Black Forest, Not the Cake

After our stop in France it was back to Germany, a place neither of us were really used to, but at least our phones worked there.  I had suggested visiting the Black Forest, kind of our original purpose for getting a car, so it only made sense that was our next step. The problem with this decision…

Want to go to France?

My cross countri(es) road trip dropped me in Stuttgart Germany, not a destination high on many European travel lists, but when visiting friends plans probably won’t follow that of the Lonely Planet guidebook.  This friend was one of the main reasons I was in Europe in the first place, a person I’d been promising to visit…

Milan on the Quick

As much fun as I was having, eating my weight in gelato, pizza and pasta, I knew this couldn’t go on forever, and my waistline agreed.  I had a friend to see in Stuttgart and eventually a plane to catch in Amsterdam, which meant it was time to move on.  That’s the cool thing about Europe,…

It’s All About the Gelato

Often throughout college and also while teaching in South Korea I was presented with the question “If you could go anywhere where would you go?”.  My go-to answer for years was Italy, I don’t know what the original appeal was but it was a country that continued to stay high on my list.  That’s why…

7000 Years Young

Saturday we decided to be adventurous and made a trip to Hallstatt, an idyllic town that was repeatedly popping up on my instagram feed, along with a buzzfeed article. We wanted to get out of the city, but neither of us were too keen on the South of Music tours, so this sounded like the perfect replacement….

The Hills Are Alive

The bus ride from Prague could have been enjoyable, there was even a bus stewardess offering coffee or tea, but all I wanted to do was sleep.  We made multiple stops along the way (smoke break? leg stretching? I’m not sure) which would have been appreciated during the day, but at 2, 3 and 4…

Backtracking to Prague

Another epic bus journey complete, I awoke in yet another new city as the sun rose over the horizon.  Pulling into the bus terminal I crossed my fingers for a strong WiFi connection so I could sort out my plans for the next few days.  I spent the first moments of the day sorting myself out,…

Jaded

During my trip to Europe (and on a few other occasions) I’ve caught myself being a jaded traveler, bored with my surroundings and failing to appreciate the places I was in.  Touring from one city to the next (especially when moving fast) everything started looking and feeling the same. The cobblestoned streets of Prague could have…

Swiss Reunions

A friend recently asked me if I consider myself to be an optimist, pessimist or realist.  For me the answer has always been realist, the glass is neither half empty nor half full, it’s just a glass.  Recently though, I began to realize that the last few years of travel have changed me.  More and more I’m becoming the type…

Detour to Dresden

Way back in August when I was browsing websites, blogs and travel guides I stumbled across the small(er) town of Dresden and decided it seemed like a good place to stop.  Then I let some friends get into my mind and wanderlust get the best of me; I threw out those plans and instead thought…

Berlin, the City “You’ll Love”

While planning my trip I often had friends asking where I was planning to go, what I would see and who I was meeting. Anytime I mentioned Berlin I was met with big smiles and nods of “Oh, you’ll love Berlin” or “That’s my favorite city in Europe!”.  I’ve grown to brush off most of these…

Forever Now Festival

In the midst of searching for places to visit and things to do in Europe, I stumbled across the Forever Now Festival in Berlin. I almost paid no attention before realizing that it was the weekend as my proposed visit to the city! These festivals are things I occasionally see friends attending or posting about on…