BootsnAll Travel Network

Albania – New York Times Budget Destination of the Year

December 11th, 2006

I am not sure I would steer people to Albania as eagerly as this writer does for the NYT. I wonder if the NYT influences travel trends like clebs do for fashion…..

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Pictures of Eastern Europe

November 26th, 2006

I know, long time no update. It’s been a crazy month – I am no longer working at BootsnAll, trying to get settled into my new place with Charlie (which is an *awesome* duplex in the Alberta Arts neighborhood) and also became ill. However, today I finally updated some of my pictures from Eastern Europe! There are only about a dozen, since I don’t have a pro account, but it should give you a sample of my first three weeks… Flickr Photos

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The Extended Flight Home: AKA, LOT Polish Airways Sucks

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

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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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.
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Killer Krakow

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 short, but I just ran out of time. Tomorrow, I will visit Auschwitz, where some of my extended family was killed in WWII. I am not looking forward to it very much, but I feel like it is something I have to do.

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Safe and Sound in Boring Bratislava

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 reason three years ago, however, small, boring, and unexciting is exactly how I want to be…especially because I have company.

I am staying with Kate, a BnA moderator, native Chicagoan, and author of a new blog. She is being super helpful and showing me all the best places to eat. We had drinking chocolate within 15 minutes of meeting each other and I knew we were going to get along just fine.

We are heading out to dinner where Peter, who I met in Albania, is going to join us for some traditional Slovak food.

Tomorrow it is off to Krakow and then Warsaw on Saturday for my Sunday flight back to the US!


Getting Caught in the Budapest Anniversary Riots

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. It is very dangerous.”
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The Sour Taste of Getting Robbed in Romania

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 out of my wallet that was buried in my bag.

I have got some stuff to do for work, and I have decided I do not want to spend another day here, so I have 2 hours to get everything together and get to Budapest.


The Historical Side of Belgrade

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 I begged to be let in 20 minutes before closing.

However, my quick departure tomorrow is not going to happen, it looks like – despite the fact that my destination in Romania is a major city – the closest one to Belgrade, 120 miles away – there’s only one train, at 4:30. Bah. It’s throwing off my schedule and making me cranky, so I do not feel like writing any more right now. But, I must say, Belgrade is an awesome city and there are worst places I can be stuck…

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