Tag: Travel

2013, Books, Non-Fiction

Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City (2013) by Russell Shorto

When I was in high school and even when I was in university we learned liberalism like this: The Magna Carta invented “responsible government” Thomas Hobbes invented the liberal constitution but his king had too much power John Locke took the Hobbesian constitution and paired it with better institutions and gave us liberalism Then the …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Goes to Amsterdam Friday October 13, 2017

This morning we went to another bakery, more expensive and not as good as the bakery of the previous morning. My tea was insanely hot so we had to wait a while, and I actually had to dilute it was some of our bottled water.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Amsterdam Thursday October 12, 2017

This morning we wandered around looking for dessert places in the Red Light district until we found a dessert place that had the odd breakfast pastry. We had croissants and a Danish.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Amsterdam Wednesday October 11, 2017

Though staying at a “bed and breakfast,” breakfast was not included (this city is pricey) so we went out to find breakfast, a little groggily as our neighbours came back at 3AM (they couldn’t open their door…).

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Amsterdam Tuesday October 10, 2017

Our return to Podgorica and our train trip to Belgrade were the worst days of our trip and, though we enjoyed Belgrade despite everything being closed, we were still kind of beaten down when we got up on Tuesday morning. So, given that we had an afternoon flight, and our rather swanky hotel tolerated fairly …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Podgorica Saturday October 7, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Ulcinj Friday October 6, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Ulcinj, Montenegro Thursday October 5, 2017

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.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Zabljak Wednesday October 4, 2017

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.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Montenegro Tuesday October 3, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Kotor Monday October 2, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Kotor, Montenegro Sunday October 1, 2017

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. …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Dubrovnik Saturday September 30, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Zagreb Friday September 29, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Zagreb Thursday September 28, 2017

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

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

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 8 – Friday June 9, 2017 Moose Jaw and Regina

On this morning we made a ridiculously heavy biscuits and gravy breakfast that we made once before this year (albeit with a few minor alterations). It’s great stuff, but it’s very, very heavy.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

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

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.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

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

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 …

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Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 5 – Tuesday June 6, 2017 Manitoba

This morning we made pancakes and had a leisurely breakfast. That would prove to be a mistake.

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

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal

Riley Goes to Saskatchewan Day 3 – Sunday June 4, 2017 Saskatoon to Yorkton

This morning we woke up early again and went to the Park Cafe Diner in the formerly bad part of downtown. It was a solid diner breakfast and I got to try a kind of bacon I’ve never had before: schinkenspeck.

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

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

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 …

2017, Daily Log, Personal, Travel

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

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 …

2016, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 13 – February 22, 2016

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 …

2016, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 12 – February 21, 2016

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 …

2016, Personal, Travel

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 11 – February 20, 2016

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 …