Day 54: Laying Low in Bratislava

At just an hour and 20 minutes, the bus ride between Vienna and Bratislava was the shortest ride we've taken on our trip between cities. I sat next to a woman who was nervously clutching the purse on her lap and across the aisle, a textbook frat boy. Oxford blue long sleeve shirt rolled up…

Day 50: Sampling Intercourse in Vienna

"Are you ready for intercourse?" The waitress asked me. "Beg your pardon?" I kindly asked back. "Intercourse. Is your family ready for intercourse?" "I'm sorry, we didn't think this restaurant was that kind of place." I said while protectively eyeing my wife and daughter and shooting glimpses towards the bushes to see if I was…

Day 48: The Czech Republic

By the time we arrived in the gothic capital of Prague, it was late and the sun was going down over the Jiraskuv bridge. Bridges cross the Vltava river every few hundred meters or so, but the crown jewel is Charles Bridge which is shut off from cars and open only to pedestrians and statues…

Day 43: Poland Part 3-Just One More Step…

I'm having a Samwise Gamgee moment. Samwise was Frodo's companion during the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy who accompanied him to Mordor to cast the ring into Mount Doom. In the first movie: 'Fellowship of the Ring' the two leave the safety of the Shire and there is the moment wherein Sam realizes that if…

Day 38: Poland Part 2- Auschwitz Birkenau

The day after arriving in Krakow, Lisa and I took turns visiting the most infamous concentration camp in the world. Unless you've been living on the moon or dropped out of high school, the name 'Auschwitz' brings a chill because of the atrocities committed there. From 1941 to 1945, over one million Jews and political…

Day 34: Poland Part 1-Eastern Delights

The day we arrived in Warsaw, one of the biggest music legends in the world was playing at the PGE Narodowy coliseum. I would not have normally gone to see Jon Bon Jovi, but with standing arena tickets costing only $40, we had to do it. Bon Jovi dominated the romantic rock genre since he…

Day 26: Baltic Beauty-Vilnius, Lithuania

Sometimes explosive diarrhea can have a silver lining. Living and traveling abroad for 17 years has given us stomach microbes that you wouldn't believe. In every place we've called home, we've had an intricate map of public bathrooms around the moo ban (Chiang Mai), district (Saigon) and dong (Seoul) that we could depend on at…