Author Archives: Jared W.

About Jared W.

I have to admit, I often blog. Most of what I write is day-to-day drivel type stuff that isn’t fit for public consumption. This blog will probably be much of the same, except it’s European backpacking drivel! The fact that I’ll be typing away in quant cafes and hostels during my 80-day journey surely elevates this blog to readable status. No? Well, whateva - skip my ramblings and admire all the pretty colors in my pictures. But keep reading if you want a more complete look at the life of a recent graduate turned happy vagabond. Promise I won’t write too much about “finding myself.” If I do, there’s a fair chance my computer and I have found a pub where Belgian or German beer is part of the afternoon happy hour. First stop: London.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia – More Than Worth Writing Home About

I’m a fan of postcards. There’s something to be said for hand-written notes. Unfortunately I’ve learned from experience that only about half of them make it to their intended destination. In case my grandparents – who everyone in my family … Continue reading

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Digging Through Krakow’s Layers of History

In Krakow’s town square, leaning out the highest tower in St. Mary’s church, a rotating group of trumpeters play the Hejnat Mariacki, a Polish tune, every 15 minutes. In the past, the short song served as a cue to open and … Continue reading

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Poland – The Proof is in the Pictures

Say what you will about writers, but I’m skeptical of the average photographer. For sharing memories of vacations, pictures are obviously great. But as far as an accurate account of traveling, I don’t put much stock in photography. Pictures from … Continue reading

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Holy Beer in Bruges

A small town in Belgium where tourists often outnumber locals, Bruges doesn’t appear to have a lot going on at first glance. For this reason, I only planned on stopping through for a day – two days tops. I ended … Continue reading

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Sagrada Família (Gaudi’s Church)

In Amsterdam, there’s a church right beside the world famous red-light district. Some wonder how it coexists with a place infamous for debauchery. Built in 1452, the church once sold advance repentances (basically a piece of paper saying you’re forgiven) … Continue reading

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Burning Down the House in Budapest

When I was six years old I was named a honoree firefighter when my first grade class visited the local firehouse. 18 years later, I earned that award. Yep, I may have stopped a small fire from breaking out in … Continue reading

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5755 Reunion in Bolzano and Lake Como

Without a doubt, traveling solo is the best way to go. It’s total freedom. Go where you want to go. Do what you want to do. Feeling lonely? Meeting people is easier when you’re stag. Fellow backpackers going it alone … Continue reading

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