Backpacking in Finland: Staying at the Euro Hostel, Helsinki

After catching up with my friends in the town of Jarvenpaa, I headed back to Helsinki by train and decided to book into the coolest backpackers hostel in the city – Eurohostel. Why is it the coolest? Because it’s the hottest! It comes with a free sauna every morning, for those up early enough. So Read more about Backpacking in Finland: Staying at the Euro Hostel, Helsinki[…]

Friday’s Featured Food: Deep Fried Mars Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland

You have to admire the Scottish even if you don’t love them. They have quirky off the wall stuff that will only ever be relevant in Scotland. OK, and occassionally the Northern Irish will dig them too. One such delicacy on the Friday’s Featured Food corner is the deep fried Mars Bar! I’d already toured Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Deep Fried Mars Bar in Edinburgh, Scotland[…]

Macau’s Casinos: Gaming and Beyond

The world’s most lucrative gaming hub, Macau, is an ever-expanding metropolis of glitzy casinos. From themed venues and established brands, to online operators taking a punt in the world of brick and mortar gaming, the Asian gambling capital has it all. I’ve backpacked my way through the city country state a couple of times over Read more about Macau’s Casinos: Gaming and Beyond[…]

Staying at the Hotel Shnelli in Tallinn, Estonia

I based myself in Tallinn and Parnu in Estonia before heading north on the ferry to Finland. I got my fix of backpacking and hosteling from the wonderful Euphoria Hostel and then I decided on my own room for a night so I could get some closed eye and some work done. I looked no Read more about Staying at the Hotel Shnelli in Tallinn, Estonia[…]

Backpacking in Estonia: Staying at Euphoria Hostel, Tallinn

After loving Lithuania and ahem passing through Latvia, I found myself in Estonia for the first time in January 2015. I first headed to the capital city Tallinn and I spent my first three nights in the best hostel in town – quirky, vibrant, happy and youthful, the Euphoria Hostel is the place to stay Read more about Backpacking in Estonia: Staying at Euphoria Hostel, Tallinn[…]

World Borders: How to Get from Lithuania to Latvia (Bus from Siauliai to Riga)

Believe it or not, this journey was my first ever land border crossing in the Baltics. I had crossed other ex-Soviet nations by land of course (Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, Georgia and Azerbaijan) but having explored Lithuania, it was time to head north into Latvia, where I had previously been back in 2007. My final stop Read more about World Borders: How to Get from Lithuania to Latvia (Bus from Siauliai to Riga)[…]

Staying at the Boutique Hotel Man Tess in Old Town Riga, Latvia

My return to Latvia demanded a decent hotel. You might have read that first time around I didn’t warm to the Latvian capital city of Riga. That time I also stayed a wee bit outside the old town. So this time, I knew I’d be arriving by bus from Siauliai in Lithuania so I wanted Read more about Staying at the Boutique Hotel Man Tess in Old Town Riga, Latvia[…]

World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania

This edition of World Borders is slightly wacky and different from the usual suspects. The reason is I crossed into the self declared arty Republic of Uzupis whilst remaining all the time within the same city, Vilnius housed in the country of Lithuania. The Republic of Uzupis has been in existence since 1998. It has Read more about World Borders: How To Get To The Republic of Uzupis Within Vilnius, Lithuania[…]