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…

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…

Monday in Amsterdam: In The City of Canals

When I arrived in the Schiphol Airport at 10.55 PM Sunday evening, I could immediately smell it. Cannabis. Cannabis was in the air, everywhere. I had arrived in the Netherlands, more precisely in its capital city, Amsterdam, one of the only places on Earth where selling and using cannabis is legal. As a child, I’d often travelled to the Netherlands with my family, but only…

Hiking the Day Away in Berat

It was almost 1.30 AM when we went to bed after a fun night in Saranda, and only then I thought of checking the timetable for the busses to Berat the next day… To my great annoyance, it only leaves twice a day from Saranda, at 8 AM and 2.30 PM. If I caught the later one, I would arrive in Berat just after sunset,…

On The Albanian Riviera: Saranda, Ksamil and Butrint

After finishing up my explorations of Gjirokastra, I went to the bus station at 12 AM and caught a minibus to Saranda, the next stop on my itinerary, for 300 lei (2,5 USD). Saranda is a small city situated on the open sea gulf of the Ionian Sea in the Mediterranean. It’s the gateway to the Albanian Riviera and famous sights such as the beach…

Arriving in Albania and Exploring Gjirokastra

After not travelling solo for almost a year (last time was Mongolia in April/May!), it was finally time for me to head off on my own again for 4 days of solo explorations in the Eastern European country of Albania, on March 18th. I’ve always been fascinated by the east, and Albania has especially piqued my interest, because of how unknown and unexplored it is…

Discovering Iran: An 18-Day Round-Up

On January 12th, Steve and I embarked on a journey through the magnificent country of Iran. For 18 days, we travelled around the country, exploring new places every day and getting to know and understand the unique Iranian culture. We travelled for 5.700 km, explored 7 cities, visited many tiny villages, ticked off 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discovered some of the most amazing…

Wintery Days in the Northerly City of Tabriz

At 2 PM on January 25th, we caught a night bus from Shiraz, and 20 hours later, at 10 AM on January 26th, we arrived in Tabriz, a city in the far northwest corner of Iran. Tabriz is a long way out of the loop of Iran that we had been doing, but we wanted to experience a completely different part of the country as…

The Cultural Heritage of Fars: To Persepolis and Beyond

On our second and last day in Shiraz, we arranged to go on a day trip with Australian Qail and Spanish Itziar to four extremely interesting cultural sights: the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae, the ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam, the ancient rock carvings of Naqsh-e Rajab and the famous site of Persepolis, an ancient ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. We hired a taxi…

Out of Kerman: A Day Trip to Bam, Rayen and Mahan

Continuing our tours in the area around Kerman, the day after exploring the Lut Desert, our driver took us to three interesting historical sites; The ancient citadel of Bam, the ancient castle of Rayen and the 18th century Persian Garden of Shazdeh in Mahan. Arg-e Bam – The Ancient Citadel of Bam Arg-e Bam dates back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC), although most…