Category: Europe

Up in the Swiss Alps

On this beautiful Saturday morning, a colleague and I headed to one of the nearby mountains in the Swiss Alps. With the warm weather just starting to kick in, it turned out to be the perfect day for a hike up the picturesque mountain.

Searching for the “Ultimate” Swiss Chocolate

In my quest to find the “ultimate” Swiss chocolate, learning that there was a Lindt factory less than 15 minutes away from where I’m staying was like the moment Charlie finds the golden ticket in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Trouble in Paradise?

I heard from colleagues that on the May 1st Labor Day holiday in Switzerland there would be protests in Zürich, which had turned violent in the past. So, of course, I had to go see for myself.

Across the English Countryside

On a recent work trip I had the opportunity to travel across the beautiful English countryside and hear a number of different perspectives on life in the UK.

Guten Tag from Switzerland!

It's been said before, and it'll be said again, but wow, is Switzerland beautiful! Granted, I've only seen a limited area, mainly the Zurich canton area on this trip, but so far, Switzerland is living up to the hype.



Dear Family and Friends, After a little over two weeks in beautiful, at times confounding, Italy, I've landed in Eastern Europe. I arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria two nights ago after more than 26 hours on a train from Budapest. My initial plan to city-hop through Eastern Europe to use up my Eurorail Pass had to ...


And Now, Italy

Dear Family and Friends, The last time I wrote you, I had just arrived in Marrakech. I stayed there this past week and had an amazing time. Thank you for your suggestions and advice. I will write in detail about my visit in my blog, but in the meantime, you'll be happy to know that ...


Serendipitous Encounters

When I entered Mad Hostel, I noticed an attractive, Indian-looking girl at the front desk. I asked her in Spanish where she was from. "Los Estados Unidos," she responded with a thick, American accent. I laughed and teased her in English that she needed to work on her accent. We started chatting while she waited ...


Return to Madrid

I set out this afternoon for one last jaunt around Valencia.  I stopped by the Central Market and had Paella at a nearby restaurant before heading to Hollywood Grill to see Naty.  Then I picked up my luggage and headed to the main train station.  There I caught a late afternoon train to Madrid. Back ...


City of Arts and Sciences

The motorists in Valencia, especially those on scooters and motorcycles, are a crazy sort. They don't stop at red lights. They squeeze between cars into the tightest of spaces. They cut across sidewalks. At first I was intimidated by their recklessness. By the end of the night, however, I became one of them. I cut ...