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Walkable cities: riding the rails from Budapest to Amsterdam

train travel

Train travel may be slower than flying, but you see so much more when you’re moving at ground level. One of our favorite trips was by train from Budapest to Amsterdam. It’s about an 8 hour journey if you do it straight through, but taking it slow and stopping for a few days here and there […]

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Seeing Berlin and Enjoying My Stay At Meininger

reasons to go to berlin

Berlin is one of my favorite cities in the world. For one thing, its cheap. Well, its cheap on European prices at least. I have spent most of the year so far (and will spend most of the rest of this year) in Europe and as much as I truly love this continent, it can […]

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Bette, Freddy, Madonna, Louie, Joe… a Show of a Lifetime

mike hodson with jake elwood blues brother berlin impersonator show

An celebrity impersonation show combines nostalgia, campiness and hilarity. They are a fun sing-along and also a gentle laugh-at, all for the price of one ticket. I am not sure I’ve ever been to a impersonation show. Wait, I take that back. I do remember stumbling into a transvestite drag show years ago in Key […]

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Tempelhof Airport and Unexpected Emotion

michael hodson at berlin templehof airport

I would have never thought that a visit to the Berlin Music Festival would be one of the more emotional experiences I have had in quite a long time, but as I came through the terminal entrance of the Berlin Tempelhof Airport, on my way to the runway side of the building, I started choking […]

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The Oddity of German Kitchens

This is a guest post by my good friend David Roberts, who was a lawyer in Fayetteville, Arkansas when I met him and later moved to Germany with his wife for about four years, where he added two kids to his growing family. I asked him to write about the oddity of German kitchens. —————————————- […]

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A Monster of a Day

Parco dei Mostri

An hour North of Rome you’ll find the little town of Bomarzo. At first look it doesn’t seem like anything […]


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