Category : Europe

Towel and Train Troubles

Hands Off my Stuff! At the beginning of our trip through South America, a fellow traveler warned us that if we don't get robbed in South America, then we haven't really been to South America.  Miraculously though, we survived six months of extensive South America travel with only one pitiful pick-pocketing attempt.  Ironically, people were already taking our belongings after only a day into o...


Bryan’s Back in Budapest!

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After one of Bryan's recent trips through Europe, Budapest, Hungary became his new favorite city.  (Just recently trumped by Tallinn, Estonia) I made it to the Ireland portion of his Europe 2010 trip but I didn't have as much vacation time so Bryan and Erik continued into Eastern Europe and I flew back to work.  I was a little jealous when I saw the pictures of Budapest and heard his stories.  ...


Castles & Climbing Cliffs

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Now I'm really going to date myself here but I still feel weird saying "Slovakia" and "The Czech Republic," instead of just "Czechoslovakia."  It was Czechoslovakia when I was living in Europe as a kid;  but the country split (for a second time) into two countries peacefully in 1993.  Just don't accidentally refer to their country as "Slovenia."  They don't like that very much.  If you don't ...


There’s No Place Like Poland

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I can't narrow it down to just one aspect, but there's something I truly love about Poland.  Maybe it's the delicious Pierogies, or the quaint and diverse architecture, or maybe it's the strength and unity of the Polish people.  Poland just has a positive vibe that makes you feel welcome and at home even when you're very far from yours. Gdansk was our first stop in Poland.  The "G" is silent...


Latvia & Lithuania: Tragic Past, Bright Future

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  Latvia Latvia's another country you don't hear much about.  It's very similar to Estonia in terms of landscape and history.  The people speak Latvian, some speak Russian, but many also speak perfect English.  Did you know that there are no curse words in the Latvian language?  The biggest insults in Latvian is to call someone a pig or a cow, so Latvians use Russian curse words whe...


Don’t Forget About Estonia!

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Anytime I had qualms about the second leg of our trip, Bryan kept telling me how much I'll love Eastern Europe. And as much as I hate to admit it, he's definitely right. I'm really enjoying the Europe part of our trip so far, and it might even be awhile before I have my next breakdown. :-) We took a 90-minute ferry from Helsinki, Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn may be our new favorite city...


Leg #2 Starts With a Bang: Hello Helsinki!

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It didn't take us long to realize that Leg #2 of the World Trip is going to be completely different than Leg #1. Europe and South America can feel like polar opposites. Don't get me wrong, I loved South America. There's so much variety and so much to see and do there (Check-out our South America section). But it was time for a change in continents. We hadn't planned to hit Scandinavia during ou...


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