Archive for July, 2011

Giants Need Not Apply

Jul 27, 2011 2 Comments

I’ve finally realized how the poor people of Turkey have survived so long in this heat. They all lived in caves or even better, in underground cities. One of the largest and most preserved is the underground city at Derinkuyu. This complex is massive, a full 8 floors with tunnels, stairs, halls, kitchens, wineries, and […]

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Seriously?!?!

Jul 25, 2011 1 Comment

I’ve pretty much seen every scam in the book on this trip, I’ve been gone long enough. But this one? This one took the cake. I’m walking down from my hostel this morning when suddenly there’s this 10 year old boy walking along with me. He keeps talking to me in Turkish, which of course, […]

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Crazy Cave Castles

Jul 25, 2011 5 Comments

Cappadocia’s main draw is the fairy chimneys which are made from eroding rock formations. The soft rock has diminished over time to leave these “chimneys” behind. They are millions of them and some have been even made into hotel rooms. Fantastic! For my first stop here I headed out to Uchisar Castle. Once again it’s […]

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Cave Good. Fire Bad.

Jul 25, 2011 2 Comments

Getting to the middle of Turkey and into Cappadocia requires a bit of patience. Or non-patience as the case would be. The only way to get overland here is the night bus that takes around 15 hours. I despise night buses. I can never sleep and spend the whole next day in bed catching up […]

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The Saga of M&M Ends

Jul 19, 2011 1 Comment

After traveling through 4 countries, drinking countless beers and having a truly fantastic time, our little American trip parted ways. Matt and Merrit were off to save the world, or at least build a house for Habitat for Humanity while I was going to continue to be a lazy bum traveler. Go me! To commemorate […]

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Underground Haunted Hell

Jul 19, 2011 2 Comments

On the train into Hungary, we ran into this couple that suggested hitting up the Labyrinth at night. This way they had turned out the lights and you got to wander around my lantern light. Silly me thought this was an outdoor labyrinth, not a crazy underground tunnel from hell. I seriously had no idea […]

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Baths in Buda

Jul 19, 2011 3 Comments

Since I apparently am done with the sightseeing of castles and churches, all I did while in Budapest was swim. Alot. And it was amazing. Buda has been in a crazy heat wave while I’ve been here. All the locals keep apologizing mainly because nowhere has any AC and it’s been hitting 90 this week. […]

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Birthday Abroad

Jul 19, 2011 4 Comments

For the past several years, my plans for my 30th birthday involved the Divine Miss Em, Vegas and murder. Don’t ask me to explain. It was a very complicated and thought-out birthday extravaganza. You’d have to be in our brains to understand it. However, I happened to be in EUROPE at the time of my […]

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From the Other Side

Jul 17, 2011 2 Comments

As though we hadn’t had enough punishment, Matt, Merrit and I went across the border into Slovakia to hike some more. Gah. Upside was that we stayed at this awesome little hostel called the Ginger Monkey where they had a dog, a cat and a chicken. B ut they did have amazing recommendations on food […]

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I Heart the Highlands

Jul 17, 2011 1 Comment

Picture this: You step off the bus from hell. Filled with puking children and mothers alike, to find yourself in this tiny mountain town. But the town is packed with people and more surprising is the number of horse drawn carriages. Seriously at almost every corner we ran into a new horse carriage. It finally […]

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1001 Ways to Kill Your Legs

Jul 13, 2011 2 Comments

Way down south in Poland on the border with Slovakia there are the Tatra Mountains. They are massive and extremely impressive. My american duo, Matt and Merrit, and I headed down to Zakopane on the border to do some hiking. Side note: I’ve been named the family dog, as they said they just adopted me […]

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