Reconnaissance Europe

Mission in progress to explore all 51 European states.


Sable Campbell de Oliveira (Novi Blokovi)

Not all of us are cut out to be round-the-world backpackers; roughing-it in hostels, sweeping through entire continents nomadically and carrying little more than a few pairs of perpetual underwear… I’m certainly not. I prefer to plan short, intensive trips to “military precision”.

My name is Sable (alias: noviblokovi): Engineer, military enthusiast, European traveller, armchair expert and eternal scholar from Northern Ireland.

I prefer to tackle countries closer to home and Europe lends itself well to being airdropped and airlifted in and out of its capitals by “large blue and pink carrier birds” rather conveniently. I always set out with certain mission objectives, from trying national delicacies to tracking down Vladimir Lenin statues, but always manage to add a couple more along the way.

Ugly buildings and history of conflict usually feature heavily on the agenda, as well as sampling local cuisine. I try my best to also look for the more unusual or unique experiences specific to any place. If you want to read about top tourist traps, how to eat out on a shoestring and find pleasant locations to sit idly on a patch of grass, TripAdvisor is a better bet!

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