One month after the Crimean population voted to join Russia and about 2 months after Russian troops occupied Crimea I booked flight and train tickets to spend 9 days in Crimea.
Said in one sentence, I circled the Baltic Sea overland. Again by train I went from Berlin via Warsaw to Kyiv and Chernobyl. Then just north overland via Belarus, the Baltic through Russia to Nordkap in Norway. From there I hitch-hiked back to Berlin.
I had seen many beautiful pictures of the Lofoten Islands so I decided to go there at the end of February to see some Northern Lights.
I went from Berlin by train to Istanbul, travelled through Turkey by bus and train visiting Cappadocia and Pamukkale. In the very east, near Lake Van, I crossed the border entering Iran. There I went from the north to Persian Gulf and up to Caspian Sea. All by bus and train again.
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