What to expect from a visit to Chernobyl

Early starts aren’t nice. They’re even worse when you wake up in a cold sweat imagining you’re trapped in Chernobyl and history has repeated itself. Thankfully, it became clear that hadn’t happened when I woke up, but it did leave me unable to get back to sleep from about 4am, four hours before my tour …

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How to make Varenyky (Ukrainian Dumplings)

I usually try and do a cooking class in every country I go to. So far, I’ve learned how to make curry in Sri Lanka, sushi in Tokyo, and watched my mam get told off for not listening by an Italian grandma. However, I’ve never had a cooking class one to one. That changed when …

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Just what is Ukrainian food actually like?

Kiev is a strange place. It’s both breathtakingly beautiful and hideously ugly at the same time. The skyline is a mix of shining golden domes and abandoned Soviet buildings. There’s even a bridge across the River Dnieper that nobody has bothered either to put the finishing touches to or just knock down. This, and some …

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Montepulciano: A truly 21st century tour for a 6th century town

The town of Montepulciano is one of the best-known producers of fine wine in the whole of Italy. The picturesque little place is perched atop a hill in the Tuscan countryside. From a few kilometres away, you can make out the renaissance bell towers and the city walls – blots of brown and red on …

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I like Valparaíso, but it took a while to be convinced…

One of Chile’s most popular tourist destinations, there’s a lot to like about Valparaíso. That’s what people kept telling me anyway, but it took a lot of effort to find this stuff, and at first I really hated the place (okay, perhaps hate is a bit strong, but it was very hot, and a bit …

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There’s nothing to do in Santiago? What a load of rubbish.

Anyone who says that there’s nothing to do in Santiago is lying to you. I only booked one night in the city, thinking I’d be heading straight to Valparaíso and just using it as a stopover. However, it didn’t take me long to extend and that wasn’t because my hostel offered me 15% off. Just …

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