Liz

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Liz

Espresso addict. Traveler. Loves the ocean, foreign films and collecting vinyl. Sees the world through a camera lens.









Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi December 7th 2011

Can you believe it? I'm finally in India! It took so long to get here, and yet, now that I'm here I feel like I've been here forever. My sister and I landed in Delhi at 5 AM and immediately were confronted with everything India is known for: noise, people, smells, smog and sheer intensity. And it was only 5 AM! It was a whirlwind - we land, we get into our first mode of transport and are whisked off into the crazy dream that is the Delhi roadways. Despite traveling for virtually 24 hours, being nearly 12 time zones from home... it was hard to sleep the first few nights in Delhi. For one, we were completely out of whack. Our bodies were utterly confused where we were, what time of day it was, and ... read more
Our first rickshaw
Buying groceries
Beautiful door

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome January 5th 2011

Most people who know me know that Rome is my favorite place in the world. Rome and I started our love affair three years ago, which may or may not have something to do with the fact that about the same time that Keith and I really started ours. So it comes as no surprise that on this third trip to Rome, Keith and I got engaged! We arrived in Rome completely ecstatic. Our night train from Munich was fun and new, but we woke up to the Italian countryside flying by and we were full of anticipation. As we rubbed the sleep out of our eyes, looking out into the familiar landscapes and knowing full well that within an hour we'd be pulling into Termini, we forgot about Germany and waited until we stepped back ... read more
Sant Angelo Angel
Reflection in the cobblestone
Windows

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Fussen January 3rd 2011

For our last day in Germany, Keith and I decided to head down to Füssen, where the beloved King Ludwig II (Mad King Ludwig) built his fairy tale castle, Schloß Neuschwanstein. Ludwig may or may not have been the nutcase everyone made him out to be, but he definitely had a vision when he started out to build Neuschwanstein. It was a pretty fancy place. I can't imagine being the kind of person that has the power, and audacity, to build such a huge castle... right next to the nice castle he grew up in. One castle on the same block wasn't enough??! We didn't make it into the actual castle to take a look inside. We're on our way to Rome via night train tonight so we have to be back in Munich in time ... read more
Peaks
Schloß Neuschwanstein
Schloß Hohenschwangau

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Garmisch-Partenkirchen » Zugspitze January 2nd 2011

Woo-hoo ! We're at the top of Germany ! Today, our little group decided to visit the very south of Germany, which also happens to be the tallest part of Germany! That's right - we went skiing on the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. That has a nice ring to it. At least, it would if you skied. I did not. Instead, I rented skiis, walked out the door, looked down the slope, and walked right back inside. No way was I going to try to work my way down a sheer drop in those freaking uncomfortable ski boots. I grew up in Illinois. To those of you unfamiliar with the particulars of the midwest of the United States, people from Illinois are endearingly known as "flat landers." It's pretty self explanatory - we're great at farming, but ... read more
Alps
Alps
Cute little house in Eibsee

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Munich January 1st 2011

Happy New Year to All ! We've been having a great time in Germany so far. Since we got into Munich, we've been busy walking the town, seeing the sights, and (more importantly) sampling the local brew. Needless to say, Munich rocks. Aside from the cold, and the persistent grey skies, I can really see why Munich is often placed atop the list of places to live in Germany. It's clean, it's efficient, it's historic and accessible. And while the conversion of prices after the exchange rate isn't the best, I found it actually fairly reasonably priced, even in the most touristy of places: the Hofbräuhaus. The world-famous Hofbräuhaus was the place that we met up with Rob and Rachael after a bit of planning mishap. I hate not having a cell phone in Europe. It ... read more
Munich skyline
Munich, birds-eye style
Walkway

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Kufstein December 30th 2010

I really love traveling in Europe in the winter. For the past few December / January excursions across the pond, I've enjoyed the ability to see Europe with nominal crowds, and at a lower cost. I can't imagine being herded from site to site during the high tourist season that so many places we've been would bring. Yet, I have to admit, often times I wish for summer weather while in Europe. Today was a prime example. On our way to Munich to meet our friends Rob and Rachael (who are awesome enough to fly to Munich for a long weekend!), we decided to stop in Kufstein for a bit of sight-seeing. I've really started to enjoy the lockers-at-the-rail-station situation. It's great to be able to dump our belongings in a locker for a few hours ... read more
Kufstein
Kufstein
Kufstein

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Rattenberg December 29th 2010

In our quest to visit both well-known cities and small towns of Austria, we decided to stay the night in Rattenberg... Austria's smallest town. At first, I thought Rattenberg would be off the beaten track. And, to stay there the night probably was. However, Rattenberg's holding its own... mostly thanks to its glass production. The whole region of Tirol is known for its salt and glass. In Rattenberg, salt takes a back seat to glass. Rattenberg on a map looks like a joint between Kramsach and Radfeld, more like a neighborhood than a town in its own right. And while neither Kramsach nor Radfeld are particularly well-known either, it takes longer than five minutes to walk from one end of the town to the other. Rattenberg is truly tiny. When we got off the S-Bahn, we ... read more
Man lighting the lamps around town
Rattenberg
Rattenberg

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Hall in Tirol December 28th 2010

So, to escape the hustle and bustle of mega metropolis Innsbruck (ha!), we took a half day trip to Hall in Tirol. When researching the Tirol country side, I kept stumbling upon nice reviews of this little suburb 10 minutes away from Innsbruck. It's not a particularly historic town, nor a unique one by any means, but it looked like a good place to spread out for a few hours. Especially since I wanted to combine a mix of well-visited cities and lesser-known villages while touring Austria. One thing that I noticed while researching Tirol a few months ago was the incredible quaintness of each and every town in Austria. It made it difficult to choose where to go, and why. Each and every settlement - whether it's Innsbruck, a thriving town on the river, or ... read more
Through the church achway
Hall
Lovely Hall

Europe » Austria » Tyrol » Innsbruck December 27th 2010

I'd like to say that we arrived in Innsbruck sans problem. Instead, we arrived sans luggage. At least I did. And yet, I couldn't be more excited: Keith and I are back in Europe! This is our first time in Austria. Having decided to spend New Years in Munich, we picked Innsbruck based off the fact that it was actually cheaper to get from Frankfurt to Munich via Innsbruck than to go directly. It just so happens that the scenery was worth the trip alone! I had no idea how beautiful Innsbruck would be. I knew it was in the Alps, I knew it hosted the winter Olympics, and I had a vague notion that Tirol was quaint and picturesque. Still, I was very surprised with Innsbruck. From the moment we landed in the airfield (which ... read more
Alps in Innsbruck
Innsbruck rooftop
Alps!

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Heredia » Heredia August 10th 2010

Costa Rica is synonymous with coffee. Think Costa Rica and you'll think coffee. You can't go anywhere in the country without passing by the bushy coffee plants growing on the sides of mountains and volcanoes. For our last full day in Costa Rica, we decided to embark on a coffee tour at Cafe Britt, just north of San Jose in Heredia. We couldn't visit one of the top exporters of the delicious bean and not check it out, especially since my sisters and I are coffee-addicts ourselves. For decades, coffee was the lifeline of Costa Rica, flowing through the economy like blood through a warm body. It still is a vital part of the nation's industry, but nowadays, it is export numero 3 since being supplanted by tourism and pineapples in the last decade. During our ... read more
View from the street
Just another Tuesday
Corrugated Iron




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