(Over a month behind on photos now! It’s fine! Everything’s fine!) After one full day in London I took a night bus up to Glasgow! Met up with @ashinaflash15 at the bus station then picked @po0psie up at the airport and then we started our 6 day North Coast 500 drive!!! Our first stop was to see the Kelpies, because even though I lived in Glasgow for 5 months last year I still hadn’t seen these great beasts!!
4th time to London and finally made it to the motherfrickin GLOBE THEATRE!!! We saw Emilia, a play with an all-female cast about the woman who may be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s “dark lady”/possibly used her work in his plays. It made me cry and I looked around and saw so many women crying too and I could easily watch it again and again and again.
Sat on the floor of a bus for 2.5 hours because everyone and their mother wants to visit Rila Monastery. Also I took my shorts off in the parking lot of this UNESCO World Heritage Site (lol) to change into jeans because the Lord doesn’t like your knees!!
Plovdiv had some cool street art 💕
For someone who claims to not be a cat person I sure do have a lot of cute cat pics on my phone 🤔
who is marna?? does she remember???
Varna had a cool secondhand English bookshop and a cool park to read those books in ✨ (I’m almost a full month behind on photos so bear with me while I play catch up)
I haven’t posted about Bulgaria yet but screw chronological order I’m in London! #itscominghome
here’s me by the black sea ⛵️
Driving the Transfagarasan was just as scary and beautiful as you’d except (also we saw a BEAR) 🐻
Sibiu was beautiful and has more gelato places squished on one street than I thought humanly possible.
Brasovian sunsets ☀️
Birbs & Brasov
There aren’t many Lenin statues left in the world but I’ve seen two of them! One in Tiraspol and the other in Chernobyl 💥
One of the cool things to do in Moldova is visit Tiraspol - the capital of Transnistria, a self-proclaimed country that is not recognized by any UN member. People told me horror stories about visit the USSR-loving nation (there’s a hammer and sickle on their flag!). I was told that they would give Americans a hard time or ask for money at the border or security wouldn’t let me take photos of the Lenin statue, but nah, nothing of the sort happened. The only “tough” part is that everything is in Russian so it’s a little difficult getting around - but that’s my own fault for not knowing Russian.
Did a wine tour and tasting at @cricova_winery today! They have over 120k of underground labyrinths where they bottle and store the wine. They also had a collection of really old bottles which were impressive simply because of all that dust. TBH i don’t know much about wine all I could think about was that scene in The Parent Trap where Nick takes Natasha Richardson down to the wine cellar to show her he kept the wine they drank at their first wedding!!!
Maybe I’ve just been very lucky but the past few days have consisted of the friendliest people and the prettiest of places ✨
I know counting countries is ~dumb~ and doesn’t really ~mean~ anything because borders change all the time and blah blah blah but I think it’s really nifty that I’ve visited as many countries as my age! #22
Cluj is beautiful and I’ve only spent one day in this country so it might be too soon to say I love Romania but MAN do I love Romania 🇷🇴
It didn’t come home but watching football at sunset with hundreds of excited people was very cool 💛
Saying goodbye to Slovakia was tough but my last memory is of a double rainbow at the Košice train station - going to take that as a good omen for whatever’s ahead 🌈
Slovakian public transportation always knows the #mood
Last night 🇸🇰
Short walk on a sunny day ☀️ going to miss this place 💕
Just realized yesterday marks one year since I came to Ždiar for the first time and today is the one year since I hiked the Saddle for the first time. It’s crazy how much can happen in a year.
Snow on the Tatras! Snow!!! (On the tips, at least.) I never thought I’d see snow here since both of my trips have been during the summer. But I guess you can never trust mountain weather!
Today is the two week mark since I left the US yet I still haven’t posted since day one!!! It’s been rainy and cloudy ever since I got here which makes for very bummed looking photos. Today is the first day of true sunshine and I couldn’t be happier. Life is too good.
Travel is great and I’m extremely grateful for my life, but sometimes (most of the time) traveling the cheapest way possible is not the easiest. 36 hours later, 4 security checks, 3 flights on 3 different airlines, a bus, a train, and now waiting for one more bus. I’ve slept maybe a total of 4 broken hours and have barely ate anything because running from point A to point B is SO TIME CONSUMING. But I can’t complain. I got to watch the sun set over the mountains I love. Now I can rest. (After this 1 hour bus ride, of course.)
I’m in DC for the classroom portion of my TEFL course and wish we had more than 50 minutes for lunch so I could see more of the city! I actually live 2 hours south of DC but never step foot in the city until I was 21 (sooo...last year). And even then I only saw the outside of the White House as I was waiting for my Harry Styles concert to start. You’d think, living so close to DC, I would’ve had school trips to the Smithsonian and the Lincoln Memorial and such, but nope! All of my school trips were to Jamestown and Jamestown only. During our lunch break today I walked around the National Mall and saw the Capitol Building, but that’s all I had time for. The rest of (most of) DC remains a mystery.