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A Quick Guide To Bucharest

So many people skip over the capital of Romania, Bucharest, in order to visit the more popular tourist destinations in Transylvania (like Brasov). If I had to pick between the two, I’d definitely pick Brasov and Transylvania. But I am… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Kismet Dao Hostel, Brasov

During my time in Romania this summer, I was based in Brasov for half of it. I stayed at Kismet Dao Hostel, which I really enjoyed! Here’s my full review of the hostel: Location: Kismet Dao Hostel is in an… Continue Reading →

Brasov: An Introduction To Transylvania

Brasov is at the heart of Transylvania. A region that is shrouded in mystery and secrecy, and almost always associated with vampires. What so many people don’t tell you is that Transylvania is also bursting with the natural beauty of… Continue Reading →

Moldova: The Last Undiscovered Place In Europe?

I really struggled with what to write about Moldova. I spent 5 days here, based in the capital, Chisinau (pronounced Kish-in-ow), between time in Ukraine and Romania. Flying in from Kiev, I took a minibus across the border to Iasi…. Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Dream House Hostel, Kiev

Every once in a while, I stay at a hostel that is done right. There’s no other way to say it—it’s just good. Dream House Hostel in Kiev, Ukraine, is like that. You can clearly tell this is a professionally-run… Continue Reading →

Visiting The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone In Ukraine

On my most recent trip to Kiev, I knew that one of the main things I wanted to do was visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. It’s perfectly safe to visit today, with security checks in place, as well as restrictions… Continue Reading →

A Guide To Kiev

If there was one place this summer that stole my heart, it would be Kiev. I don’t know what exactly it was—the laid back atmosphere, the surprising beauty of the city, the passionate people who love their country, or the… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Revolucion Hostel, Minsk

Another hostel review! One of my goals is to start creating a resource of accommodation reviews here on Away With Maja. I love hostels and always prefer to stay in them during trips. Here’s my review of Revolucion Hostel in… Continue Reading →

August 2017 Recap

Wow! August was a crazy month. I spent the first third of it on the last leg of my trip—Romania and Bulgaria. The rest of the month was spent in England, looking for jobs and exploring. Coming home from a… Continue Reading →

A Daytrip To Mir Castle From Minsk

Two of the most popular places to visit in Belarus are located just outside of the capital, Minsk: Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle. While it’s (fairly) easy to get to either of these from Minsk, it’s tough to see both… Continue Reading →

17 Things To Do In Minsk

Minsk is the largest city in Belarus, the country touted as “Europe’s last dictatorship.” With strict visa restrictions and relatively unknown attractions, Minsk sees very few tourists. But now with visa-free travel for 5 days, Belarus may soon be seeing… Continue Reading →

18 Months Of Blogging!

I can barely believe that it’s that time already… but today I’ve been blogging for 18 months! A whole year and a half since I started Away With Maja and invited you all to follow along with my adventures around… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel, Riga

I’ve stayed at a lot of hostels during my travels over the years. Every once in a while, one comes along that you just absolutely love. A hostel so great you just want to keep it to yourself, and you… Continue Reading →

24 Hours In Riga, Latvia

Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is an absolute gem in the Baltics that should not be missed on a trip to Eastern Europe. I’ve got a whole lot of love for this city—it was the location of my first… Continue Reading →

Hostel Review: Friends on Dostoevskogo, St. Petersburg

As part of my goal to review more accommodation and hostels on the blog, I thought I’d do one on the hostel I stayed at in St. Petersburg. This location, Friends on Dostoevskogo, was part of a popular chain called… Continue Reading →

A Daytrip To Tsarskoe Selo From St. Petersburg

With a city as rich in history as St. Petersburg, there’s no wonder that there’s plenty of great daytrips outside the city center. One of the most popular daytrips is to Tsarskoe Selo, literally “tsar’s village” in Russian, in the… Continue Reading →

A Peterhof Daytrip: One of My Favorite Places in Russia

Peterhof is Peter the Great’s grand palace, located on the Gulf of Finland outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. On my first trip to Russia, I unfortunately missed visiting, due to getting sick and losing several precious days. I told all… Continue Reading →

25 Things You Must Do In St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of my favorite cities in the world. It really is yin and yang to the Russian capital, Moscow. Beautiful architecture, picturesque churches, and charming canals—what more could you ask for?! And no time is better to… Continue Reading →

Red Square: Your Guide To Moscow’s Top Attraction

Red Square is synonymous not just with Moscow, but with Russia itself. Located at the heart of the Russian capital, Red Square (or “krasnaya ploschad” // “Красная площадь”) is a massive square filled with some of the most noteworthy attractions… Continue Reading →

A Guide for St. Petersburg’s White Nights

The White Nights (Белые Ночи, “Beluye Nochi”) is the term for the time of year in summer, from early June to late July, where northern cities in Europe like St. Petersburg experience very long daylight hours. While many other northern… Continue Reading →

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