Monthly Archives: June 2012

RTW First Month Reflections

RTW First Month Reflections

So it’s been a month – wow. We both agree that it’s flying by too quickly already. Right away I should inform you that we are both very happy with our decision to take this trip and doing very well. After a month of extended travel, we learned a few things that we would like to share:

1) Take “time off” to relax and do nothing. As professional travelers, we are constantly seeing brand new sites, learning new historical facts, planning, scheduling and of course writing. Believe it or not, it can get tiring even though we don’t have formal day jobs right now. We learned to take a day or two a week and take a break.

One of my favorite such weekends was in the suburb of Hull, UK when we stopped in to see our dear friends Lydia and Shawn who are both expats from US who moved out there for work. They live in a charming town called Leven:
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Discovering Poland

Discovering Poland

To be honest, I wasn’t impressed when I stepped out of the bus in the Warsaw’s city center. I saw many modern buildings with shopping centers around me and a tall soviet era building, the Palace of Culture and Science, which sticks out as a sore thumb and is not very well liked by the locals.

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However, Poland quickly grew on me. Not only because of the beauty of beautiful and quaint “new” old towns of Warsaw and Krakow, but mostly because of the people we met in the country that has had such a rough history.

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Visiting in London

Visiting in London

We originally had not planned on passing through London. Yet, somehow we must have known – we packed our Oyster cards from our last visit.

While in Cancun, Mexico for a wedding last year, we ended up making some great friends who happen to be from London’s East End. We were able to visit them in London shortly after meeting them and had a great time. For this trip one of our friends, Shawn, was kind enough to host us in an open bedroom at his place. Shawn (right) and Tom (left):

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Couch Surfing Host in Edinburgh

Couch Surfing Host in Edinburgh

In Edinburgh, we stayed with Kenny for three nights. Kenny is an incredibly smart and kind person.

Kenny hosts many surfers (one of which stuck around for 11 months), which speaks to his kindness. Yet he does not clean often and smokes inside, making it hard to fully relax. Overall, we have a great memory and are happy to have taken the risk because we have met another interesting person.

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