compared to Pristina…it’s an actual real city (though to be fair to Pristina, it was not originally built to be a capital city).

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Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

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Whilst living in Pristina, weekends away are nearly compulsory. Don’t get me wrong, Pristina is grand…there just isn’t a whole lot to do if you’re around at every weekend. Additionally, as someone hailing from a littoral zone, I need regular body-of-water fixes. So this weekend’s destination was Lake Ohrid in eastern Macedonia.

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Eco Camping in Atlantid Beach, Albania

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Since my last stream of posts (aside from the previous post which I realised I had ready and waiting in the drafts folder for months), I moved from California to Pristina, Kosovo. After being home for majority of the last year and a half, I was suffering from coastal withdrawals so for my second weekend living here my best friend, her colleague, and I went off on a weekend adventure to the Albanian coast for an eco camping experience and adding number 44 to my country count.

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San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

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There are so many amazing little towns to explore throughout Tuscany and deciding which one is no easy task – we landed on San Gimignano largely because of our time constraints (we only had the weekend). And well, it’s pretty darn picturesque. However, it is an itty bitty town so there aren’t loads of things to do within the city walls so we ventured out to a local winery and we were not disappointed!

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Florence, Italy

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After a day in Rome all to myself, I headed to the Termini and hopped on a train to Florence to meet a close mate from our grad school days in London. Both having studied abroad in Italy during our undergrads, we’d done our fair shares of meandering from northern to southern Italy. I hadn’t been to Florence since 2008 so was quite excited to have a refresher. Here’s what I’ve gotten up to in Florence over the years…

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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”

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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