Category 'Moldova'

Don’t Listen To The Stereotypes, La

Every nationality in the world has stereotypes attached to them. Americans? Loud, uneducated, obnoxious. The French? Rude, and will refuse to speak English. The Chinese? No concept of personal space, will shout if they’re mere inches from your face. The British? Cold and standoffish. Folks from Burkina Faso? I have no idea, but there are probably stereotypes that exist from the Burkinabe in neighbouring nations.   They say there’s no smoke without fire, and stereotypes sometimes contain an element of…
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Balkan-ines: The Dogs Of Eastern Europe

If you were to turn on my laptop right now and take a snoop around, you’d probably come to the conclusion that I’m organised to the point of being slightly obsessive. I normally write blog posts way in advance, so the fact that I’m typing this the day before I intend to publish it is causing me to hyperventilate slightly. I have a good excuse, though: one of my best friends, Chevelle, has been visiting me for the past…
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7 Lovely Libations From Around The World

Recently, my fabulous blogger friend DJ wrote a post about a drink called sekamehu, a kind of Finnish juice drink that he had in, well, Finland. It sounded delicious, and that got me thinking about the beverages I’ve imbibed around the world. Some were delicious (more on those in a little while), some not so much, like the coconut juice I swilled down to try and rid my mouth of durian aftertaste, or what can only be described as…
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The Places That Surprised Me In 2013

It’s mid-late October. Year-end wrap up posts are slowly starting to trickle through and will no doubt be clogging up your various news feeds until January arrives. “But wait!” I hear you cry, “the year isn’t even over yet?!?” True true, dear friend, but I have no further travel plans until January, well not to anywhere new at least, so I’m starting early and getting one of my wrap-up posts done in advance. Hey, what can I say, I plan…
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A Town Called Bender

While spending an afternoon in Transnistria, the driver that my travel companion Jason and I took asked us, in broken English, if we wanted to do an ‘excursion’. In fact, ‘excursion’ was the only English word he used, but Jason and I nodded. I mean, why not see more of the quirky little oddball republic? After a few hours wandering around the Transnistrian capital, Tiraspol, we hopped back in our private car and drove off to the republic’s second…
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Moldovan Wine, It’s Mighty Fine

For such a little country, Moldova has a heck of a lot going for it. Orheiul Vechi, a beautiful ancient monastery, a great restaurant scene in its capital city, Chisinau, and even it’s very own breakaway communist republic, Transnistria. How many countries can boast that, huh? The best-kept secret about the country though? Moldovan wine.   Now if truth be told, I’m not much of a wine drinker – I’d rather go with vodka, cider, or cheap, apparently terrible,…
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Moldovan Food: From Chisinau With Love

I hopped on the bus from Iasi to Chisinau, after finding a great site about the whole process. I discovered that getting a visa for Moldova was surprisingly easy if you’re fortunate enough to possess an EU passport. As the country has made itself independent from the Soviet Union, visa restrictions aren’t as tight as say entering Russia or more commonly, applying for a green card in America. The country completely bowled me over with the likes of Orheiul Vechi
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Travel To Transnistria: Welcome To The USSR!

When I first heard about Transnistria, I assumed it was some kind of sexually transmitted disease that drag queens contract. Fortunately, this isn’t true. Rather, Transnistria is a country, and when I spent one week in Moldova, I vowed to travel to Transnistria. Along with Orheiul Vechi, the opportunity to travel to Transnistria is probably at the top of most visitors’ plans for Moldova.   Why? Well, you see, Transnistria is a curious place. It’s an autonomous republic, unrecognised…
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Orheiul Vechi, Moldova’s Most Famous Site

Moldova isn’t exactly know for being crammed full of tourist draws, but after asking around, everyone that I talkred to had one recommendation in common: Orheuil Vechi. A monastery complex that was built in YesterYear (around the 14th century, for those that like specifics), Orheiul Vechi is located about an hour outside Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, and is a perfect place to wander around for a couple of hours and soak up the scenery.   But first, you have to…
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Love Locks Around The World

Love locks are never something that I look for when I travel, but something I always just seem to stumble across. That’s a wonderful thing. I love reading the names engraved on the various locks, and wondering what happened to the couple. Are they still together? Married with kids? Did they drift apart, are they having a long distance relationship, or did they break up after one of them failed a lie detector test on Jeremy Kyle? The possibilities…
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