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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 […]

What to do in Tallinn For a Day – Shopping, Strolling and Being Enchanted!

tallinn-estonia

We only had a vague idea of what to do in Tallinn for a day when we got off the cruise ship and started exploring.  If you are in the same boat, wondering what to do in Tallinn for a day on your cruise ship port day, we have some great suggestions for you! We have specific […]

Taking the Eagle’s Road to the Top of Mount Dalsnibba Geiranger Norway

Geirangerfjord Norway

Mount Dalsnibba Geiranger Norway is a mountain peak and scenic overlook located high above the small town of Geiranger, Norway.  It is reached by ascending a steep, windy road fraught with switchbacks.  We had been concerned when out cruise ship pulled into port in Geiranger Norway as the sky was all grey clouds.  Luckily, this […]

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 […]

8 Hidden Gems in Minneapolis and St Paul (with some trivia that will make you SUPER smart!)

Hidden Gems in Minneapolis

I don’t exactly know why, but Minneapolis and St Paul often get passed up as prime tourism destinations in favor or their warmer, more posh companions.  I don’t know why…there are a lot of great hidden gems in Minneapolis and St. Paul just waiting to be discovered. Do people really think that winter here lasts […]

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 […]