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International Travel Tips: How NOT to be a Jerk in Another Country

German Restaurant Lubeck Germany

“Do you speak English?” the girl asked the German speaking waiter immediately after she and her friend set foot in the restaurant. “No” came his curt reply, after which the girls promptly decided that they needed to find another restaurant. We sat nearby at a table, immensely enjoying our authentic German lunch  and the lovely atmosphere […]

One Day of Shopping and Strolling in Tallinn Estonia

tallinn-estonia

Walking in the old town of Tallinn Estonia feels like walking in your own personal fairy tale.  Tallinn is a city of red tiled roofs, views of fairy tale towers,  and winding cobblestone streets lined with inviting cafes. Have you ever been to a Renaissance Festival?  Tallinn Estonia felt a lot like that, except it had […]

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish: The Market in Bergen Norway

Images from the market in Bergen, Norway. Crab legs.

The fish market in Bergen Norway is a feast for the senses. The briny smell of the water from the North sea mingling with the pungent smell of fresh fish. The creamy taste of homemade fish soup mixing with the smell of fresh grilled salmon, cooked to order (for the right price, you could have […]

Reverse Culture Shock: 8 Things That Are Irritating Me Since I Left France

Shanna and the baguette in front of Notre Dame

Most of the time, I hear people talking about going into “culture shock” when they arrive in a foreign country.  For me, when I left France, the culture shock that I experienced was the shock of returning to the United States.  There are so many things here now that never really irritated me before, but […]

Alesund Norway on a Budget: How We Spent an Entire Day in Alesund Without Spending a Penny!

Alesund Norway on a Budget

Normally the words “Norway” and “budget” don’t play very well together.  Norway is well known to be on the the most expensive countries in the world.  We were not sure how our budget would fare during our one day visit to Alesund Norway. With a little leg work, we spent an entire day in Alesund […]