Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I’ve been a few places over the last few months that deserve some blogging attention, as belated as it is. The stamp collection in my passport now proudly consists of three new members: Germany, Greece and Austria, visited in the months of February, April and May and all unforgettable in their own right. 

Instead of detailing each adventure, I’ll try to summarize these trips with a few key words and pictures. 
location: Vienna, Austria
date of travel: May 21-24
travel buddies: George Naveen Thomas and Zi-Su Kim
sights visited: Schonbrunn Palace, opera house, Zi-Su’s house, his family’s Asian food store, flea market, pretty parks, big cathedral, other large and architecturally breath-taking buildings
highlight: riding bikes around downtown and eating home-cooked Korean food
low point: losing my passport and boarding pass as we were in line to board the plane in Gatwick
location: Berlin, Germany
date of travel: Feb. 19-22
travel buddy: Amy Jo Couchman
sights visited: parliament building, Berlin wall, Potsdamer Platz, Hitler’s bunker, concentration camp outside the city called Sachsenhausen, Jewish memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, “biggest chocolate shop in Europe” 
highlight: Fat Tire Bike Tour, in which we saw several of the sights mentioned and had fun trying to bike through ice and snow
low point: begin very cold at times, loudest hostel snorer of all time in the bunk bed next to us

Athens and Santorini, Greece
date of travel: March 28- April 4
travel buddy: Amy Jo Couchman
sights visited: Parthenon, Mars Hill, various beaches in Santorini, Oia (we think Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants was filmed here?), volcano, “hot springs” aka a pool that’s a little less freezing than the rest of the Mediterranean in late March
highlight: lying on a beach in Santorini for an entire day with the place practically to ourselves and getting upgraded from a 6-person dorm room in our hostel to an amazing apartment in Athens
low point: being really sunburned and lathering ourselves in greek yogurt, following the advice of a local who swore it would “take the sting out”…we were a little disappointed with the results


  1. pam on June 8, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Wow what beautiful countryside and wonderful memories you are making.Love you,Aunt Pam

  2. Amy on July 7, 2009 at 6:42 am

    this post is making me cry and ache for another travel adventure with you. also, how could you say that yogurt was a low point!? even if it didn't work it did provide a lot of laughs!POTSDAMER PLATZ!!

  3. Anjali on September 21, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Really a Great Post!! Images are really cool. Amazing Race is an excellent show and it is like an English Lesson. Thanks!!

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