Ruins Archive

A visit to Patarei Prison in Tallinn, Estonia

I visited Estonia after having come from Latvia. As I wrote about that part of my trip, the Soviet era was rough for the Baltic states. One gruesome reminder of the Soviet occupation of Estonia is Patarei Prison. Built originally as a sea fortress during the 1800s, Patarei eventually was used as a massive prison by the […]

Top 10 things to do in Havana Vieja, Cuba

I spent the majority of my time in Cuba in Havana, specifically in Havana Vieja, the oldest part of the city. With beautiful buildings, quaint squares, historic bars, and classic cars, Havana Vieja is home to many of the images people think of when they think of Havana. In no particular order, here were my […]

24 hours in Tulum, Mexico

Thanks to the flight schedules, I had about 24 hours to kill around Cancun, Mexico before flying onward to Cuba. I’m not a beach resort sort of person, so rather than staying in Cancun, I opted to drive south to Tulum for 24 hours so I could see the Mayan ruins there. Renting a car was […]