The many views of California; entry into Oregon (days four and five of my Oregon Trail)
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The many views of California; entry into Oregon (days four and five of my Oregon Trail)

Concluding my cross-country move in late April 2015… Warning: Ridiculously picturesque pictures ahead. At long last, we saw a promise of something more interesting on the horizon, beyond the flat lands. And somewhere around this point, we crossed into Oregon. While resting up at my parents’ farm for a few days, before my new job began, … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: Farewell, Roma
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Summer in Europe, 2014: Farewell, Roma

(This is the sixth and final part of my six-part travel blog series. We’ve previously visited Rome, Pompeii, Prague, Padua/Venice, and Bologna.) All things come to an end, including two-week vacations abroad, after more than half a year of planning. For the final night, we indulged ourselves by booking a room at a nice hotel instead of a thrifty B&B, and by … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: One full day in Bologna
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Summer in Europe, 2014: One full day in Bologna

(This is the fifth part of my six-part travel blog series. We’ve previously visited Rome, Pompeii, Prague, and Padua/Venice.) I do not have any photos of the oppressive Bologna train station. The construction site (where the bus stop was supposed to be) may not have been malicious, but the numerous customer service signs that pointed nowhere certainly were. I’m sure the experience … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: two days in Veneto (Padua and Venice)
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Summer in Europe, 2014: two days in Veneto (Padua and Venice)

(This is the fourth part of my six-part travel blog series. We’ve previously visited Rome, Pompeii, and Prague.) After a long day of travel by subway, bus, plane, and train, we finally neared the Italian city of Padova. But the closer we came, the more ominous our destination appeared. We arrived in Padova moments before the typhoon of the summer. Photo … Continue reading

Summer in Europe, 2014: A four-day weekend in Prague
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Summer in Europe, 2014: A four-day weekend in Prague

(This is the third part of my six-part travel blog series, after visiting Rome and Pompeii.) Prague! Now this was something new. The city went on my must-visit list a few years ago, after I saw enough pictures of the gorgeous buildings, all the architecture. Have I mentioned I’m a sucker for gorgeous old architecture, the kind you don’t see … Continue reading