Jaipur, India – A visit to The Amber Fort and Water Palace

We left Agra early and cold the day after visiting the Taj Mahal and Red Fort of Agra. The city was crowded, but by this point we have started to get used to chaotic traffic and the constant blowing of car horns. We left the hotel around 6am and were dropped off at the bus station to take the local bus to Jaipur, known as the Paris of India. A six hour ride on the local bus was a hip, no-frills way to travel. Riding through the small towns and villages was something we would have missed out on by train or plane. Dotted with small produce stands, crowds of people and animals moving in every direction – rural Indian towns were exciting to witness up close.

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Agra, India – A trip to the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra

The day started early as we met in the lobby of our hotel at 4:50am and prepared to leave New Dehli for Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Needless to say, we were all a bit groggy in the morning, but the excitement of our first full day was more than enough to overcome the pre-dawn start time. We made our way to the train station and boarded Indian Railways for the two hour ride to Agra.

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Istanbul – What to Expect

This Easter, Mike and I decided to spend the holiday visiting Istanbul, Turkey. We didn’t know precisely what to expect in Istanbul, and the adventure was one of the most memorable trips we’ve ever had together. Istanbul packs a lot, which is makes sense because it is the economic, cultural and historical center of Turkey and connects Europe to Asia. From dazzling sights to delicious tastes and a stunningly unique culture – we went through it all! Visiting Istanbul is tremendous, and here are some ideas of what to expect, surprises we encountered along the way and a breakdown of our must-see attractions and how to do them right. Continue reading “Istanbul – What to Expect”

Why I Flew Home for the Super Bowl

For simplicity – when I use the word “football” below I am referring to American football. If I use the word “soccer” I am referring to European football. I realize this is incredibly American-centric, but I’m American this is written in my voice.

Yes, I really did spend 10 hours flying 4800 miles (7725 kilometers) to watch a football game in my home town.

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20 Questions About Copenhagen to Celebrate 850 Years

Golden Days Festival

This weekend marks the 850th birthday of Copenhagen – my new home. I haven’t been here for almost all of its history, but that won’t stop me from enjoying the Golden Days Festival – activities, and free programs around the city to mark its celebration. Most of the event info that I received was in Danish, which prompted the history nerd in me to read up on the background of Copenhagen and trace its founding back 850 years. Continue reading “20 Questions About Copenhagen to Celebrate 850 Years”

TRL Quiz – Totally Remember Lyrics?

In case you missed it, MTV announced that they will be rebooting TRL starting in October 2017. For a decade, TRL was the only show with music on MTV and magnified the careers of countless boy bands, pop princesses and Disney kids.

How much do you remember these #1 songs from Total Request Live’s countdown?

Do you Totally Remember Lyrics from TRL classics? Click below and find out.

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Click here or on the picture of Britney and Carson to take the TRL quiz.

 

Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once

Friends of ours are planning a visit in September. The original idea was to bookend their trip with time in Copenhagen and hit Oktoberfest for the weekend. A little into the planning process, we realized that an Oktoberfest trip takes considerable more preparation and we looked for other options. We settled on Stockholm out of interest and economy – $88 roundtrip tickets are pretty persuasive.

This is not my first time to Stockholm, I was there just a month ago, but this trip should be pretty different because I won’t be alone. Yes, I traveled alone for the first time when I went to Stockholm in July. Mike was away on business and I found a flight even cheaper than the previously mentioned one so I booked it. Continue reading “Traveling Alone – Why Everyone Should Try it Once”

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