Slovakia, or the Slovak Republic, is a high-income advanced economy situated in Central Europe, bordered by Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria. Staying in the capital, Bratislava, the only capital city which borders two countries – Hungary and Austria, Carl & I had the chance to explore one of the oldest castles in Slovakia … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 5: Exploring Bratislava – the beauty on the Danube (Devin Castle, UFO Observation Deck, Old Town)
Prague Zoo (or Zoo Praha) is the 8th zoo Carl and I visited together. It was TripAdvisor’s 5th best zoo in 2017. (Loro Parque in Tenerife, which we visited in 2016, scored #1.) Located north of Prague, the zoo sits on Troja hillside, a land which was donated by the farming tycoon Alois Svoboda in 1922 … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 3: Prague Zoo – the fifth best in the world!
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited! Stunning modern and traditional architectural contrasts, historical castles and bridges and squares, easy access to attractions, and cheap food and drinks and transportation. I was literally awed the first time I visited in 2015. Perhaps it was the late winter weather, or the castle … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 2: Exploring Prague – the fairytale city of a hundred spires (Petrin Hill, Castle Hill, Old Town)
Interrailing is an adventure-filled way to explore single or multiple European countries. I have always wanted to try that out, even before I got married, so it was really cool when my husband agreed to travel this summer via Interrail. We’ve been deciding which countries to include since March, and eventually, we came up with … More Interrail Adventure 2018 Day 1: Oslo – Berlin – Prague (1.travel day)
Krakow Zoo is the 7th zoo Carl & I visited together. That’s how we (him especially) love animals! Nope, we do not condone the caging and abuse of animals. But if they are well-kept and well-fed, then, we thank the zoo for providing us with the opportunity to see them up close, learn more about … More POLAND: Krakow Zoo – an animal haven in the middle of the Wolski forest
Magical. Mysterious. Absolutely impressive! These are words I’d use again and again to describe the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage Site located in the town of Wieliczka in Southern Poland. Salt deposits in the mine began to form 13.6 million years ago, and the first shafts were dug during the … More POLAND: Exploring the chambers and saline corridors of the Wieliczka Salt Mine
(Note: This post is not for the faint-hearted because of some gruesome photos. For educational purposes only.) It did happen. The cruel things perpetrated by the Nazi Germany, which were described in my school books, they did happen. Visiting the Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration and Extermination Camp personally was a huge learning experience, and I highly … More POLAND: The Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration & Extermination Camp – a dark chapter in human history