Geneva

Switzerland is one of those countries that’s always been just outside my peripheral vision when it comes to dream travel destinations. Places like New Zealand, Japan, Costa Rica, Iceland, and Argentina are always front and center when I think about where I want to vacation. Slightly off center are most European countries. However, for some […]

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Vienna

Our final stop on our little Europe trip was Vienna. And for me, it began with an allergic reaction on the train. We had bought some marzipan in Budapest, and my pistachio-flavored deliciousness must have come in contact with some peanuts along the way. Since I was stuck on a train, I quickly popped a […]

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Budapest

If you asked a person “what is Europe to you?” you would probably get a lot of different answers. To some, Europe is Paris, with beautiful wide streets on a spring day. To some, Europe is the chaos of Rome. To me, Europe is in the east. I discovered my love for Eastern Europe in […]

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Bratislava

Our journey to Bratislava was a crazy one. Much like Dushanbe, a lot of flights out of Tbilisi International Airport leave at crazy hours – and this is especially true if you choose to book a more…discount airline like we did. Instead of opting for the direct flight to Vienna, we booked the cheaper airBaltic […]

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Travel Anxiety

It starts pretty immediately. As soon as we book flights the unease settles into the pit of my stomach. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since we’ve vacationed, how fun the destination is going to be, or how badly we need to get away for a little while. I always develop some kind of […]

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Throwback Thursday: Krakow

Our journey to Krakow was a bit wild. I feel like you can’t truly say you backpacked Europe without taking the train. Up until this point we had manged to fly everywhere, but the cheapest and “most convenient” way to get from Prague to Krakow was by train. Since it would take about 12 hours, […]

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Boondoggle on the Black Sea

Sean’s been traveling a lot lately. It seems like August-October are his busiest times every year, especially when we are overseas. Now, in a perfect world, I’d be able to join Sean every time he does a quick trip to an interesting location. I was so jealous he went to Berlin without me right before […]

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Tbilisoba 2018

I love a good festival. I grew up in Milwaukee where Summerfest reigns supreme as one of the highlights of my summer. And don’t even get me started on the glory that is the Wisconsin State Fair. Festivals combine some of my favorite things: food, craft fairs, live music, and simply being outside. This past […]

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Throwback Thursday: Prague

Let me begin this entry by saying this: we did not spend enough time in Prague. As much as Sean and I had meticulously planned the first week and a half of our Europe trip in 2012, we left the second part of the trip wide open. We knew we wanted to get to Prague, […]

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Grape Adventures

There’s a word in Georgian – that of course I can’t remember because I’m horrible at languages – that roughly translates to “when the eye of the sun enters the grape it’s time to harvest.” This year, that time is now, an we’ve been lucky enough to participate in this ancient tradition of Rtveli, or harvest, […]

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