Must-do’s and -see’s in ATHENS: The Ancient Agora (Αγορά)

Visiting Greece for a week is a dream come true! I still couldn’t believe I managed to pull a solo trip to “one of the oldest cities in the world, the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, political science, Western literature, historiography, major mathematical principles, and Western theories of tragedy and comedy”. I … More Must-do’s and -see’s in ATHENS: The Ancient Agora (Αγορά)

PEST: A hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrad

The Fellegvár Citadel in the castle town of Visegrad is a famous destination for excursions and hiking tours. In 1323, the town 40 kms north of Budapest became the center of Hungary, guarding the kingdom from intruders, monitoring the commercial routes along the Danube River, and hosting several important historical events like the the Royal Summit … More PEST: A hiking tour to Count Dracula’s prison tower in Visegrad

PEST: Visiting Fellegvár, Hungary’s ancient acropolis and “cloud castle”

The castle town of Visegrad is a good alternative to the crowdy and bustling city center of Budapest. Just about 50 minutes away via train, the town offers castle ruins and fortifications dating from the 1200s and an awesome view of the Danube River Bend. The castle complex consists of the Lower Castle, including the … More PEST: Visiting Fellegvár, Hungary’s ancient acropolis and “cloud castle”

PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

The out-of-the-city center trip to the castle town of Visegrad about 40 kms north of Budapest was probably the highlight of my short trip to the capital of spas and thermal baths – Hungary. My UP schoolmate and I took the 50-minute train ride from Nyugati station in Budapest to Nagymaros, and then the 5-minute … More PEST: A trip to the high fortress of Visegrad in the Danube Bend

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

One thing I like about traveling solo is meeting like-minded people from all over the world. During my 10 day trip to Hungary and Greece last summer, I came across several amazing travelers and locals. One of them is a student from Australia who’s doing some programs in Hungary and the rest of Europe. We … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking day tour to the House of Terror, Heroes’ Square, Széchenyi Thermal Bath, National Museum, Central Market, etc.)

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (Exploring the Castle District, Budapest Eye and St. Stephen’s Basilica)

Last summer, I went solo traveling in Hungary and Greece for 10 days, and those days absolutely go to my list of unforgettable adventures. Hungary has a very colorful history, from its tribal years to medieval monarchy to the world wars and eventually, communism under the Soviet Union. Today, the country  is practicing democracy and … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (Exploring the Castle District, Budapest Eye and St. Stephen’s Basilica)

BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)

Traveling solo is an ultimate life experience! And I was blessed enough to have visited a number of countries on my own. It teaches one to be independent, resourceful, open-minded and appreciative of the world we live in. Last summer, I went solo traveling in Hungary and Greece for 10 days, and those days absolutely … More BUDAPEST: Pearl of the Danube (A walking tour in the Jewish District)