Religious Landmarks

Hill of Crosses

Hill of Crosses

Our final morning in Riga, we slept in  before going to the bus station for our 2.5 hour bus to Siauliai, Lithuania. From there, we would be taking a 20 minute local bus to see the Hill of Crosses: a Catholic pilgrimage site that has been active since the late 1800s, and was repeatedly threatened during Soviet rule.

"It's cold as balls"

"It's cold as balls"

Rupa, Carol and I all scrambled to get ready in our tight quarters, and then made our way out of the madness of disembarking. As soon as we stepped outside, we noticed how distinctly cold it was compared to our previous destinations. As Rupa put it, it was cold as balls.

Greece in Two Days

Greece in Two Days

Well when I showed up to buy the ticket, the person working said they didn't offer any bus stopping in Trikala. I was extremely confused but didn't have time to argue because this happened while the rest of the group was waiting for me illegally parked with our rental cars. She instead offered a 5:30 AM bus to Larissa where I could then get a train to Trikala, which ended up being cheaper overall and let me sleep in a little bit. So it all worked out.

The Great Outdoors of Peja

The Great Outdoors of Peja

Travel rarely goes as planned which is not always a bad thing. And the chances of things changing increases when you’re with a group and have more people to coordinate. Today we were initially going to split into two groups to go see the Radavc Caves and waterfall – one group leaving earlier in the morning and the other group (including me) would sleep in a bit and stay for a shorter period of time. But one thing led to another and we ended up all going together, with the exception of Calvin who stayed back to do his own thing.

Montenegro to Kosovo

Montenegro to Kosovo

Sunday morning we woke up early to say goodbye to a few Monsooners whose trip was ending in Podgorica, and for the rest of us to head to Ostrog Monastery. It was an easy 15 minute walk to the bus station from our hostel, and then about an hour bus ride to the city Niksic. From there the 10 of us squeezed into two taxis which would wait for us and take us back to the station. It was hot and uncomfortable, but for only €20 for each taxi and this incredible monastery, it was well worth it.

Visiting Mosques as a Non-Muslim Trans Person

Visiting Mosques as a Non-Muslim Trans Person

Being a non-binary trans person, the gendered segregation and expectations of spaces such as mosques can put me in uncomfortable situations. However, at the end of the day I need to remember that these spaces are not about me. I am travelling in a culture that is not my own, in a country where the majority population is of a religion that is not mine, and I need to not only respect that but use it as an opportunity to educate myself and do what I can to stand in solidarity with these individuals. 

A Day in Novi Sad

A Day in Novi Sad

Yesterday I said my goodbyes to Budapest before hopping on a bus to Novi Sad, Serbia. Novi Sad is the second largest city in Serbia, and is the capital of the Serbian autonomous region of Vojvodina.

The City of Music

The City of Music

I woke up early to get a bus into Vienna, Austria. My initial plan was to do a day trip to a smaller city in Slovakia today, but when I realised that my route through Austria later on didn't include Vienna, I thought I might as well take advantage of the close proximity of the two capital cities.

And the Adventure Begins...

And the Adventure Begins...

After months of planning and anticipation, the time has finally come to begin my year of travel. And it didn't get off to the smoothest start, buy hey that's part of travel.