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…

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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 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 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…