Recent Posts

September, 2018

  • 30 September

    Discovering the Wellness Side of the Czech Republic at the Svata Katerina Resort

    Svata Katerina Sunset

    The Svata Katerina Resort possibly seems out of place in the country that has the highest beer consumption per capita in the world. But when you factor in that the Czech Republic also has some of the best spas in Europe, it totally makes sense. It also made sense that I had to visit the spa myself while I was …

    Read More »
  • 14 September

    What is Ayurvedic Massage and How Does it Compare to Other Massages?

    Selfie Getting Ayurvedic Massage

    What is Ayurvedic Massage? That’s the question I had when I went to the Svata Katerina Resort in the Czech Republic to try their Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Program. In a nutshell, it’s a great treatment but it might not be for everyone. Disclaimer: I am not a practitioner of Ayurvedic Massage, nor have I officially studied it. I write this from an …

    Read More »
  • 8 September

    Excursions from Ostrava: Unleashing the Inner Child at Heipark

    Selfie on the Mechanical Bull at Heipark

    Would you build an artificial, giant hill with a fun park just for your two kids? I certainly would! That’s just what a guy did near Ostrava, Czech Republic and now Heipark is open to the public. What is Heipark I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea that a father built a giant hill (think a small …

    Read More »

August, 2018

  • 29 August

    Hiking, Golf, Edible Ears and Great Food in the Beskid Mountains

    Selfie in Beskydy Mountains

    For some reason, when I was first offered a trip to the Beskid Mountains, I had the hardest time committing the name to memory. Now that I’ve visited, I’ll never forget it, nor how beautiful they were. The Beskydy Mountains (as they’re called in the Czech Republic) start in the southeast corner of the Czech Republic and stretch nearly 400 …

    Read More »
  • 21 August

    Riding the Most Delicious Tour in Edinburgh on the Red Bus Bistro

    Selfie with Red Bus Bistro Burger Tour

    Edinburgh is a city small enough to easily explore by foot. That doesn’t mean it always should be. For one thing, Edinburgh is known for its rainy climate. As such, getting a bus tour of Edinburgh can be really fun. Then again, so can eating the local food. Good thing you can do both on the Red Bus Bistro. Edinburgh …

    Read More »
  • 17 August

    Excursions from Ostrava: Exploring the Jeseniky Mountains

    Selfie in the Jeseniky Mountains

    Are you planning a trip to Ostrava and looking for things to do? Perhaps you could consider visiting the Jeseniky Mountains. If you like nature, hiking, adventurous activities or sunbathing on the shores of a lake, the Jeseniky Mountains will be perfect for you. The Jeseniky Mountains are a little over 60 miles northwest of Ostrava near the Polish border and …

    Read More »
  • 11 August

    The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Ostrava, Czech Republic

    Selfie in Ostrava

    Hardly anyone ever thinks of Ostrava when they think of visiting the Czech Republic. Most people head to Prague, and some also make it to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov, but the east side of the country holds some true gems. Central to these is the city of Ostrava, third-largest in the country after Prague and Brno. …

    Read More »
  • 7 August

    The Colours of Ostrava is So Much More than a Music Festival

    Colours of Ostrava Group Photo

    The Colours of Ostrava Music Festival. I’d never even heard of it before I was invited to attend the TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange) Conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Of course, I was familiar with Sziget, Tomorrowland, Exit, Pinkpop and the other major music festivals in Europe. Why hadn’t I heard of Colours of Ostrava?! Now that I’ve attended, I can …

    Read More »

July, 2018

  • 15 July

    A Day of Adventures with Nevis Range in Fort William, Scotland

    Selfie at Nevis Range with Ben Nevis

    The West Highland Way in Scotland ends in the coastal village of Fort William. While there’s not a ton to do in town, the Nevis Range Mountain Experience a couple miles outside of town offers some activities such as skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer and a treetop rope course. I went there to spend the day …

    Read More »
  • 3 July

    How to Visit Kinderdijk, My Favorite Dutch UNESCO Site

    Selfie at Kinderdijk

    I didn’t even know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites before I started traveling. Now I want to see them all. Out of the 10 in the Netherlands, I was told to visit Kinderdijk first as it was the most beautiful. They were right. I’ve since been back a dozen times, and I’ll never get tired of how beautiful it is. …

    Read More »

June, 2018

  • 27 June

    Getting Back to My Family Roots in Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

    My grandfather’s autobiography starts off with the lines: “Rotterdam, Friday, May 10 1940. Suddenly I was awake. It sounded like a series of explosions not far away. Or it could be defense exercises of the Dutch Army, I thought.” I’m a first-generation American on my dad’s side and second on my mother’s side. Her parents were both born in the …

    Read More »
  • 22 June

    Is Dutch Chocolate Better Than Belgian Chocolate?

    Chocolate Belgian Waffle at Chocolate Company

    I love chocolate, but I didn’t really experience truly amazing chocolate until I came to Europe. I try not to indulge too much. On the other hand, when I get invited to a Dutch chocolate tasting, I indulge away! Belgian vs Dutch Chocolate I’ll never forget the day I gave myself a self-guided tour of the chocolatiers in Brussels and …

    Read More »
  • 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 …

    Read More »
  • 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. Since my first year backpacking, I’ve loved eastern European foods. One thing was for sure, everything …

    Read More »

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 …

    Read More »