EuroTips: Mastering Transportation While Saving $$

Public transportation throughout Europe is something else. While seemingly eons ahead of the public transportation in the typical U.S. town, functioning as the most popular form of city-to-city or country-to-county travel, it is also not the only way. Deciding which mode of travel to utilize while abroad in Europe can be confusing and deciphering the public transportation can still be overwhelming … More EuroTips: Mastering Transportation While Saving $$

Week Three

Rome. Viareggio. Cinque Terre. Milan. If it was possible to pick a favorite, Tom says his would have been Rome. Thanks to our ultra early ride Tuesday morning, we still had plenty of day left for exploring after settling into our lovely air b&b at Katherine and her husband’s home. With a solid start at … More Week Three

Week Two

Fugen. Venice. Florence. Our time in Salzburg was short and we woke up Wednesday to rain. So we spent a relaxing morning in the hostel lounge booking stays and transportation for the next leg of our trip before catching a local bus to the meeting point for our blablacar to Innsbruck. Miklos was a courteous … More Week Two

Week One

Munich. Prague. Vienna. Salzburg. To be fair, our time in Munich can more accurately be summed up as a day experiencing Oktoberfest. After blablacar ride-sharing to Munich, meeting Tom at the airport, and navigating the public transportation vomit that was not as Berlin-like as I was used to, Tuesday night in Munich was not a … More Week One

Auf Wiedersehen Berlin

I am sad to leave Berlin. It has been an extremely stimulating, stressful, enjoyable, and as always, eye-opening experience. And while I feel like Berlin has given me so much, I know this incredible city still has so much more to offer. It has seen such monumental events and heart-aching stories of the suffering, influence and resilience of its people. … More Auf Wiedersehen Berlin


I don’t know that I’ve ever spent so much un-interrupted time holed up in coffee shops, or drank such budget-breaking amounts of coffee in exchange for enduring focus and precious Wi-Fi access. But one setback after another, and countless unwelcome surprises later, here I am. Spending my last days in Berlin staring at page after page of … More Whew…

Berlin Food Finds

In spite of several well-meaning – but unwarranted – warnings about the feasibility of animal-friendly eating in Berlin, I have found it to be the epitome of vegan-food heaven. And I think it’s safe to assume that the world’s largest vegan grocery store chain (Veganz), Europe’s biggest vegan summer festival (Veganes Sommerfest), and world’s first … More Berlin Food Finds

OK Berlin, I See You

When people talk about Berlin as being cultured or global, they aren’t just using these common European catchphrases without justification. It’s undeniably true. The influence of Berlin’s harried history does not remain hushed or hidden, but is tangibly on display in the memorials, monuments, meaning, and wealth of accessible information scattered throughout its streets. Acknowledging … More OK Berlin, I See You

Beers & Blogs

Craft beers & blogging, what could be better. As I sit and recap the past few days, I can think of no better way to spend the time than holing up in said locally-started coffee shop (see previous post), sipping craft beers from Germany, Norway, and America to name a few. Since I last checked-in, the primary focus has been program details … More Beers & Blogs