Brașov: We’re Home

Brașov, Romania, is everything we wanted for August. It oozes European old-world charm, offers incredible opportunities for daily hiking, has every amenity you’d want, delicious restaurants, low cost of living, AND has superfast internet (if you want to know why Romania has super-fast internet, here is an interesting article). For the summertime, Brașov may be…

Full Irish

Chad and I decided to start our fourth leg in Ireland for a very simple reason: Dublin was the cheapest round trip flight to Europe in the period we decided to book the flight. That’s become our general strategy for the more far-flung continents – just get to the continent as inexpensively as possible and…

FAQ – What Did We Learn in Leg 1?

Full disclosure – I wrote this post just a few weeks away from the end of Leg 2, and then it has been sitting in wait until now, a few days into Leg 3. I guess one of the lessons I should have mentioned below is that it is harder than I thought to keep…

FAQ – Can You Summarize Leg 1 in Numbers?

In my professional life, I am data-obsessed. I love setting up great tracking systems, setting goals and targets, and analyzing results. So, I thought it would be fun to report out a little data on our travels. Here is a look at Leg 1 by the numbers (with a few favorite lists thrown in): Where…

Closing Out Leg 1 in Style – Kusadasi, Ephesus and Heidelberg

We ended our time in Turkey in the beach resort town of Kusadasi. We really wanted to visit the Ephesus ruins, but we’d planned to stay in the nearest town to them, Selcuk. However, when I started researching more from Istanbul, especially how to work in a beach visit while we were that close to…

My Official Favorite Place in the World Is Cappadocia

Sometimes the things we love most in the world are the hardest to write about. In addition to being busy, I think my fear of being unable to do justice to the magical fairyland that is the Cappadocia region of Turkey is also to blame for my nearly two-month blog hiatus. But I’m going to…

How We Came to Love Istanbul

Previously, on this blog, things were looking pretty bleak for us in Istanbul. It was a rough landing and a huge change from our easy life in Budapest. But don’t despair! We rallied, we adapted and we truly grew to love Istanbul. Here’s how: 1. We ate out more One of the biggest issues with…

Rough Landing in Istanbul

We didn’t face a really hard time on our journey until we arrived in Istanbul. While travel days and arrival days are always tough, coming from comfortable and easy Budapest to 5x larger Istanbul was a tough challenge to bounce back from. Looking back, that seems crazy to say – we were living our dream,…

Anniversary in Paris

Soon after deciding to spend the summer in Europe, Chad and I agreed that it would be fun to celebrate our anniversary in Paris. Eight years ago we celebrated our 8th anniversary in Paris, so I thought this could be the start of a new tradition – every 8th anniversary in Paris (see you in…