Romania: Sighetu Marmației
April 14th, 2017

We had a night train booked from Cluj to Sighetu Marmatiei departing at one o’clock. It was an hour late. Then two hours into the journey, after we were finally tucked into our bunks, we were shaken awake to the news that it was not a direct train, we’d missed out connection, and we’d have to wait for four hours (ultimately five) in a sketchy as hell rural train stop until our connection finally arrived at 8am.

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Romania: Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania
April 13th, 2017

Cluj

Cluj-Napoca is in Northwest Romania. It’s a university town and the unofficial capital of the Transylvania region. It has been a life mission of mine to visit Transylvania ever since grade school when I decided Pennsylvania and Transylvania were clearly related. Cluj is a beautiful, modern, and lively city with lots of history from various periods. We say everything from a 15th century fortified ruin (Tailor’s Tower) to an avant-guard vegan demonstration protesting the eating of Easter Lamb.
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London: Kew Gardens
April 2nd, 2017

For the first warm day of the year, Hannah and I went to Kew Gardens out near Richmond. It was really sunny and beautiful and we had a picnic underneath cherry blossom trees.
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Poland: Auschwitz-Birkenau
March 27th, 2017

The following passages are quoted from Laurence Rees’ book, “Auschwitz: The Nazis & The Final Solution. They are a selection from just the first 100 pages and by no means the worst of it… I’ve ear-marked the entire book.
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Poland: Muzeum Witrażu, Krakow
March 26th, 2017

I had a whopping four days to spend in Krakow so I was looking for interesting things to do beyond the typical tourist stuff. My new thing is looking for local workshops or classes and I found the perfect one at Museum Witrazu, an active stained glass workshop and gallery. The image above is their front door.
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Poland: Communist Nowa Huta
March 26th, 2017

My last day in Krakow I had no idea what I was gonna do so I took the recommendation of a friend and booked the Communism Tour with Crazy Guides. I was nervous about booking this because it seemed like it might be for Soviet nerds and I know hardly anything about Communism really. Luckily, that was not the case and I had an absolutely fascinating and unique one-on-one tour. The tour focuses on Krakow’s centrally-planned Socialist district Nowa Huta which you go visit whilst riding in a real Soviet-era East German Trabant.
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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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London: Sutton House
March 20th, 2017

Sutton House is a National Trust site in East London. It was built during the Tudor period and is the oldest residential house in Hackney. We went to check it out for a lazy Sunday. It was typically old and adorable inside. Cue house envy.
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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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