Europe

Spain’s Running of the Bulls

Written by on March 9, 2014 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Spain’s Running of the Bulls

San Fermin and the Running of the Bulls is one of the world’s longest standing traditions as it been celebrated annually since 1592. Ernest Hemingway is credited with bringing worldwide fame to the festival in his novel “The Sun Also Rises“.  Today, nearly one million visitors from all over the world gather in the small […]

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Spain 2012

Written by on September 4, 2012 in Europe, General
Spain 2012

It was sad to say goodbye to Cat, Micki, Alisa and Tom, but also nice to know I’d see them again in SF in a few weeks.  I settled into my typical travel-day attitude and was armed and ready with my laptop and nook to entertain me through getting to the Nice airport early and […]

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Cote d’Azur, France

Written by on September 3, 2012 in Europe, General with 1 Comment
Cote d’Azur, France

I may have gotten a little carried away with extra pictures on this one, but we did so many cool things, I felt like I couldn’t leave any of them out. Anyway…even with a 3 hour layover, my willpower was enough to withstand buying anything in duty free in the Vienna airport before catching my […]

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Bulgaria

Written by on August 22, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Bulgaria

I don’t generally get excited on travel days.  I just want to get where I’m going, with luggage in tact and get checked in upon arrival.  Today was a bit different.  After three blissful and completely stress-free days together in Corfu, Shane and I were headed to Bulgaria…a country neither of us knew anything about […]

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Corfu, Greece

Written by on August 16, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Corfu, Greece

Before I forget, meet Steffi, my new mascot that I will be travelling and taking pictures with on behalf of the couple in the contest from Nottingham I’d met on my Albania tour. The only thing I knew about Corfu was that it was the typical backpacker starting point in Greece, and the Greek Islands […]

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Albania

Written by on August 15, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Albania

Albania is directly south of Montenegro and north of Greece.  It wasn’t even on my radar until my friends introduced me to Mark, a guy who’d worked in the Balkans for several years and said that I just had to go.  Sooo…off I went.  The bus / taxi connections to cross the border seemed like […]

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Montenegro

Written by on August 10, 2012 in Europe, General
Montenegro

Montenegro has been on my wish list of places to visit for years…ever since seeing Daniel Craig in Casino Royale and thinking that the poker scene was actually filmed in Montenegro, which I was later informed that it was actually filmed in the Czech Republic!  Hilarious.  Well…I probably saved money as I most definitely would’ve […]

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Serbia

Written by on August 9, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Serbia

The bus ride from Sarajevo to Belgrade started out in the beautiful green mountainous landscape in Bosnia and changed to flat cornfields that reminded me a little bit of Nebraska, making the bus ride feel even longer than it was. About 8 hours and 3 movies on the laptop later, I arrived in Belgrade. It […]

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Bosnia & Hercegovina p2

Written by on August 5, 2012 in Europe, General with 0 Comments
Bosnia & Hercegovina p2

Sorry for delayed blog post – been having a little too much fun!  I can also blame the lack of wifi in a couple spots.  Anyway, remembering back to a couple weeks ago…the train ride from Mostar was awesome as we cut through breathtaking river gorges and mountains for most of the 3.5 hour journey.  […]

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Bosnia & Hercegovina p1

Written by on July 21, 2012 in Europe, General
Bosnia & Hercegovina p1

I did not know what to expect in Bosnia, although I’d heard it would be scorching hot, with Mostar apparently being the hottest city in all of Europe in the summer.  Yuck!  I had been watching the weather and saw a massive temperature drop (from 49C to 28C, or approx 120F down to 84F) forecast for […]

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