Middle World Adventures

Hi. I’m Ashlyn.

Photo Credit: Kristin Ariel Photography

Middle World Adventures was created to share my stories of living abroad. After growing up in the midwest and living ten years in Charleston, my spouse and I moved from the Holy City to Hungary. You’ll find our travel stories under the destinations tab, along with a fully downloadable map of all our favorite sites in each city and a list of my upcoming adventures.


I’m an avid reader, manic writer, and have a passion for creating change.

You can read a couple of my newest posts here:

  • Chornobyl Power Plant & Prypiat

    February 14, 2020 by

    The Chornobyl Power Plant and the city of Pripyat were the final stops on our tour.  Where are we? It was incredible to just be there. That’s the only way I can put into words the way it felt to stand at the place where everything happened. If you were just randomly driving near the… Read more

  • Chornobyl Duga Base

    February 14, 2020 by

    One part of our day trip to Chornobyl from Kyiv included a stop at the former Soviet base operating a Duga Radar Tower. What is a Soviet Radar Tower you ask? I had literally zero idea about this structure until we pulled up in the bus and walked the short way to the tower, also… Read more

  • Villages of Zalissya & Kopachi

    February 14, 2020 by

    Our day trip included visiting the villages of Zalissya and Kopachi. Zalissya is the first stop after the checkpoint into the Exclusion Zone while Kopachi is farther north; visitors can see the Chornobyl plant from Kopachi’s road near the Red Forest. Where are we? Both villages were two of 186 communities (including over 100,000 people)… Read more

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Why “Middle World Adventures”?

In Hungarian folklore the world is divided into three levels. The Upper World (Felső világ) is home to the gods; the Underworld (Alsó világ) is the lowest layer. In between is the Middle World (Középső világ), where we live. At the center of the world is the Tree of Life (Világfa/Életfa) which connects all three layers: its foliage reaches Felső világ and its roots all the way to Alsó világ.

I’m sharing stories from the Middle World. Középső világ kalandok.