Archive | July, 2006

The Baths in Budapest

Today was a wonderful, relaxing day. After sleeping in until 9:30am, we made our way to the Buda side of town, stopping briefly for coffee, cappuccino, and croissants. It is said that most everyone in Budapest speaks some English, and this was more than emphasized by the young woman at the pastry shop whose grasp […]

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Budapest, Hungary

We are currently sitting outside at a table complete with candlelight and beer. We just finished our first meal of Hungarian goulash, and Jen loved it. We are exhausted from our day of sightseeing and sun. The morning started with a quick subway ride to a more central location in Pest. We strolled the streets […]

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Budapest in the Evening

We arrived in Budapest just in time for the rain to come down on us during our walk to our Hostel. Not the greeting we were looking for, but a welcome temperature drop we did not mind. We bumped into Christy on our way through the grey streets of Pest. The hostel is seemingly in […]

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Traveling to Budapest

I am sitting on the train to Budapest. Kendra is across from me, sleeping peacefully – a nice change from the exhausted, stressed student she has been for the past few days. Yesterday she spent four hours in exams, finishing her last one at 3:30pm. While she was writing answers, I was busy doing laundry […]

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The Heat Wave Continues

The heat here truly is becoming unbearable. Kendra is entrenched in studying for finals, so I spent time by myself today, wandering the streets of Salzburg. My first stop was the Franciscan Church, which was by far my favorite I have seen in Austria. The walls and columns were rough-hewn stone, and the mood inside […]

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Dancing in the Streets

After lunch today we walked over to the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art. Though we only had an hour and a half, it was more than enough time to wander through the small building. There were two exhibits – a fabulous photography show, “The Europeans”, featuring the work of Tina Barney, and “Reflections”, a smaller […]

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Getting Ready for the Next Leg…

Yesterday was very relaxing, and ended with a fun trip back to the Augustiner Beer Garden. My major accomplishment for today was finalizing our plans for the ten days we have after Kendra is done classes, before we return to Ireland. I have booked our hostels, so here is our official itinerary: July 29th-Aug 1st […]

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Obertraun and Wolfgangsee

Today was a day of extremes; from walking through 30-degree ice caves, to swimming in an enormous lake, I feel like we did it all! Our day started with a short drive from the hostel to the base of the Dacsteinhöhlen. We hopped on what was, by far, the steepest cable car we’ve been on […]

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Road Trip to Hallstatt

I woke up this morning and made the trek to the Salzburg airport to pick up our rental car. Though I was expecting a tiny car with no air conditioning, I was pleasantly surprised to find out we had been upgraded to an Audi A3 with air. After checking out of the Budget car rental, […]

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Fresh Food!

Kendra woke me up at 6:45am this morning. As tough as it was to drag myself out of bed, it was totally worth the effort. We walked a few short blocks to an amazing web of farmers’ market food stalls. It was amazing – vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to pastries, cheeses and […]

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