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October, 2015

  • 5 October

    Riga is Even Better Than I Expected

    Nativity of Christ Cathedral

    Riga is a city I’d love to spend a month in. I just might do that next year. Here’s why you should too. The Old Town is truly stunning, although it only occupies less than 1% of Riga. The rest of the city is fascinating. Physically, it’s beautiful. Located along a river just off the Baltic Sea, Riga sprawls with …

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September, 2015

  • 27 September

    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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  • 22 September

    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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  • 18 September

    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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  • 13 September

    Who Knew Krakow Is So Beautiful?

    Krakow

    After traveling through fifteen countries in eight weeks, it was time to settle down and catch up on the blog. Originally I had planned to go to Germany after Prague, perhaps Dresden or Leipzig and then Berlin, but instead picked the cheaper and shorter journey to Krakow, Poland. I’m very glad I did. My arrival into Krakow was something beyond spectacular. I …

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  • 10 September

    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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  • 4 September

    Beautiful Vienna is More than Music

    Monument to Maria Theresa

    I went to Vienna simply knowing it was home to some of the best classical musicians. I didn’t expect to find one of the most beautiful cities in my travels. What surprised me most is how large, diverse and truly beautiful Vienna is. Did you know Vienna has nearly 2 million people, the sixth highest population for a city in the …

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August, 2015

  • 29 August

    Why You Should Visit Bratislava, Slovakia

    Presidential Palace Fountain

    Bratislava is not a city that takes long to see. But there are so many more places in Slovakia I should have visited as well. I originally wanted to visit Bratislava back in May when I met some friends in Edinburgh who invited me to stay with them. However, while I was still in Romania I texted them and found …

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  • 27 August

    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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  • 25 August

    An Adventurer’s Guide to Backpacking Timisoara, Romania

    Timisoara Center

    I didn’t know about Timisoara, Romania until the morning I was leaving Belgrade and deciding where to head next. I am so glad I found it. My week backpacking Timisoara was just magical! Transportation Timisoara has an international airport, but the flights can be quite expensive. You can get to and from the city by bus or train, both of …

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  • 20 August

    Living Off the Grid

    Cows on Farm

    When I went to Romania, I had the chance to stay with the parents of a friend in the town of Resita. While there, I received a tour of the family homestead, a fully self-sustaining farm off the grid. The house has been in the family for generations. Comprised of more than half a dozen large bedrooms, a bathroom and …

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  • 18 August

    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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  • 17 August

    Follow in my Footsteps: An Adventure’s Guide to Belgrade

    Belgrade Fortress Statue at Dusk

    I start to realize how little I know of the world when I show up in Belgrade and find I know nearly nothing of this “White City” and how impressive it is. Belgrade very quickly became one of my favorite cities. While it was a little hot for me while I was there, that was about the only disadvantage. Otherwise I …

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  • 14 August

    My Adventure with Adventurous Kate

    Kate and I in Tirana

    Some people dream of meeting movie stars or politicians. I dream of meeting epic travelers. In July 2015, that dream came true for me once again in Tirana, Albania. I originally went to Albania for a week to work in a hostel, and then stayed an extra week when my replacement failed to show up. At the end of that …

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  • 12 August

    My Adventure in Sofia, Bulgaria

    Crazy Car Ride

    My adventure in Sofia just may have been my greatest adventure yet. The adventure actually began on the overnight bus from Istanbul. The first time the bus stopped for a bathroom break, several of the women stayed on to conceal several packets under their shirts and pants. I honestly don’t know what was in the packets and I wasn’t about …

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