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Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 30th 2011

Today we visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in the nearby town of Oswechiem (sp). The tours were well done and very informative, and I am forever grateful for having the opportunity to visit the sites. The tour only covers a fraction of the information and research completed and currently being compiled about the site of one of the biggest mass extermination camps in our history. You can't help but become emotional when you walk into a room with 2 tons of human hair - hair that is from actual prisoners of the camp - its heartbreaking the atrocities that were committed there. My hope is that the millions who visit the concentration camps will take their visits to heart and not allow for injustice in their own lives. Yesterday we footed it over to the Jewish Ghetto, where Jewish ... read more

Europe » Poland » Lesser Poland » Kraków June 29th 2011

We have arrived in Krakow, Poland!! This was our final, big leg of the journey, traveling from Riga last night at 7pm via bus, switching buses in Lithuania and catching a train from Warsaw to Krakow. We have much to see here in the final few days of our journey and am very happy to be here. Apparently Krakow, amongst other things, is rumored to have more bars per square meter than any place in Europe! Not sure if I am up for any more trouble :) We tried absinthe in Riga and it actually was pretty good, once you got past the initial gasoline taste and mixed it with some 7up. Our visit to Riga ended nicely with a short boat ride across the river and more time in Old Town (apparently every place of ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 27th 2011

Latvia is very nice, it feels genuine, like people are going on with the business of living in a regular way, not sure how to say it, but people seem REAL here. We have been recouping from our last week or so of adventure and enjoying the day. Doing some shopping - or I should say some looking - because the US dollar is incredibly weak, you really wouldn't believe just how expensive it is to travel throughout Europe. In Latvia of all the countries I have thought about, we have encountered prices as high, if not higher than they were in Finland. And the terrible thing is there is just so much cute clothing - I want it! But, will instead be happy strolling the streets, seeing the sites and the people. Have learned a ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region June 27th 2011

It is early Monday morning here. I have learned that it is a wonderful time to use the hostel computers and kitchen. All that drinking the night before keeps the youth in bed and out of my way. I am going to head over to the open air market this morning and see what fresh fish they have. I have been putting a few pictures on my facebook page since my phone has some pictures in it. We have not been able to download the photos from our cameras onto the hostel computers. The Naughty Squirrel is very nice and clean. Bonus we can close the window from all the whistlers in the street below. Now I know why the folks in NY yell not nice things from the windows. We had a quiet evening last ... read more

Europe » Latvia » Riga Region » Riga June 26th 2011

We have arrived in Riga, Latvia and just getting our bearings around the city. The city already feels more authentic, more real then the city we left, which I appreciate. The bus ride over was very nice, they have gone quite luxurious with their buses and the 4 hour trip passed quickly. We've had our fill of caviar, bread, butter, nutella and other good things we have come to have the taste for while on the road. Not sure what the next couple of days here will hold, we haven't got too many plans, and instead hope to go at a bit slower pace, to recoup from our running over the past few days. More later, love, A... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 26th 2011

Well, it's 2am over here and the fecking tourists outside won't shut their traps. I'll lighten my statement with a :p. Yep, turns out Old Towne Estonia is much like the Las Vegas of Nevada; a huge tourist draw, huge and fun, but not necessarily reflective of the entire country. Prices are inflated within the old town, but eh, what to do since here is where the fun is, where the experiences are. Or so we thought. Yesterday we went out on a tour of the country, via some help from our hostel *which is fabulous by the way. Estonia is so incredibly green, with grasses and just trees everywhere! Still no pics, but when we do get some you'll see photos of: Circular graves-much of the area is covered with limestone, so if you were ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 25th 2011

We have been following the Midsummer celebrations across Northern Europe. In Helsinki all of the young people get all of the beer they can carry and head off into the country and camp around huge fires and drink themselves silly. In Tallinn they seem to drink themselves silly midsummer or not. I think it is mostly the young tourist that are bent on getting drunk and acting like fools. On the ferry over the Baltic sea they had huge tree branches strapped to the boat to celebrate the midsummer. Amber and I snagged a great table on the deck and had some rowdy company that I am sure we did not want to know what they were being so loud about. It is still light for about 16 hour a day. Come to find out they ... read more

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2011

We have arrived in Estonia via our ferry trip across the Baltic Sea. It is always good to be on the water and the site to behold when arriving in Tallinn was amazing. We are staying right in the middle of the old towne, with shops and medieval styled buildings everywhere, the perfect location to be in. The streets are cobble-stoned and it rained buckets there for a while, but that didn't stop us from getting out and enjoying the area. Am a bit surprised that the absolute cheesiness that Las Vegas has created with the Excalibur is really not too far off, in a weird way, hopefully Estonians don't take offense! Tomorrow we will go to the national park and enjoy the city more. Am not able to upload pics, but definitely have some good ... read more

Europe » Finland June 23rd 2011

Wow, Finland is amazing. We were able to see a few of the beautiful churches, the pier and market, have some meat pies and fried fish (awesome! eat the heads and everything!) and rode around on a bar-tram for a tour of the city. Follow it all up with a nap and a dinner at a nice restaurant and that my friends is a recipe for an excellent day. Being at sea level, my hair has curled up and the sea air seems to stick to your skin just a bit. It feels great. You'll see photos of an enormous, man size rabbit that is in the common areas around our hosts' apartment complex, graffiti (uncommissioned art as I like to call it, I love to photo it for some reason) as well as other images ... read more
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Europe » Estonia June 23rd 2011

All I can say is WOW! Our hosts have given us the most wonderful view of Finland ever imagined. They took us out into the countryside to a delightful cabin by a lake and let us see what a piece of heaven looks, tastes and feels like! We traveled by car 100 Klm through the farms of Finland. The plants and trees were spectacular and oh what scenery! On the edge of the lake was a wood fired sauna and a path for taking a plunge into the cool water. I have been in saunas before, but I can honestly say that this is the first time I enjoyed it the right way in the right place. We had a wonderful dinner cooked on the Weber grill and a few different cocktails. Soile and Sanna you ... read more

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