Freelance doesn't always mean free time

Be Back Soon!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. I very much enjoy what I do, but you can probably tell where this is going.

Earlier this year, I accepted a few more writing projects than I should have, and at the moment I’m in a race to meet deadlines. I’m currently researching a guide on Romania and Bulgaria, curating another guide on Slovenia, and preparing to lead a National Geographic cruise down the Danube. It’s all manageable and will fall into place (I know this from previous years), but something had to give. Sadly, this time around, that means my blog.

For the new few weeks, will be on hiatus.

There are some good stories in the pipeline: my favorite English bookshop in Bucharest, how the EU’s “cultural capital” designation is changing the Romanian city of Timișoara, some ongoing efforts to save the Brutalist architecture of Karlovy Vary, and many more. I hope to be up and running again by mid-November.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of back material on the blog. Simply click on the “hamburger menu” in the upper left-hand corner of this page (right-hand if you're reading on a phone), find a category, and check out some stories.

Thank you for reading and following, and I’ll be back soon! Mark

Click on the little 'hamburger' menu bar in the upper left- or right-hand corner (if you're reading on a phone) of this page to find a handy guide to previous posts, divided by category.

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About the author

Mark Baker

I’m an independent journalist, travel writer and author who’s lived in Central Europe for nearly three decades. I love the history, literature, culture and mystery of this often-overlooked corner of Europe, and I make my living writing articles and guidebooks about the region. Much of what I write eventually finds its way into commercial print or digital outlets, but a lot of it does not.

And that’s my aim with this website: to find a space for stories and experiences that fall outside the publishing mainstream.

My Book: ‘Čas Proměn’

In 2021, I published “Čas Proměn” (“Time of Changes”), my first book of historical nonfiction. The book, written in Czech, is a collection of stories about Central and Eastern Europe in the 1980s and early ‘90s, including memories of the thrilling anti-communist revolutions of 1989. The idea for the book and many of the tales I tell there were directly inspired by this blog. Czech readers, find a link to purchase the book here. I hope you enjoy.

Tales of Travel & Adventure in Central Europe
Mark Baker