We Explored A Cool Old German Castle

I got up early during our last day in Köln, so I could go for a run. With all the walking we've been doing, I haven't had the energy to run like I should be, but I am trying to do it every other day. Our Airbnb was only a couple of kilometers from the Rhine, so I decided to make my way over there, since I figured it'd be flat, and I'd have room to go at an easy pace. Once I got there, zero regrets. The river was very pretty in the dawn light, with commuters, runners, and »

Bruges, Brussels, Aachen, and Köln

On the 5th day of Europe Trip 2017™, I find myself in Köln, in an Airbnb. Everyone else is out drinking and/or eating... somewhere, but after 5 days of being around other people, I needed a little bit of downtime. Perfect opportunity to write about the past couple of days! So that's what I'm doing, while drinking seltzer, and sitting next to a fan. After spending the day in Amsterdam with Kit, we made our way to Bruges on the train. Technically two trains, since we stopped and changed in Antwerp. Trains are exciting The plan was to arrive »

Made It To Amsterdam

So, I've finally made it to another (mainland) continent. Flying out Wednesday night at 10 pm, I arrived first in Frankfurt, Germany, after a 6 and a half hour flight. I'd never flown on a wide body jet before, and it was pretty comfortable! I slept probably about 2 hours total, which isn't bad for me, honestly, and read while I wasn't asleep. In Frankfurt, I got a coffee, irritating the German man serving me. Or maybe I just thought we was irritated, since all Germans sound angry all the time. On the second leg of the flight, Frankfurt -& »

It's Pretty When The Sun Comes Out

Katie and I drove back to Reykjavik today, about a 9 hour trip. Normally it'd take about 5 hours, but once again we started the day with rain, snow, and sleet. This was a bit depressing, because despite how beautiful everything has been, we were hoping to see Iceland with some color! Nevertheless, we set out on the long drive with the intention of seeing some fun tourist sites, because even though the weather was bad, it wasn't the death ice hurricane of Friday. Unfortunately, our course took us the opposite route out of Siglufjörður, which was a shame, since »

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Hot Tubs Are Pretty Great

After arriving in Siglufjörður last night around 9:30, eating dinner, and going to bed, we were looking forward to a day of doing basically nothing. That plan actually went pretty well! Katie got up first, around 10:30 AM, and I heard her gasp when she opened the curtains to our room. The view is incredible. Turns out that when it's not a blinding rainstorm, we're surrounded on all sides by icy water and gorgeous mountains. It was a hell of a way to get up on a Saturday, and made us eager to get out and explore a »

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Today We Went Inside A Glacier

Day 2 in Iceland, in many ways our first full day, started off with us getting lost in the rush hour Reykjavik traffic. We spent Thursday sleeping and kicking around town, and were ready to start our real vacation. Katie booked a tour called "Into The Glacier", where you got to do right what it said on the box, go into a glacier. It was a two hour or so drive north, so after checking with the front desk to make sure that we wouldn't die in a horrific windstorm, we left the Hilton at around 7:45 »

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Iceland, Where Apparently It's A Hurricane

I sit here, writing this, from the lounge of the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, a pretty nice hotel in Iceland. It's 6:53 AM local time, which I just learned is GMT, but it's really like 2:53 AM for us. Katie is crashing pretty hard, since she's not one to stay up past midnight, and I myself am pretty tired. Good thing we had Iceland Dunks to greet us in the airport. I even got a caffeinated coffee, because that was the only option. Iceland is too cool for decaf. So pumped, let's stay at the airport This is only »

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