Hardcore Travel. Hardcore Worldwide

I'm not talking about extreme or dangerous travel. I'm talking music... Hardcore; with its heavy riffs that spark off some crazy internal surge of intensity - seemingly out of no-where, an emotional explosion, when everything stops, nothing matters and it's just THIS. You either get THIS, or you don't. I listen to, and love a lot of types …

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Sunshine & snowcaps in Sofia

A few months ago a friend suggested we go away for a weekend. I already had a few trips planned, and am trying to save, but, (un)surprisingly I agreed. Georgia & Belarus were tempting, but no direct flights would cut into an already small budget & exploration time. Bulgaria ticked all the boxes; interesting history, beautiful scenery as well …

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Skopje. Smiles & statues

Usually I remember the lightbulb moment I think ‘yes. I am going there,’ and decide roughly when & start obsessively looking at flights and accommodation. Strangely, and sadly, I don’t remember this for Skopje. I hadn’t seen friends pictures, I didn’t know anything about it’s history, but can only imagine I ... < STOPPED THERE. …

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Srebrenica Genocide, July 1995

During July 1995 between 8000-9000 Bosnian-Muslim (mainly) men and boys (also known as Bosniaks) were massacred in and around the area of Srebrenica. This was genocide. I've written a short summary of the events leading up to and during the massacres at the end, but primarily wanted to write about my experience of visiting the …

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Communist Theme Parks, Street Beers & Chicken Goblet Men

I left J & N and headed over to VVT Park, formally VDNKh; ‘the Exhibition of National Economic Achievement.’ I was told I’d find it interesting as it was full of old Soviet statues. It also houses the 'infamous' (as I'd read) ‘worker and collective farm girl' statue, which I actually never managed to find …

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