Reading about countries, towns and sights is one thing. See what really happened another. Therefore I'd like to share some impressions from various travels around Eastern Europe. Naturally, these travelogues are rather subjective. Enjoy!
# 01: Beautiful landscape and war-torn cities
What's left of Yugoslavia after the bloody split? Half holiday, half lesson in sad, contemporary history, this trip brought us to Croatia, Bosnia, Croatia again, Hungary and finally Slovenia. Lots of sunshine and lots of rain during this chaotic journey through the heart of ex-Yugoslavia. And Hungary.
# 02: What's up in the Caucasus?
Another visit to Turkey - and a good chance, to see what's beyond. Traveling all the way through to Turkey to Georgia and Armenia was not always without problems but gave an excellent insight in this complicated area at the crossroads between Russia, the Islamic world and the ancient Caucasian world.
# 03: Sporadic 180° turns but nothing to regret
This trip was supposed to bring us to Moldova. Our plans were smashed to pieces when the Moldovan embassy refused the issue of visa in Bucharest. And so we ended up in completely different places -
Bulgaria (again), Macedonia, Serbia and more. We weren't too sad after all.
# 04: How Ukrainian is the Ukraine?
Everyone knows where it is but no one's been there... we were wondering why and took the train from Berlin to the Ukraine to see what's going on there. And we were impressed: Ukraine is a jewel yet to be discovered, a fascinating, though somehow divided country worth a long stay.
# 05: Who said Communism was dead?
The second try to get to Moldova was a success. After quiet days in a tiny Moldovan village we went off to Transnistria to see what Communism is being imagined now. On the way another trip to Romania - a country I finally fell in love with after a tour through the northern mountains.
# 06: November depression in Minsk
As if there were no borders, we hit the road again - by train to Lithuania, then Latvia, Estonia - and the Belarus. Right in the heart of the "axis of evil" - in cold, short November days. We learned our lesson - this region shouldn't be traveled at that time of the year. Nevertheless it was a rewarding tour.
# 07: Finally Albania
Vienna to Belgrade, then by bus through Serbia, all the way to the Kosovo. From there, hitchhiking to Albania. Another valuable lesson in recent Balkan politics and a surprise - Albania is such a nice place, beyond everything I've read so far about the country. Back via Montenegro again. (German version only for now)