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…

Discovering Luxembourg City: The Most Underrated European Capital

It was early hours in the morning when I arrived in Luxembourg City. 2.15 AM to be precise. I hadn’t booked a hostel, as I figured I could sleep on the 6-hour bus ride and then just wait in the hostel lobby until morning. But alas, I didn’t catch one minute of sleep on the bus, so I was absolutely knackered when I made it…

A Cycling Trip Through the Southeast of Bornholm

Weekend time is sightseeing time! I’ve spent three weeks on Bornholm, but only had two free days to fully explore some of the gems of the island. Although I’ve also made the most of my weekday afternoons, discovering areas close to Åkirkeby, I felt like I really had to make the most of those two weekend days! So, on the Saturday I decided to bike…

A Visit to the 2,500-Year-Old Red Village of Abyaneh

On our second day in Kashan, we wanted to get out of the city and explore some of the nearby gems. Getting a taxi is generally not the cheapest option in Iran and busses rarely go to smaller places, so booking a tour was necessary. There were a lot of things that we wanted to see, including a salt lake, a desert and the red…

Discovering the Ancient City of Kashan

After a hectic morning of trying to get to the bus station in Tehran, first in the over-crowded metro and then in a taxi, we caught a bus to the city of Kashan, located 240 km. south of Tehran. The bus was a huge positive surprise, as the comfort level and service was really good, even better than western busses in my opinion – and…

An Evening of Festivities in Khujand

Our last destination on our travels through Tajikistan was Khujand, an ancient Silk Road city, which dates back about 2,500 years. Just like Osh in Kyrgyzstan, Khujand is one of the most important cities in the culturally diverse Ferghana Valley. It’s also the second largest city in Tajikistan and, in my opinion, the most interesting one. We had a full day of travelling from Dushanbe…

Girona: The Overshadowed City

Girona, an ancient Catalan city founded in 79 BC, is a beautiful pearl in the Northeastern corner of Spain. But given its close location to the city of Barcelona, Girona is often greatly underrated and overshadowed by its majorly famous big brother. Being one of the major cities in Catalonia with a population of 97.000, Girona has a lot to offer and never fails to…

Exploring Helsinki and Suomenlinna Island

After a couple of nice days on the island of Gotland, it was time to head to Finland, which would be the last destination on my Nordic journey, before heading back to my home in Denmark. Originally, I had planned to go to Northern Finland after Lofoten, but since it was too snowy for my tent and the hostels in the area were too expensive,…