Travel Guides

Why Kaunas is for Travelers, Not Tourists

Beautiful Stream

I was told Kaunas could be visited in a day. Sure it can. But you’ll miss a lot if you do. Spending a full week in Kaunas was definitely a highlight in my travels this year. I had no idea there would be so much to do there or how many great friends I would make. The first day was actually spent …

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A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Warsaw for 2 Days

Old Town Castle Square

I went to visit Warsaw for 2 days so my trip from Krakow to Kaunas could be done in two stages. I didn’t think there would be much to see. When will I learn? Learning the history of Warsaw was almost more impacting on me than Auschwitz. On September 1st, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, Warsaw had a population of …

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A Humbling Day in Auschwitz

Fence with Warning

I finally visited Auschwitz. What an experience. My grandfather was in the US Counterintelligence for World War II. Concentration camps are part of my family’s history. I’m not one to experience negative emotions. I very rarely get angry, upset or afraid. Four hours touring through Auschwitz Memorial Museum is enough to get to anyone, and certainly was humbling for me. …

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A Budget Adventurer’s Guide to Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague, also known as Praha, Praga and Prag. For years I heard it was the most beautiful city in Europe. After seeing it for myself, I’m tempted to agree. Prague is the fifth most visited in Europe. For good reason. With the largest castle compound in the world and a plethora of other sights, it’s a wonder to behold. The unending amount …

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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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