Riley Goes to Podgorica Saturday October 7, 2017

Categories: 2017, Daily Log, Personal, and Travel.

We finished off our watermelon first thing, and then got in the car and I drove as quickly as I could through the narrow street to get down to the downtown. There we picked up breakfast for the road. It was raining rather hard, the first time it had rained hard on the trip when we actually had plans to do something. Read More

Riley Goes to Ulcinj Friday October 6, 2017

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After we woke up and admired our view once again, we realized that the only map we had was in Montenegrin and not very good. It was one of those highly stylized maps sponsored by a local business. The maps we had used in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Kotor had all been exceptional, given their detail of seemingly every single alley in each place, something I really appreciated. So we set off to get a map from a tourist office literally on the other side of town. Read More

Riley Goes to Ulcinj, Montenegro Thursday October 5, 2017

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We had breakfast at the hotel again, as it was included, but it was in a different room, which was interesting. We never really found out why. The good news is that it was on the first floor, where we a much better view than from the basement, with no windows. Read More

Riley Goes to Zabljak Wednesday October 4, 2017

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We ate breakfast in our hotel, as it was included. It was a big buffet that was pretty good, though apparently the coffee from the machine was shit. But the weather was absolutely miserable when we woke up, raining pretty heavily. So we hung out in the room for a while. Read More

Riley Goes to Montenegro Tuesday October 3, 2017

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We woke to the bells of the old church next to us, and the sound of children going to school. The only bad thing about our place was its proximity to the church, but there’s not much to be done about that when you want to stay within the old city and then old city has lots of churches which ring bells in the morning. (Though this church went to town on the bells, jesus christ.) Read More

Riley Goes to Kotor Monday October 2, 2017

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The night before, I saw what appeared to be an excellent deal for breakfast. So we went to a hotel for a cheap buffet and that turned out to be a mistake. (Well, we were maybe too late.) The hot food was cold. Everything was not really as good as we had at other hotel buffets. We did get omelets though, so that’s something. Anyway, it was dirt cheap (CAD$7.50 per person) and we learned a lesson. Read More

Riley Goes to Kotor, Montenegro Sunday October 1, 2017

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We woke up early because we had not purchased a bus ticket to take us to Kotor, Montenegro and we were a little confused as to how often it ran. We figured the best thing to do would be to get over there as early as reasonable and buy the ticket for the next bus. We had no idea if it would be busy or not but we were worried there would be fewer buses on a Sunday. Read More

Riley Goes to Dubrovnik Saturday September 30, 2017

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I have wanted to go to Dubrovnik since I first saw a picture of it, maybe 20 years ago. It has always seemed like a place so utterly unlike the world I grew up in. I wanted to see a walled city (though I have since been to Louisburg and Cartagena), especially one situated along a glorious coast line. The city itself lived up to my expectations – even exceeded them – but there is a huge downside to traveling here, especially in our Game of Thrones world: the crowds are awful, even at the end of September. Read More

Riley Goes to Zagreb Friday September 29, 2017

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Our plan was not actually to spend nearly three days in Zagreb, it just worked out that way. We needed to get down to the coast and the fastest way was to fly. There were flights really early in the morning, in the middle of the day and late at night, but the flights in the middle of the day were nearly twice as much as the early morning and late evening flights. Not wanting to get up super early so soon after arriving in Croatia, we decided on the late flight. (Also, had we picked an early morning flight, Read More

Riley Goes to Zagreb Thursday September 28, 2017

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I was super happy this morning, because I slept in! And not such a ridiculous amount that it would affect my future nights, but seemingly enough that I adjusted to European time in one night. I felt rested and ready to go after barely being able to stay awake during dinner the night before. Off to a good start. Read More

Riley Goes to Europe

Categories: 2017, Personal, and Travel.

Somehow I had managed avoiding spending any time in Europe (with the notable exception of the UK and the possible exception of Istanbul)…until the past 3 weeks, that is. For the last 18 days or so, I have been in Europe, essentially for the first time. This was supposed to happen last spring but we had to delay it until the autumn, which is why we went at such an odd time. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 9 – Saturday June 10, 2017 Regina

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I didn’t have a great morning as I don’t always sleep in when I’ve been up late drinking (more so now than when I was young) and the condo we stayed in was super bright. Then, shortly after 8, the in-laws called to inform us they would be there shortly for breakfast. We went to bed at 2 something. Oops. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 7 – Thursday June 8, 2017 Manitoba again

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This morning we woke up and ate our Riding Mountain National Park cinnamon buns. They were quite good but not as good as the ones from Saskatoon. Today we were supposed to go for a boat ride. So we got in the car and headed back to Manitoba to Lake of the Prairies. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 6 – Wednesday June 7, 2017 Manitoba

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We woke up in Manitoba, to a weird situation: we had been informed the night before that our host couldn’t make us breakfast at our bed and breakfast because she had to look after her grandkids due to an emergency. But she left us some farm eggs to microwave and she left us scones and muffins with homemade jams. The scones were fantastic as were the muffins, which sort of tasted like carrot cake. One of the jams was really excellent. We were not sure if she made them. Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 4 – Monday June 5, 2017 Yorkton and Melville

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This morning we had the Kuchen (Kowach?) that we bought at the Farmer’s Market, which was pretty great. Then we went for a walk down to the end of the road, and then back to the other end of the road. I was not expecting all the trees as my idea of the farming part of Saskatchewan was based solely on driving the TransCanada through the southern part of the province. I knew there were trees but I had seen them in the north (really central) part of the province, and didn’t think there would be so many this far Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 2 – Saturday June 3, 2017 Saskatoon

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We woke up pretty damn early on account of the time change and headed over to the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market probably not much longer after it opened. We wandered around, looked at the vendors, and had some snacks. We had not very good (too dense) scones and an absolutely amazing croissant. It was so good we went back and bought another for later. Then we headed to a very nice but expensive bakery in the now gentrifying bad part of town for more food and drinks. That afternoon we went to Jenn’s friends place for a drink and then headed Read More

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 1 – June 2, 2017 in Saskatoon

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On Friday June 1, I went to Saskatchewan for the third time in my life. Why I went is sort of a long story. The short version of that story is that I was supposed to be in Europe for most of May but had to cancel my trip. Saskatchewan became the alternative because my in-laws live there and because we were going to go in August anyway. So, here goes: my super exciting vacation to Saskatchewan. Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 13 – February 22, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

It was cool again this morning, probably as cool as the day before (so, relatively cool). The hotel had a large breakfast buffet, probably the biggest we’d seen. It was quite nice, although it wasn’t particularly Colombian. We took a cab and got to the airport relatively quickly, despite it being a weekday. I looked for a Botero mug at the airport but no such luck. Tons of other mugs, just no Botero. We had to get exit visas to leave the country, which appeared to be a complete formality. Our flight to Panama was quick and then we had Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 12 – February 21, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

It rained today, the first time it rained on our trip. And that was kind of funny because it was supposed to rain the entire time we were in Medellin and I think a few other times. Anyway, it was just sprinkling too. We took a cab to the bus stop and had to wait a bit for the bus. It was pretty full so, for the first time on the trip, Jenn and I couldn’t sit together. The bus ride was interesting as the guy we paid for the tickets hawked maps to us for half the trip. But Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 11 – February 20, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we headed to the northern bus terminal, one stop farther on the metro than the northern gondola. We were able to find our bus counter rather easily and our bus. We were early, which was good, and sat on the bus for a bit before it took off. It’s a 2 hour so drive to Guatape: The main road was full of construction, and not as scenic as the drive from the airport. (Though, on the way back, the view was obviously better.) Once we got off the main road, the construction stopped (for the most part) but Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 10 – February 19, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

I woke up feeling much, much better. I would still have some minor digestive issues over the next few days, and it would take rather a while before I felt completely myself again, but I was able to enjoy our holiday once more. I don’t know whether that’s just the thing that happens with stuff like this, or it was because I started taking antibiotics immediately – either way, back to normal. It turns out, the timing was rather lucky, because we had been unable to book a walking tour for the 18th. Instead, we had to be content with Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 7 – February 16, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we went to Playa Blanca. There was more than a little confusion: Nobody picked us up despite the pledge yesterday that we would be picked up. We could have walked four times before we finally got in a cab. First, our hotel called them and they said they were on their way. Then our hotel called again, and we were told to take a cab. We waited close to an hour before they told us they were waiting for us, but only after our hotel had called them twice. (Fortunately, the tour company paid for the cab. We Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 6 – February 15, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Travel.

The day before, we were hoping to figure out how to get to a beach, but we had contacted a tour group but had not heard anything. (The beach situation: beaches a few miles away in Bocagrande, on the same peninsula – rendered an “island” by a canal – but in a Miami Beach-type setting. Alternatively you can take boats to islands further afield. Cartagena’s old city does not have beaches.) Not knowing whether or not we would be going to a beach today or tomorrow, we went to the Modern Art museum. Yes, another modern art museum. This one Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 5 – February 14, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

Valentine’s Day. One of the cool things about this hotel was the breakfasts. Every morning we had a choice of “American” or local breakfast, and I ate the local every day: empanadas, arepas, a local sausage and limes. Plus, fresh fruit juice! Good stuff. This morning we walked over to Castillo de San Felipe, which I have read is one of the largest Spanish style forts in the New World, if not the largest. Even walking over after breakfast, it was already fucking hot. (Though, as with the entire time we were in Cartagena, there was a breeze, albeit a Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 4 – February 13, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Travel.

The first two mornings at the hotel, we’d had regular food for breakfast: eggs, waffles. But today we got tamales! They were pretty good. We had a super fast ride to the airport, as it was a Saturday morning and apparently the awful traffic virtually disappears on the weekends. So we got to the Bogota airport a little early and spent time wandering around the domestic departure side. As airports go, Bogota isn’t bad. It’s certainly nicer (cleaner) than Panama. The flight was pretty quick – just over an hour, I think. My first impression of Cartagena was that the Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 3 – February 12, 2016

Categories: 2016, Personal, and Travel.

This morning we took a cab ride to Monserrate, a mountain that overlooks Bogota. For the first few minutes of the cab ride, we worried he was driving us up the mountain, as we had to go up high to get on a beltway that runs along the hills. The cabbie took us to the station where we could catch a funicular up the mountain, or a gondola. The gondola didn’t open until noon, but that was fine with us because we both wanted to take the funicular. (Jenn took pictures from it; I did not as my camera doesn’t Read More