I visited countries listed on my website when I was working as a journalist (1988 – 1996) and as an international aid worker (1997-1998). You may notice that a few countries, like Lithuania and Estonia, are not included. I was a young journalist during the collapse of communism and did not have the seniority to cover all the big stories that occurred in the region. I travelled as widely as possible outside my turf on holiday but was not able to go everywhere. It was an exciting time to be based in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union though some countries, most notably those that emerged from the break up of Yugoslavia, experienced terrible conflict.