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Alys and Jess Tour Europe

Thoughts Upon Leaving

USA | Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [652]

Sometimes I forget where I am. I have to remind myself that I am, in fact, in Italy. A place that I have always admired and wanted to go. I am living a life here I have always wanted to dapple in (living and working in a sustainable agricultural lifestyle ... Read more >

Suicide of a Goose: and Other Stories from The White Rabbit

USA | Saturday, 11 Oct 2008 | Views [1104]

A goose committed suicide by hanging last night. My second night on the farm. Its thin, elegant neck dangling from the low slung branches of a tree. Her eyes were squeezed tight as if she were wishing real hard. Perhaps to die, or maybe something lighter.... Read more >

What To Bring To Europe

USA | Monday, 6 Oct 2008 | Views [9470] | Comments [1]

This is not a story. This is a list of what to bring to Europe and some handy tips. When beginning this trip, Jess and I weren't sure what we would need to bring. I searched all over the internet but never found a good list of what to bring. In Greece, ... Read more >

Tags: helpful tips, item list, what to bring

Gallery: Italy

ITALY | Monday, 29 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

The last leg of our joyage.
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Fall Takes Its Turn

ITALY | Tuesday, 23 Sep 2008 | Views [649] | Comments [1]

I felt it change on the train from Naples to Rome. I remember turning to Alys and asking her if she felt it to, how the light was changing. She said she couldn't feel it, yet I was so sure. I am programmed, it seems, to sense the onset of fall. Something ... Read more >

Gallery: Greece

GREECE | Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

This trip started from my desire to go to Greece. It did not disappoint!
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Let Them Eat Cake: When Farm Stays Spoil

ITALY | Monday, 8 Sep 2008 | Views [1040]

In an effort to not spend money, do something productive, and learn about organic food processes, Jess and I had planned to work on a farm in Italy for the last bit of our trip. For me, that was 2 weeks and Jess was planning on dividing up her time between ... Read more >

What I Love. by Alys

GREECE | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Views [706] | Comments [1]

"What do you love?" "What do I love?" "Say everything." I love the smell of Ireland. Clean, masculine, natural...I smelled it everywhere and no one could tell me what it was. I love the look of laundry drying on a ... Read more >


MACEDONIA | Friday, 22 Aug 2008 | Views [832] | Comments [1]

Here is a little bit of European drama for you: Greece and Macedonia do not get along. A long time ago, the land that is now called Macedonia was partly land of Yugoslavia and partly land of Greece. After it became independent, it decided on the name ... Read more >

Gallery: Macedonia

MACEDONIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Ahhh...relief from our troubled time in Montenegro.
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Gallery: Montenegro

MONTENEGRO | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Some unenjoyable things occurred in Budva, but we're still alive!
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Some Bumps in the Balkans

SERBIA | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [2116] | Comments [5]

I can confidently say up to this point our trip has run very smoothly. So smooth in fact that I have been wondering in the back of my mind for quite a few weeks now when something is going to, quite simply, go wrong. Not that I am a pessimist or that ... Read more >

Catch Up

HUNGARY | Friday, 8 Aug 2008 | Views [866] | Comments [1]

I've got the job of catching you up on more than two weeks, dear blog readers, so we are going to go fast. Jess and I left Prague the day after her parents after a pleasant Hare Krishna lunch with our friend Jeff. We took a bus to Budapest, a place I ... Read more >

Tags: budapest, croatia, hummus bar, swimming, szecheyi baths, war

Gallery: Croatia

CROATIA | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

Beautiful water and sunsets. Rocky beaches.
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Gallery: Hungary

HUNGARY | Thursday, 7 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

A week and a half on both sides of the Danube.
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Chasing Ghosts

CZECH REPUBLIC | Monday, 14 Jul 2008 | Views [933] | Comments [3]

Our car missed the exit off the freeway which meant we had to take a long detour to get to our destination. We were distracting the driver with our questions, some of which my mother, Joanne, had waited her whole life to ask. Alys, Joanne, and myself ... Read more >

Tags: beer, family history, road trips.

Gallery: Czech Republic

CZECH REPUBLIC | Sunday, 13 Jul 2008 | Photo Gallery

Twenty days between Brno, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, and small villages we don't know the names of!
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We Won't Forget U.

CZECH REPUBLIC | Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | Views [828]

It is a beautiful afternoon in Spain, but Jess and I are in an internet cafe. Feet have gotten itchy, and it is time to make a serious move. Being on a trip with no plan or path means that the plan and path are constantly in flux. In the internet cafe, I ... Read more >

Tags: brno, club wash, lukas, phil, summer, swimming, thad

A Day In The Life Of...

CZECH REPUBLIC | Sunday, 6 Jul 2008 | Views [807] | Comments [2]

What do Jess and Alys do all day? They aren't working, they aren't trying to accomplish anything in particular? What is it they spend their time doing? GOOD QUESTION! I will address it now: On a typical day, Jess and I wake up at an average time of ... Read more >

Barcelona, the Star Quarterback of Europe

SPAIN | Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | Views [834] | Comments [6]

Barcelona is like that really poplular guy in high school that everyone loves and is always taking about. He is beautiful, lively, athletic and for the most part, is pretty nice to everyone. But he knows that he´ll never really have to try too hard ... Read more >

Tags: ¨mr. popular¨, barcelona, firsts, lonliness, picasso

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