We only had one day in Maribor. We didn’t really know what to do there but we have been trying to reduce the amount of time traveling. We could’ve taken a train directly from Vienna to Ljubljana but why do that if it goes through Maribor? We could stop, spend the night and enjoy ourselves … More Maribor and Kapustnica Recipe
For our second day in the area we decided to see what the “Little Carpathians” had to offer. Our plan was to take a train to Svätý Jur (“sva-tee-yer”) aka “Saint George” named after the dragon slayer. We wanted to see the White Castle ruins there then take a train to Trnava and adventure around … More Svätý Jur and Bratislava
20 days. 5 countries. 1,262km/784 miles by train and bus. Our last trip in Europe before we move to Asia: here we go. We flew into Austria then headed to Slovakia, Slovenia, technically Italy, and Croatia. We were armed with a small backpack, a duffel bag and a 25 page word document spelling our hotels, … More Bratislava
I have a recurring New Years Resolution to see 2 new countries a year. Sure I want to see my host country, explore old favorites in detail, and take more day trips around my city. But I also want to remember why I love traveling and to challenge myself to start seeing new things rather … More 2019 In Review
A lot of our happiness in Spain depends on our ability to communicate with just about anyone. The less we understand, the more stressful things become. So naturally we want to be able to be happy and feel successful in Japan. Naturally we have started learning Japanese – at the very beginning, the writing system. … More Reading Japanese
We applied to Japan very suddenly. We had talked all summer (nearly everyday with 400+ hours of research) about what to do next. When we found the Japan program we talked for a long time, but then decided that we could only talk in circles for so long. Let’s just apply. We had 3 weeks … More Our Application to Japan
In our post about the government we mentioned that it was our last time ever applying for a visa in Spain. This comes after a very long summer of discussion, research and tough decisions. Part of the reason we were so quiet over the summer was because we spent probably 500+ hours researching graduate degrees, … More What’s next?