Warsaw: Old Town

When I first announced that I was spending my birthday in Warsaw this year, the reaction from a lot of people (including Polish friends) was that Warsaw is an ugly city.

Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm

Last year, prior to my parents visiting in the summer, my mom had a very clear list of things she wanted to see: all things Martin Luther, and castles.

Sintra: Pena National Palace

During our day in Sintra, once we had visited Sintra National Palace and the Castle of the Moors, our next stop was Pena National Palace, located just up the hill from the castle.

Gothenburg: Thehuset

When I traveled to Sweden back in a friend back home asked me if I would stop by a tea shop in Gothenburg and get some of her favorite tea. Sweden is a special place for her and her husband, …


I’m not going to go so far as to say that Wörlitz is a boring little town, as it’s got Wörlitzer Park, which is amazing. However, with about residents, it’s certainly not th…

Arboga: Summer 1994

The first time I ever went to Europe was in I was and my family flew to Scandinavia to spend a month living and traveling through Sweden and Norway. During our time there, we saw and did …

Braga: City of Churches

“Porto works, Braga prays, Coimbra studies, and Lisbon gets the money.” …so goes the saying in Portugal about these major cities… and first impressions tell me that these ge…

Lagos: Relaxing in the Algarve

After spending a couple weeks exploring the big cities of Lisbon and Porto, we wanted to have a relaxing few days on the coast, so we made our way down to Lagos, a tiny little town in the Algarve s…

Warsaw: Kawki na Stawki

Coffee is a part of my daily ritual, and for the most part, my mornings begin with a cup of coffee from my French press. Simple, inexpensive, and effective.

Warsaw: Palace of Culture and Science

The Palace of Culture and Science really is something. If you’re in Warsaw, chances are you can’t look in any direction without catching a glimpse of this architectural wonder dominatin…