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Backpacking in Kaliningrad: Top 25 Sights in Kaliningrad City

“Damn my education, I can’t find the words to say for all the things caught in my mind” – Noel Gallagher. This was a magical place – Kaliningrad. Another travel dream of mine and another chance to add another ex-Soviet Union country or region to my growing repertoire. Also, this marked the end of my Read more about Backpacking in Kaliningrad: Top 25 Sights in Kaliningrad City[…]

World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

Crossing world borders still has intrigue for me. It’s the adrenalin buzz and excitement of it all. As a Northern Irish nationalist, I love separatism and I detest land borders like Belgium to Netherlands. Where basically you have no idea which country you are in – you even use the same currency and don’t get Read more about World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)[…]

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Backpacking in Kaliningrad: My Wacky Stay at the Crazy Dog Hostel in Kaliningrad City

“You’re turning every modern theory on its head” – Gruff Rhys. Things are always a bit wacky with me. A little bit left of the middle, a bit obscure and a tad crazy. I just don’t buy any concept of normal because life is too short for silly billy rules. So when I heard about Read more about Backpacking in Kaliningrad: My Wacky Stay at the Crazy Dog Hostel in Kaliningrad City[…]

Staying at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia

My Perfect Stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia

When I finally crossed the border from Poland into Kaliningrad in August 2016, I was looking forward to my stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center. At the third time of asking, I secured an amazing 4 day visa for Kaliningrad. I was able to collect my visa on the border and get ready to explore. Read more about My Perfect Stay at the Ibis Kaliningrad Center in Kaliningrad, Russia[…]

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How to Get A 72 Hour Kaliningrad Visa While Based in Gdańsk, Poland

There are always a few tough beasts to crack in the visa world as we backpack it hardcore. Russia is a tough enough one to get, but luckily I have been there years ago (2007) so at least have experienced some of Russia and I will be back. I have written about my top 20 Read more about How to Get A 72 Hour Kaliningrad Visa While Based in Gdańsk, Poland[…]

Coffee Sinking and Transiting in Russia: My Brief Return to Moscow

“So catch the next flight to leave Moscow” – Manic Street Preachers. It’s another live blog post, here from Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow’s massive transport hub. I haven’t been to this airport since I started this travel blog, it was 2007 when I was last here. I also haven’t been to Moscow since 2007 either. But Read more about Coffee Sinking and Transiting in Russia: My Brief Return to Moscow[…]

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Friday’s Featured Food: A Russian Feast (Kind of) in Moscow, Russia

I’m on a roll with Moscow and Russia reminiscing this week. I literally make a list of all the posts I want to write and bomb through them. Having talked about things to do in Moscow yesterday, today I reminisce on my first meal in Moscow in Russia. Basically a starter, a main course and Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: A Russian Feast (Kind of) in Moscow, Russia[…]

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Top 6 Things to see and do in Moscow, Russia

Well Russia – it’s been a while. It was almost 6 years since I took my backpack to Moscow in Russia and set about sightseeing in this immense historic capital city. Finally then and just cos (deliberate “working class typing error” there) I’m off to Azerbaijan soon (an ex Soviet state), better late than never Read more about Top 6 Things to see and do in Moscow, Russia[…]