Feel the breeze – Burgas

Burgas is the fourth biggest town in Bulgaria and an affordable summer (June to September) travel destination for water sports fans and beach vacation destinations in general.

During summer the town is full of tourists – especially because it has lots of affordable shopping alternatives in comparisson to the nearby situated resort Sunny Beach.

In the off season (October to May) it is a nice destination to enjoy delicious Bulgarian food and the calm of the Black Sea since there are almost no tourists and hotel/hostel prices are cheaper (by about 50%).

Here are some moments from my trip to Burgas in March 2017. Enjoy!

 

 

Sofia – The capital of Bulgaria

Finally a chance to backpack through Europe!

My first destination in Bulgaria was its capital and hugest city Sofia.
It is a very important cultural and business town attracting lots of young people to try their luck and start a new life. Furthermore it is famous for its party and nightlife scene as well as its good value for small budget offers to travelers.

Enjoy!

 

Exploring the streets of Amsterdam

Living in Germany but never traveled to our neighbors the Netherlands?
How is that even possible..?

Until January 2017 this was the fact for me so I decided to finally go and visit this country famous for its liberal and open minded people.

My first stop in the Netherlands was the city of Amsterdam, where I spend about a week, which definitly was not enough, but since it is not the cheapest city for travellers on a low budget, it was fine 😉

Just to give you an idea of the avarage cost per day spent there:
Dorm bed: 15€ +
Breakfast: 5€ (super market); 10€ (at restaurant e.g. English Breakfast)
Lunch or Dinner: from 8€ (affordable restaurant)
Museums: e.g Rijksmuseum entry: 17€ (Discounts for students possible)
Ferry to the other side of the town: 0€  🙂
Ticket for the tram or bus: about 3€ (one way ticket)
-> better use the OV-Chipcard (about 0,90€ per km)

There are free city walking tours offered at every hostel! 🙂

Here are some impressions of my short trip to Amserdam. Enjoy!

 

 

Siem Reap – Biking through the temples

Between the 28th September and 1st October 2016 I had the great opportunity to rent a mountain bike and drive around Siem Reap. This city is famous for being situated near to numerous beautiful temples and surrounded by vivid unexplored nature.

I was indeed happy to not have chosen the offer to be driven by a private driver on a tuck-tuck – that’s the way most tourists prefer to have a look at the temple area which starts about 7,5 km from the city center.

I took the chance to be on my own – enjoying the ride and feeling the calmness of hidden places – away from the noise of the more touristy areas, which turned out as one of the best experiences I had during the time I spent in South East Asia.

Deciding when and where to go, whenever I wanted – without the need to rely on a driver or a group of other tourists – just me and my mountain bike.

 

See for yourself & enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Ho Chi Minh City – Saigon

Travelling from Da Lat by sleeper bus – my last destination in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City – still as well known as Saigon.

It’s a huge town separated in several districts of which I could only visit two – the City Center and China Town, which is notorious for its cheap markets and street food.

Have a look at Vietnam’s biggest city!

 

Da Lat

Pictures tell more than 1000 words…

Enjoy!

 

Nha Trang

Located in the south of Vietnam – Nha Trang is a popular destination for divers, sun lovers and tourists particularily looking for Russian companionship.

“If you would like to get to know some Russian people, you shall better go to Nha Trang or Mui Ne”, that is what I have heard from several fellow expats and travelmates.
I can’t tell about Mui Ne, because I skipped this city for that time I was in Vietnam, but when it comes to Nha Trang – it is definitely true.

Most of the tourists I met in the city were speaking Russian. Since I speak the language, this was not an issue for me – I welcomed the opportunity to practice – but I understand why e.g. English or German speaking fellows did not feel very “in Vietnam” in this particular city.

What I found exceptionally fun are the street signs, which are written mostly in Vietnamese, Russian and English – sometimes even in Chinese language.

I liked the flair of the city and especially the availability of different kinds of restaurants (concerning the coutry of origin of the cuisine). A Russian and Armenian restaurant as well as a traditional Vietnamese restaurant in a small street next to the central beach were my favourite.

Accept for eating, drinking, enjoying the sun and going for a dive/snorkeling trip there is also a temple and a mud bath in the near surrounding.

The town’s most famous places are situated in walking distance from the beach or reachable by bus or bike within 10 minutes.

Have a look and enjoy!