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Days 22/24: Sofia

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Has anyone binge watched Bates Motel recently? I spent about four days finishing all four seasons (40 episodes) of that show and now my life feels slightly wrong. I wrote a thing about it in an attempt to make myself feel productive, and the thing was written on one of the new websites I am now collaborating with!

Some of you may have guessed that I’m back from my Europe trip. To be totally and utterly honest with you I’ve been back for some time. Since the 22nd of November to be exact. The trouble with travel blogging is that it’s all well and good when everything is still there and fresh in your mind, but when you go home and start settling back into ‘real’ life it can be hard to remember what it was like to be travelling. You remember what happened, but you can’t quite…

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Day 19: Bucharest

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This has been the worst day of my trip by far.

It started off so well. After my failed attempt to visit Bran Castle yesterday I successfully went with my new Australian friend and we even saw Rasnov as well. I mean granted Bran is very over hyped and Rasnov was basically closed for the winter, but still.

Bran castle is nice, but it’s not quite what you expect it to be. I was expecting something huge and imposing but like many before me I found it a little underwhelming. Okay it’s hardly a one bedroom flat, but it doesn’t actually look that massive. There was also construction works going on around done of the outside walls of the castle which kind of ruined the illusion, but from certain angles it was really pretty.

Despite the fact that Bran castles main modern claim to fame is Dracula in reality the…

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Days 20-21 Bucharest and Sofia

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Bucharest

I’d heard a lot of bad things about Bucharest from Romanians and non-Romanians alike, but it wasn’t that bad. The old town is pretty nice (although it’s too big and commercial to have the same appeal as Brasov) and if you’re into clubbing it’s definitely a good place to go. A Romanian girl in my room went out every night I was there and she seemed to have a great time; she kept trying to encourage the rest of the room to come but the first night I was too dead from the endless walking with the giant backpack and I was pretty exhausted for the rest of Bucharest as a result.

I went on the Bucharest walkabout tour on the second day. We learned about an old and famous restaurant which is located in what used to be a popular trading area, we saw one of Vlad the…

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Days 16-18: Brasov, Romania

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Let’s pick up where we left off in Brasov, Romania.

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Brasov is beautiful. There is more in Brasov apart from the Old Town and when I walked through on the way to the (wrong) bus station I saw that it had tower blocks and ugly streets just like everywhere else, but the city center is really, really nice. People aren’t lying when they say it’s a medieval city. I mean it has a McDonald’s and an Orange shop and everything you’d expect to see but man. Some of the buildings are amazing.

The city is surrounded by forest filled mountains and at the top of one of them is a big Hollywood style that says Brasov in huge white letters. Apparently the mountains are filled with wolves, bears, and birds but it’s also a really popular place for hiking in the summer. The mountains also get covered with mist and…

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New trip: Europe by Bus!

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Hello everyone,

I have some exciting news. I’ve been planning a trip through Europe ever since I got back from Amsterdam in June, but I’ve spent the last two months working on getting established as a freelance writer and finally getting into the gym. I think I’m now in a position where I could work whilst I travel, so I should be heading off sometime in September!

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My trip is going to be via buses and trains, hopefully without taking a single plane. I haven’t finalised all my locations, but so far my trips looking something like this:

London>Brussels>Amsterdam>Berlin>Prague>Vienna>Budapest and then either Bucharest>Sofia>Thessaloniki>Belgrade and make my way back via Italy and France, or if I get strapped for time/money/realise I hate travelling and want to go home it might go Budapest>Zegrab> Italy>Switzerland>Germany/France>Back to London.

Travelling normally costs a lot of money, but I’ve found that once you get into Prague…

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Lazy Vegetarian Meal Ideas #25 Seitan doner kebab

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Ever since I went to Germany and had my first ever vegan kebab, I’ve been looking everywhere for seitan. Seitan is a vegan meat substitute that is made out of gluten, and its meat-like texture makes it a perfect substitute for the meat normally found in kebabs. It’s unfortunately not that popular in the U.K, and although you can order it online the only shop I’ve actually found it in is Wholefoods.

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Wholefoods isn’t exactly cheap (my jar of seitan cost £3.95), but considering the cost of a vegan kebab in one of the few places that actually sells them (i.e Brighton) is around £6-7, and this way you can make them exactly how you like them. I really don’t like raw onions. so this recipe avoids them, but as always please amend the ingredients to suit your own taste. This is a really simple dish to make and…

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Lazy Vegetarian Meal Ideas #34 Super tasty Indian style filling

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This is a surprisingly easy and super tasty recipe that can be served in loads of different ways. You can use it as a filling for your lunch time wrap, make yourself some delicious samosas, serve it with rice or nan bread, or even just eat it on its own. However you choose to eat it, this is a very simple and uber tasty meal that will leave you full and satisfied.

IMG_6875What you need: A few peeled and finely chopped potatoes, a can of chickpeas, a handful or two of pumpkin seeds, a generous amount of green peas, a chopped onion,  olive oil, hot water.

Spices: Aesofida, turmeric, garam masala, black mustard seeds, hot chilli powder, coriander seeds, a sprinkle of dried ginger, salt, pepper, chilli flakes.

1: Boil the chopped potatoes for about ten minutes/ till soft.

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Lazy Vegetarian meal ideas #33: Vegetarian shepherd’s pie

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Shepherd’s pie is a fantastically hearty and tasty dish, and it is very easy to make vegetarian. Even though it is 100% vegetarian (and almost vegan), it does have a slightly meaty feel about it because of the mushrooms. It might not be the ideal dish for this summer weather (last week was the first time we have had any decent summer this year in the U.K), but it’s so damn tasty and it has the magic combination of being filling but filling at the same time.

This particular shepherds pie recipe is something I’ll be making a lot more in the future. Although it does take a while to cook it is such an easy dish, and it only requires cheap and minimal ingredients.

FullSizeRender (3)What you need: One large white onion, a few cloves of finely chopped garlic, half a box of small/medium mushrooms, a handful of pumpkin seeds…

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Haus Der Kunst: Nazis, art and the subversion of evil

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Before I came to Munich, the only thing I really knew about it was that Hitler had really liked the place and he staged two art exhibitions in Munich in 1937.

These exhibitions were the Degenerate art exhibition, which featured modern art, and the Great German art exhibition, which featured Nazi approved ‘pure’ art. The latter included work by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and even Nazi supporter Emil Nolde. Hitler did not like most modern art, thinking it confusing, subversive and impure, and he used the exhibition to try and defame and mock it. He thought art should be pleasant to look at and have an uplifting, Nazi supportive message.

He wasn’t alone either, a lot of people didn’t like modern art at the time and the term ‘degenerate’ used to describe wasn’t exactly new, nor was it first used by the Nazis.

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Munich, love and the beauty of anti social people.

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Munich is a truly beautiful place.

Although a lot of it was destroyed during world war 2, they rebuilt most of the city to look like its former self and so although many of the buildings are new, the architecture looks authentic and old with only the very occasional tower block to spoil the otherwise fantastic view.

You have wonderfully big parks, massive churches, city walls, fountains, lots and lots of pubs, free music events, art galleries and even outdoor surfing. Before I went to Munich, all I really knew about it was the Degenerate and Great German art exhibitions (see my next post), but I fell in love with this city and hope I will be able to visit it again in the future.

There were, however, some rather strange moments in Munich.

My first day, much like in Cologne, was  quite uneventful. Although my hostel (Wombats) was literally…

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