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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Mark Baker

I’m an independent journalist and travel writer who’s lived in Central Europe for more than two 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.

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

You’ll find a mix of stories here. Some will be familiar “what to see and do” travel articles on particular destinations. Others will be tales of “adventure” (usually with a comic twist) from life on the road. I'll also share tips about living in my adopted hometown of Prague and stories from a more-distant (but seemingly ever-present) past, when Central Europe was the “Eastern bloc” and I was a full-time journalist trying my best to cover it. I hope you enjoy.

Tales of Travel & Adventure in Central Europe
Mark Baker