Friday, July 28, 2017

[MINSK] Budget and Itinerary

Belavia (Tbilisi - Minsk) - 280.00
Airbnb (19 Nights) - 442.50
Visa (Belarus Embassy Jakarta) - 270.00
City Lingva (3-Week Russian Course) - 650.00
Food Allowance (BYN20 x19) - 380.00

Monday, July 10, 2017

[VISA] Belarus (Single Entry)

Belarus has no consular representation in the Philippines. Their embassy that has jurisdiction over Filipinos citizens is the one in Jakarta. The good thing about this embassy is that they have a VERY detailed website regarding visa application. They even have separate pages explaining how to send your documents, how much you are going to pay and how, as well as the requirements necessary for almost every type of visit you can imagine. As such, it’s not really that hard to get that visa!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

[TBILISI] Budget and Itinerary

SATURDAY: 9 July 2017
Georgian Airways (Yerevan - Tbilisi) - 225.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 23.00
Cappadocia (Cheese Sandwich w/Water) - 15.50
Bus 37 (Airport - Liberty Square) - 0.50
Metrocard (Deposit) - 2.00
Metro (Rustaveli - Marjashinvili) - 0.50
Subway (Spicy Italian w/Cookie & Coke) - 14.30
Taxi (Marjashinvili - Airport) - 15.00

Estimate of GEL1 = PhP22.00
TOTAL PhP6,507.60

Saturday, July 8, 2017

[YEREVAN] Budget and Itinerary

WEDNESDAY: 5 July 2017
Aeroflot (St. Petersburg - Moscow - Yerevan) - 68,675.00
Airbnb (3 Nights) - 22,650.00
eVisa (21 Days/Single Entry) - 2,990.00

Friday, July 7, 2017

[ARMAVIR] Budget and Itinerary

FRIDAY: 7 July 2017
Taxi (Yerevan - Zvartnots Cathedral) - 4,000.00
Entrance Fee (Zvartnots Cathedral) - 1,000.00
Store (Mineral Water) - 200.00
Mini Van 203 (Zvartnots - Etchmiadzin) - 150.00
Man Food (Hotdog x2 w/Crisps & Coke) - 650.00
Mini Van 203 (Etchmiadzin - Yerevan) - 250.00

Estimate of AMD1 = PhP0.10
TOTAL PhP625.00

[ARMAVIR] The Oldest Churches in the World

The original plan for Yerevan was simple: Chill for three days. Go out in the morning and the evening for a stroll. Simple! And then I did some research and found out that there are many day trips you can do from Yerevan, and the destinations are not even that far. The Etchmiadzin/Zvartnots combo is an hour west in the province of Armavir. The Garni/Geghard combo is an hour east in the province of Kotayk. Suddenly I had a jam packed itinerary far from the vicinity of the word CHILL.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

[VISA] Armenia (eVisa)

I wasn’t really planning on applying for an eVisa for Armenia. I mean, Philippine passport holders can go there and get a visa on arrival at the airport. But I’ve had my fair share of these visa-on-arrival nightmares before. Remember India and Cuba? The good thing about Armenia is they give you the option to apply for an eVisa instead. They also allow you to choose between a 120-day visa which costs USD30 (~PHP1,500) and a shorter one valid for 21 days which is way cheaper at just USD6 (~PHP300). Second option for me!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

[ST. PETERSBURG] Budget and Itinerary

TUESDAY: 4 July 2017
Rossiya (Kaliningrad - St. Petersburg) - 5,340.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 1,245.00
Bus 39 (Pulkovo Airport - Moskovskaya) - 40.00
Metro 2 (Moskovskaya - Nevskiy Prospekt) - 45.00
Mama Roma (Carbonara w/Potato Wedges & Coke) - 575.00

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

[ST. PETERSBURG] The River Ain't the Best Place to Find a Sinner

So the church is where I go. Three today, in fact. I’m just as surprised as you are that I did not burn to death. If there was a ceasefire between the forces of good and evil then I clearly wasn’t informed. But let’s give me a break now, shall we? I’m so in tourist mode today, and St. Petersburg is really kind to camwhores. I feel like if I woke up here Hangover style without any recollection of how I got here, I would’ve thought that I were somewhere in Central Europe, like Budapest or Vienna.

Monday, July 3, 2017

[KALININGRAD] Budget and Itinerary

MONDAY: 3 July 2017
Aeroflot (Moscow Sheremetyevo - Kaliningrad) - 5,715.00
Airbnb (1 Night) - 815.00
Bus 244e (Khrabrovo Airport - Victory Square) - 100.00
McDonalds (6 pcs. Chicken Nuggets w/Fries & Coke + Sundae) - 293.00
Tram 2 (Moskovskiy Prospekt - Victory Square) - 20.00
McDonalds (Double Cheese + Nuggets w/Fries & Coke + Sundae) - 456.00

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