Evan Fry


Evan Fry

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 14th 2014

My travels may have come to an end a week ago, but my blog is just wrapping up now. Between recovering from jetlag, spending my only week at home with my family, and moving my life down to Chicago to start work tomorrow, the blog just got a bit delayed. My apologies to my avid readers, but pretend that the quality of this post is that much greater because I’ve had a week to distill my experiences (see, I can even convince myself). Since posting last, I closed out my trip by visiting Istanbul, the Greek island of Chios, and Athens. For those who are geographically inclined, my route for the latter half of my trip was basically a clockwise semicircle from the UK to Athens. The plane tickets for this leg weren’t the cheapest, but ... read more
Haggia Sophia
Hagia Sophia Interior
Hagia Sophia Mosaics

Europe » Estonia » Tallinn June 24th 2014

And the winner for best airport is...Tallinn, Estonia. 3 minute security, free public wifi throughout the terminal, and buses that run to the center of town in 10 minutes. Due to the ease of check-in, this blog post comes to you from the lounge by gate 13. In order to get to Tallinn, though, I had to go from London Stansted, which wins the award for longest, most crowded security line. Said security was experienced at 4:30am (where were all these people going?), and my travel process to the airport had previously involved a bus and coach trip begun at 2:50. Such is the price for wanting to jam everything in. My second stint in London was nice as well. I was able to grab dinner with a friend who was there, saw two shows on ... read more
The Royal Punch Bowl
Tallinn Skyline #1S
London Bridge selfie

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London June 17th 2014

It might only be 7:30am here, but the sun has already been up for two hours. Yes, friends, I'm in the Scottish highlands, on a train this time instead of my usual blogging bus (typing to the sound of, "Please mind the gap when alighting from this train." The British make everything sound so proper). Since my last post I have been to Berlin, Edinburgh, and Loch Lomond, and I am en route to London--when I tell all the Scots where I'm going, they make a face and express their sympathy. Scottish people probably win the award for friendliest, most helpful people so far on this trip, rivaled only by the Irish; considering the Scots descended from the Irish, it's not surprising that things from their mannerisms to their accents are similar. Let's start from where ... read more
Traditional Berlin Currywurst
Berlin at night
The dome in the Reichstag

Europe » Germany » Hesse » Frankfurt June 10th 2014

Once again I'm blogging from a bus, this time en route to Berlin from Frankfurt. Since my last post, I have been traveling around Germany; I first spent a day and a half in Munich (München in German, a much more fun name in my opinion). I traveled there via overnight train--no, it wasn't one of those nice sleeper cars. It took about 5 different cable cars, buses, and trains to get there from Gimmelwald, and I had a lousy layover in Karlsruhe from midnight to 2am. At least I didn't have to pay for a hostel! As soon as I got to Munich, I noticed it had much more industry than anywhere I had been in France and Switzerland. Home to the headquarters of the BMW group, whose brands include BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce, ... read more
Frankfurt skyline over River Main
Old Town Selfie
Train station gelato

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Gimmelwald June 3rd 2014

Greetings from Gimmelwald! This town takes the cake for least populated place on my trip so far--it's a farming community of 130 people perched on a cliff in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland. It is only accessible by cable car, and is a carless community. There are breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, dozens of wildflowers in the fields, the most refreshing public water (runs out of natural springs all over the village), and the clanking of a cacophony of cowbells and sheepbells from animals grazing nearby. What a great break from the rest of the world! But probably my favorite part about Gimmelwald--the Honest Cheese stores. These self-service stores run out of people's houses serve the most delectable dairy products for cheap (and it's vacuum-sealed so I may be coming home with some...) I have been ... read more
Honest Cheese!
Glacier de Bossons

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix-Mont-Blanc May 29th 2014

Writing from the fourth country of the trip (England, Ireland, Switzerland, now France). I'm actually just across the Swiss border in a mountain town called Chamonix; I didn't have to show my passport to get here and everyone speaks French just like in Switzerland so it really doesn't feel too different. Up in the mountains, you can see into three countries (the aforementioned plus Italy). While it's in the mid-50s down in the valley, it's in the teens and twenties on the eternally snowcapped mountaintops. I got rained on again walking to my hostel from the train depot in Chamonix (helped rinse some of the mud out of my jeans, ha) and it's raining lightly tonight but it was sunny during the day for gorgeous views of the mountains. It's still early for summer season up ... read more
Chamonix Valley
Mar de Glace
Jet d'Eau

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh May 26th 2014

--Author's note--this post was written yesterday on the bus in Ireland, but I am posting it a day late from Vevey, Switzerland. It did indeed rain later on the bus ride that day, per expectations (see below). Almost time to move on to another country! This travel update comes on a bus between Dingle and Dublin, Ireland (a cross country bus ride here takes about 5 hours). It hasn't rained yet today, and if it doesn't precipitate at all, it would be the first dry day of the trip. At least I'm experiencing the real Irish weather. I've been in the western part of the country since my last post, working down the coast from north to south. Owing to its adjacency to the Atlantic Ocean, the shorelines on this side form dramatic cliffs and crags ... read more
The Worm Hole
Folk music at the pub
The Cliffs of Moher

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh May 19th 2014

It has been a hectic past few days, which explains why this is the first time I've been able to sit down and blog while traveling. I'm currently on a but en route from Dublin to Galway, Ireland, speeding down the highway on the left side (crossing streets here as a pedestrian is still a perilous undertaking). It is indeed very wet and rainy here on these islands, but today it's just humid and overcast in contrast to yesterday's constant drizzle. I suppose I should explain how I got here. Ireland is country #2 so far after a quick day in London. The flight to Europe was about as good as I could have hoped; we did have to deplane for a half hour during a "systems reboot," but the pilot was able to make up ... read more

North America » United States » Wisconsin » Milwaukee May 14th 2014

The inaugural post of my inaugural travel blog! Since I depart out of Chicago late Thursday night, there are still over 24 hours before I embark on my Grande Adventure; however, considering the number of things I still need to do before then, I figured I'd get the blog post out of the way (assuming I've figured out how to use this thing!). I'll use this post to give a brief overview of how the trip is probably going to go. Ready? Here we go. Step 1: Depart Chicago O'Hare; arrive London Heathrow. Step 2: Overnight in London, then fly to Dublin (don't worry, Anglophiles; I'll be back) Step 3: Romp around Ireland for ~1 week with friends Step 4: Let the itinerary get more 'fluid.' With my remaining 5 weeks, I will be visiting the ... read more
View from New Digs

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