Food Tasting in Lima, Peru

Lima Peru SelfieAn early morning flight from Quito brought us to Lima mid-day. After settling into our hostel, Kokopelli, we attended to our laundry, visited a supermarket, and had an early night watching a movie from our portable library. We had a slow start the following morning while planning our stay in Lima and our upcoming month in Peru.

Hostel Emergency

Just as we were gathering our things for an afternoon walk, Will said that we had to go in a rushed tone. I looked towards him at the window and saw smoke billowing past. As we quickly gathered our valuables (passports and electronics), I opened the door to find hostel employees rushing through the halls with fire extinguishers. Continue reading

Getting Adjusted in Quito, Ecuador

Traveling around the world Quito Ecuador TwilightWe said our goodbyes and headed south from Philadelphia with a stop in Miami. The two hour layover was plenty of time and we were excited while boarding for the final leg. Unfortunately, the airplane had an unforeseen issue shortly after takeoff. When the pilot informed the passengers that we would be returning to Miami, Will and I looked out the window and noticed the flaps were still down so we assumed that was the issue. The aircraft had a normal approach and landing. Right after touchdown, we were greeted by about ten firetrucks with bright flashing lights. Continue reading

Ancient Exploration in Athens, Greece

imageArriving at the Athens Central Station after a bus and train from Patras was underwhelming. Instead of a typical large majestic station like we’ve seen in other European cities, it felt like we were in the middle of nowhere. There were only two tracks next to a tiny station building. At first, I thought we were in the wrong spot till I saw the faded station name hanging on a sign. Our place for the next three nights, Hotel Neos Olympos, was a short walk from the station in an aging Victoria’s style building.

After we got settled in our room, I was itching to explore the ancient ruins Continue reading

Tasting Local Food in Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw Old Town SunsetAfter flying nonstop to every destination on our trip so far, having three flights from Kirkenes to Warsaw seemed to take an eternity! Eventually, we landed in Warsaw, picked up our bags, hopped on a bus, and made our way into the city. While on the Hurtigruten cruise, Sara setup an Airbnb account and found a nice place for us in Warsaw. To confirm the booking, Airbnb required a phone number (which we don’t have), but we used my dad’s phone to complete the account. Turns out, it wouldn’t work in the long run because they sent my dad several texts just for the single booking.

We arrived at the apartment and followed the directions to get in, but there was no key in the lockbox! We were stuck on the street with no way to get in and no phone to get ahold of our host. I tried ringing the bell hoping that someone would answer to no avail. Continue reading