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You can lose everything, but nobody will take away what you saw and what you experienced...

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Sep 10, 2017 12:00 AM Dear Russians...

Dear Russians... I am in the FSB base. I am not feeling comfortable, dear Russians. I came here to enjoy the beauty of your country and the friendliness of the people... You should rather inform local taxi drivers how far they can drive the foreigners... 80 m by public road can make your foreign guest the lawbreaker - treated like a criminal...

Sep 09, 2017 12:00 AM Dragavs - the icon of Osetia

Dragavs - the icon of Osetia I pay 1500 rou for the big room with bath. Strong sun is shining since the morning and it is enough to go out of the hotel to meet the driver offering half-day tour by car. But you have to know Russian - lucky me!
The price is 3000 rou for 6 hours tour.
We went first to the mountain village of Fiagdon to see the monastery, then paved road turned to gravel and we started to climb to the pass. Great views on the way includind snowy top of Mt Kazbek. Can you imagine that I did not see today any other foreign tourist?
In the next valley we visited Dargavs. This is unique place - in the ancient times during epidemy ill people decited to separate themselves from the rest of population. They built a colony of small stone houses in the very picturesque place - They call it City of the Death and it is like the icon of Osetia. Skulls and bones are still visible through the stone windows. Great place, great day!

Sep 08, 2017 12:00 AM Kaliningrad to Vladikavkaz...

Kaliningrad to Vladikavkaz... The bus departed from Gdansk at 6 am. The ticket to Kaliningrad costs only 42 zlotys. It was raining a bit. After 2,5 hours we reached Russian border. The officers are lazy there so the bus departed late from Russian post. In Kaliningrad I took airport bus (80 rou) and after 40 min ride I was already in KGD airport. What a surprise! They opened the new terminal! And the staff is more kind...
UT air plane was already waiting. We departed to Moscow on time. Not bad service, but if you want to eat or drink something more then a water you have to pay extra???? 150 rou for the cup of coffee/tea.
In Moscow Vnukovo I was waiting only 30 min more for the delayed flight to Vladikavkaz. 2 h 5 min flight - it was already dark when we landed in Osetia. How to get to the city. Let you know that they do not offer any public bus - you have to take a taxi for 21 kms ride - it cost me 400 rou after bargain. Welcome to Russian Caucasus!

Sep 07, 2017 12:00 AM New voyage to the East...

New voyage to the East... One more voyage! The Russian Caucasus region was fascinating me since a long time. Unfortunately, the complicated internal situation and the ongoing unrest prevented me from going there for many years. Now the situation improved, so it's time to pack my backpack and set out. I will fly from Kaliningrad through Moscow to Vladikavkaz. And then it will be only a local transport all the way to Makhachkala in Dagestan, from where I plan to return to Kaliningrad - again by air. I hope the weather will be good. Please keep the fingers crossed, my friends...


Sep 05, 2017 12:00 AM Bosnia to Poland

Bosnia to Poland My host - Ahmed - the manager of Chardak Guest House was so kind to wake me up at 5 am and took me by his car to Tuzla airport. He charges 10 euro for such a service, but regarding the distance - 16 kms this price is reasonable. On the way we were talking about islam in Bosnia. This is "soft" version of islam, left here by Turks. Many people consider themselves to be Muslims, but the do not pray 5 times a day and go to the mosque once or twice per year... Not too bad!
Tuzla airport once was the biggest military air base of Yugoslavia. Now it is tiny, undeveloped airport used by low-cost airlines. Little-space, chaotic. In the check-in line it was difficult to find tourists. Most of passengers were Bosnian workers going to Scandinavia...
We started on time. 2,5 hours later the plane landed in Goteborg. No mercy! -even transit passengers must go out of the lounge and experience once again strict security control. 4 hours to wait. Let you know that near gate 18A there is quiet spoce where you can rest or even sleep on the 4-seat benches.
Last flight to Gdansk... Another interesting trip is over. I have now full two days to make laundry and to pack my backpack again! :)

Sep 05, 2017 12:00 AM St Kitts - not St Maarten

Well, surprise...
Due to the effects of the hurricane our ship changed the route.
Today, after 7 days in the ocean we reached the island St Kitts.
Everything goes well - I have many new friends on board.
The internet price is killing, so be patient - more news soon! :)

Sep 04, 2017 12:00 AM Tuzla - Bosnia - where I am?

Tuzla - Bosnia - where I am? It took me yesterday 5 hours by bus (1700 dinars) to get from Belgrade, Serbia to Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina. At the border we did not wait too long and before dark I found my Chardak Guesthouse, where the room with shared bath costs 12 euro - but payable in local currency.
No currency exchange at the border. Here they are giving a bit less then 2 mark for 1 euro.
Tuzla in the past was a mining place for salt and coal. But first of all it is a country where instead of croses on a churches you see many minarets. Many young ladies also wear Muslim dress...
In the centre of Tuzla they have nice pedestrian zone crossing the old town, nice fountain in the market and... many houses asking for restoration. After yesterday's rain the sun shines again. The street cafes are full and noisy since the morning (so when do they work?!) It is not easy to find the tourist information office in the side street of the main pedestrian walk, but once you will be there the offer not only free wi-fi, but you can also use their computer to che k your e-mail box. Bosnia seems to be more expensive then Serbia.
I am ready for tomorrow's flight home...

Sep 03, 2017 12:00 AM Nis - Serbia

Nis - Serbia After the tiring day yesterday I had a good rest in Royal Apartments in Nis. Tename is big but in fact it is little tidy pension located in the fentre of the old town. I pay 12 euro per room with bath and this is the standard here in Serbia. Another standard is that the owners are addind to the price at least 2 different taxes (but they do not give you the receipt - so where they go?) In general it is better to pay them in euro to avoid unfavorable rates they use...
Nis is one of the biggest cities in Serbia. On the bank of thecrivercthere is big citadel with a park and restaurants inside the walls.
I plan to drive today back to Belgrade and go onward by bus to Tuzla in Bosnia.

Sep 02, 2017 12:00 AM One day - two big attractions

One day - two big attractions I am the nature lover... So I wanted to see in Serbia top attractions created by the nature. By coincidence I did it in one day...
In the morning I was driving along the Iron Gates, stoppin in the view points and enjoying the beauty of the Danube River Gorge. The lenght of the gorge to the first dam is around 120 kms!
Then I was driving south 300 kms to Devolja Varos - Devils Town left from the Prokuplie -Pristina road. It is like miniature version of Bryce Canyon.
In the late afternoon I had very good lighting there - see picture.
Great, but very tiring day!

Sep 01, 2017 12:00 AM Golubac -what a romantic fortress!

Golubac -what a romantic fortress! I rented a small car for 48 hours (24 eu per day - very reasonable price!)
to see more places out of Belgrade.
I was driving east - to Golubac, famous for the fortress built in 14th century on the rock overlooking Danube River. The fortress is still under raconstruction - they do not allow peple to go in, but even the outside view is very impressive. On approach to the fortress they built new info center where they charge 100 din for parking. I think it should be free fo EU drivers becauce EU finance the reconstruction.
The best time for great photos is the time before sunset!
Golubac fortress stands at the entrance to the Iron Gates - the gorge of Danube - that's my goal for tommorow...

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