Trolls, Chechnyan’s, and $10 Beers

I land before Ivana even takes off, and am instantly placed into contrasting climates and locals. The sunny Gdańsk park I had previously been sweating and eating hummus in had turned into a cold, drizzly Norwegian fjord at the Haugesund airport. But the sea air is so fresh, and it feels a bit nice toContinue reading “Trolls, Chechnyan’s, and $10 Beers”

Last Loop of Poland

Skyscrapers and smog abound, we pull into Warsaw central station surrounded by the jungle of industrialization and communist blocks. We’re thrown from the cute and the calm of Kraków into the big city, and walk through a busy street to our room for two nights. We worry that we’ll be sleeping above the busy street,Continue reading “Last Loop of Poland”

Košice to Kraków

Our final day of Košice was a whirlwind of getting to see as many people as possible in as little time as possible. Exhausting? A bit. The first stop was a bike ride into town to pick Papa Rovská up from his office and go out for a beer. He’s made a stop at theContinue reading “Košice to Kraków”

Košice Family Time

Here’s me with a random bar dog friend I made. Today’s trip is to Hollóháza, a Hungarian town on the border with Slovakia where Papa Rovská has a summer house. It’s a good thirty-minute drive from Košice, and we stop for ice cream along the way. The hills are rolling and covered in trees, andContinue reading “Košice Family Time”

On to Budapest

Tired, hungry, sore neck, sore throat. All things that make for a cranky combination, and I currently possess in my array of emotions upon landing in Budapest. The flight was a good three hours, and I haven’t had proper sleep in a while. But we’ve gotten pretty good at not sleeping (taking a night busContinue reading “On to Budapest”