Dazzled by Dubrovnik

Dazzled by Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Dubrovnik is a city rapidly rising in the tourism scene.  Over the past five years or so, it has experienced a boom in visitors, as people are finally catching on to the beauty of Croatia.  Another prime reason is due to the hit TV show, “Game of Thrones” on HBO, which films quite a few scenes here.  It is located right on the coast (like almost all of the large Croatian cities), and is a prime stopping point for Mediterranean cruise ships. Dubrovnik is well known for its red…

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park

The Waterfalls of Krka National Park

Krka National Park Krka was another national park that was high on my list to visit while I was in Croatia.  Located about 60 miles north of the coastal town of Split, Krka is easily accessible as a day trip from there.  Similar to tour companies in Zadar offering package deals to visit Plitvice, there were many in Split offering trips to Krka. How to get to Krka National Park from Split via Bus Split’s bus station is located near the pier and is hard to miss.  At the ticket…

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park Visiting Plitvice Lakes National Park was high on my Croatia to-do list.  Whilst perusing other travel blogs, I was mesmerized by their pictures and descriptions of this beautiful park.  The beautiful turquoise water served as a nice contrast to the surrounding trees and foilage. When I was in Zadar (and later in Split), I came across many tour agencies offering guided tours to Plitvice.  “It’s the only way to see it.” they would tell me in their best sales pitch.  Due to my aversion to guided tours…

The Magnificent Sunsets of Zadar, Croatia

The Magnificent Sunsets of Zadar, Croatia

Zadar is a small town located on the coast of the Adriatic, a couple hours north of the popular tourist destination of Split.  Plitvice National Park was a bit more accessible from Zadar versus Split, and I had heard that Zadar provided some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, I knew I had to make a stop here. My first impressions of Croatia were that it reminded me a lot of Italy.  Zadar boasted brightly colored buildings, cobblestone streets, and small quaint cafes with an abundant of outdoor…

My House in Budapest, My Hidden Treasure Chest

My House in Budapest, My Hidden Treasure Chest

My House in Budapest, My Hidden Treasure Chest My next “must visit” European country after Germany was Croatia.  I had heard many great things about the country, especially during the summertime.  Getting there overland would be a challenge, as the two countries are pretty far apart.  I decided to break up my journey by spending some time in Budapest, one of the more famous Eastern European cities. I also happened to know a couple that lived there, Ingrid and Lino, whom I had met at Diani Beach back in December….

Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise

Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise

Berlin-A Hipster’s Paradise Berlin, in my opinion, is one of the coolest and most hip cities in all of Europe.  There is definitely a different type of feel to this city as compared to Munich, Hamburg, etc.  There is literally so much going on here and I only scratched the surface during the four days I was there.  Attracting people from all over Europe, Berlin is a haven of culture, with artists of all types, from traditional art to the prominent graffiti scene.  Never have I ever seen a higher…

Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg After reuniting with my friend Carly in Amsterdam, I continued my planned travels back into Germany.  Next up on my somewhat clockwise path of Germany and the Netherlands was Hamburg.  Here I would have the opportunity to see Armin and Carolin, a German couple who were on the overland trip with me.  In addition to seeing all of the traditional sights in Hamburg, I was excited to spend time in the city where the Beatles first became famous. Armin and Carolin were gracious enough to let me…

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!) As I was relaxing in the evening at the home where I was couchsurfing in Utrecht, I perused Facebook for a bit.  When I was scrolling through my newsfeed, I saw a picture of my friend Carly alongside one of Amsterdam’s many canals.  Taken aback at first, I shot her a quick message and found out that she indeed was in Amsterdam!  It turned out that one of her college friends, Caroline, and her mother had booked a week long trip to Paris and Amsterdam to relax,…

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands I remember learning about The Hague, Netherlands while I was in school.  The International Courts of Justice are located here, and all international criminals and cases are heard at this location. Since like most of the major Dutch cities it is located in the Northern part of the country, and less than an hour by train from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, etc, I decided to add it to my agenda.  I also had a friend, Ward, who currently lives there, providing another reason to visit.  I had…

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Rotterdam when I arrived there.  During my time in Amsterdam, I had heard a few words thrown around in regards to this city such as “edgy”, “artsy”, “architectural marvel”, and “funky”.  After doing a bit of research on the city, I found out that it was almost completely destroyed by the bombings of World War II.  Rather than rebuilding it to mimic the old style, it became a blank canvas for Dutch architects to…