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    Getting Stuck in Romania

    When B and I were planning a trip to Southeastern Europe, I came across an article highlighting Balkan express train ride between Belgrade, Serbia, and Bar, Montenegro. After reading this article, I decided this was something I needed to do in my life. So when we knew we were going to be in Romania, we figured it would be easy to get to Belgrade. Not so much, it turns out, and instead we had a heck of a time being stuck in Romania. This post will recount our ordeal, show some possible solutions and offer some tips if you find yourself in a predicament such as this. The Backstory After…

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    Tips for visiting Copenhagen, Denmark

    Copenhagen, Denmark, is a lovely capital city in Scandinavia. B and I combined a visit here with a trip to the Faroe Islands during the early summer. I read lots of guide books and blog posts in anticipation of visiting Copenhagen and this blog post will combine what I learned and found useful in those along with the things we learned on our adventure. Together, these tips for visiting Copenhagen will help you make the most out of your trip to this Danish delight. Dragør B and I landed at the Copenhagen airport one afternoon and flew out to the Faroes the next morning. We didn’t feel like heading all…

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    Five words to describe the Faroe islands

    Driving around the Faroe Islands, R asked me this question: what are five words to describe the Faroe Islands? It did not take long for us to agree on the following: Sheep. Waterfalls. Tunnels. Green. Clouds. We also attempted to find five words that do not describe the Faroe Islands. We came up with people and sunshine before we got distracted…probably by a sheep or a waterfall. The Faroe Islands are not the easiest place to get to. We flew from Boise to Copenhagen, stayed for a night, and then caught a two-hour flight to the Faroes. As we circled the islands and came in for the landing, cliffs of…

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    Five Things to do in Brownsville, Texas

    About ten years ago, my folks decided the Idaho winters were a bit too rough for them (lightweights). Their solution was to become snowbirds (people who head south for the winter) and so they purchased a little spot in a retirement community in Brownsville, Texas. As a dutiful daughter, I have made it a point to visit them over the years and have compiled a list of 5 Things to do in Brownsville, Texas. Check them out if you ever find yourself ‘visiting’ your parents over the winter. Where is Brownsville, Texas? Alright, so most people don’t have any idea where Brownsville is. That makes perfect sense; it isn’t exactly…

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    Northeast Road Trip

    Several years ago, B was spending part of her time working out of her company’s in New Jersey office. Serendipitously, I was sent to a work conference in Rhode Island at the same time. Of course the two of us would plan a few days around work and go on an epic Northeast road trip (because why not?). If you and your bestie find yourselves with a few days to spare on the Eastern seaboard, try hitting up a few of these places. You won’t be sorry! Snowpocalypse The one downside of our great plan was that it happened to fall during the coldest, snowiest Februarys in many moons. Even…

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    B’s favorite cities to visit

    It is very difficult for me to name a favorite country. I do not have children, but I imagine it feels a bit like having to choose one of those. However, even though I struggle to name a favorite country, I do not struggle to name a favorite city. I fell in love with Edinburgh, Scotland, on my very first visit and even after many years of traveling to equally delightful cities, Edinburgh remains my first love. I thought I would share some (this list is not all inclusive) of my other favorite cities to visit in the event you are planning a trip and looking for inspiration. Boston, Massachusetts…

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    36 hours in Belgrade, Serbia

    As B and I were planning our trip to the Balkans region, we knew we wanted to go from Romania to Montenegro. There were a few different ways to travel between the these countries, but we opted to travel there via Serbia. And we were so very glad we did. While we only spent 36 hours in Belgrade, we had a really wonderful time. Belgrade was a definite sleeper and turned out to be one of our favorite stops on the whole trip. This post will discuss what we did, saw and ate during our too brief stay in this Balkan gem. Sidenote You might be wondering why we didn’t…

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    New Zealand Road Trip

    New Zealand is one of my all-time favorite travel destinations. The landscape is so stunning and unique, it is hard for the rest of the world to compete. And then there are the people. Kiwis are, by far, the nicest people I have ever met. The only downside to visiting New Zealand is that it is so far away. But that distance was a small price to pay for an epic New Zealand road trip that I took with a friend of mine from college. There are many ways to see New Zealand. However, I do not recommend a 2-3 day stopover on your way to Australia. You will not…

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    German Christmas Markets

    Last year we visited the Christmas markets in Belgium and the Netherlands. While there, we were told that we needed to visit Germany if we really wanted to see Christmas markets. Well, challenge accepted. This year we traveled to Europe over the holidays and would like to tell you what we learned about German Christmas markets. Timing Each town/city has its own dates and times for its markets. Generally speaking, they all open around the end of November and close around Christmas time. It seems like the majority close on December 23 or 24. Since we were arriving on the 23rd, we had to plan out our schedule to make…

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    Exploring Bucharest, Romania

    Bucharest (not to be confused with Budapest), Romania, is the bustling capital city of Romania. Once known as the “Paris of the East,” it has known some good times. Sadly, with the U.S.S.R. and a powerful dictator, it has also known some bad times. When the Iron Curtain fell, the good times started to slowly come back. Now is a great time to visit this beautiful city. This post discusses some tips for exploring Bucharest. Exploring Bucharest – Getting There The Henri Coanda International airport, also known as Otapeni or OTP, is a ways out of town. B did a lot of research into how to get to the downtown…