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May, 2018

  • 26 May

    13 Reasons Why a Week in Krakow Made It One of My Favorite Cities

    Krakow Revisited

    Spending a week in Krakow simply isn’t enough time. The first time I went, I spent two weeks, but I was on a tight budget, burnt out after too much travel, and spent most of my time catching up on writing stories at the hostel. Then I went back for a week of non-stop activities, amazing food and fun. Now …

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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

    8 Great 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. My Favorite Cafes Castello Coffee …

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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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February, 2018

  • 28 February

    Begin Your Journey in Scotland with a Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh

    Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh

    Do you like food as much as I do? Scottish food is one of my favorite cuisines, and I was absolutely thrilled when I found the Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh. If you’re planning to visit the capital of Scotland, I would have to recommend taking this tour as one of your first activities. Why You Should Consider a Food …

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  • 23 February

    Finding the Best Ghost Tours in Edinburgh with Mercat Tours

    Mercat Ghost Tours in Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is the most haunted city in the world, and ghosts are some of the key attractions. Graveyards, bus tours, hired actors and vaults all play their part, but which ghost tours in Edinburgh are the best? I have a confession to make. I have not been on every ghost tour in Edinburgh. All told, there are over a dozen with …

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  • 20 February

    What the Da Vinci Code Didn’t Show You About Rosslyn Chapel

    Rosslyn Chapel

    Several miles south of Edinburgh sits the gorgeous Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. While it is the scene of the movie’s climax, Howard hardly shows the true beauty and artwork of the 15th-century chapel. The history of the chapel is complicated and intriguing. It was originally constructed in 1446. The …

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