Archive | September, 2012

Amsterdam, Because Every Honeymoon Needs Style Points.


My initial thought on Amsterdam was something along the lines of, “Oh dear, I need a personal stylist and a personal trainer, immediately.” The Dutch have incredible style and 95% of the people you pass on the street are tall, fit, well-dressed and gorgeous. Sobs. My parting thought on Amsterdam was that I feel bad […]

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Praha, or How I Crammed A Life’s Worth of Activities into Four Days.


If you do not like Prague, you are dead to me. Prague is not an “agree to disagree” city. Prague is my favorite place in the world. Prague is my, as Liz Lemon would say, dealbreaker. I was filled with nervous energy as our overnight train from Budapest rolled into Praha hlavní nádraží [the main […]

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Blood, Broken Bones and Budapest.


I’m a sucker for Eastern Europe. I’d move there in a heartbeat. The Texan real estate agent we met at a beer shop in Budapest didn’t help things when he gave us the numbers for a center-city Pest apartment.* I’ll give you a hint: it’s as cheap to buy a 2,000 square foot apartment in the […]

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Mun-ick.


In my defense, I’ve now given this city two tries. I certainly don’t dislike all of Germany. I’ve been to a lot of the tiny towns in Bavaria and the Black Forest and they are lovely and fun and serene. I love the language, it’s so precise. But for some reason, Munich doesn’t do it […]

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When in Siena, Dance with Old Italian Men.


It really is all about the old men. You’ll see. But old men aside, I’m having a really hard time writing this post because I can’t simultaneously (1) get it down to a manageable length and (2) accurately capture our Senese experience. Siena, Italy was the fairy tale land of the trip, the shut-the-f-up-you’re-not-real European city. Everything was […]

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Senatus Populusque Romanus.


Anyone who knows me knows that I adore Rome. I romanticize it. I constantly talk about it. Constantly. When Shaun found a way to work it into our honeymoon travel itinerary I practically married him on the spot. But then I fantasized about how awesome a Roman wedding would be and decided it would be best […]

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Nice. It’s really nice.


Of the cities on our honeymoon that I had never been to [Barcelona, Nice, Siena, Amsterdam and Brussels], I’d say I had the most preconceived notions and skepticism about Nice. I pictured something out of a Fitzgerald novel: beautiful, expensive people doing beautiful, expensive things in expensive cars and expensive swimsuits along the coasts of […]

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Barcelona in a Heat Wave.


In Barcelona, I got peed on. I mean this 100% literally. I got peed on by a little girl who apparently was NOT COOL with waiting in line for the bathroom. So while I was patiently waiting my turn, the tiny child behind me let loose. Her father stared as I reeled and nearly lost my […]

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Madrid, Old Men, and Magical Elixirs.


Shaun and I make DAMN good sangria. In fact, it’s SO good that it won a sangria-making contest at a work event last summer. People asked me for the recipe. It was awesome. If that win was the crowning achievement of my entire professional career, I probably would have been fine – until I went […]

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And We’re Back.


Oh hey. We’ve returned. After being married for approximately 0.00294 seconds, Shaun and I peaced the continental U.S. for a massive Tour de Europe. For the last month and a half, we’ve been frolicking around foreign lands. We frolicked SO HARD that I broke something!!!! But that was in city #6, so you’re going to have […]

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