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The Balkan surprise

I spent much of last year in the Balkans. Before April 2013, I’d never set foot in the region in my life (bar Greece, which I’ve never really seen as Balkan). And, looking back, I loved it. More than I ever thought I would. Back in 2007, when I first visited Europe, I thought I’d […]

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View from the Office Days 61-70

By mid-June it had well and truly hotted up in the Balkans. I was travelling at a rate of knots; Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria in successive days is just one example of how many kilometres I was clocking up. My four nights in Greece every fortnight was sort of like a mini-holiday; sure I was […]

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Finding the niche of Niš, Serbia

I remember learning about Constantine the Great at school. That in itself is pretty big deal as I didn’t learn anything about the Romans in history class. For some reason, like the Greeks, they were never covered, and instead I learned about good old Connie in Year 11 religion class. I used to dread this […]

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Pub crawling, Belgrade-style

I’m hot. My jacket’s got some unidentifiable drink spilled all over it. I haven’t seen anyone I know for the last twenty minutes. The music, which was good at the last place, now just seems to have Get Lucky on repeat. And, to top it off, the women’s toilet queue is a mile long. Where […]

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Belgrade, the Balkan let-down

On paper, Belgrade looked as if it had it all. The ‘White City’ had been subject to 115 wars, and completely destroyed 44 times in its history. It was a city shaped by its location, on the edge of the great Habsburg and Ottoman empires. It screamed importance, what with being the former capital of Yugoslavia […]

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View from the Office Days 41-50

I was nervous, returning to Greece. I had fallen in love with the country on my visit in 2007; Italy hadn’t yet warmed to me (don’t worry, it just took a bit more time) and I’d arrived in Athens, travel-weary and with diminishing funds. The next two weeks were just what the travel doctor ordered […]

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View from the Office Days 31-40

I had a goal this year on the road. For every day worked, I would post a picture online, entitled ‘View from the Office’. I did it. I published 173 photos this year, with my office ranging from a San Sebastian pintxos bar to a Sarajevo bazaar. On only a couple of occasions did I […]

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