Central Europe

My Wild Three Days in Budapest

Budapest

Budapest is one of the most fascinating cities I’ve been to. Make that two cities. I’ll bet you didn’t know Buda and Pest were separate less than 150 years ago. I arrived in Budapest at 6 AM off a night train from Timisoara, Romania. It was the first night train I’ve taken in my travels (and one of the first …

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Epic Thunderstorm in Krakow

Thunderstorm in Krakow

Waking up at six in a school-converted-hostel, after sleeping on a mattress on the floor in a classroom. Navigating the public transport across Prague, lugging a 30 kg backpack to make an 8 AM train to Ostrava. Boarding a bus from Ostrava to Krakow, getting complimentary drinks and cookies for the ride. Passing through a breathtaking countryside, filled with forests, fields and …

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Exploring the Fairy Tale European Town of Ghent, Belgium

Center of Ghent

Gent in Dutch, Gand in French. I will use the English spelling, Ghent, in this article. The name comes from a word meaning “confluence” and is the merging of the Scheldt and Leie rivers. In the middle ages it was the second largest and powerful city in Europe (behind Paris), and currently it is the second largest city in Belgium …

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Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, the seat of the European Union. A very diverse city. Frankly, no easy way to describe it. First of all, there is a difference between the region of Brussels and the City of Brussels. Just as Los Angeles is usually confused between the city and the county, so too is Brussels confused. The City of Brussels by itself is …

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A Guide to Belgian Chocolate

Belgium Chocolate Shop

Many countries have their signature food. Japan has sushi. Thailand has Pad Thai. Iceland has hotdogs (believe it or not). And Belgium has waffles, beer, frites (fries) and CHOCOLATE! Without question, the Belgian chocolate is the best in the world. Usually I like to write a blog on my experiences within a certain city or country. But today I need to talk about …

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