Krakow / SALTY

Any kind of travel that plays by the rules of gravity and will keep me at least somewhat attached to the ground is just dandy in my books. I’d much rather take a 6-hour train than a 2-hour plane. We had ruled out driving down to Krakow and Zakopane from Warsaw, as our polish car was a little run-down with non-functioning headlights. My dad booked … Continue reading Krakow / SALTY

WARSAW / TOURISTS

Warsaw isn’t exactly a tourist’s haven. Most of the city’s architecture is a stark reflection of its recent history behind the iron curtain. Blocky, uniform apartment buildings rise from the concrete, dressed in varying shades of faded yellow and gray and off-white with little decoration or adornment other than the rectangular balconies and windows stationed at unsettlingly even intervals. Very waffle-y. These buildings probably served … Continue reading WARSAW / TOURISTS

Warsaw / FAMILY

A bit of a late post, as it’s always hard to write about personal things that aren’t all happy and easy. Plus, it’s tricky to keep things from turning into a babbling journal – not sure where to find a happy medium. We touched down in Warsaw around 11:30am on July 11th, after a quick flight over from Amsterdam. My dad, looking astoundingly put together … Continue reading Warsaw / FAMILY

Amsterdam / PADDLING

Anyone who knows Diego knows that he has rapidly adopted a variety of new activities and hobbies over the past year or so. Our small two-bedroom apartment has quickly become filled with surf boards, paddle boards, hiking boots, yoga mats, and more bikes than any two people need. Considering his plethora of newly found pleasures, I decided to try and score some brownie points by booking … Continue reading Amsterdam / PADDLING

Amsterdam / WALKING I

Anything and everything with the word ‘free’ involved is a real eye-catcher when you’re a traveling student with a limited budget. Naturally, we had to take Amsterdam up on one of its free walking tours. The Sandeman’s New Europe walking tour came highly recommended (according to the Yelp gurus), so I booked us in for a midday tour on a muggy, overcast Friday. Diego and … Continue reading Amsterdam / WALKING I