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Wieliczka Salt Mine – Krakow

Posted at:15 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

– The bus came to pick me up from Pink Panther’s hostel at 9:10am.  The Wieliczka salt mine, registered on UNESCO’s list, is close to Krakow and it only took about 30 minutes to arrive from the hostel. – As we were in line to enter the salt mine, the tour guide asked who had […]

Oki Doki Hostel Warsaw

Posted at:13 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

July 9 (cont’d) The train arrived in Warsaw central station and I headed for the Oki Doki Hostel which is pretty easy to find… In climbing up the stairs there are reminders to tell you how many steps you have left until you reach reception and how many calories you have burned so far in your […]

Pink Panther’s Hostel Krakow

Posted at:11 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

July 7(cont’d) The Eurorail pass is great, and it gives you a lot of freedom… …but some of the countries in Europe charge you with a mandatory reservation fee.  Of the three trains from Bratislava to Krakow, two of them required a payment for seat reservation.  The first reservation was €5 for a two hour […]

Patio Hostel Bratislava

Posted at:10 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

July 6 (cont’d) Bratislava, Slovakia, has always made me wonder what is there, and for some reason I have had a mental draw to the city…. ….But, I also had no idea what to expect from there… As the train pulled in to the cozy small central station, I wondered if it would be a representative […]

Belgrade City Center Free Walking Tour and Alternative Belgrade Tour

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Some fun things I learnt from the Free Belgrade Tour! – A common alcohol in Serbia is Rakia.  Rakia is commonly homemade and comes in 100’s of flavors.  The most common flavor is plumb.  It usually has an alcohol percentage between 40-70%. – The locals say there are three levels of a Serbian party: At […]

The Maverick Hostel Budapest

Posted at:8 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

July 4 (Cont’d) I woke up just before the border to cross from Serbia to Hungary.  Passport.  STAMP.  Country #70…… ….Awesome!  I had the only non-red passport on the entire bus that took us from Belgrade to Budapest. I was surprised and had no idea that Hungary still uses their own currency, the Forint, and not […]

ArkaBarka Floating Hostel Belgrade

Posted at:7 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

July 2 It took us three different vehicles, but we made it to Belgrade…. …which translates to ‘White City’ because of the color of the fortress on the hill.  My shuttle bus driver, who had me in his own personal car to finish the journey after our shuttle bus van broke down, could not find […]

The Doctor’s House Hostel Sarajevo

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June 30th (cont’d) The bus headed for Bosnia and Herzegovina…. …I sat at the front and made friends with the bus driver guys through broken English who switched off roles of ticket man vs driver several times though the journey.  One of the drivers was terrifying.  Twice he caught the ridge of the road with the […]

History of Sarajevo Tragedy in a Timeline

Posted at:6 July, 2015 in Ambassador Blog

Bosnia has existed since the 11th century. – In 1435 the Ottoman’s arrived, began to build and established a city.  They created a new way of life in the area and brought Islam with them. – From 1435 to 1878 Christians in Bosnia had higher taxes and worse jobs than the Muslims who had lower […]

Sarajevo Tunnel Museum and Bobsled Track Tour

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Through The Doctor’s House in Sarajevo, owner Cat organizes a tour to ‘Tunel Spasa’ which is the tunnel that was dug under the Sarajevo airport runway during the seige of the city, used to bring supplies for survival into the city.  The tour then finishes with a stop at the beautifully dilapidated bobsled track from […]