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…

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…

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 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…