the lazy travelers take europe: the wino’s highlights

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for a while, but now that I sit down to do it, I’m getting majorly overwhelmed by all of the wonderful things we got to see and do (and eat and drink) on our European adventure. Short of copying down and posting my journal word for word, there’s no way to capture all of the things I loved about our time in Switzerland and Ireland. And no offense guys, but I don’t really want you reading my journal. After careful consideration, this is what I’ve come up with: Bern Oh Bern, you stole my heart. You weren’t even on our original itinerary, and I apologize for that.…

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the lazy travelers take europe: the romantic’s highlights

It’s still hard to believe that less than one month ago, the wino and I were frolicking through the snowy streets of Switzerland, trying to pinpoint our next meal drink. Unsurprisingly, we’ve spent the better part of the past month regaling our friends with stories from the good ol’ days and telling anyone who complains about the New York cold that “it’s nothing compared to Switzerland.” Yeah, we’ve been really popular ever since we returned. As with any good getaway, when I think back to our weeklong adventure, it all feels like a big blur of snow and cheese and wine and French accents… but there are a few key things that stick out as…

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itinerary reflections: what could have been

We’re not quite sure how it happened, but it has officially been one month since we set off for Switzerland and Ireland. As hindsight is always 20/20, we’ve spent most of this month reviewing our glorious week of European exploration… and discussing every detail of our days abroad, natch. Final ruling? We planned a pretty stellar itinerary. Including our extended layover in Dublin, we were able to explore 6 cities in 7 days without feeling rushed (for the most part). In true LT style, we even added an extra unplanned stop: here’s looking at you, Bern! Though we wouldn’t change much of our trip, we do have a few things we would adjust should we…

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quarterlife crisis: finding luxury

Thanks to the European extravaganza that was our week in Switzerland and Dublin, we’re entering 2013 a little bit more enlightened. We learned that not only are we able to live out of a backpack–we actually prefer it, under the right circumstances. We learned that raclette exists and, more importantly: it’s a perfectly suitable meal! We learned just exactly WTF l’Escalade really is… which, consequently, led us to learn that we will feel disappointment when we expect a human sacrifice and there is not one. Most importantly, however, we learned that though we can handle pretty much anything when it comes to accommodations, this trip spoiled us. And trust us when we say, we don’t want to…

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backpacking: yay or nay?

We have a confession to make: up until our recent adventure, we had never actually done the whole “backpacking” thing. Surprising, right? Ehh… not really, for those that know us. Both of us have a chronic over-packing issue (though we’re trying our hardest to improve this in the new year), which means traveling with just a backpack always seemed out of the question. Even if we stick to carry-ons only, a regular suitcase always seemed to fit more–with the added bonus of not tipping us over as we made our way up escalators. When we realized that we’d be traveling via train, plane, or automobile everyday in Switzerland and Ireland, we had to start re-thinking…

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