Visiting Esztergom and Štúrovo

For many centuries, Esztergom was the most important city in Hungary, acting as the capital from the 10th till the mid-13th century. It was here that the coronation of Saint Stephen of Hungary took place, in the year 1000 or 1001. With his ascension to the throne, Esztergom became the political, cultural and religious centreContinue reading “Visiting Esztergom and Štúrovo”

A weekend in Reykjavík, Iceland

Typically when I fly to Europe from Canada, I almost always depart from Montreal and land in France. Considering the geopolitical situation in Western Europe right now, the idea of spending time in the airports and train stations of France or Germany is not particularly appealing. Thanks to WOW airlines, a low-cost airline operating outContinue reading “A weekend in Reykjavík, Iceland”

A Baseball Game at Quebec City’s Stade Municipal

On July 5th, I attended a CAN-AM League baseball game between the Rockland Boulders and the Capitales de Quebec. I was particularly interested in checking out the Capitales home park, the Stade Municpal. which dates back to 1938. Under the government of Maurice Duplessis, construction was ordered to build a new baseball stadium during theContinue reading “A Baseball Game at Quebec City’s Stade Municipal”

24 Hours in Hong Kong

After leaving Bangkok, I flew to Hong Kong, where I spent approximately 24 hours exploring the city. My flight into the city arrived at around 2am, I didn’t get to my room until approximately 4am. After catching a few hours of sleep and grabbing a shower, I headed out at around 10am. My first stopContinue reading “24 Hours in Hong Kong”

Notes From Bangkok

I’m spending July in Bangkok, Thailand. This marks my first foray into Asia. Here are some observations and photos from my first two weeks in the city. *** The heat, for the most part, hasn’t been as bad as I had expected. My coping strategy includes limiting my time outside during the peak sun hoursContinue reading “Notes From Bangkok”

Visiting Székesfehérvár: An Important City in Hungarian History

This week, I took a day-trip to the Hungarian city of Székesfehérvár. While it’s ranked as the 10th most populous city in the country, it was once the most important city in Hungary. A thousand years ago, when Saint Stephen of Hungary united the Hungarian people and founded their nation, he granted Székesfehérvár town rightsContinue reading “Visiting Székesfehérvár: An Important City in Hungarian History”

Scenes From Vienna in February

I spent the Family Day long weekend in Vienna, Austria. It was my second visit to the city and once again I enjoyed my stay. The affluence and high quality of life on display there is remarkable. Everything is clean, the public transportation is modern and efficient and the parks are well maintained. The cityContinue reading “Scenes From Vienna in February”

How Canadians Can Stay in Europe For More Than 90 Days

For Canadians who just can’t get enough of Europe, here is how to enjoy a long-term stay. The 90 Day Rule Most countries in Europe are now a part of the European Union (EU) and a large part of the EU falls under the Schengen Agreement. Under the agreement, participating countries no longer have immigrationContinue reading “How Canadians Can Stay in Europe For More Than 90 Days”

How Much Does Freedom Cost?

The idea for this post came to me the other night when I was chatting with a friend of mine who relocated to Budapest from Israel. We were talking about what we pay for rent, where we go grocery shopping and what we spend our money on. I realized that what we were really talkingContinue reading “How Much Does Freedom Cost?”

A Whirlwind Visit to Paris

My flight landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport almost an hour early, a little after 7:30am. As the captain announced our approach, he told us that the temperature in Paris was +13C. Three days earlier I had been dealing with temperatures of -23. This swing in the weather was appreciated. A wave of relief washedContinue reading “A Whirlwind Visit to Paris”