Outtakes in Ireland

There are aspects of every trip that do not fit in with other blog entries and that lack the substance to fill out an entry of their own. Many of them are goofy and have nothing to do with the trip or the country I am in, they are just kind of a universally comical…

Venerate Your Dead: Asia

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” -Terry Pratchett I began this series with my first entry Venerate Your Dead: The Americas while planning a menu for a Samhain Sabbat / Day of the Dead dinner party. Feel free to read that blog for a better…

Red Square Love

I never imagined that I would spend the turn of my third decade in Moscow’s Red Square, until it happened. Visiting Russia had long held a top spot on my bucket list but always seemed out of grasp. When I earned my TESOL/TEFL certifications a few years ago I started tutoring in English and German…

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 Mad King & Schloß Neuschwanstein

Both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles sit high in the mountains over the village of Hohenschwangau in Southern Bavaria near the Austrian border. Neuschwanstein is also known by the rest of the world as the Disney Sleeping Beauty castle. Look familiar?   Designed by and built for “Mad” King Ludwig II in the 1880s, the castle was…

To Dachau, on a Crowded Tram

The town of Dachau is a small and perhaps purposely beautiful community with impeccable landscaping, floral walkways, and cottage homes. The streets stretch under a large canopy of shade trees and are peppered with cafes, service stores, and boutiques. From our B&B in München, we took the S2 line toward Peterhausen for approximately twenty minutes.…

Fortified Biertan, Romania

  Between larger cities of Transylvania is Biertan, a little village with a serious church. Biertan is a Unesco World Heritage Site currently holding over 1,500 residents. The village was founded by Transylvanian Saxons in the early 1200s. Biertan was a hub of merchants and religious activity for a few hundred years, and the popluation was…

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…