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…

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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 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…

Day 14: Belgrade-Gritty Perfection

The train ride here was a life test. I generally find that the longer your trip- albeit on a bus, train or airplane, your propensity for wanting to kill someone goes up exponentially as time marches on. Leaving the city of 'Bar' on coastal Montenegro at 9:00 am on the local train started as a…

Day 10: Making a Monster in Budva, Montenegro

Today was one of those 'magic' days. It started out with me taking a deep sea fishing trip in the morning off the coast of Budva, Montenegro. We didn't catch many fish, but it was enough to make into a tasty ceviche for dinner that evening. At lunch, we ate at the Astoria Beach Hotel…

My Favorite Social Media Strategies to Raise Website Traffic

As our trip departure is less than two weeks away, I've been ramping up social media over the last few weeks which has exploded traffic to our family's travel site. Although I started this blog just under a year ago, I've spent the last 10 months focusing on writing core content which has resulted in…