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Montenegro

Montenegro

From Dubrovnik it was another long and winding bus ride to Montenegro. Our first stop was Kotor, a beautiful walled, medieval city located on sparkling Kotor Bay. Kotor is similar to Dubrovnik in many ways. The beautiful stone architecture hearkens back to the same era. There are narrow streets and alleys that make it impossible not to get lost. The old city walls limit the pathways in and out of the city to only a handful. Kotor is also the…

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Dipping in to Croatia: Beautiful Dubrovnik

Dipping in to Croatia: Beautiful Dubrovnik

When we arrived in Europe after four months of crazy transportation adventures in Southeast Asia, the open borders of the EU felt like a dream.  Buses and trains took us from country to country without ever having to worry about passport checks or making transfers at the border.  However, reaching the Balkans marked the end of seamless travel and a return to more… arduous modes of transport. To get from Mostar to Dubrovnik we had to cross the Bosnia-Croatia border. …

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Unforgettable Mostar

Unforgettable Mostar

From Sarajevo we took a train south to the Herzegovina region to visit the beautiful little town of Mostar.  We were initially a little concerned about how this train ride would go.  There is no online ticketing (nor ticket machines) for Bosnian trains.  We bought the tickets at the station from a person who hand wrote them for us.  It was a pleasant surprise to then board a very modern and clean train. We were even more surprised by the…

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Sarajevo

Sarajevo

After Ljubljana we said goodbye to our friends Sam and Spencer.  We were on our own again and free to go anywhere we wanted.  Sarajevo wasn’t really on my radar but Dan had recently finished a book about the lead up to World War I.  He was eager to see the site of Franz Ferdinand’s assassination. When we started researching how to get to Bosnia we got our first hint that tensions in the Balkans haven’t totally cooled.  Despite having…

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Slovenia: Lake Bled and Ljubljana

Slovenia: Lake Bled and Ljubljana

From Salzburg we took a train south to Slovenia. Before I talk about Slovenia I need to talk about this train ride. This route was was everything I had hoped for when I imagined riding trains through Europe. We wound through narrow mountain passes with crystal clear rivers running beside the tracks. Then the view would open up into scenic valleys sprinkled with picturesque alpine villages. Lake Bled The beauty of that train ride was a hint of what was…

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Salzburg and the World’s Biggest Ice Cave

Salzburg and the World’s Biggest Ice Cave

If I had been planning this part of the trip by myself I probably wouldn’t have gone to Salzburg.  It’s not a typical backpacker destination (probably because it’s expensive).  Other than vague ideas about Mozart and the Sound of Music I didn’t know what it would have to offer.  However, Dan found out that the world’s largest ice cave is near Salzburg and couldn’t wait to see it.  Sam and Spencer were easily convinced and I was happy to come…

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Visiting Vienna and Melk Abbey

Visiting Vienna and Melk Abbey

From Budapest we hopped on a train to Vienna, another big city that would end up being a bit of a whirlwind.  I didn’t know what to expect from Vienna.  Before arriving I knew very little about Austrian culture. I imagined Vienna as a city of manicured plazas, grand palaces, and opera houses.  This is accurate to a certain extent but Vienna has a lot more to offer.  These are some of my favorite things we did there. Visiting the…

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Budapest

Budapest

At the beginning of August Dan’s brother, Sam, and our friend, Spencer, met us in Budapest.  We were super excited to see some familiar faces and to share our travels with friends from back home. At this point, though, we’ve come to realize that traveling with other people means picking up the pace.  While Dan and I have the luxury of moving slowly and keeping our plans relatively loose, most people only get to travel for a few weeks a…

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Exploring Poland: Wroclaw, Krakow & Zakopane

Exploring Poland: Wroclaw, Krakow & Zakopane

When we were putting this trip together the plan was always to spend most of our Europe time in Eastern Europe.  We had heard it was much cheaper than Western Europe and we were excited to get off the typical European-vacation route and see some less touristy places.  However, as you can probably tell from the posts up to this point, it took us quite a while to actually make our way east.  Poland was our first taste of the…

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Berlin: So Much to See, So Little Time

Berlin: So Much to See, So Little Time

Once we had committed to coming to Germany it seemed silly to leave without spending some time in Berlin.  We were worried about it being big and expensive but it seemed silly not to see one of Europe’s great cities. Luckily we were able to get a good deal on a hotel and, thanks to an influx of immigrants, Berlin actually has a ton of super cheap, delicious ethnic food. Berlin is a city where it is easy to get…

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