Trip Two

Bratislava Sucks

Bratislava Sucks

At first I felt that it was in me to wax on the understated charms and bare knuckle beauty of this often overlooked post-soviet gem, but then I actually spent some time there. Considering it's approximation to other more deserving Eastern European heavyweights -- Vienna an hour to the west, Prague and Budapest equidistant on either side, and Krakow a few hours to the northeast -- who in their right mind would designate more than a 24 hour stopover to this highly unremarkable point of transit?

Sighișoara, Transylvania: Dracula's hometown

Sighișoara, Transylvania: Dracula's hometown

Although Transylvania deserves to have world recognition for it's alpine scenery and medieval charm, mention of the area most often inspires darker connotations. Thanks to the undying work of Bram Stoker, Transylvania has become synonymous with vampires. The basis for the fictional Count Dracula finds it's roots here in Sighasoara -- and is actually a bit scarier than our chocolate cereal spun off Hollywood vampire friend could ever hope to be.

Behind The Scenes of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

Behind The Scenes of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

There’s no place in the world like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Exotic textiles, the finest handmade carpets in the world, jewels fit for royalty, aphrodisiacal teas, and treasures recovered from shipwrecks mark only a small portion of the vast selection on offer in this labyrinthine sprawl — it’s as easy to get lost in the colors and smells as it is in the virtually indistinguishable passageways that twist and turn upon each other in every direction here.

Traveling As A Couple: A Three Tiered Coping Strategy

Traveling As A Couple: A Three Tiered Coping Strategy

Traveling with your significant other demands a level of intimacy that supersedes anything your life at home together can possibly prepare you for. This isn't the kind of intimacy that you won each other over with in the first place, but rather zero privacy, sweat caked socks and underwear, diarrhea and fungal infection style intimacy. Gross.

Polish Christmas Foods

Polish Christmas Foods

Who eats fish for dessert? I'm inordinately open minded, but sweet syrups and savory crusts do not mix with the pesce. Yet here we are in the small town of Markow, about 2 hours east of Warsaw, and every polite guest's nightmare is staring at me with a succession of cold, dead eyes. There are SIX different fish based desserts piled onto the doily laden candle lit table before me. I hate every dish I see, but feel obligated to try all of them.

Doner Kebap: Tender Slices of Heaven

Doner Kebap: Tender Slices of Heaven

It seems like you can't go 5 minutes in Berlin without getting tangled up in the force field like aroma of a kebap shack -- and just like star warring vessels caught in the magnetic overhaul of a vastly more powerful craft, you'll find yourself throwing open the doors and staring down that spinning meat on a spit before you know what grabbed you.

Berlin In the Blink of An Eye: The Reichstag Building

Berlin In the Blink of An Eye: The Reichstag Building

We spent 5 days in Berlin recently, which was definitely not enough time to properly appreciate such a magnificent capital of culture and history.

It was the first visit here for both of us -- though we had already visited Germany on multiple occasions, we somehow missed out on what is arguably the finest city that Deutschland has to offer.