Balkans | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
View down the pedestrianized Mother Teresa Boulevard, with it's many sidewalk cafes

Kosovo hadn’t been on my list of possible destinations when I decided to tour the ex-Yugoslavian countries this summer. I’d been repeatedly advised that Kosovo was dangerous, so when, on a...

View from above as the Tesla Coil is turned on and electricity flows through the air, lighting up the flourescent tubes held by visitors

The copper-coiled tower that rose before me was simultaneously fascinating and frightening. I knew the enormous Tesla Coil had the ability to create lightning bolts that could fry a person. Our...

Happy vendors at the fresh market in Belgrade, Serbia

“Whatever you do, don’t take the train to Serbia!” my tour guide exclaimed. “The best way to visit Serbia  from Zagreb is to take the bus.” Unfortunately, I’d already purchased my...

Life imitates art in this sculpture on Strossmayer Promenade in the Upper Town of Zagreb, Croatia

I was being watched. I was certain of it. Each time the hairs on the back of my neck prickled, I spun around to confront my stalker, only to find empty...

One of the batanas of Rovinj, Croatia rows into a golden sunset

The captain wielded his long white oars like hot knives through butter, each dip barely dimpling the glassy sea. His muscled arms moved fluidly, tiny adjustments keeping us on our course...

The waterfront in Piran is beautiful, as is the country, but Slovenian tourism is not ready for the big time

I explained why I don’t like living in the U.S. anymore to the manager of Hostel Val in Piran: the work, work, work; money, money, money; buy, buy, buy mentality that...