We were all up early that Tuesday morning. Although I had just gotten back to London two days earlier, Erich and Ricki had been there a week already. Russia had been an add on trip for me. While it would have been nice to spend more time in London, I didn't regret my visit to … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 7: Italy or Bust!
I hadn't really experienced the apartment we were staying in until arriving back from Russia, as I had only been there briefly that first night. But it seemed like a bad choice from the moment we got there. When we first arrived, we encountered a make-shift shrine against a tree just down from the entrance … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 6: London Underground
I was up early that morning. Since I hadn't seen Elnur the day before and since it was my last day in Russia, Elnur and I met for breakfast after he got off of work. He wanted me to take a cab to a place near to where he worked. It seemed close enough and … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 5: Borscht Wishes From Russia! London is Calling
One of the things I wanted to do while in St Petersburg was visit Catherine Palace (the Summer Palace of the Romanov family). However, it is about an hour south of town in a place called Pushkin. The only way I could think to get there (I didn't think the Yanex Taxi / Uber would … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 4: A Private Tour for One
During the entirety of my European trip, with the exception of travel days, I easily exceeded 10,000 steps each day. According to the My Fitness Pal app tracker, on my first full day in Russia, I hit 21,658 steps -- the most out of any day abroad. And it was a crazy busy day. There … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 3: A Rushin’ in Russia
It was the night before we were to leave for Europe and I received this email from Elnur, my friend in Russia: "I have a bad news! Snow attacking us again, city full of snow, very abnormal weather. " He included some photos he had taken. Oh crap. I was planning to travel light, just one … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 2: From Russia With Love
We were in the Uber. Ricki was texting us that she was waiting for us in the Escape Lounge. It was already after 4 pm, which, according to the tickets, made us late for check in. Yikes! The Uber driver heard the conversation between Erich and myself about all of this, and sped it up … Continue reading Europe 2019 Part 1: Jet Lag-A-GoGo!