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…

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 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…

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…