15th May 2016 – Milan

Before I left Venice I wanted to make sure to take some photos. The weather has been so bad that I barely got to take any. I left the hostel early, and took one last wander through the streets. Then, sitting outside the train station for an hour or two I took it all in, … Continue reading 15th May 2016 – Milan

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5th May 2016 – Vienna to Venice

Venice boats

A few weeks have made all the difference in the world to me in terms of luck. Leaving Mandala wasn't easy and I hope to some day return. It happened that a lot of the workawayers were leaving at around the same time which made me feel even more connected. If certain plans come to … Continue reading 5th May 2016 – Vienna to Venice

Eight Travel Goals and No Bucket Lists

beautiful iceland

Today I wanted to write a bucket list. Then I remembered, I don't really like bucket lists. Bucket lists take the sense of uncertainty out of travel, they leave us to focus on something in the future - 2 or 3 maybe 10 years down the road. To me travelling is about taking the opportunities … Continue reading Eight Travel Goals and No Bucket Lists

17th April ’16 A Bridge, Budapest

There are Chinese tourists beside me. Their fancy tablets and laptop are putting my pen and paper to shame. Mandala House has turned out to be the perfect place to stop for a while, very relaxing. I've made a ton of new friends here and I still have 4 days left. I met a Serbian, … Continue reading 17th April ’16 A Bridge, Budapest

15th April ’16 Mandala Hostel Budapest

Took a wrong turn today. Pretty sure I wandered in to the bad side of town. Here i was happily walking along, in my own little world and when I looked up next there seemed to be more bleeding people around than I am used to. It's not like there was some kind of brawl or … Continue reading 15th April ’16 Mandala Hostel Budapest

14th April ’16 Mandala Hostel, Budapest

Budapest and the Danube, as seen from above

A fine place with a nice relaxed hippy vibe about it.  Staff are all young. I think they are either workawers or with helpx. And it is hot. Lord is it hot. I nearly missed my bus from Warsaw. Oh yeah I was in Warsaw for a day or two.  I was waiting at the … Continue reading 14th April ’16 Mandala Hostel, Budapest

10th April ’16 Vilnius and a Poem

Lithuanian protester Vilnius

Another hidden wonder of a city. Juggling a soviet past with modern chic. I have found Vilnius far younger and cooler than Riga. Here I have found the fabled Hipsters S and I searched for in Latvia. There is in fact a Hipster Republic here. An artists refuge has developed here and receded from Lithuania. … Continue reading 10th April ’16 Vilnius and a Poem