My husband and I love pictures of old modern and brutalist weird architecture in Eastern Europe. We'd love to see it.
But travel agents and tours focus on blue waters and quaint villages. Is there a "show me the concrete weirdness" travel option I'm missing for two people who don't like the traditional postcards, but both almost failed college Russian?
Inspired by finding a tour in Winnipeg
as well as too many Pinterest and Tumblr pictures of gorgeously weird retrofuturistic
buildings, I've been daydreaming about looking at lots of abandoned, moss-covered concrete in former communist countries.
It's clear that Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria - they're full of amazing modern and brutalist architecture
, but my husband and I don't speak any of the languages, aren't familiar with the culture and really, where we'd even center ourselves.
We don't necessarily need a package tour - although we'd take one. We're independent international travelers that have explored Asia and western Europe as well as most of The States taking public transportation, using maps and pointing at things we didn't know the words for. But this feels bigger to me than crossing Japan to see lots of arcades, taking the maglev in China or traveling via sleeper train from Paris to Rome just to take a sleeper car.
Also, given the abandoned nature of some of these buildings, how do we even tell what we might have access to or even if still exists?
Any tips, guidance, ideas as I start planning to see it before it's all gone?