As some of you may or may not know, this is a journal I have to post journal entries I made while in Eastern Europe. Much of the journal is 'giddy girl journal entries' so I wont bore you with anything of the sort. I did, however, run across an entry today that might be of some interest.

I was very upset when I wrote it (as is evident) and spelling/grammar was/is definatly not one of my high points.

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Tip for travellers in Cetinje

Should you want to spend the night in the old capital, you should be able to find a cheap room (ten euros) in this house, located in Ulica Baja Pivljanija.

Here is the sign, if you do not read Cyrillic.

You should, however, not be too late since the owner (an old lady) seems to have a tendency to go to sleep at an early hour. No amount of doorbell ringing or shouting will wake her up after that.

Wheel of Fortune in Cetinje

The night in Cetinje turned out to be quite an encounter with the wheel of fortune, who would take me up and down several times during the next two hours.

Being a leisuretime mystic is one thing. Finding accommodation in Cetinje late at night is something else indeed. A local told me to try the Grand Hotel. According to my guidebook, Grand Hotel is a relic from the Balkan Wars era, when Cetinje was the capital of a small but important player in the political game that was going on. The prices, however, were modern indeed, although indeed grand – 45 Euro a night. What to do? I walked around in the street, the starry skies less inspiring than they had been some minutes earlier now when I had found a mundane problem to occupy my mind.

I decided to go into an internet café and check the web for something else. By chance I happened to tell my problem to the guy behind the counter, who immediately told me to go around the block where I could rent a room for the night for the much more reasonable price of 10 Euro.

Following him I went to the house and rang the doorbell. No answer, although the lights were on, the windows open and a TV flickered in the living room upstairs. We shouted something that was probably the name of the owner and rang the bell again and again, with no success. Eventually my friend shrugged and left, while I continued ringing and shouting.

After about an hour of occasional ringing and shouting a little boy on a bicycle came by, and walked towards the door. I ran up to him and managed to catch him before he went inside and tell him in my not-so-fluent Serbian (or, if you want, Montenegrin) that I needed a bed for the night. That is how I was saved from the choice of walking the street or spending a fortune at the Grand Hotel.

The Black Mountains, Crna Gora covered in woods and often hidden behind clouds, which gave Montenegro its name...

Once more in Crna Gora

After weeks of trying to organize a computer badly needed for my work it finally turned up, just when I had decided to take a holiday. I still did.

In pouring cat-and-doggystyle rain I jumped a southbound train for a few days of sea, sun and sightseeing.

Not shockingly, the train was a few hours late, arriving in Podgorica around ten PM. I boarded a bus to the beach resort of Budva, found a seat and started the journey up through the mountains.

During the drive I had a semi-relgious experience, watching the black, black mountain skies studded with stars. The best way to describe it would be unity. Unity with nature, unity with fellow human beings. It is my belief that some places the membrane separating our world from the divine is simply thinner than others. And the montenegrin mountains, particularly around Cetinje, are one of these truly cosmic places.

When we drove through Cetinje I told the driver I wanted to get off, I would rather spend the night in the city of the old Montenegrin kings.


An old palace...

The old monastery, from where the prince-bishops ruled the Montenegrin tribes in times of old...

And, to prove I was actually there...

Sometimes its hard to be a taxidriver...


Has anyone been to Slovenia?
My boyfriend and I have decided to go there this summer, we're flying to Ljubljana and going straight to Bled for 5 nights, then spending 2 or 3 nights in Ljubljana before flying home. I'd love to be there for longer but work and money unfortunately won't allow it this year, so we're trying to fit in as much as we can without it becoming the sort of holiday where you're rushing around all the time. We've been looking at guidebooks and on the internet, but it'd be great to hear from anyone who's visited either of these areas of the country and can recommend some must-see places to help us narrow down all the things we think sound good! We like cultural stuff, walking, good food & drink and pretty scenery, and we're definitely hoping to go whitewater rafting if we can.

Specific questions:
- Has anyone stayed in any of the youth hostels in Ljubljana? We know of a few, so it'd be good to get recommendations. Ideally we want somewhere cheap, quiet and within easy walking distance of the train & bus stations.
- How is the public transport around Bled, for going on short day trips and things to the surrounding area (like to Triglav National Park, Vintgar Gorge, etc)?
- Do a lot of people speak English? I'm going to learn the basics in Slovene beforehand if I can, and I speak French, German and a bit of Italian already, but it'd be good to know what to expect if my linguistic skills let me down!

Thanks to anyone who can give us advice!
Crossposted to a few communities, sorry if you read this more than once!


Hi everyone, I'm glad I found this community. Out of all the countries, I've travelled to, Eastern Europe is one of my favourite spots in the world. I travelled around Czech, Hungary and Romania last year and had a blast. The year before I travelled around Russia, and a little bit of Poland.

Prague, despite being very touristy, absolutely took my breath away. And Cesky Krumlov... what can I say... after travelling around Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia and the States, Cesky Krumlov is still number one on my top 5 favourite places in the world.

Stayed there for three nights, but could've stayed longer. An excellent spot to chill out and meet people. Stepping into the town was like stepping into a movie set. With a fairytale castle and all. *sigh* I would go back there any day.

Anyways, I'll travel more stories about my experiences in Eastern Europe at some stage. In the mean time, hoping to hear more stories from you guys.


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I've just discovered this community and I had a great time reading some of the stories here. I wish I'd had somewhere like this to post in the past when I've been travelling! Anyway, I hope this post is OK cos it's not so much a travel story as a few questions I want to ask to help me plan a trip - but hey, just think of it as encouragement to tell some of your stories!

I'm hopefully going to be doing a CELTA course in teaching English as a foreign language in Krakow this summer, so I'd love to hear from anyone who's spent time in that area and has any recommendations for places around there to visit at the weekends or anything else they think I should know.
After the course I'm planning to spend a week or so travelling - I'd like it to be more, but unfortunately I'll probably have to get back to England to start work. I really want to see Romania and Bulgaria because although I've travelled a lot around Europe, I've never got any further east than Hungary, and from what I know about that area I think I'd like it a lot. The only thing is, because I only have a week or so it's hard to narrow it down to fit it all in, so I'm hoping to get some recommendations for places I really shouldn't miss to help me plan where to go. I hate short trips where you don't really get to see a place properly, but I can't spare more time this summer so I'm hoping to just get a taste of the area and if I like what I see then I'll probably go back for a longer trip next year.

Anyway, my loose plan is to take the train from Krakow to Bratislava, stay there for one night, then fly to Bucharest and spend about a week in Romania and Bulgaria, then fly back to England from Sofia. If anyone has any recommendations for places they think I should include in my trip, that would be fantastic.
I like a mix of cities/towns and countryside, and I'm interested in historical stuff, art and culture. I'm not remotely interested in beaches, shopping or nightlife, so don't tell me to go to any of the beach resorts!! Also, would you recommend bus or train for travelling around this area?

Thanks for any advice you can offer! Sorry if you end up reading this more than once, I've cross-posted it to a few communities so I'll hopefully get lots of answers.


Im not sure how many of you will read this, or even 'take the next step', but I thought I should post in this community because this might be of some interest.

I am a Canadian teen who moved to Hungary on June 24th 2005. This journal is dedicated to the diary entries I made during my stay.

I figure that if anyone is currious about a Canadians perspective on Hungary than this would be the journal to read. Its not a book, there is no ending, there is no sence of closure, and I try so often to phycho-annalyze myself and others that its hard to understand what exactly im trying to say. Nonetheless, I feel Ive communicated my culture shock vividly, even if you dont care for the personal 'fluff' thats in the rest of the journal entries.

Entry 001 starts on the plane to Hungary, entry 254 (which I havent gotten around to posting yet, dont worry) is already back in Canada and is about the culture shock of THAT.

So I invite you to read about the ignorance of a canadian teenager who threw herself into a completely different country with no idea what to do next.

~Kanadai Csaj

ps. if you want to see the non-edited entries add me to your friends list and I'll add you back.