All creatures great and small

When I say I have had a veritable zoo or critter menagerie in my apartment over the year, I swear I am not exaggerating. Such is life in a ground floor apartment, in a village, in the foresty mountain area of Hong Kong. One thing most people don’t realize is that Hong Kong is only about…

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen …

Well, this is how one of them ended up in my burger. My plan for the day was simple: Take the airport shuttle back from the hotel, store my bags, get on the city train, walk from the train station to the Suomenlinna ferry, and take the ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Despite a hiccup in…

It happens to the locals, too.

So, Helsinki, Finland. My flight took me through Helsinki on Finnair, and I ended up with a day-long layover in Helsinki. When I arrived in Helsinki from Krakow, I knew I just had to hop on the hotel bus and it would drop me off at my airport hotel. I ran out to the bus…

This place will never leave me

Note: This post contains images from Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. I walk back through the gates and stand, looking up from under the brim of my umbrella, at the arched words, Abreit Mach Frei.  The wind makes the leaves rustle near the camp’s mustering grounds. Ravens craw at each other from up in the trees….

The cobbled alleys of Kazimierz

I was winning with this holiday – all of my days so far had been full of sunshine and gorgeous blue skies. Perfect for exploring Europe! Today was no exception. I ventured once more into Old Town and checked out the Florian Gate and the Barbican, both of which are parts of the old city…

Wonderland, where are you?: Exploring Podgórze

Podgórze is the working class suburb of Kraków, south of the main tourist areas but still deserving of a look. It was here that Jews worked in a concentration camp, where churches sit still and quiet, not open to the public, and where a mysterious mound of earth affords a 360 view of the city….

4 Lipowa Street and the Ghetto

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, almost everyone knows the film Schindler’s List. Schindler’s Enamelware Factory is located in the working class distract of Podgórze, about a 15-20 minute walk over the mighty Vistula from the Jewish Quarter, or it is easy to take a tram from a major stop in Kazimierz toward Podgorze. There are several sites…

Get me to the Medieval

Krakow is one of those gem-like cities in Europe that people are starting to really sit up and notice. For the most part, it’s an extremely walkable city as it’s mostly flat and there are several neighborhoods to stay in, connected by trams and major roads. Old Town is the major tourist area and subsequently…