Guide to Maximizing Europe Travels

We spent six years of our lives divided between Amsterdam and Dublin and were afforded the opportunity to travel around Europe extensively. Bell calls me a “hopeless maximizer” because I have a hard time overpaying for things and strive for the optimum experience for our money. This means we usually don’t travel around major holidays…

Temple of Aiphaia on the island of Aegina, Greece.

How to Spend One Day in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, known for its elaborate canal system dotted with narrow houses adorned with gabled facades, a legacy of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District is home to the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum (home to Rembrandt and Vermeer works) and Stedelijk modern art museum. Schipol Airport is the third…

What Does the Parthenon Look Like in 2014?

  At nearly 2,500 years old, the Parthenon is one of the world’s most famous buildings. We all learned about it at school at some point, and it’s as iconic as the Roman Colosseum and the pyramids in Egypt. The Parthenon was built as a Temple to the goddess of Athena during the Golden Age…

5 Things We Miss About Living in Europe

  5 months after relocating back to the USA, there are some things we really miss from our 6 years living in Europe. Our recent trip back to our old home of the Netherlands and neighbouring Belgium served as a reminder of what we left behind, and after 12 days we boarded the plane back…

Watching Soccer in Europe, a Raucous Great Time

  The Netherlands got off to amazing start in the 2014 World Cup by avenging their 2010 World Cup Final loss to Spain, shocking the Spaniards 5-1 (after an apparent second half siesta). We happened to live in Amsterdam in 2010 and along with 100,000 others dressed in orange, watched the Dutch lose that heartbreaker…