Kiev

  Here are Erwan and Arthur from France! We went to Chernobyl together, and now we are spending some time in Kiev together. Good times! This meal was amazing, only because we spent a couple of hours walking around finding something that was still open far past midnight. Louise is Charlotte’s (from my Belarus post) cousin. She’s German, but she’s been living in Kiev for ...

Belarus

  Belarus, nicknamed the ‘Last Dictatorship in Europe,’ was perhaps one of the most interesting countries I’ve traveled to. As of January 2018, it’s possible to visit Belarus for up to five days without a visa if you fly into Minsk’s National Airport. I seized the opportunity to visit a country that is frequented by very few, and I found the experience to be ...

Estonia: Maria & Jaan

  It was so great to see Maria again after six years! Maria and I met when we were both studying abroad in Shanghai. Maria and her boyfriend, Jaan, are Estonian. There are 1.3 million people living in Estonia, and about 1/4 of the population is Russian. That means there are only about 1 million Estonians in Estonia. Do you have an Estonian friend? Ha! I do. Now I have Estonian friends ...

Estonia: Little Maria

  Oh my heart, I only followed little Maria around from the time she entered Maria and Jaan’s home to the time she left. Congratulations to Britt and Kristjan on their second child, Markus! You can see Markus in some of the photos, except he’s still in his mother’s tummy. I would be so lucky to have a daughter like Maria!

Portugal: Dom

  Dom kind of just appeared, but we’re happy she did. Peta, Emma, and I decided to head to Sintra on our last full day in Portugal. Unfortunately, there was a national rail strike taking place, and none of the trains were operating. While deliberating whether or not to take an Uber, Dom snuck up from behind us and asked if she could join. We said no, but she somehow became a part ...

Portugal: Mena

  Mena is the heroine of our journey through Portugal. She was part of our tour when traveling through South Africa and Namibia back in the summer of 2016. She lives in Lisbon, but she drove out to Aveiro to collect us and escort us safely to Lisbon. Along the way, she took us to see the enchanted monasteries in Batalha and Alcobaca. Look at all of these notes that Mena had prepared! ...

Portugal: Maÿlis

  I have never seen Maÿlis without a smile on her face. Super jolly. Good vibes. What a ball of joy! Maÿlis is Parisian, and we met when we were both studying abroad in Shanghai back in 2011-2012. I had not seen her since! She happened to be working in Lisbon as I was visiting, so it was very wonderful to be able to catch up. We roamed the streets of Lisbon in search of a bar, and ...

Portugal: Carolina

  Carolina and I met in the summer of 2015 while on a city tour in Copenhagen. How truly great it was to be able to see her again after three years. She gave me an excellent tour of Porto (granted she works in the tourism industry), but I’d have to say that she was actually the most interesting part of my visit to Porto. From a blues connoisseur to a World War II history buff, ...

Portugal: Introducing Peta & Emma

  Please note that I am super jet-lagged as I write this (not that I’m a quality writer or anything).  After wrapping up Veronica and Anders’ epic wedding in Norway, I headed over to Porto to meet these two very lovely WOMANS. I met Peta and Emma in the summer of 2016 when traveling through South Africa and Namibia. Peta is Australian and Emma is British. Six months ago, Peta ...