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Sailing Croatia in Review: the Highs and Lows

Sailing Croatia

During our three-week Balkans journey, we took the opportunity to visit Croatia, a country that we’d heard so much about but never got the chance to visit until now. And to explore the islands along the Dalmatian Coast, we booked ourselves on a sailing trip from Dubrovnik to Split with Busabout. With over 1,185 islands [...]

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Island-Hopping off Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast: from Dubrovnik to Split

Dubrovnik

For years, we’d been hearing about Croatia and the sparkling Dalmatian Coast. The Balkan country had always appealed to us, with the inviting Adriatic Sea, beautiful coastal towns, and cuisine with Mediterranean flair. This summer, while exploring the Balkans on a train journey with Eurail, we took the opportunity to visit Croatia. To explore the [...]

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Enjoying the Great Outdoors in West Sweden’s Lake District, Dalsland

Endless greenery in Dalsland

Swathed in acres of untouched forests and endless lakes, the province of Dalsland is a vast wilderness area that sprawls across the inland region of West Sweden. Known as Sweden’s lake district, Dalsland is covered with more lakes than almost any other Swedish province. It’s also home to the famous Dalsland Canal, a massive waterway that connects a labyrinth of large [...]

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Tasting West Sweden: A Shellfish Safari in Grebbestad

Catching crabs

Our recent trip to West Sweden brought us plenty of surprises – but the biggest surprise of them all was its food. The shellfish in West Sweden is said to be some of the best in the world, thanks to the region’s cold, clean waters. During our visit, we sampled everything from lobster au gratin to traditional Swedish fish stew and mussels in garlic [...]

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West Sweden’s Islands, Beaches, and Seals: Sea Kayaking and Camping in Bohuslän

Our lunch stop at a deserted island

We can’t quite believe our luck. It’s sunny and warm, and there’s not a single cloud above our heads. Summer in Sweden isn’t usually this glorious but we’ve clearly hit the jackpot with the weather. Here on our own deserted island, we’re basking under the sun, enjoying some packed Swedish meatballs and salad that we’ve packed – along with several other basic [...]

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Getting Up Close and Personal with the Moose – Sweden’s National Symbol

Thor when lying down

On our last trip to the Swedish Lapland, we heard plenty about the country’s moose, but never had a chance to see them. This time round, by sheer coincidence, we chanced upon a moose park at Dalslands Aktiviteter and found ourselves getting up close and personal to these gentle giants. These moose, known as the national [...]

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Photo Essay: Lakes, Islands, and Wild Forests of West Sweden

Nordic town of Lysekil

Greetings from Sweden! We are currently in the lake district of Dalsland in West Sweden, getting out and about in the vast lakes and endless pine forests. Over the week, we’ve had amazing experiences in different corners of the region — from kayaking and camping on our own island in the Bohuslän region and fishing for crabs in the shellfish capital of Grebbestad, [...]

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Seeing Montenegro from New Angles: Kayaking in the Bay of Kotor

Crystal waters of the bay

  It’s only 10am, but the temperature has already risen to a sizzling 30 degrees Celsius. Fortunately we’re gliding over fresh sea water in the beautiful Bay of Kotor – a few splashes of water immediately cool us down. Here in the Balkans, the sun rises as early as 6am and stays high above our heads until 7pm. It’s no wonder [...]

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Edgy Belgrade: Where Chaos Meets Character

Cityscapes

Continuing on the Med Run, we’ve crossed the border from Zagreb, Croatia, into Serbia. Here’s a photo essay of the edgy Serbian capital, Belgrade. Decades after the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbia has reinvented itself and it’s no longer the region’s bad boy. The country is now in a state of revival and things are looking [...]

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Wet and Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Canyoning in Bled, Slovenia

Rafting along Sava Dolinka

“Ready? Paddle paddle paddle!” I rowed as hard as I could and suddenly I was catapulted into the air and tumbling into the cold emerald water of Sava Dolinka river. Minutes later, I emerged from the water and found myself getting pushed along by the current of the rapids. With a few quick strokes, I [...]

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Tracing the Scars of the Bosnian War in Mostar

Mostar 4

“I left the army because I wanted to protect, not attack.” Native Bosnian and ex-soldier Josip* explained while showing us around the decrepit building. We were in the Glass Bank, one of the buildings in Mostar that was destroyed during the Bosnian War. This extremely brutal civil war raged on over three years in the [...]

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From Serbia to Montenegro: The Most Scenic Train Ride in the Balkans

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One of the most spectacular train rides on the Med Run so far was the journey from Belgrade, Serbia to Bar, Montenegro. This scenic route took us through the southern pockets of Serbia and along the spine of Montenegro. On both sides of the train, we saw tumultuous mountains soaring into the sky, with rivers [...]

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Photo Essay: Croatia’s Stunning Plitvice Lakes

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You hear them before you see them. Hundreds of waterfalls cascade from various heights in different corners of the impressive Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia.  The emerald water shimmer and sparkle even from a far distance, reflecting the sun’s rays like a reflection. Thick beech and fir trees sprout out from the sides [...]

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Slovenia from Above: Paragliding over Lake Bled

As the engine roared on our backs, I felt myself being lifted into the air and drifting further and further from land. In a matter of seconds, we were flying high above the valley. From my vantage point, I feasted on endless corn fields, green plains and clusters of dark green forests, all sprawled over undulating [...]

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That’s How We Roll: Zorbing in Bled, Slovenia

Ready to roll off a ramp

In a giant transparent ball, Alberto and I strapped ourselves onto our harnesses – one to the waist, another to the feet – and held on to the handle bars. And then, as though the operator had pressed the ‘start engine’ button on an amusement ride, I watched the world swirl  around us in 360 degrees. I [...]

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