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…

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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…

Day 22: Teaching Tolerance in Riga, Latvia

The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, a teacher in Riceville, Iowa planned a lesson that would change the world of education. Knowing that her 28 third grade children could not understand discrimination without experiencing it for themselves, Jane Elliot devised an experiment wherein blue-eyed children would wear blue collars and the brown-eyed…

Day 18: White Nights in Tallinn, Estonia

By 11:00 pm, it's still light outside here. Nestled between the 59th and 60th latitude, this former province of the Soviet Union is a seldom visited country in Europe that is fast becoming one of the 'must see' destinations of the world. With its old town oozing charm, punctuated by fairy tale fortress spires, and…