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Graz

Central Europe - Graz

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Making it into Austria we were immediately hit by modernity...electronic updated travel information and electronic doors! Once we made it to Graz early than expected we decided to visit the local shopping centre, rather than cramming it into the plan for the next day - however we didn't realise that actually we arrived on a Bank Holiday, and so it was shut...

Uhrturm

Uhrturm

Scrapping that plan, the following day we started with visiting the house in Graz where my great grandmother lived, before climbing the Schloßberg and viewing the symbol of the city - the Uhrturm, and then making our way down into the market place. Being a small city we then had ample time to visit the shopping centre where we ate the classic Schnitzel, topping up our culinary delights after the Paprika Chicken in Hungary!

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The Balaton

Central Europe - Balaton

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Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton

The second part of the trip involved visiting Lake Balaton in the west of Hungary. We stayed in the resort town of Keszthely, where there was a lovely beach into the shallow lake which was rather refreshing after the hot weather of recent. This was also the first place I had ever been where my German was actually required to get around - despite having lived in Germany for a year!

On the following day we took the trip to Sümeg, the village where my grandad lived until he escaped Hungary in 1956, and where the majority of the rest of his family still live.

Family Reunion

Family Reunion

Despite speaking no Hungarian, and most of them speaking no English, we were warmly welcomed and had a thoroughly enjoyable day getting to know them and visiting Sümeg Castle.

Sümeg Castle

Sümeg Castle


Lake Hévíz

Lake Hévíz

The following day we visited the spa town of Hévíz just up the road from Keszthely where the thermal lake had waters of 30˚C+, something I had yet to experience. The sun also left its mark on me that day, allowing me to sport a lovely sunburn for the next week. On our final day we relaxed a little as our next day involved a 5-leg travel into Austria and spent the day at the market hunting for Noodle scrapers!

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Budapest

Central Europe - Budapest

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The trip started in Budapest, Hungary where the temperatures were exceptionally hot - and did in fact break the record temperatures ever seen in the country in August at 40˚C. Being so hot, free water was given out all day long to keep people hydrated.

Parliament

Parliament

We started our trip by taking a tour of the Parliament building, before taking in the view of the city from Gellert Hegy. We then walked over to Buda Castle and Fisherman's Bastion, where the buildings had now been lit up after sunset, and finished by walking across Chain Bridge to view the riverbank in darkness.

Chain Bridge & Buda Castle

Chain Bridge & Buda Castle

The following day we went to the House of Terror, which like the KGB museum in Vilnius featured many genuine torture objects from the days of communism. Scarier still was the fact the last time Mum was in the city, these activities were still going on. Following on from here we went to Heroes Square, the Central Market and then the city centre, where we stocked up on naff souvenirs.

Heroes' Square

Heroes' Square

Being so hot it was hard to cram in all the sights we wished to see, but we managed the essentials! On the evening of our final day, my friend from Erasmus, Hanna came to meet up with me and we spent the evening catching up on Gellert Hegy. Luckily that night there was a storm, and so the heights of 40˚ would never be seen again (at least not until Dubai in 3 weeks) - and leaving 22˚ feeling rather chilly.

Tips

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From Russia With Love

Moscow

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As many of you know, my recent trip to Russia took a lot of planning, involving a lengthy process taking months. However everything was approved and a couple of weeks ago I flew to the capital, Moscow.

Meeting my friend Lisa at Domodedevo Airport she acted as my tour guide/translator for the majority of the time in the city.

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

Christ The Saviour Cathedral

On the first day we toured the west of the city, passing through the Arbat area where I collected most of my souvenirs (Russian Doll, Novelty T-Shirt) before walking along the riverside and seeing the Christ the Saviour Cathedral.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

This then led onto the iconic Red Square with the views of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral.

Red Square

Red Square


Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre

The following day was filled with views of the Seven Sisters, the Bolshoi Theatre, the lavishly decorated Metro and Tsaritsyno Park, before going to a Ukrainian restaurant to celebrate Lisa's grandmother's birthday.

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

Lavishly Decorated Underground Stations

On the Saturday morning we visited the inside of the Kremlin before making our way to the Luzhniki stadium where a free concert with many popular singers from all over Europe were singing, after which we took the trip to the hill by the Moscow University where views of the whole city could be seen.

Kremlin

Kremlin

On the final full day, we visited Cosmonauts Alley, as well as VDNKh, where Soviet Exhibitions were held. On each evening we were joined by Lisa's friends and spent the evening talking and laughing in bars, making the trip even more entertaining and welcoming.

One thing I did notice was how cosmopolitan and global the city felt, being much less foreign than I had expected, and making every trip to Red Square feel even more surreal.

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Malta


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Here's my little travel blog for my latest trip to Malta, where I met up with four of my Erasmus friends from Germany last year - Daniel from Malta, Amalie from Denmark, Camilla from Sweden and Onur from Turkey.

Erasmus Reunion

Erasmus Reunion

Once we had all arrived we took the long bus ride from one side of the country to the other (lasting a massive 10 minutes) to join a beach barbecue for Daniel's friend's birthday. It was here we also met back up with Julia, who had visted Daniel for over a week back in Bremen last June.

Isle of MTV

Isle of MTV

On the Wednesday we took a lie in, before visiting the hotel where Daniel works and then going to the outskirts of Valletta for the Isle of MTV festival, where Jessie J, Rita Ora and Rudimental were performing.

Azure Window

Azure Window

The following day we rented a car and took it to Gozo, exploring the more traditional parts of the country and viewing the Azure Window, followed by a night at the Karaoke bar down the street.

On Friday we visited the capital Valletta and the Three Cities, some of the most historical parts of the country.

Valletta

Valletta

Friday night also marked Amalie's birthday, with the majority of us spending it with her for the second year in a row after Venice 1 year previously. Saturday marked the last day for Onur, and after taking him to the airport on the last day with the car we visited the hills in the middle of the island followed by Sliema, overlooking Valletta and finishing in a feast in Ħal Qormi, where for us non-natives the fireworks were a little too close for comfort.

Fireworks

Fireworks

On Sunday we moved to Balzan, and spent the last day with the girls in Paceville, whilst on Monday me and Daniel went to see the Malta 5D experience detailing the history of Malta, before meeting up with my penfriend Denise, and then visiting the oldest settlement in Malta - Mdina and the feast in neighbouring city, Rabat.

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