Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum Of Broken Relationships

Derek Croatia 36 Comments

I’m walking around Zagreb, Croatia, freezing cold, hungry and far from being in my normal travel groove. Nothing seems interesting, I have nobody to talk to and I start to think that this might be one of those days where I should return to my room and just work on my laptop all afternoon. I make the decision to grab …

Eurail Pass

Eurail Adventure: Timisoara to Bucharest

Derek Romania 26 Comments

When it’s a cold, cloudy and rainy day, the idea of sitting on a train for 9 hours, which ordinarily does not invoke a great deal of excitement, doesn’t really sound so bad at all. And this is a good thing considering that today is such a day and I’m actually on such a long-distance train right this very moment, …

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Amid The Ruins Of War In Bosnia & Herzegovina

Derek Bosnia & Herzegovina 46 Comments

As a long-term traveler, I have certainly witnessed a great deal in my life, however, there are some things that, no matter what, I will never be able to truly understand. And one of those things involves what it feels like to experience war first-hand. While I’ve traveled through Pakistan and Afghanistan post-9/11, ventured to the front line of the …

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia: Not Just Another Lake

Derek Slovenia 57 Comments

Beyond the city of Ljubljana, that city to which I confessed my deep love last week, the tiny nation of Slovenia offers a significant range of other interesting destinations that every traveler to the region would be wise to consider visiting. In fact, many of you pointed out this very fact in the comments of my previous post about this …

Train in Slovenia

Eurail Adventure: Ljubljana to Zagreb

Derek Croatia, Slovenia 26 Comments

As if walking twenty minutes across Ljubljana (basically from one end of the city to the other) at 7:30am, in temperatures that refused to rise above freezing, and with my backpack strapped to my back, wasn’t tough enough considering my strong dislike for waking up early, you can imagine how I felt when I soon found myself standing on Platform …

Ljubljana, Slovenia

I’m In Love With Ljubljana

Derek Slovenia 100 Comments

No, Ljubljana is not a woman, but these days, I’ll take whatever I can get. If that means falling in love with the adorable capital city of the small European nation of Slovenia, then so it goes. Ljubljana, she who mesmerizes and awes visitors with her enormous beauty, is actually quite petite, with a population consisting of a mere 265,000 …

Wiener Schnitzel

The World’s Largest Wiener Schnitzel

Derek Austria, Food 21 Comments

If the Wiener Schnitzel that I ate at the Plutzer Brau restaurant in the center of Vienna last week was not the largest Wiener Schnitzel ever created on this grand planet of ours, I shall shave my head and eat only cold soup for the remainder of this trip. Or maybe I’ll just travel to whatever restaurant serves a larger …

Austrian Train

Eurail Adventure: Vienna to Ljubljana

Derek Austria, Slovenia 28 Comments

The second leg of my train trip around Europe involved a somewhat shorter, and no less comfortable, international journey than the first leg. Starting off at Vienna’s Meidling station, I found myself on a Maribor-bound train sitting in a near-empty compartment, something that came as quite a relief. The day before, when I had visited the ticket office at the …

Heuriger Wieninger

Vienna, Austria: What On Earth Is A Heuriger?

Derek Austria, Food 21 Comments

One does not need to spend much time in the city of Vienna to understand the reasoning behind it’s constant ranking as one of the world’s most liveable cities. I needed only about four minutes to make this discovery myself as, from the moment I stepped off the train upon arrival, I found myself to be a much greater fan …

Eurail Austria

Eurail Adventure: Lucerne to Vienna

Derek Austria, Switzerland 39 Comments

Less than two minutes after walking into the ticket office at the train station I walked back out into the streets of Lucerne holding my freshly printed train ticket to Vienna. Sure, I would have to travel from Lucerne to Zurich on Switzerland’s train system and then switch to Austria’s international rail service that would take me the rest of …