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Belgrade Base – Three Black Catz hostel/apartment review

Sometimes you meet hostel owners who really deserve all the success in the world. Mladen and his wife at The Three Black Catz in Belgrade are two such people. Battling never-ending Serb government bureaucracy and making their visitors feel as welcome as possible. Tweet
Manga Hostel Belgrade, single bedroom

Accommodation in Belgrade – Manga Hostel review

There’s a wide range of possible accommodation in Serbia’s capital city but budget travellers can certainly find some lovely places to explore Belgrade from. I really enjoyed the Manga Hostel. Tweet

Places I love, Issue 4: Torrevieja

It should probably read ‘Places I loved‘ because it’s been ten years since I visited Torrevieja. But the memories still inform me and grip me, so it is still love. Tweet

Places I love, Issue 3: Barcelona

I fell in love with Barcelona during a school trip in 1999. Since then I’ve visited three more times and always keep finding fascinating new things to see and do. The first visit was a good grounding because I was shepherded around by teachers, along with thirty or forty other pupils from my college. We […]

Places I love, Issue 2: Wastwater, Cumbria

Wastwater is the deepest lake in the UK. It is fringed by the highest mountain in England, Sca Fell Pike, and a numerous smaller peaks such as Great Gable. The entire southern shore is a scree slope falling below Illgill Head. There is a YHA hostel at the west end of the lake and this […]

The Big Bucket list

After seeing countless lists of places to visit before you die/before you reach 30/if you can log off the net and actually get out there, I thought I’d add my tuppence-worth with some slightly different places I want to visit. If anyone reads this then feel free to comment and offer up other places. If […]
The length of the Trans-Mongolian train as we pass through northern China

The Trans-Mongolian experience

I’m sitting in the basement bar of our hotel sipping a cold beer (first cold one for many days) and reflecting on the past week on a train. It’s been amazing. As soon as we arrived at Yaroslavl train station in Moscow we met Mats (Swede), Rob and Tim (Dutch). They were wandering around checking […]
Christ The Saviour Cathedral, Moscow


So, when I left this last I said we arrived in Moscow and immediately fell into fear and panic, I’ll elaborate now. Tweet