Fox Solo Trip: Amsterdam

Scott and Allie had been planning a family trip to Europe for months, with the first portion spanning about five days in Amsterdam.  Allie mentioned this to me before Brendan and I moved to Sarajevo and casually asked if I’d like to join them for a few days.  Um, let me think.  YES. The timing…

Porcupine Solo Trip: Hiking Mt Treskavca

While Alicia was away, busy gallivanting around northern Europe without me, I decided to join a hike organized by a local mountaineering club up Mt Treskavca, not far south of Sarajevo.  It was from here the Serb forces began preparations for the four-year siege of Sarajevo in the early 90s, and a few remnants of that…

Fox Solo Trip: England & Wales

One of the amazing perks about living in the Balkans is the short(ish) plane rides throughout Europe.  Elise moved to London about five years ago to pursue her passion and calling to ministry in the Church of England (we, her friends, like to call her, in perfect theological correctness, Priest Elise), and had recently overcome…

Hiking Mt Vito, BiH

Bosnia and Herzegovina is simply breathtaking.  Its landscapes include plains, rolling hills, orchards, forests, river valleys, rocky terrain and the incredible Dinarica Mountain range running along its western border. Hiking is a national pastime, and we’ve been waiting for the weather to cooperate enough for us to get up a few mountains. Then the opportunity…

Hvar

Not much beats a lunch of espresso and gelato on vacation (the caffeine/sugar combination is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up and tide-me-over until a dinner location is decided).  And no destination fulfills the gelato-n-espresso gorging bill better than sunny Hvar, a long, narrow island off the coast of southern Croatia. There are two main ways to…

A Long Weekend in Split

Sometimes you just have to get away.  Sometimes, when you’re living in a foreign country, you have to take advantage of a local holiday weekend and get out there and explore.  And sometimes, you take a road trip to do both. We had an unexpected long weekend and hightailed it to the Croatian coastal town…

Cooking in Bangkok

Thai food is one of my all-time favorite cuisines.  It’s our go-to for takeout and my favorite lunch-time treat.  So when Brendan announced he had to attend a conference in Bangkok, I was left with only one option – crash the party and book as many cooking classes as possible. Bangkok is quite the city. …

Cable Cars and Olympic Ruins

Back in the day (the mid-1950s) the Yugoslavian government began, and completed, an ambitious project in Sarajevo – to connect the city center with the top of Mount Trebević via cable cars.  The system operated for almost four decades, delighting locals escaping the smog-filled city valley to the “Lung of Sarajevo”, as the mountain was…

Budapest!

There is SO much to do in Budapest.  When researching this trip, I found blog after blog after news article of top 10 lists, top 25 lists, even “A Really Long List of Things to do in Budapest,” and with the exception of the touristy biggies, all offered a variety of creative ways to spend…

24 Hours in Dubrovnik – Photo Essay

I always have a plan.  And I used to almost always have a color-coded travel spreadsheet – a beautiful, multi-tabbed document detailing business hours and transportation routes and hotel check-out times.  For years I wouldn’t approach a vacation without either; even downtime was scheduled.  When trips involved multiple destinations and I’d end up with only…