What $10 buys you in a Bulgarian supermarket

I recently returned from a trip to Bulgaria, where I got to experience the culture in a charming village, not far from the Turkish border. The cost of living in Bulgaria is very low, at least when compared to Western European countries. I was told that the cost of rent for a basic apartment in a nearby city, Yambol, can be as low as 80 lev ($47, £30) per month! Obviously this won’t buy the nicest of places, but I found it surprising that an EU country could be so affordable. Continue reading

Sunrise in Ghent

I’ve visited the Flemish city of Ghent on two occasions, both as morning visits. The reason being, it’s very convenient to add Ghent to a Belgian coach trip, so why not? We took the night bus from London Victoria coach station, operated by Megabus, we arrived in Ghent about 5:30AM, an hour or so before it reaches the capital, Brussels. The coach dropped us off at the Campanile hotel, which is on the city outskirts. So we had an hour walk to the city centre, no problem, at this hour we had time to kill. Continue reading

A summer’s day in Cologne.

We arrived in Cologne on the morning Megabus coach from Brussels, where we’d just spent the previous evening. With less than 12 Hours remaining before our 10 hour night bus back to London, I didn’t wish to waste any time at all. The coached dropped us off outside Cologne’s impressive Laxness Arena, which is a short and direct ten minute walk from all the action. In no time I’d been rewarded with that famous postcard view of Cologne. The bridge, the huge cathedral and of course the Rhine all fit together perfectly. Wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading