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Backpacking Europe-Munich (Dealing with the Devil)

The thing I remember most about my time in Munich is sharing a dorm room in a hostel…with 39 other people.  I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels over the years (I think at last count I was at 60+) but this is the…

February 15, 2016

Backpacking Europe-Vienna

I took the train to Vienna and arrived without any hiccups, although I had an interesting time checking into my hostel.  Turns out they had recently expanded, but didn’t have enough space to add rooms where they were, so they bought another building a…

February 12, 2016

Backpacking Europe-Budapest

When I first planned by trip to Europe, I didn’t plan on going to Hungary.  I didn’t know anything about the country and didn’t have any friends from there or know many who’d traveled there, so it wasn’t high on my list of places…

February 5, 2016

You Get Paid to be Nice

My recent trip to Virginia got me reflecting on customer service.  It’s been a long time since I’ve flown across the country.  I usually take shorter trips and in the past couple years I’ve started driving more as it tends to be quite a…

December 1, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Prague (Bone Church)

After visiting 25 countries across 5 continents, this is still one of the most amazing sites I’ve ever seen.  The Bone Church in Kutna Hora is decorated with the bones of over 40,000 plague victims.  My guide book called it morbid, but I thought…

November 1, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Prague (No Spiders, Just Torture)

I liked Prague a lot.  I met some really nice people at my hostel and it was a very relaxing stay, which is just what I needed after being in Berlin during the World Cup.  Everyone in Prague walks slow and talks slow and…

October 29, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Sachsenhausen concentration camp is located just outside Berlin and offers a 6 hour guided tour.  The camp was built by slave laborers in 1936 and became the model for all other camps during World War II.  They used this site to train guards for…

October 26, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Berlin

After my long train ride to Copenhagen, I was happy to have an uneventful ride to Berlin.  When I arrived, I checked into my hostel which was very nice, but also a 5 story walk up, which was not my favorite thing to do…

October 23, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Copenhagen

I had a very interesting train ride from Amsterdam to Copenhagen.  First, there were tons of people standing on the train that hadn’t made seat reservations.  Everyone was trying to get to Berlin for the World Cup.   Second, our train had some malfunction so…

October 11, 2015

Backpacking Europe-Amsterdam

After leaving Belgium I found myself a little lonely again in Amsterdam.  The Dutch people were great and I was amazed by the culture.  However, Amsterdam is one of those places that some people go to just to drink and get high so many…

October 4, 2015