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Forty+ Fun Facts about Lithuania: A Lovely Country That’s Easy to Love

By on June 30, 2014

Lithuania is mainly known for being (roughly) a 1/3 of the Baltic States and for fantastic basketball players. Yet there’s so much more to this seemingly quiet little country….

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Lithuania: the Kindness of Strangers and Internet Speedy Enough to Knock your Socks Clean off

By on June 25, 2014

The first city we visited in Lithuania was Vilnius. It’s a nice European capital city and introduced us to the magic that is Lithuania’s Internet speed. Holy moly, is…

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Warsaw and Primeval Forests, Minus the Bison

By on June 17, 2014

Warsaw was a much quieter (and a prettier city) than we were led to expect, because of the almost-complete rebuilding after the war. Sure, there are some crazy looking…

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Northern Poland: From the Seashore to Lakesides and a Bit of Gdansk in Between

By on June 10, 2014

We might live in a campervan, but we honestly don’t stay in camping sites often. In fact, it comes down to about once a year. This time in Northern Poland.

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50 or So Peculiar Facts About Poland

By on June 6, 2014

Most people think of vodka or the Pope when Poland is mentioned, but the country has so much more to it. Think: Bison; fire jumping; and the Enigma Machine….

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Poland: Hitler, Little Green Men and the Sea

By on June 3, 2014

We made our way to Wroclaw, but the weather wasn’t too accommodating so we decided to go to the small town of Guszyca. Just outside is the entrance to…

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Krakow Art, the Polish Boonies & Auschwitz

By on May 26, 2014

Poland’s been interesting for us for several reasons: seeing old friends (thanks much, Greg, from both of us for the good times); Armando’s first legal street chalk show; some…

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Hungary Needs Cash; Slovakia’s Cool; and Krakow Isn’t What We Expected

By on May 19, 2014

We made the thoughtful choice of not posting last week for a simple reason: we’d done next to nothing and truly had nothing (beyond whining) to write home about….

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Driving Romania: Our Top 7 Picks of Sites to See

By on May 10, 2014

The best way to see a wonderful mixture of the culture and the beauty of Romania is by driving. We’ve compiled a list of our top 7 sites to…

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The Turda Salt Mine, the Seminar and Cluj

By on May 5, 2014

It’s not as if we’ve got a thing for salt, exactly. It just seems to crop up along our travels. The salt flats in Sicily; the salt canyon outside…

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The Harghita Region Part 2: Slow Travel in Corund

By on April 28, 2014

Our first impression of Corund was: tourist town. The main road/hiway through had booths and shops with typical from-the-area wares. Woven baskets, traditional Szekerland costumes and ceramics. Many of…

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Freelance Writing Sites: What I Wish I’d Known Before I Began and Where to Search

By on April 25, 2014

When I began freelance writing online, I knew I could write. Or at least I had convinced myself that I could. Grin. I didn’t know there were so many…

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The Hungarian Area of Transylvania: Harghita

By on April 21, 2014

For those of you (like us) that didn’t realize, there’s a solid Hungarian presence in the center of Romania. The area, Harghita, is unique, complex and interesting. Curious, almost.

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Discovering Village Life in Romania: Sinca Noua

By on April 13, 2014

After having a few cold and rainy days in Brasov, we made our way to the small village of Şinca Nouă. The drive through the mountains were reminiscent of…

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The Danube Delta in Romania, Plus a Few Bits and Bobs

By on April 8, 2014

I might admit I can be a little cynical at times in our travels. I do catch the ‘seen one, seen them all’ virus from time to time. Not…

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Romania: An Unusual Factsheet for An Unusual Country

By on April 2, 2014

Many times, we come across the same information presented in exactly the same way- in the case of Romania, it’s about the Parliament (2nd largest building in the world,…

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Romancing Romania: Bucharest and Constanta

By on March 31, 2014

We made it safely across the Romanian border with a new stamp in my passport, and made our way to Bucharest. We’d searched for any interesting sites before arriving,…

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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria: A Castled Town

By on March 25, 2014

Apologies in advance, but this post is going to be long- we have a lot of diverse experiences to cover. Grin. Veliko Tarnovo’s most famous and most visited site,…

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We Done and Did It: Got Married and in the Media, With Bells

By on February 7, 2014

A brief summary of our wedding: I did walk down the aisle. We both said the “I dos.” (Is that the plural form of “I do-?” Ha. Crikey) A…

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Bulgaria Facts, Fictions and Oddities

By on January 28, 2014

We’ve been spending much more time in Bulgaria than we’d originally planned, due to life getting in the way as it sometimes does. We’ve found it much more friendly…