How is life in Odessa, Ukraine?

Ukraine If you arrive in Odessa coming from Moldova, you simply can’t imagine what lies at the seafront.   Moldova is considered the poorest country in Europe but Ukraine seems to be even more. Its country side at least..  The few villages we drove through were simply...

The country that doesn’t exist on map

Europe Have you ever heard about Transnistria? Pridnestrovia maybe? I admit I’d never heard about till we entered Moldova. And since we visited the country we can assure you it really exists even if you will not find it on the map or in the list of UN countries. Its...

A capital city which seemingly is a huge mall

Diaries If you travel in rural Moldova, you will soon understand that there is nothing interesting to keep you there. Till you arrive in Chisinau… This is not just the capital of a poor (in fact, the poorest) country in Europe. It’s the powerhouse of the...

The Dracula’s castle

Europe If you ever go to Romania you will certainly visit its No1 tourist attraction, the Dracula Castle in Bran. But is it worthy the trip? Let me write some facts: Bran exists on the tourists’ map because of Dracula’s character. But the guy is only a...

A time machine to the Middle Ages

Akis Temperidis We didn’t know Sighisoara, as a town, as a name or whatever.  A fellow greek overlander, Yannis Yannopoulos, who is on his ultimate Overland Diaries trip mentioned the place during a chat we had while we were in Romania. We googled the town and we...

We could live in Sibiu

TheWorldOffRoad I admit I had a completely different perception of Romanian cities. I imagined them grey communist relics with loads of traffic jams and huge concrete blocks.  I should have known better. Craiova – the first town we stayed in Romania –...