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June, 2018

  • 10 June

    Bringing Out My Inner Child At the Efteling Amusement Park

    Selfie with Character in Efteling

    I love amusement parks. I first went to Disneyland when I was a year old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Before planning my trip to the Netherlands this summer, I’d never heard of the Efteling Amusement Park. Of course, I had to go when I learned about it. Now I can’t wait to go again! What is Efteling? Efteling …

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  • 4 June

    I Ate Too Much Good Food on the Food Tour in Krakow

    Pierogi at At Dorota

    Have you ever tried Polish food? Pierogi, kielbasa, żurek…there are so many great dishes to learn about on a food tour in Krakow. But what are those dishes? I knew a few of them from my earlier visit to Poland, and others were new. One thing was for sure, everything we tried on the tour was fantastic. Obwarzanek Krakowski and Oscypek …

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May, 2018

  • 31 May

    What It’s Like to Take the Hogwarts Express in Scotland

    Selfie with Hogwarts Express

    Are you a Harry Potter fan? I certainly am, even though I have only read the books once. I’m also that guy who loves seeing filming locations in real life. Of all the Harry Potter places I’ve been to, the Hogwarts Express was the best. Learning About the Hogwarts Express The first time I heard about the Hogwarts Express was …

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  • 26 May

    Krakow Revisited: Returning to One of my Favorite Cities in Europe

    Krakow Revisited

    When I first arrived in Krakow on August 14, 2015 at the end of my whirlwind trip through 13 countries in 31 days, I immediately fell in love with the city. I dreamed of getting to revisit someday. Then I heard that the second-annual Trablin conference was going to be in Krakow. I jumped at the opportunity. After spending the …

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  • 19 May

    Exploring Krakow by Bike with the Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    I love bike riding, and I love Krakow. That’s why I was more than happy to take the Krakow Bike Tour with the Cruising Krakow. Sure, you can rent bikes all over town. But only Cruising Krakow has Brian, the Canadian tour guide who’s been giving bike tours for 13 years and knows Krakow like the back of his hand. …

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  • 8 May

    10 Cool Things I Learned About the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow

    Salt Mine in Krakow

    The first time I visited Poland, I was on a fairly tight budget. I decided to pick just one of the tours available and went with Auschwitz. This year I revisited the city and finally got to see the salt mine in Krakow. I was seriously impressed and can say I’d no idea what I missed on my first visit. After …

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  • 5 May

    Taking a Homemade Pierogi Class with Krakow Urban Adventures

    Homemade Pierogi Class

    On my first day in Krakow back in 2015, I lucked into the annual pierogi festival. Loosely defined as Polish dumplings, pierogi is a national dish of Poland, and one of my favorite. Thus, when I had the opportunity to take a homemade pierogi class during my Trablin conference, I leapt at the chance! Urban Adventures Krakow Urban Adventures Krakow …

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April, 2018

  • 26 April

    Finding My Favorite Romanian Dishes on the Bucharest Food Tour

    Selfie with Bucharest Food Tour at Vatra

    As a food lover, sometimes it’s hard to choose my favorite cuisine, but Romanian food definitely stands out. When I had a chance to take the Delish Experiences Bucharest Food Tour, I was excited and definitely not disappointed. Here are the restaurants we ate at and the delicious meals we were served. Vatra Restaurant The first stop our guide Georgiana took us …

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  • 23 April

    Learning About Rennie Mackintosh at the Willow and the Kelvingrove

    Glasgow Art Club Rennie Mackintosh Gallery

    As part of the Visit Scotland Expo 2018, I was invited to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an avant-garde artist and architect behind Glasgow’s Art Deco revival at the turn of the 20th century. We visited the current exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the uber-exclusive Glasgow Art Club and the soon to be completed Mackintosh at the …

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  • 19 April

    Is a Day Tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness Worth It?

    Selfie with Gray Line Tour Edinburgh to Loch Ness

    I’ve had a lot of guests in Edinburgh asking me if a day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness was worth it. Usually I would say that Loch Ness is too far to comfortably travel to in a day, but I’d never done it myself…until now. Thanks to a great trip with Gray Line Tours, I was able to find …

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  • 16 April

    Why I Love Taking Photos With My Samsung S8 Phone

    Selfie with Samsung S8 on Cannon in Karlskrona

    I take all my photos with my Samsung S8 phone when I travel, and I can’t recommend it enough for other travelers and bloggers. I can’t compare it to other phones since I only use the Samsung line, but I can say why I think it’s the best phone on the market (except maybe the new S9). PS: this is …

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March, 2018

  • 28 March

    5 Amazing Cafes and Restaurants in Edinburgh That I Frequent

    Cafe Class Cakes #2

    Eating out at restaurants in Edinburgh isn’t always part of my budget, especially when it’s the second most expensive city in the country (after London). Yet cooking every meal for myself in my flat gets dull and sometimes I need a meal out. Here are my favorite cafes and restaurants to visit near my home. Castello Coffee My second home. …

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  • 19 March

    Edinburgh Excursions: Spending an Afternoon at Go Ape Peebles

    Selfie at Go Ape Peebles

    If you’re the really adventurous type and are looking for a great day trip from Edinburgh, follow in my footsteps to the Glentrees Forest an hour south of Edinburgh and enjoy the exhilarating treetop rope course at Go Ape Peebles. I had a chance to try out the zip-line at Go Ape Aberfoyle a couple years ago, but didn’t have …

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  • 9 March

    The Village Hotel in Edinburgh is So Much More Than a Hotel

    Village Hotel Bedroom

    Edinburgh has hundreds of hotels, B&Bs and hostels to choose from, and it can be overwhelming to find a good one. In my search to find where friends can stay during their visit to Edinburgh, I ran across the Village Hotel and Spa next to the prestigious Fettes College (think Hogwarts). Between a wonderfully comfortable room, great view, delicious Sunday …

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  • 3 March

    Escape Edinburgh: The Most Fun Activity in Edinburgh’s New Town

    Escape Edinburgh Selfie

    I don’t always make it to Edinburgh’s New Town. I find it a bit touristy and I prefer the cheaper part of town around the universities. However, there are some great attractions in the New Town. I recently found the happiest place at the Chihuahua Cafe, and now I’ve located the most fun place at Escape Edinburgh. What is an …

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