Speaking English

Speaking English

After an-hour-and-twenty-minutes riding the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from the San Francisco airport to the Oakland airport, I arrive and make my way to security (actually, to the bar; security is just a small obstacle to get there) a pod-like structure catches my...
A Love Letter

A Love Letter

It’s done. Visa on arrival letter received, plane ticket to fly to Delhi, India this Friday and some hotel reservations, more than usual actually. You see, to actually receive the visa when I arrive, I must show my visa application, with attached photo – aah...
A Serious Day and a Cabaret

A Serious Day and a Cabaret

Today I head over to the House of Terror Museum, which, if this were October, would sound like one of those Halloween haunted houses, but this is a museum which has one has been in operation year-round since 2002. It explores the two terror regimes which controlled...
The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter

Today I head out to explore my neighborhood. The apartment I’m renting is about two blocks from the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe, and the second largest in the world (Temple Emmanuel in New York is the largest). While I stopped by the...
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

When I last left you, Emily and I were going to play an “Escape Game.” After an hour of searching, we finally locate Exit, the Escape Room (we weren’t that far; how will we ever find our way out of the escape room?). E-Exit has two themed escape...
Lost in a Tacky Tunnel

Lost in a Tacky Tunnel

I’m up today with a few changes. First, I’m happy to be alive. Okay, that’s not a huge change as I’ve been fairly satisfied with life lately (though a bit scared). But after the terrible flu I came down with the other night, happy to be...
Bath Time

Bath Time

This morning I catch a bus to Buda and check out the other side of the Danube as I’m thinking about renting a short-term apartment there. Everyone has told me it’s a good deal, especially as Buda is the ritzy side. I’ve taken the subway but not the bus yet so the...
I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You

Today I wake up with no plan but to wander. That’s the thing about Budapest, this place was made to wander and discover. I need to get my bearings and therefore explore different directions. I walk out the door and to the left as I know if I turn right, within a few...
Frozen Ice Balls on a Sunny Day

Frozen Ice Balls on a Sunny Day

At 7:00am, I wake up alone. Used in any other sense, this could be sad, but here, it’s a great thing. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the dream is alive – a couchette for one! A few minutes later, there’s a knock on the door. It’s my boyfriend, Impad, bringing me coffee...
Budapest or Bust

Budapest or Bust

Here we go again, beginning another Drop Me Anywhere adventure; just me and you, my Virtual Travel Buddies. I’ve spent the last two weeks in Hartheim am Rhein, Germany; population 5,000. I stayed with Claudia, Norbert, their two daughters, Anne and Laura, their two...
No Fires, No Foes!

No Fires, No Foes!

After a tasty dinner at the brewery, I walk over to St. Lamberti’s Church. Built between 1375-1450 (with another originally in the same spot prior to this), The history of this church, is like no other. In 1534 the city of Münster was seized by radical...
Hungary for Love

Hungary for Love

Last month I presented to you my sad story of a solo-traveler alone for Valentine’s Day. I asked you to act as my dating service and choose the most romantic location in Europe for me to find love on Valentine’s Day. Some of you obviously put great thought into this...
I Want to Ride My Bicycle

I Want to Ride My Bicycle

Today I wake up in Münster, Germany. I didn’t sleep all that well as the fierce thunderstorm and flood of water sloshing down the balcony drain woke me. I’m told that winter thunderstorms are a rarity here. I’m also told they’ve had three so...
Walking Through History

Walking Through History

Today I find myself in Lübeck, Germany, the former “Queen of the Hanseatic League” (a title I hope to attain one day) and whose Old Town was, in 1987, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site (don’t think I’ll ever have that title). Note that the term...
Rostock Rocks!

Rostock Rocks!

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m going to give you the highlights of some of the other cities I visit in Germany, as the official unplanned Glühwein portion of the trip is over (although much of the next few weeks remains unplanned and there’s a...
Riding the Rail to Rostock

Riding the Rail to Rostock

I mentioned in a previous article that, while I won’t be telling you every detail from the next few locations, as the main part of the “unplanned” travel is finished, I will give you some of the highlights. And, by the way, coming to the town of...

If At First You Don’t Succeed

Following a beer with my new mysterious friend Peter, it’s now time for a Glüwein chaser, so I head to Charlottenburg where there’s a Christmas market at the palace. This is a two-bus trip but, after a day of plans not working out, I’ve vowed to conquer...
Looking for Love

Looking for Love

Hello Virtual Travel Buddies! It’s, once again, time for another vote. As I’m currently homeless and traveling full-time, they’re coming a little faster now. It’s been fun and interesting (definitely not warm) spending Christmas drinking...
Bloggers Can’t Be Choosers

Bloggers Can’t Be Choosers

Today I wake up with a plan. I know, I just used the four-letter “P” word but, I do tend to plan one or two days in advance. Besides, today I’m getting together with others, so we’ve arranged a time and place to meet. First, who are these others? They’re two bloggers...
In The Middle

In The Middle

I awake this morning and have absolutely no idea where I am. It’s dark. Then again, it’s dark here from about 4:00pm until 7:00am. Tough for a girl from the “Valley of the Sun.” I’m staying on the west end of Kurfürstendamm Street, otherwise known as the Ku’daam. It’s...
Northern Lights

Northern Lights

This morning’s flight takes off without a hitch. It makes me wonder if American Airlines really part of USAir. And the flight crew? Really nice and friendly. I’m very confused. We land in Chicago where I fill my three hour layover with eating (again) and walking...
Leaping

Leaping

I did it! I rented out my house, sold my car, and pretty much everything else. What I didn’t sell, I donated to various organizations and individuals. It’s been a challenging couple of weeks -logistically, physically and emotionally. After a ridiculous...
One-Way

One-Way

You voted and I listened. And unlike many politicians, I’m keeping my campaign promise and heading to Germany. I’ve booked a flight to leave on Saturday. And guess what – it’s a one-way ticket. Yikes! And, for some reason it feels right that I leave on 12-13-14....
I’ll Drink to That!

I’ll Drink to That!

I need a drink! You see, I just received an offer on my house and, while I’m not sure if I’ll accept it yet, it’s got me, well, scared to death. Why am I selling my house? I described it in “Out With the Old, In With the Older,” in which I told you about selling my...