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…

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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 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 12: Top Ten Things to do in Montenegro as a Family

About a week before taking off for our big trip, a colleague of mine stopped to chit chat, he had heard from Ava that the first stop on our itinerary was Montenegro. I confirmed that it was, the rest of our conversation went something like this. Casey: "Ugh, my family and I visited there a…

Day 5: Killing Jetlag in Kotor, Montenegro

We arrived at Tivat airport in Montenegro at 9:50 am last Tuesday morning. The elation of arriving in eastern Europe was subdued by the baggage claim which spit out only 2 of our 3 bags. Since this wasn't the first time a checked bag didn't meet us at the destination, I approached the lost and…

Day 1: So It Begins- In South Korea

Today began like a normal day for most people in South Korea. For most people, alarm clocks stirred families awake one member at a time and into their familiar routine of starting their day. Moms and dads prepared for work and children rejoiced only slightly about summer break knowing that much of their much deserved…