San Marino: Castle Country in the Clouds

San Marino: Castle Country in the Clouds

With stone towers and walls surrounding its heart and sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2008, the Republic of San Marino holds the claim to being the world’s oldest sovereign state and constitutional government. Continue reading

“Baaa”-haha! These sheep make me laugh

Video: "Baaa"-haha - These sheep make me laugh

On the second of the two days my brothers were visiting us in Berlin, Germany, we happened upon the Berlin Zoo.  We arrived around 3 in the afternoon, which, lucky for us, seemed to be feeding time for all the animals! Continue reading

Sailing the Norwegian Fjords: A Photo Journal


Twice we set out among the Norwegian fjords between Stord and Fitjar, Norway. Continue reading

A Monumental Cemetery in Milan: A Photo Journey

Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy

Massive monuments and intricate statues make the Monumental Cemetery in Milan a pretty cool place to be buried. Plus there’s a cemetery cat who snuck into a few of our photos! Continue reading

Learn Basic Italian

Italian Greetings, Goodbyes + Introductions

Ciao – Hello / Goodbye
Buongiorno – Good morning / Good day
Arrivederci – Goodbye
Buonanotte – Good night
Mi chiamo _______.  –  My name is __________.  /  I am called __________.
Come ti chiami?  –  What’s your name? Continue reading

Bologna, Italy

Bologna, Italy
Above: Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna, Italy


May 9, 2014


We spent an evening strolling around Bologna, taking in the historical buildings and streets and medieval towers.

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You can read more about Bologna, Italy on Wikipedia.

Bologna’s tourism site offers a three-hour itinerary for seeing the heart of the city.

Verona, Italy

Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy
Above: Arena di Verona (Verona Arena), Verona, Italy


May 6, 2014


Not only the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is also famous for its architecture and has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way from Milan Malpensa airport to Eraclea Mare, where we would stay for five days, we stopped in Verona for a couple of hours.

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You can read more about Verona on Wikipedia.

Avoiding the Busy Tourist Season in Eraclea Mare, Italy [TRAVEL JOURNAL]

Eraclea Mare beach, Eraclea Mare, Italy
Above: Eraclea Mare beach on a May evening, Eraclea Mare, Italy

In May Eraclea Mare is a serene oceanfront destination, especially for those who despise the touristy beach scene. It may be busy in summer, but in spring we had the beach all to ourselves! Read on to find out how we spent our time during our five-day stay in Eraclea Mare.  Continue reading

Learn Basic German

German Greetings, Goodbyes + Introductions

Hallo – Hello
Guten Morgen – Good morning
Guten Tag – Good day / Good afternoon
Auf Wiedersehen – Goodbye
Gute nacht – Good night
Ich bin _______.  –  I am __________.
Wie ist Ihr Name?  –  What’s your name? Continue reading

Travelers Guide to Berlin: What to Do, Where to Stay, and How to Get Around in Berlin

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) Berlin, Germany on
Above: Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral), Berlin, Germany

Berlin was our second month-long destination after calling it quits on our normal working lives. We arrived in Berlin during springtime to flowers blooming, birds chirping and 70° weather — a welcome change, coming from Norway! A city with history, there’s a lot to explore in Berlin. Read on for the travel advice we compiled during our month-long adventure here.  Continue reading