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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#SetHerFree – Protesting for the closure of Immigration Detention Centres in the UK

For the last two weeks I've found it exhausting and incredibly painful to walk for longer than five minutes due to a stress fracture, so, despite it getting a little better, I made the rather sad, but sensible decision not to go to Return from Strength Fest in Querfurt, Germany this weekend.  Still, I was determined …

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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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