Flashback Friday

We have done quite a bit of exploring in the last few years, and I’ve really enjoyed blogging about our travels since we moved to Saudi Arabia. We like looking back on our adventures, so this is just as much for us as it is for our readers! As this blog is in some ways a record […]

Christmas in the Summer

Since we’ve moved to KAUST, we’ve made friends with quite a few people from New Zealand (Kiwis, as they call themselves).  I have learned a lot of things from them – new words, fun facts about NZ, among other things. I already knew that when it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, it’s summer in the […]

Three Times Our Travel Karma Ran Out and One Close Call

When it comes to the actual travel part of vacation, we’re usually pretty lucky – and by that I mean it’s usually uneventful. By plane, train, or automobile, we’re usually more or less on time, make connections, and arrive to our destinations with our bags. If that’s as good or as bad as it gets, […]

Exploring Copenhagen 🇩🇰

With old world squares and palaces, colorful waterfront townhouses, copper spires, and modern glass buildings, Copenhagen is a fascinating smorgasbord of sights. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it was easily one of our favorite places we went on this trip. We started and ended our cruise in Copenhagen, so we were fortunate to be able to […]

A Day in Stockholm 🇸🇪

IKEA and Stockholm Syndrome. I hate to admit that’s about all I knew about Stockholm and Sweden as a whole before we ventured off the boat to explore the city.  Stockholm turned out to be one of my favorite ports on this cruise for a number of reasons, and it’s definitely a place I would […]

Two Days in St. Petersburg 🇷🇺

The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky. Siberia. Matryoshka dolls. Dostoyevsky. Furry hats. Vodka. Anastasia. Putin…when you think of Russia, there are probably many things that come to mind. Here’s a “recap” of our recent adventure in the city of St. Petersburg.  In honor of Russian literature which tends to be rather long, this post is quite the novel. Enjoy! While Eric and I […]

A Day in Helsinki 🇫🇮

Of all the cities we visited this summer, Helsinki was probably the one we knew the least about. I wanted to see Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church), but other than we didn’t have a ton of things we had to do. We planned for an easy day, catching a bus into town, leisurely walking through the […]

A Day in Tallinn 🇪🇪

The little country of Estonia is not exactly a country that people put on their list of places to visit (I confess that until I lived in Poland a few years ago, I hadn’t even heard of it), but if you have the chance to spend some time there, you should take advantage of it. […]

A Day in Berlin 🇩🇪

If you saw my previous post, you’ll know that we just returned from a cruise in the Baltic Sea.  You might be confused by the title of this post and think, “But Berlin isn’t on the coast…how did you go there on a cruise?” Well, you’d be correct with that assessment…but to Berlin we went anyway.  We actually docked in […]

Why We Choose to Cruise

Over the course of the next few posts, you are going to see a snapshot of our recent cruise in the Baltic Sea. You might wonder why we chose to see 6 different cities in 6 different countries over the course of 9 days. It seems a little overwhelming, right? You might wonder how a person can […]