Poland: Jewish Quarter, Krakow
March 25th, 2017

I explored Krakow in two parts: the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Basically I took a walking tour of both and then ping-ponged between them all weekend eating food, walking it off, eating food ad infinitum. The Jewish Quarter is in the Kazimierz district of Krakow. The Jewish Ghetto of Krakow is actually over the river. The Jewish people were evicted from their neighborhood and moved there. There is a rumble track on the highway to remind drivers that they are crossing the location of the old ghetto walls.
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Poland: Old Town Krakow
March 24th, 2017

Old Town Krakow was really beautiful. It’s not that terribly different from other European cities, but it was particularly romantic for some reason.
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England: Hastings
March 7th, 2017

Went for a day walking with the Outdoor Adventure Club to Hastings on the weekend. Hastings is on the south coast of England, farther east than Brighton. The Battle of Hastings in 1066 was when William the Conqueror took over England for the Normans.
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Iceland: Missed Connection
December 19th, 2016

On my way home for Christmas I had a connection in Reykjavik. A good opportunity to stock up on some Sirius chocolate, I thought. Well my cheap-ass budget airline was delayed two hours out of London and I missed my short connection to New York. I’d get on another flight, I expected, except WOW Air only flights one evening flight a day, and it had already left. I’d have to stay in a hotel over night for a 3pm flight the following day. What does one do with 12 hours in Iceland?
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Portugal: Porto
November 18th, 2016

Porto is a city of tiles. I came here for a quick weekend break with two friends. I admit I didn’t learn much history on this trip, but I saw a lot of beautiful tiles, ate lots of good food, and drank lots of eponymous port.
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Slovakia: Hiking in the High Tatras
September 4th, 2016

Goral Architecture

I came to Slovakia because I was desperate to hike somewhere interesting on my own. Despite a rainy weather forecast, I decided to hit the trail anyway. The High Tatras are perfectly set up for solo-hiking, it’s well marked, there’s transport at the trailheads, and there are lodges along the way to stop or stay at.
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Slovakia: Zdiar
September 3rd, 2016


Zdiar is a small village near the norther boarder of Slovakia in the foothills of the High Tatras. I decided to plan a trip here because I really needed a logistically interesting solo-trip and a good walk in the mountains. I had never heard of this area before, but man was I not disappointed. Look at it!
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France: Afternoon in Paris
September 2nd, 2016


My last afternoon in France was spent in Paris. I took the train from Bayeux and arrived with no plan in mind other than that I would walk around avoid the urge to do a grand tour. I managed to take the Metro a few stops closer to the river, which I was nervous about for some reason. I may still be re-living the embarrassment of getting stuck in the ticket gate here ten years ago, only to get pushed through by a very annoyed Parisian commuter.
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Normandy: Utah Beach
September 1st, 2016


On the second day of my trip, I set out for Utah Beach, the place my Pop-pop landed on D+8, the start of his long tour in Europe. Even though Bayeux is considered to be one of the main towns from which to access the Normandy Beaches, Utah Beach proved to be much farther away (by bike) that it seemed. To account for this I elected to take my bike on the train to Carentan (most of the way) and cycle to the coast from there. The only issue was that the first train didn’t leave until noon and I, being me, rented the bike out at 8am sharp.
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Normandy: Bayeux Catherderal
August 31st, 2016


The Bayeux Cathedral dominates the center of town and it’s really striking every time it comes into view.
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