God And The Creation Of The Universe

One of the few (in fact probably the only) reasonable argument for the existence of a God revolves around the creation of the universe. However this is a far weaker argument than it first seems. After all God is not necessary for creation and even if he was, it still leaves numerous other problems with his/its existence. Continue reading “God And The Creation Of The Universe”

Magnificent Mostar

Mostar is an absolutely stunning town that is definitely worth visiting. It has a glorious medieval feel, a captivating and enticing river of gorgeous colours and of course, its famous bridge, a massive stone construction whose destruction came to symbolise the war in Bosnia. Meticulously reconstructed, it is now one of the most popular tourist sights in the Balkans.

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Sarajevo: Beauty Scarred By War

Although recently ravaged by war, Sarajevo has now recovered and is thriving. It’s a lively city that still retains a small town feel to it. From the bustling markets to the glistening river to the great views atop its surrounding hills, Sarajevo has a great atmosphere. However, the scars of war are still visible, with bullet ridden buildings and mortar craters on the footpaths. Sarajevo is a city embracing modernity yet hasn’t fully shaken off the ghosts of the past.

The mix in Sarajevo. A historic church beside a bullet ridden building

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Belgrade: A City With Character

Belgrade is the gritty capital of Serbia. Its streets are lined with potholes and decaying apartments. If you like large Communist apartment blocks you’ll love Belgrade because they’re everywhere. However, in a strange way these add to the city’s charm. It’s a city with character. After all isn’t the point of travel to see different places? If you want prosperity stay at home. If you want an edgy, intriguing city brimming with history with history come to Belgrade. Continue reading “Belgrade: A City With Character”

Budapest: Baths, Castles, Communism and Ruin Pubs

One of the best cities I got to see on my trip was Budapest. It is a magnificent city with beautiful wide boulevards and many historic sights. There are many great areas I would recommend like the Schzenyi Baths, the Parliament, Buda Castle, House of Horror and the ruined bars. Continue reading “Budapest: Baths, Castles, Communism and Ruin Pubs”

Having The Craic In Krakow

Krakow is a beautiful old rustic city which feels much smaller than it is. It is very compact with everything in a short walking distance. Almost everything is within a stone’s throw of its large and impressive main square. The city is also home to the Kazimierz Jewish Quarter, the grand Wawel Castle and not far from the horror of Auschwitz. Continue reading “Having The Craic In Krakow”

Do Babies Go To Heaven?

The fundamental belief of Christianity is that all who accept and believe in Jesus will go to Heaven. (Acts 16:30-1) But what about babies who die before they are baptised? They are clearly not capable of understanding Christianity or Jesus and can’t make any decisions in that regard. So the question is, do they go to Heaven? On the one had they clearly don’t  meet the requirements, but on the other hand it would have to be an especially cruel God that sends innocent little babies to Hell. Continue reading “Do Babies Go To Heaven?”

Berlin

Berlin is a massive and very diverse city that you would need at least a week to see it properly. From the massively impressive Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate to the simplicity of Checkpoint Charlie and the haunting silence of the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin is a city that has a lot to offer. And then there is the nightlife, a subject that deserves an article in itself and two weeks to properly see and enjoy. Berlin was by the far the most modern and classy of the cities I visited. Continue reading “Berlin”

Amsterdam: City Of Canals And Cannabis

Amsterdam is a beautiful quaint city with a relaxed attitude and wonderful canals. Not that you’re interested in that because everyone goes to Amsterdam for one reason: to get high. It is impossible to get away from cannabis in Amsterdam, there are scores of coffee shops on every street and the smell is everywhere. It’s quite easy to spend days in a smoky haze, see some crazy stuff and meet many characters (which is basically what most tourists do). It is also possible to have a sober time exploring the great city by bike and seeing the vibrant culture. Though one friend described not getting high in Amsterdam as being like going to Disneyland and not going on any of the rides. Continue reading “Amsterdam: City Of Canals And Cannabis”

InterRail Tips

I spent the last month travelling around Europe on an InterRail pass (that’s why I haven’t posted in such a while). It was a brilliant experience that I would whole heartedly recommend to everyone. I got to see a wide variety of cultures, traditions and histories. It undoubtedly broadened my horizons and I loved every minute of it. I visited Amsterdam, Berlin, Krakow, Budapest, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, Split, Ljubljana and Prague. It was fantastic to see such a range of cities and cultures. My trip was a bit different in that I deliberatively aimed to go off the beaten track. I wanted to avoid the main tourist destinations like Spain and France, and instead head to somewhere you would never think to go, places like Serbia and Bosnia. I will post a blog about each individual city over the next coming days; this post is a general view. Continue reading “InterRail Tips”