European Skication: 1969 Poland Edition

European ski holidays are apparently old news in my family since my grandparents have been skication fans since 1969. After a family dinner during the winter holidays, I decided to browse through my grandparents’ photo albums. I stumbled upon a series of nearly 50-year-old black-and-white photographs. In these pictures, you…

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Advent Adventures in Aachen, Germany

Have you turned on that holiday music yet? If you haven’t, it’s time to press “play,” because we are about to embark on our second Advent Adventure. This installment of the Holiday Spirit Immersion Program takes us to a medieval city  located on the very western edge of Germany. It is close to both the…

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Warsaw, Poland Part II

As it turned out, blogging about a city close to my heart could not fit into a single post (unless I wanted the post to have a rather high and slightly alarming word count…which I did not). Refresher: Warsaw is the city close to my heart. As I mentioned in my first…

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Warsaw, Poland Part I

Warsaw, Poland. Can I even begin to tackle sharing and explaining the beauty and complexity of this Eastern European city? I’m not 100% sure I can get this done in just a couple of posts, but I will try. Warsaw is Poland’s capital city and is situated in the heart of…

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Turin, Italy

Turin, the capital of the Piedmont region, may not always appear on one’s list of top 5 Italian destinations to visit. However, after having the chance to spend time in more than 5 Italian cities and towns this year, Turin definitely falls into my top 5. Close yet complex ties with France…

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Camogli and Portofino, Italy

Steep cliffs descending into the turquoise sea, colourful villages with closely-built homes, fresh calamari from local harbours – this is a part of Italy that I had longed to experience (especially after spending time in the busier cities of Rome, Venice, and Turin). Little did I know that I would have…

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Venice, Italy

Venice…where do I even begin? Pictures of this city’s narrow canals, its slow-moving gondolas, lavish masks from the annual carnival, and medieval history have fascinated me for over a decade. So, when I had the opportunity to visit the city – even just for a day – a couldn’t say…

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Sacra di San Michele, Italy

During the first week of April, I was blessed with another week off work. Naturally, I had a trip planned for these glorious 7, work-free days. I had been invited to stay with a friend and her family in a small town just outside of Turin, Italy. Ultimately, due to…

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

I am currently in the 5th hour of a 9 hour layover, so I have decided to take this opportunity to write about the last destination of our Balkans road trip: Sarajevo. Sarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city is just as culturally rich as the rest of…

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