We’ve been to a lot of wonderful places, but there are a few that hold a special place in our hearts. With our itinerary always growing we’ll be sure to add more to this list along the way, until then here’s our five favorite countries we’ve been to so far
Poland:OMG, Polish food! Coming from a partially polish family, I have adored polish food my whole life. Oh, man and Poland did not disappoint. So many pierogies, so much sausage, I’m drooling right now typing this. I’m kinda sad we didn’t take more pictures of the food, I guess we were just to focused on eating it. The food wasn’t the only great thing, by any means. There is so much history in Poland, and much like the rest of Europe they honor the past. Poland has struggled a lot throughout history, but it really shows how strong the people are that have rebuilt and come together, even stronger, after every challenge.
Czech Republic:Prague is like a fairy tail. With the picture perfect scenery, castles and old world charm it’s right out of a book. It’s really not that big, which makes it one of Europe’s most walkable cities. There were so many romantic spots in Prague, you could throw your blanket down at any square or park and sit for hours taking it all in. We stayed with a wonderful family that opened their home to us, and we could not have felt more welcomed. We shared, meals and had coffee every morning on their patio, this really helped us get a feel for the everyday life in Prague. We were able to connect with the city on a more intimate level then we’ve experienced in some other places. If you can stay with a family wherever you go, do it! You won’t regret getting to know the culture through their eyes.
Croatia:We originally went here because we learned that parts of Game of Thrones were shot here. Since we’d been watching the show throughout our trip, we thought it would be neat to see. There are a lot of great set locations to check out in Split and Dubrovnik, as well as a few others scattered throughout Croatia and it’s surrounding islands. We went there for the show, but we fell in love with both cities and ended up staying in Split for our first wedding anniversary. Not much else can compare to the experience of swimming in the Adriatic Sea with the love of your life. Our only complaint about Croatia is that it’s expensive, not Rome or NYC expensive, but now that it’s the number two cruise destination in the world, the prices definitely reflect it.
Hungary:We spent the most time here, with one week on the actual trip, and then a month while we were waiting on Amanda’s placement. In case you didn’t know, there are actually two very unique sides of Budapest, separated by the Danube River, Buda and Pest. Buda is the more suburban quiet side, with green hills and picturesque scenery. Pest is the thriving, pulsing, buzzing urban side, Pest is the main business and commercial center for the city and really Hungary as well. Budapest is cheap and that’s great for when you’re on a budget. The public transportation made this one of the easiest cities to get around, because of that we were able to see most of both sides. We love Budapest so much, the city and the people are truly special. We stayed at a great hostel called Avenue Hostel and was able to do bit of a workaway stay for our beds. We met so many amazing people and made so many great friends here.
Denmark:Hygge. That one word means so much to the Danish, and when you’re there you can’t help but be swept up by it. What does it mean? Well, it’s a feeling, it’s that feeling you get when you’re comfy and cozy, that feeling when you’re at peace and everything is just right in the world. It’s a mood, the mood, it’s relaxing, it’s being content in yourself and everything and everyone around you. Hygge is enjoying life and it’s simplest pleasures, those that we all sometimes take for granted. The Danish embrace these little moments and cherish them, we could all learn something from them, in my opinion. This was our first city outside of the US, we could not have chosen any better, this Danish ritual, or way of life, really helped us feel welcomed and just comfortable in Copenhagen. We were thousands of miles from home, but Denmark made us feel like we found a new one and will always be special to us.
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