железная дорога (2002 – 2006)

Yes, I realize I'm fudging the alphabet a little here because this should technically be under the letter Z, but since the Cyrillic letter looks like an X, let's just go with it. This post is the Railroad! While You Are There: You can do everything on a train. A train is a world unto itself. … Continue reading железная дорога (2002 – 2006)

Vilnius, Lithuania and Europos Parkas (2005)

While You Are There: Why, observe the unusual art, of course. Bring a sketchpad or a notebook and plan to spend the day. The sculptures and installations will give you a lot to think about. Why It's On My List: When you need to leave Russia for a few days to get a new visa but … Continue reading Vilnius, Lithuania and Europos Parkas (2005)

Ukraine (December, 2005)

While You Are There: I went around the country for two weeks for Christmas and New Year's. Can you say you've ever rung in the New Year in Lviv? Maybe not the most exotic or exciting place to do so, but certainly unexpected. Also seen in the photos above are Alushta, Bakhchysaray, Kiev (oh man do I … Continue reading Ukraine (December, 2005)

Rhine River Cruises and Rheinfels Castle, Sankt Goar, Germany (July, 2001)

While You Are There: Yeah, you could hike down the Rhine River, but a river cruise is really the way to go. There are so many castles and you get such a great view of them from the river while you are enjoying some German beer, so it seems foolish to exert the energy to hike. One … Continue reading Rhine River Cruises and Rheinfels Castle, Sankt Goar, Germany (July, 2001)

Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

While You Are There: Be romantic. Roam the grounds and imagine you are in a Bronte novel. Or maybe you should pick an Irish writer. Either way, you get the image. Enjoy the lavish breakfast spread and find out what travels your fellow sojourners are on. Take the rowboat onto the lake and pretend you are … Continue reading Nenagh, Ireland and the Ashley Park House (September, 2014)

Darmstadt and Waldspirale, a Hundertwasser House (July, 2001)

While You Are There: Unfortunately, you can't go inside. You can only admire and be jealous from the outside. But southern Germany has so much to offer and travel is easy, so if you're in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Marburg, Cologne, or Frankfurt, you really should hop over to Darmstadt for a day. Why It's On My List: Because … Continue reading Darmstadt and Waldspirale, a Hundertwasser House (July, 2001)

Bessastaðir, the Icelandic Presidential Residence (March, 2013)

While You Are There: Well, you didn't come to Iceland just to see the presidential palace, did you? Here's all the awesome stuff we crammed into a five day trip. Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights & seafood dinner tour, the penis museum, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisdrangar, Gullfoss, Geysir geothermal field, Sólheimajökull glacier, Reynisfjara, Viking horses, elves, great food, and too … Continue reading Bessastaðir, the Icelandic Presidential Residence (March, 2013)

Zulu

I spent 6 years living overseas. I lived for extended periods of time in 8 countries and visited 12 more. That impresses some people. At one time, it impressed me. But that was 10 years ago and there are 176 countries I've never set foot in. 176. And Antarctica. I've already been alive 37 years so it doesn't seem … Continue reading Zulu

Delta

My first international flight, which was also my first flight ever, cost $899 one way. It was scheduled to go from Buffalo to New York City to Manama to Melbourne. A snowstorm in Buffalo derailed that plan, so I ended up on a flight from Buffalo to Washington, DC to London to Singapore to Melbourne. This was … Continue reading Delta