Hostels in Review – “Back in the USSR Parts One & Two”

(that rhymed, serendipitously …) These are reviews of backpacker hostels I stayed in during my two trips along the Western edge of what used to be the Soviet Union. Where I remembered to write a review for the booking site I used (usually Hostelworld, admittedly), I’ve included that at the …

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Transnistria

Date visited : May 2014 Ahhh, Transnistria (or, the Prednistrian Moldavian Republic’). A ‘country’ that doesn’t exist, and which gives the impression that it’s been in a time-warp for 25 years. I’ve already spoken about the background of Transnistria, but here I’ll try and write how it feels to actually …

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Moldova

Date visited : May 2014 I have to say I didn’t really explore Moldova that much – going purely to Chisinau and Transnistria, but then Moldova isn’t particularly large (just bigger than Belgium), of which Transnistria makes up an area twice the size of Luxembourg. It’s weird to imagine that …

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Soviet Trains

It’s a slightly different experience, travelling by train in and around the former USSR, as compared with travelling in the UK. For a start, the trains tend to be a bit longer. Not much longer in the case of the train I went from Bucharest to Chisinau on, but for …

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