Our 60 Favorite Photos from 2016

Our 60 Favorite Photos from 2016

A couple of weeks ago I did a wrap-up of our favorite (and not-so-favorite) places visited in 2016. We took so many photos in 2016 that we decided to go through them and choose our favorites from the year.

“Favorite” photos doesn’t necessarily mean “best” photos. “Favorite” can mean a place that holds a special memory (like that dog lying at Lissette’s feet) or a place that was just overall a special place (Cape Town was for me “that special place”).  [Read more...]

Looking back at 2016…and forward to 2017. And our Travel Oscars (and losers) for the year.

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Ah, the usual yearly wrap-ups that we travel bloggers come up with. But I’ve said it before: year end posts are about remembering what we did in the year, how far we came in fulfilling what we hoped for, and remembering how we felt about the places we visited as well as where we are in life. After all, the main goal when I set up this website was to document our travels (for ourselves).

In this post you’ll see a summary of the different places we went, our favorites and not-so-favorites, as well as some thoughts on our lifestyle as full-time (slow*) travellers. I’ll also go over some of our plans for the coming year. [Read more...]

The 4 places on our “Expat base” shortlist

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I guess it’s a natural progression – working the 9-5 lifestyle, leaving it all to travel full-time, followed by the inevitable…finding a base somewhere.

We’re not quite there yet but, after 2 ½ years of full-time travel, 2017 might be the year we actually sign a lease somewhere. It is in no way a rejection of the full-time travel lifestyle – we love travelling and exploring different places as much as ever. [Read more...]

Looking back at 2015…and forward to 2016

Looking back at 2015...and forward to 2016

A lot of people hate the yearly recaps that travel bloggers come up with this time of year. I actually love doing them: year end posts are about remembering what we did in the year, how far we came in fulfilling what we hoped for, and remembering how we felt about the places we visited as well as where we are in life. After all, the main goal when I set up this website was to document our travels.

In this post  you’ll see a summary of the different places we went, our favorites (we’ve been to a few places this year that we want to return to), as well as some thoughts on our lifestyle as full-time (slow*) travellers. I’ll also go over some of our plans for the coming year. [Read more...]

Budapest to Brasov on the Night Train

Budapest to Brasov on the Night train

Lissette has always dreamed of the luxury and romance of the Orient Express. Since that doesn’t operate anymore she got the next best thing: Budapest to Brasov on the night train ;) . I was looking forward to it, there’s something exciting about crossing East European borders at night on a train. It’s the closest I’ll ever feel to being Jason Bourne. [Read more...]

Our favorite photos from 2 months in Budapest. And What to See and Do (and what to skip)

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This is a wrap-up post on our 2 months in Budapest. Lots of photos as well as our recommendations on what to see and do. I also cover attractions that you might want to skip – while there are some great tourist highlights in Budapest there are also some “must see’s” that we weren’t particularly impressed with. Our list might help you prioritize your time. [Read more...]

Prague or Budapest – which to visit?

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Last year we spent 3 months in Prague, this year we’ve spent 2 months in Budapest. I think we’ve come to know and appreciate both cities. But as Eastern Europe’s most popular cities, people always ask “Which of the two should I visit?

This post compares all the similarities, differences and things that are unique to Prague and Budapest. By the time you’ve finished reading it you’ll most likely have figured out which city to visit. [Read more...]

The Most Beautiful Cafés in Budapest

the most beautiful cafes in budapest

Budapest has some of the most beautiful, opulent coffee houses we’ve seen anywhere. The reason for that was a thriving coffee culture that started around 1910 and continued until the 1930′s. Cafés were where writers, poets and artists would meet. During this period there were about 500 scattered around the city. That ended during World War II when many were destroyed. In the Communist period that came after, coffee houses were shut down as they were considered meeting places for subversives. The end of communism in 1989 meant the slow re-emergence of Budapest’s coffee culture. While you may have a hard time finding a great cup of coffee (we were surprised by how much bad coffee we were served in Hungary) you’ll find many beautiful coffee houses. And the good thing about all the places that I’m about to list is that we had good coffee in each one ;) . [Read more...]

The Coolest Ruin bars in Budapest’s Jewish District

The Coolest Ruin bars in Budapest’s Jewish District

Lissette and I aren’t the types to hang around in bars. But we fell in love with something unique to Budapest – ruin bars. What’s a ruin bar? Typically it is an old, often abandoned, building that someone has decided to turn into a bar. They decorate it with old forgotten things (things you’d see in flea markets or garage sales), put in cool lights and build a bar and serve drinks. Our favorite ruin bars look like a re-creation of the 1970s. Ruin bars usually run late into the night (until morning) and oftentimes have live bands and attract mostly young people. Many actually have a hostel on their premises. Where are ruin bars located? The majority are in Pest’s Jewish District. [Read more...]

Review of the Imola Hotel Platán, Eger (Hungary)

Review of the Imola Hotel Platán, Eger (Hungary)

We don’t usually do hotel reviews on this website. In this case the hotel was as much the destination as the town of Eger itself. We wanted a spa vacation and that was what the Imola Platán offered. We chose it for several reasons: 1) Full Spa services including Thermal Baths, Saunas, and massage facilities, 2) Its own restaurant, 3) proximity to Eger’s town center, 4) No kids allowed (we wanted tranquility), 5) great reviews on Trip Advisor (where it is currently rated the #1 hotel in Eger). It also turned out that they have a special 7 day offer which we found attractive. Did the hotel deliver on all these points? I’ll explore that in this post. [Read more...]

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