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O, Canada!: Updates on life north of the border

We’ve just passed the four month mark for our time in Canada, and I can’t believe it’s already been that long.  FOUR MONTHS!  1.21 GIGAWATTS!  Seriously, where did the time go?  With the holidays and what not, it’s been a minute since I gave an update on life up north.  There isn’t a ton to report:... Read more »

Part 3 of the Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Bastogne and the Band of Brothers

Part 3 of the Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Bastogne and the Band of Brothers
Miss learning how to plan a WWII history road trip, spending D-Day in Normandy, or champagne wishes in Epernay and how the Maginot Line fell? Click the links to catch up to speed! Day 6: Lorraine American Military Cemetery, Bastogne, and the Bois de Jacques The hotel closes to Lorraine was located in an industrial area with no... Read more »

Part 1 of The Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Normandy

Part 1 of The Ultimate WWII History Road Trip: Normandy
Don’t forget to check out the introduction and planning process detailed in my last blog post! Our trip began with a Home Alone style panicked run through St. Pancras train station to make our Chunnel Eurostar train.  We didn’t realize that boarding supposedly closed 30 minutes before departure, and we were initially stuck in a... Read more »
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Take a Trip Through History with the Ultimate WWII European Road Trip

Elliot and I are history nerds, and like millions of people around the world, we are especially drawn to WWII history.  I’ve read countless books about the heroics, atrocities, psychology, and politics of the war, and the two of us have seen Band of Brothers and The Pacific more times than we can count.  Maybe... Read more »

London Updates: Camden Market, Columbia Road, and Freak(shake)'ing Out

We learned pretty quickly that summer in London is not quite like summer in Chicago.  Sure, there are still a million fun things to do because the weather is nice…r, but we’re not exactly getting any tan lines on this side of the pond.  With the exception of a few perfect “high 70’s and sunny... Read more »

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a huge history nerd, particularly ancient history.  I graduated from the University of Iowa with an Ancient Civilizations degree which doesn’t do me a huge ton of service in terms of a career but makes me a first round draft pick when it comes to bar trivia.  I spent... Read more »
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Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 10: Birthing Venus in Cyprus

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 10: Birthing Venus in Cyprus
Miss Parts 1-9? Check them out at the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know what a clusterfuck the disembarkation process can be: lots of waiting in long lines for baggage that you could have easily taken off the boat yourself.  Royal... Read more »

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 9: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Revisited

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 9: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) Revisited
Miss the first 8 parts of this series?  Check them out at the following links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8! It’s impossible to do Istanbul in just one day, even when you travel the way Elliot and I do, so we thanked Zeus that our cruise ended with an overnight stay... Read more »

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 6: Classical Athens in a Day

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 6: Classical Athens in a Day
It’s not hyperbole to say that the Iliad changed my life.  I’ve written about this before, but I took a class called “Greek Civilization” the spring semester of my freshman year at Iowa.  There was no class description, but I needed a Humanities credit and it fit my already packed schedule.  I was hesitant to... Read more »
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Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 3: I Can See Your Halicarnassus

Turkish Delight and Greekin' Out Part 3:  I Can See Your Halicarnassus
Missed Parts 1 and 2?  Check them out here and here! Chapter 7:  Shipwrecked We had one last stop in Turkey before heading to the Greek Islands, and I have to confess that I didn’t know too much about Bodrum apart from it being the site of the ancient city of Halicarnassus and its famous... Read more »
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