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The Extended Flight Home: AKA, LOT Polish Airways Sucks

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Greetings from….CHICAGO!

If, like myself, you are wondering what the hell I am doing in Chicago, do not dispair, there is an answer: LOT Polish Airways.
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Return to the Beginning: Last 24-hours in Warsaw, Poland

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

It’s hard to believe, but I am on my last 24 hours in Europe.

This morning I went to the salt mines outside of Krakow, also on my own. I actually do not recommend them if you have limited time – it is far better to see the city and the concentration camps then the expensive salt mines, also with very large crowds, which makes it difficult to hear your guide.
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Friday, October 27th, 2006
It was, I guess, like I expected: depressing, eerie and so full of tourists that it was hard to see anything except the vastness of the space. Traveling to Auschwitz is a full day experience - it was an hour and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Killer Krakow

Thursday, October 26th, 2006
I have made it safely to Krakow after three trains, 7 hours and lots of time spend staring out the window at the changing leaves. I wish I had more time here - 1.5 days will be way too ... [Continue reading this entry]

Safe and Sound in Boring Bratislava

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
Bratislava gets a bad backpacker rap as a small, boring town with not much going on and an uninteresting old town. For many, it's merely a stopover from Vienna to Prague or Budapest. I skipped it for that ... [Continue reading this entry]

Getting Caught in the Budapest Anniversary Riots

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006
"Well, you see, 50 years ago today there was a revolution...." The man at the train station travel agency looks embarassed with his explanation. "So, what, they decided to have another one?" I ask, incredulous. The man shrugs. "Be careful. ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Sour Taste of Getting Robbed in Romania

Monday, October 23rd, 2006
Romania sucks. Well, not really, but right now it does. I have been here for less than 24 hours, almost got pickpockted twice and then was robbed when I was in the shower by my roommate who took 40 bucks ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Historical Side of Belgrade

Saturday, October 21st, 2006
I kept up with my touring of Belgrade today - checking out the ancient city ruins nearby, Tito's grave, the largest Orthodox cathedral in the world (still under construction) and a 15 min quick look at the war musuem after ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Best of Belgrade

Friday, October 20th, 2006
Had an absolutely fantastic day...Belgrade is a great city and I had awesome hosts. Two people from the tourism board took me out to dinner today (at 9 pm!) then two bars and a club, which we only stayed at ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sofia to Belgrade Overnight Train: Guns, Smugglers and Bombs, Part Four, The Bomb

Thursday, October 19th, 2006
This is a continuation of the most bizarre train I have ever taken. Please read introductions or other entries below. For the next four hours, I slept fitfully, the carriage to myself. I vaugely became aware of the fact ... [Continue reading this entry]