Eastern Europe
Spending a Week in Moscow

Spending a Week in Moscow

How to Spend a Week in Moscow When on the phone with Delta booking our RTW (round the world) tickets, our only real snag came when booking Moscow. We had to stay for 8 days because we couldn't find seats to leave the city. Thus, we arrived for our week in Moscow...

How to Survive Bombs and Strikes in Athens

How to Survive Bombs and Strikes in Athens

Bombs and Strikes in Athens Noise. That's the first thing we noticed about Athens. Whether it was the groups of spring breakers, the couples on the plane, or the constant sound of protestors just a kilometer away, noise is the running theme. So we decided to get away...

3 Days in Athens off the Beaten Path

3 Days in Athens off the Beaten Path

Three Days in Athens off the Beaten Path (note: this blog was updated in 2019) Our First Day on the Beaten Path When visiting Athens, you should plan at least a week. We only had three days. We filled it with typical things to do on the first day, then a bomb and a...

Our new friends–a must read if you question coincidence

Our new friends–a must read if you question coincidence

Just a quick side blog here of any amazing coincidence that happened to us yesterday in Athens. First, take a look at this pic below. While on the ship through the fjords, we kept noticing this couple. Her shoes were the first thing that caught my attention. Four inch...

Finding an Affordable Place to Stay in Moscow

Finding an Affordable Place to Stay in Moscow

Where Do You Want to Be Near in Moscow? In order to get our Russian Visas for our Round the World (RTW) trip, we must be able to tell the Kremlin where we are staying. That's a bit creepy to me, but I bet the US does the same thing to Visa requesters here. Regardless,...

Sorting out the Chinese and Russian Visas

Sorting out the Chinese and Russian Visas

Getting together our Visas for our Round the World trip is becoming a logistical challenge. I've already blogged about this a bit, so here's an update. We need Visas for China and Russia for our Round the World trip. For China, we can't get our Visa prior to 90 days,...

Hacking Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction

Hacking Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction

How to Hack the Chinese and Russian Letters of Introduction (note: this post was updated in 2019) After routing our Round the World Trip on Delta, we had to figure out what to do in the four cities we had booked. Where would stay on our RTW trip and what would we do?...

How to Get Chinese and Russian Visas Simultaneously

How to Get Chinese and Russian Visas Simultaneously

The Full Cost of Round the World Travel (Note: this post was updated in 2019) Did we really just commit to taking a month off from work, taking our daughter out of school, possibly renting out our house, and budgeting for this grand round-the-world trip? Yes. Thus,...

48 Hours Walking in Prague–Or How to Get Engaged

48 Hours Walking in Prague–Or How to Get Engaged

Getting Engaged in Prague (note: this blog was updated in January 2019) We left Vienna and jumped a 5-hour train ride to Prague to continue our whirlwind trip through Europe. The most amazing day of my life, June 30, started with Steve telling me, "Happy Birthday."...

24 Hours in Budapest–Five Secrets to a Spontaneous Adventure

24 Hours in Budapest–Five Secrets to a Spontaneous Adventure

Our First Day in Budapest (note: this blog was updated in December 2018) We began our week-long, summer jaunt through Europe. Four countries in seven days. How would we spend our time the best? With our first stop in Budapest, what secrets tips could we unveil in this...