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  • Reviews,  Stories,  Trips

    Air France/Delta Review

    I’ve always had an up and down relationship with Air France. They have reasonable prices and their flight times usually work for me really well, but there are many issues with them otherwise. I just flew from Boston to Prague with Air France and the flight was operated by Delta. I always consider that the worst case scenario, because it usually means old planes, ok food, and ok in-flight entertainment. And, sadly enough,  they did not fail to meet my expectations this time either. Pre-Flight The pre-flight procedures go pretty well with Air France. You get an email that reminds to you to check in, which is very useful. However,…

  • Reviews,  Trips

    Travel Agency vs. Travel on your own

    If you are planning to travel over the summer, you might be trying to decide what is better, traveling with an agency or on your own. Not a lot of people travel with an agency anymore, but they are definitely still out there to help you out. I usually travel on my own, because I like the freedom I have without the agency, but here are some pros and cons for both.   Travel Agency Pros They take care of everything for you! Once you pay for a trip, they take care of booking the flights, hotels, any transportation necessary and even insurance. This makes planning a trip very easy…

  • Trips

    Weekend in Vienna

    A few summers ago, I took advantage of an invitation and went to visit my friend in Vienna. It was my first proper visit there, so I decided I would enjoy Vienna and see the city I’ve  heard and read so much about. Being a history geek, I know a decent amount about the history of the region and the Habsburg family and I was excited about seeing it all in person. So, on a Friday afternoon after work, I hopped on a train. I made the wrong decision of grabbing a seat in a compartment with four Australian teenagers, who were doing a big Eurotrip and despite having already…

  • Locations,  Photos,  Stories,  Trips

    Awaji Island

    Awaji Island is across the Akashi Bridge from Kobe and it was the last place I visited in Japan. It is a great day trip, but in a typical fashion, I only had a few hours before I had to pack and leave for the airport. Just driving around the island was great. The island is made up of rolling hills and mountains, so just driving around is a lot of fun, because you can see a lot. When you first drive over the bridge, you can see the ferris wheel. As you drive on the highway, you pass different towns or just small settlements of the island. You can…

  • Locations,  Stories,  Trips

    Arima Onsen

    Arima Onsen is another place that I visited only briefly, after my trip around Mt. Rokko. It was enough time to just walk through and explore. It is an adorable little hot-springs town, with various different spa places and lots of shops selling sweets and other souvenirs. When you park in the center of the town, you can walk along the spring to a red bridge, which is one of the local sights to see. You can also go down by the river, when it’s warm enough, and just sit and hang out for a while. When you walk into the older part of the center, there are public hot…