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October, 2015

  • 29 October

    What Wat Pho Massage School is Like

    Just completed my first day at the Wat Pho Massage School. I’m hooked. Not only am I very excited to add Thai massage to my repertoire of skills for helping others, the massage I received afterwards was literally Skye-shattering! Wat Pho is one of Thailand’s oldest temples and regarded as the best of the royal-grade temples in Bangkok. There you will find a 46-foot reclining Buddha, …

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  • 23 October

    Did Helsinki Just Become My Favorite City?

    Sunset in Helsinki

    All year I’ve been saying that Edinburgh is my favorite city in the world. Then I arrived in Helsinki. What the hell? Sure it’s expensive, but so is Edinburgh. Don’t worry, I’m still planning to spend a few months in Edinburgh next year. But I might be spending a month or two in Finland too. I’ve always thought of Finland …

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  • 21 October

    You Can’t Rush Perfection at Siam Wisdom

    Siam Wisdom Dining

    Recently I had the honor of being selected by Siam Wisdom for a cooking class with their lead chef. Then I had a full dinner there. Now I have a new standard for Thai food. Siam Wisdom was originally established in 2014 in a rustic wooden house built over 90 years ago. Mr. Christian Johann Jadpradit Kostner, the Iron (head) Chef, …

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  • 13 October

    How I Spent an Afternoon in a Finnish Prison (Updated)

    Finnish Prison on Suomonlinna Prison

    This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. I’ll finally answer why I was in a Finnish prison for an afternoon in Helsinki. Just to be clear, I wasn’t the prisoner. Honestly, I don’t know if I should be writing this post. I might get in trouble. But if I get sent to prison for it, I’ll be happy …

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  • 12 October

    Stockholm is One Step from Perfect

    View from Gamla Stan Island

    Why are all the most beautiful cities in the world so expensive? If it weren’t for the uber-expensive cost of living, Stockholm would be one of my favorite city in my travels. I was lucky enough to be in Stockholm for my birthday in 2015. I couldn’t have imagined a better place. Except for the costs. I mean, €10 for 100 …

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  • 6 October

    How to Visit Tallinn for a Day

    View from St Olaf's Church Tower

    Wondering where Tallinn is? Capital of Estonia. Where’s that? Across the Baltic Sea from Finland. Still lost? THAT’S WHY YOU NEED TO TRAVEL! I was not expecting to only visit Tallinn for a day, especially after deciding to slow down in my travels. I arrived after midnight to meet up with a friend from Abu Dhabi who was already there. …

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  • 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 48 Hours

    Old Town Castle Square

    I went to visit Warsaw for 48 hours to break up my trip from Krakow to Kaunas into two stages. I didn’t think there would be much to see. Boy was I wrong! 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 …

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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 for Things to Do in 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. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Prague. Prague is the fifth most visited in Europe. For good reason. With the largest castle compound in the world and a …

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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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