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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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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Why the seafood market is the best thing about Santiago, and possibly the whole of Chile.

Chile is the longest country in the world, and most of this narrow country is coastline. It stands to reason then, that there must be some pretty good seafood, right? Even though Chile’s not famed for its food (except for empanadas), I was still excited to try what was on offer (like everywhere else I’ve …

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San Pedro de Atacama – a land of superlatives

San Pedro de Atacama, one of the northernmost towns in Chile is an intriguing place. Although there are more tourism agencies in the three streets of the town than actual people living there (20% are operated by robots) and it’s crazy expensive, the natural beauty surrounding the town more than makes up for it. 6 …

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