Summer, summer, summertime in Odessa

Went down to the beach on my lunch today and even though it was still warm enough to lay out and swim, I can feel autumn coming in harder, faster, […]

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster

And guess what? This bad boy (otherwise known as Reactor 4) still hasn’t been fixed. Built in a hurry back in 1986, the “sarcophagus” now covering the burnt reactor was […]

This One Time, in Belgrade…

There was this dude DJing… He wasn’t that great but the crowd was going crazy so I thought I’d walk to the front of the stage to get a better […]

From the Baltics to the Balkans

My latest trips have taken me through 6 countries and 9 cities so let me just summarize what’s to come: Tallinn, Estonia Riga, Valmiera and Cēsis, Latvia Vilnius, Lithuania Warsaw, […]

How Couchsurfing Changed My Life (and Possibly Saved It)

I found out about Couchsurfing a few months before I started my travels and was dying to try it out. Kind of. I loved the concept and was excited to […]

Five of My Favorite Things in Warsaw, Poland

I had a feeling this might happen; I’ve fallen in love with Warszawa (vahr–shah-vah, sounds so much nicer, doesn’t it?). Warsaw is the capital of Poland, yet for some reason […]

Christmastime in Cracow

Munich. Prague. Vienna. Bratislava. Copenhagen. Traveling around in Europe I was well aware that this is where some of the best Christmas markets in the world take place each year. […]

Hanging With Gypsy Punks in Warsaw, Poland

I got to hang out with some of my favorite gypsies EVER in Warsaw the other night. Gogol Bordello is probably one of the best live acts I have ever […]

Lviv: Ukrainian Mind, European Heart

Good news, Lviv is alive and well! I was worried I might not see the city for what it was because the first time I tried visiting everything was closed […]

Welcome to rainy Polandia…

This is the Polish/Ukrainian border. Pretty depressing. Luckily we only had to sit here for two hours while officials from each country checked our passports and luggage to make sure […]

10 Seconds in Chernobyl

Here is a sneak peak at the craziest daytrip I have ever taken. 10 seconds, 20 seconds…basically however long you spend staring at the photos. Chernobyl and its aftermath has […]

Golden Kiev: The Churches and Cathedrals of Ukraine’s Capital

Kiev has really impressed me. A couple of months ago when I first started looking into visiting, I forecasted quite accurately a city full of traditional Kievan Rus churches topped […]

I’m obsessed with…Georgian food

Went to Nikala, a Georgian food restaurant, in Kiev last night. It was my first experience with Georgian food and it was a great success. ღორის ქადა Salati (salad) Just […]

Welcome to Kiev!

Woooooooow! I have to say, I am quite impressed with what I have seen from the city so far. I had no idea I would like it this much! It’s […]

I Left My Heart in Odessa, Ukraine

My trip to Ukraine started off a bit crazy. Swine Flu Mania was sweeping the country and I was forced to learn the hard way how Ukrainian politicians garnered support […]

I’m obsessed with…Pepper Vodka & Grapefruit Juice

You must try this now! It is like a party in your mouth. Don’t worry, I always wanted to vomit when I thought about pepper flavored vodka, too. Nevertheless, I […]

Хурма are so hot right now

Хурма (khurma): street name…PERSIMMONS I thought these things being sold on every street corner in Odessa were just scary tomatoes, but actually it is a very delicious fruit that I […]

Odessa, the film star

I didn’t know anything about Odessa before I came except that it was where one of the most famous scenes in film history took place. In Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, […]

Drinking Gogol-Mogol at Гоголь Моголь

I finally got to try Ukraine’s version of eggnog called “Gogol-Mogol” at Odessa’s famous cafe Gogol-Mogol (Гоголь-Моголь). It’s probably 2,000 calories a glass, but sooooo tasty! Gogol Mogol – Ukrainian […]

Panic on the Streets of Ukraine

Three hours before I was supposed to fly out of Sweden to begin my journey into Ukraine, I received this message from one girl whose couch I had requested to […]