Category: Eastern Europe

Monuments, museums, & microbreweries: The best of Sofia & Belgrade

Miss our adventures in Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia (Parts 1 and 2), or Kosovo? Click on the links to catch up on our 16-day, 9 country Balkan road trip! El and I are craft beer fans, and we try to seek out micro-breweries in every place we visit.  When we were living in Spain between 2011-2013, the... Read more »

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style

Conquering History in Macedonia, Alexander the Great style
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia), 2 (Montenegro), 3 (Albania), or 4 (Macedonia) of our 16-day Balkans road trip? Click on the links to catch up on Court’s Excellent Balkan Adventures! As an Ancient Civilizations major, you’re expected to remember hundreds of dates, but only one is drilled into you again and again:  323 BC.  That’s the year... Read more »

Stay out of the forest: Scary as hell adventures in Macedonia

It’s been a few months since the hubs and I galavanted across the Balkans in a rental car (I’m clearly the worst with blogging about it.  Shame on me), but the memories of our time in Macedonia are as strong as ever.  For instance, last night I dreamt that I was clinging to a mountain... Read more »
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Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania

Gettin' back to my roots: A Tour of Albania
Miss Parts 1 (Croatia) or 2 (Montenegro)?  Check them out at the links! Albania has been through its share of shit: invasions and occupations, Ponzi schemes by its own government, isolation, and more recently getting its name dragged through the mud by Liam Neeson’s particular set of skills.  For years, it was the ugly stepsister... Read more »

The Countess of Montenegro

Miss the Croatian leg of our 16-day Balkan road trip?  Click here to catch up! “Oh, you HAVE to go to Montenegro!” isn’t exactly a phrase you hear from your friends who’ve just returned from a European vacay.  If they’ve been at all, it’s usually as a quick stopover on a Mediterranean cruise; no one... Read more »

You'll Wanna Go to Ljubljana

You'll Wanna Go to Ljubljana
I’m going to start this post by making it crystal clear that we booked a trip to Slovenia way before the election; it wasn’t a post-November 8th “let’s get in touch with the new First Lady’s roots!” type of weekend getaway.  Come to think of it, Slovenia was the first place where people DIDN’T ask us... Read more »
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Insane in the Ukraine: From Ukrainian Village to a Weekend in Kiev

You may recall me talking about our friend, Ryan, and the time we visited him in Belarus (a trip during which border guards yelled at us for sneaking a bottle of vodka into Lithuania).  He’s in the process of writing his dissertation for his forthcoming PhD in Political Science, and after spending almost a year learning... Read more »

When I say "Buda!", You Say "Pest!"

When I say "Buda!", You Say "Pest!"
Let me start off by saying that I am CRAZY BEHIND in my travel blog posts.  Like two months behind.  Usually, if there’s some down time at work, I’m able to do a little writing.  The thing is, there has been ZERO time at work the past few months.  I’m not complaining, of course, because I’ve... Read more »

I'm Still Courtney from the (Eastern) Block: Belarus, Lithuania, & the Border Between

Though you’re probably not fooled by the rocks that I got, the list of Eastern European countries which Elliot and I have visited keeps growing.  A few months ago, we saw that flights to Vilnius, Lithuania were super cheap for the bank holiday at the end of May; we’ve heard from more than one person that Vilnius is... Read more »
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