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Crazy Train – 62 hours from Saratov to Almaty

Crazy Train – 62 hours from Saratov to Almaty

Long journey, long post, so for those readers only after useful information first things first: If you are considering this trip you’re probably asking yourself the visa-question. The answer is: No, you don’t need a double-entry Visa for Russia, even though the train meanders between the borders and goes back to Russia for a short time after it has already passed the border to Kazakhstan. A single-entry Visa is absolutely fine.

Saratov on the Volga

Saratov on the Volga

We only stopped at Saratov to take the train to Almaty, leaving from Saratov station every other day on its crazy-long more than 60 hours (!!) journey. To prepare ourselves mentally for that, and to relax after the 12 hour train ride from Moscow we decided to stay for three days.  What is there to say about Saratov? It’s definetly off the beaten path. No one speaks English here, not in our Hotel Polina, nor anywhere else really. But that’s…

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Quiet little mountain town – Lahic

Quiet little mountain town – Lahic

  From lovely Baku we started our journey towards Georgia. Lahic >Wiki< was the first stop we made. It’s a little mountain village, where tourists go to see traditional copper artisans. It’s surrounded by beautiful mountain scenerey, making it perfect for hiking and riding. In theory. Unfortunately, the brilliant weather we had when we arrived there didn’t last. We got caught in the worst thunderstorm with hail in the evening of our first day. That kind of made us chicken-hearted,…

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48 hours well spent in Baku

48 hours well spent in Baku

  Baku was definitely a surprise for us. We didn’t quite know what to expect before we arrived, and imagined it to be a bit like Dubai. Glitzy, modern, rich from all the oil money. And it did smell a bit of oil everywhere, we found. But the city itself felt much more European than expected. Lots of 19th century historical buildings, huge squares, nice cafes, and a wonderful, charming old town. Get started: How to get a sim card…

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48 hours well spent in Lisbon

48 hours well spent in Lisbon

  Traveling back from Cape Verde we thought it would be a good idea to stay a couple of days in Lisbon. To readapt to western life. And it was. Lisbon is a wonderful city, perfect chill-out vibes anywhere. Here are our ideas for perfect 48 hours spent here. The basics: where to stay and how to get around We found ourselves a beautiful typical appartment in the historical centre of the city on Airbnb. High ceilings, lovely decorated interieur,…

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Hiking in Cape Verde Part 5: Agua das Caldeiras – Ribeira de Torre

Hiking in Cape Verde Part 5: Agua das Caldeiras – Ribeira de Torre

If I had to choose a favorite hike in Cape Verde it would be a tough decision  between this one and the Pico d’Antonio one. It’s a spectacular descent (you coud walk the other way round, up, if you’re mad enough), you pass through breezy pine forests, the clouds, a marvellous mountain village and finally get to the bottom of Ribeira de Torre. This ribeira is many peoples’ favorite, and I can see why. The peaks around look absolutely dramatic….

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