A Tale of Two Hostels/ February Backpacking Part Two: Carpe Noctem Vitae, Budapest

I’d nurtured romantic ideas of visiting Budapest for a long time before I got there. Looking back, I actually knew very little (if anything) about the city, and can only attribute this sense of longing to an enjoyment of George Ezra’s song of the same name. When we checked into Carpe Noctem Vitae — one… Read More A Tale of Two Hostels/ February Backpacking Part Two: Carpe Noctem Vitae, Budapest

A Tale of Two Hostels/ February Backpacking Part One: Wombats City Vienna

Wanderlust is an all-year-round thing. It doesn’t conveniently fall dormant in that awkward lull between the Christmas markets packing up and the sun returning its full heat to the European beach resorts. It doesn’t have a hibernation mode. So when the elves and I came to the end of our Lapland season (or what turned… Read More A Tale of Two Hostels/ February Backpacking Part One: Wombats City Vienna

Kolomenskoye, ‘A F*cking Fairytale’: Hungover Day-Tripping in Mosow #1

Okay, confession time. I’ve been in Moscow for over nine weeks, and I’m yet to do any ‘proper’ exploring. I spent my first week here shell-shocked and locked in my apartment, anxiety and disorientation kicking in big time. Then came work. Then came Christmas. Then work started up again. Week ten has come around surprisingly… Read More Kolomenskoye, ‘A F*cking Fairytale’: Hungover Day-Tripping in Mosow #1

‘What do you mean you’re moving to Moscow!?’: My first month of myth-busting and misadventure in Russia’s sleepless capital

If you’ve ever travelled anywhere, you probably noticed that everybody had something to say about it, whether they’ve been there or not. When I announced I was moving to Moscow, people had a bit more to say about it than usual. For reasons we can’t quite put our fingers on, Russia seems like a much… Read More ‘What do you mean you’re moving to Moscow!?’: My first month of myth-busting and misadventure in Russia’s sleepless capital