From Russia With Rap

(TL, DR: Enjoy this Russian Rap Playlist, suckas. Through my travels, I have fallen privy to unexpected information and earned some unconventional badges of expertise. It may come as a surprise, but for better or worse, I know my way around the core Russian rap scene.   A few people have laughed and been dismissive about the…

The Szekler Heart of Transylvania

In the Heart of Transylvania is Mures County, home of the Szekelyfold. The Szekelers are … Rephrase- In the Middle Ages, the Székelys, along with the Transylvanian Saxons, played a key role in the defense of the Kingdom of Hungaryagainst the Ottomans[8] in their posture as guards of the eastern border. With the Treaty of Trianon of 1920, Transylvania (including the Székely Land) became…

Onward Clarevoyage, to the Burren!

Ireland’s Galway Bay on the west coast forms a crescent around the Aran Islands. Today, after leaving Kylemore Abbey, we traveled south to Oughterard, Galway, the Dunguaire Castle in Kinvarra, Bell Harbour, Bealaclugga, Ballyvaughan, and into the heart of the Burren. Road Trip Essentials 101 For every road trip, you need a playlist, junk food,…

Doolin & the Cliffs of Moher

  Driving through the Burren along the Wild Atlantic Way filled me with genuine awe. I live in the United States and have traveled around the globe and back, but have never ventured west to the canyons or deserts in my own country. This type of landscape was completely alien to me. Today we made our…

O Lungo Drom, the Long Road

Fernweh (literally, “far away” + “pain”) is an ache for distant places, and a longing to return to a place where one belongs. It is the yearning to find or remember home, physically or spiritually, even if it takes a lifetime of searching. No, Fernweh is not just another German word for Wanderlust. Wanderlust is…

Heidelberg, Schön War’s!

After a whirlwind week of road tripping from München to Bad Kötzting near the Czech Border, along the Alps to Schloß Neuschwanstein and back to München again, I was ready for a solo retreat to Heidelberg. Heidelberg’s official song “Ich Hab’ mein Herz in Heidelberg Verloren” translates to “I lost my heart in Heidelberg” and was first recorded in…

Medieval Sighisoara & Vlad the Impaler

Something bit me in Transylvania, and that is no joke. I kept a close eye on the painful new swellings and watched for any strange symptoms but they have healed, and now… I guess I’m fine now. Before I begin, I found a video on Youtube that someone else filmed of Sighisoara that truly shows…