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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: Western Europe

Fast Facts: Western Europe

WHAT WE DID: Traveled for 39 days around Western Europe. Stayed primarily in rooms (self-contained unit) booked through AirBnB. In Munich, we stayed with our generous friends who we met traveling several years ago. Our basic itinerary: Transit – bus (DB) from Ljubljana, Slovenia to Munich, Germany Munich (5 nights) Transit – bus (Flixbus) from Munich to Bolzano, Italy; local bus from Bolzano to Ortiesi (Val Gardena, Dolomiti National Park) Ortiesi (4 nights) Transit – local bus from Ortiesi to…

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Penny & Me

Penny & Me

Holy cow… I can’t believe it’s November already! Since arriving back in the Schengen Area in September, the penny has spent the last six weeks roaming Western Europe’s breathtaking national parks and iconic cities. You’d think the little coin would be getting tired of all this sightseeing, but apparently it’s got quite the stamina. Upon arriving in Germany, the penny was greeted by some new friends – Margot and Martin. The little coin had the best time staying at their…

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Given to Fly

Given to Fly

Way back before we started out on this journey, Jenn had mentioned something about paragliding in Switzerland. When we were in Peru, we had briefly looked into soaring off the cliffs in Lima, but the calm skies meant that none of the shops were open. After our first hike in Zermatt, we immediately realized that, of any weather-related cancellations for our adventure, lack of wind was unlikely to be one of them. We woke up to cold, clear air and…

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Zermatt

Zermatt

Nestled snugly amongst the thick evergreen forests of the verdant Matter Valley (Mattertal) sits one of Switzerland’s most beautiful treasures. Named for the prominent peak that stands like a sentry over the remote, alpine village, Zermatt is a veritable haven for skiers, hikers, and outdoor adventurers alike. Under the protective shadow of the Matterhorn’s snow-capped slopes, rustic chalets and Valais blacknose sheep pepper the valley floor. Only three main streets span the hamlet, and for as long as anyone can…

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