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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

As we prepare to bid farewell to Europe after nearly five months – and, sadly, prepare to wrap up our year on the road in general – it’s time for one last edition of ‘Behind the Blog.’ For you dedicated readers, our European tour has led us through 24 more countries and resulted in another 51 blog entries. My ‘Travel’ folder and its accumulation of effusive Word documents is beginning to look scarily similar to my ‘Dissertation’ folder on my…

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Fast Facts: The Balkans

Fast Facts: The Balkans

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 23 days around four Balkan countries. Stayed primarily in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB, with the exception of a 3-night guesthouse in Plitvicka Jereza, Croatia. Our basic itinerary: Transit – train (Mav-Start) from Budapest to Belgrade, Serbia Belgrade (3 nights) Transit – minivan (GEA Tours) from Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia Sarajevo (4 nights) Transit – bus (Eurolines) from Sarajevo to Split, Croatia Split (3 nights) Transit – 4-day car rental to travel to Plitvice…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

The penny continued its European tour across the Balkan Peninsula, enjoying beautiful places and friendly faces in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia. In Belgrade, the diminutive coin was dwarfed by the grand structures of St. Sava’s Church and Belgrade Fortress. The penny was humbled to visit the historic streets of Sarajevo, saddened by the lingering scars of the city’s siege, but in awe of how the community has endured and recovered. In Croatia, the penny spent some time…

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Zagreb

Zagreb

We only planned a brief stay in Zagreb – a day and a half to wander the city and see the sights before heading to Slovenia. Though we didn’t spend a ton of time there, it seemed like an agreeable enough city. After the disappointing encounter with Split’s over-priced central market, it was nice to see a great local market again, with homegrown produce at good prices. Jenn caught sight of a giant basket of spinach, and by the time…

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Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Both Jenn and I were extremely excited to see Plitvice Lakes National Park, a place that many don’t know by name, but often recognize from photos in travel articles that frequently start with the words, “Top 10 Most Beautiful…” The national park covers nearly 115 square miles of mountain lakes in central Croatia, making it the largest park in the country. It is even home to Croatia’s largest waterfall, Veliki Slap (‘Large Waterfall’), which is over 78 meters (256 feet)…

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Dalmatia

Dalmatia

A thriving port on the Dalmatian Coast, Split is a modern city built amongst the ruins of an old one. The Old Town is a maze of narrow corridors that seem equally likely to suddenly dead-end at a brick wall as they are to open into busy squares full of cafes and shops. Old stone arches and crumbling castle walls line the twisting streets, with restaurant menus hung immediately adjacent to historical markers, and racks of cheap sunglasses hanging in…

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