19th Jan

Couchsurfing Part 1: A World of Culture in Your Home

Our first couchsurfer could have taken everything we owned, and our friends simply would have laughed. He was a stranger. We knew him only through what he posted online, a profile that’s as easy to forge as large denomination wampum. His credentials seemed too perfect. 25 years old. Graduated from the top engineering school in […]

16th Jan

Our Top 5 Hostels in Europe

As budget travelers, we’re always looking for the best accommodation at the best price. Our travels around Europe included a mix of Couchsurfing and hostels through Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Austria. Hostels are EVERYWHERE in Europe, and sometimes it’s hard to decide which one to choose. To help make your […]

12th Dec

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of European Transportation

Travelers, listen up! Whether you’re traveling in first class, second class, or 42nd Class, you can’t go anywhere without figuring out how to get there first. We spent almost three months backpacking around Europe. Trains, planes, cars, buses, and more. And believe me, we definitely experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly.

06th Dec

Calcio Catania: Soccer, Fireworks, and Racism

Soccer is the only thing Italians love enough to start on time. Everything else in the country – buses, flights, lunch appointments, dinner dates – begins somewhere between 5 minutes and 3 hours after the time at which it was purportedly supposed to begin. But a soccer match. That starts exactly on time, with even […]