6 Countries, 8 cities, 1 island and 2 National Parks is what our trip to Eastern Europe came down to. We managed to stay on the ground again (though not as many hours as last time), using buses and trains to transport ourselves from one city to another. For the most part, cities blended together quite nicely, each country adding subtle gestures and rich history, distinguishing themselves from their ever-so-close neighbors.
Vienna certainly carried the torch for the most beautiful and accessible city we spent time in, while Prague was the most disappointing. Sarajevo surprised us and the aqua clear waters of Croatia never got old. The unexpected visits to the countryside villages of Telc and Eger became some of our favorite places.
In the end though, as it usually goes, the most treasured aspect of our trip was the weeks we spent with travel companions Paul and Brooke. Late night frisbee golf in city parks. Playing cards into the am. Exploring unfamiliar cities, side by side. Endless conversations over margherita pizzas and gyros. Nights spent in tiny cubicles, bunks stacked on top of one another. These are the memories burned into the mind, as much as any historical building or national landmark.
Eastern Europe Journey: