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To Brest and Beyond: Biking through Europe’s Oldest Forest

After many hours on a train from Minsk, I arrived in Brest at 8 PM on a Thursday evening, and went straight to my hostel to get some sleep, after having two nights of only four and five hours sleep (thanks to the Danes who persuaded me into having beers). I had one main reason for going all the way to Brest, a city located…

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On the Hunt for UNESCO Sites: Visiting Mir Castle Complex in Belarus

I’m a huge fan of the UNESCO organization and the work they do for securing some of the world’s cultural and natural heritage as well as preserving human rights throughout the world. Whenever I travel, I always make it a goal to see as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way as possible. Before coming to Belarus, I’d already visited 59 UNESCO sites all…

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To the North of Belarus: Visiting Braslav Lakes National Park

On my first full day in Belarus, I was eager to get out of Minsk and explore some of the beautiful nature that the country has to offer. When researching Belarus, I came across the Braslav Lakes National Park. This national park consists of 300 lakes, over 100 islands and many hectares of pine forests. This unique landscape was shaped by the latest glacial period…

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Discovering Minsk: The Vibrant Capital of Belarus

Belarus has long been known as the hardest country to get into as a tourist in Europe, even harder than Russia, with its complicated and expensive visa requirements. For that reason, the country has seen limited tourism over the years, but all that is about to change. In February this year, Belarus introduced a new visa-free regime, allowing citizens from 80 countries (including all EU…

Gásadalur, Faroe Islands

Third Semester Travels: Much More of Europe

Third semester at uni has just begun, and it’s all very exciting, but I’m already feeling the need for travel. As much as I love archaeology, I simply don’t function without travel. So whenever I have the chance, I grab it – and I’m off to somewhere new or somewhere old and treasured. I’ve done it my two previous semesters. During the first semester, I…