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Mystical Sounds of the Veena

Narada was an ancient Indian rishi who traveled among distant planets carrying a veena as his musical instrument. Unlike the sitar, the veena has a second resonator, a carved-out gourd attached to the underside of the neck. This produces a … Continue reading

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The Central European Diet—Photo Gallery

I put together a photo gallery of the meals I ordered in Central Europe (specifically the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland). Overall, the food was delicious but seemed fattening, which often consisted of starchy potatoes and some greasy piece of … Continue reading

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Train Travel—America’s Missing Infrastructure

After travelling by train for the past three months in Central Europe through roughly 20 cities and towns, one thing amazes me—why in the world do Americans NOT have the same opportunity and ease of which Europeans have in travelling … Continue reading

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Taking Advantage of a Raining Day in Zakopane

My last day in Zakopane, Poland, and it’s raining. You learn to take advantage of such days when traveling for an extended period in foreign countries. Everything takes twice as long and such days are perfect to just relax and … Continue reading

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Culture Shock in the “New” Central Europe

Things I Like Buying a beer that is 1/3 larger than an American domestic beer, tastes better, and costs less than $1; wine is also about $1 a glass. Flushing the toilet in two different ways: regular flush and super … Continue reading

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Buying an International Driving Permit

In order to drive in a foreign country, you need an International Driving Permit (IDP). If you have a U.S. driver’s license, getting an IDP is easy. To buy an IDP, I went to a local AAA office. There I … Continue reading

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Ana Vidovic

This post is a bit off the beaten path as my posts are of my own content. But, after studying classical guitar for several years and immensely appreciating its huge world of compositions, I really wanted to share an outstanding … Continue reading

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Purchasing Foreign Currency Before You Go

Before arriving in Prague, I thought it would be a good idea to purchase some Czech crowns (korunas). My bank sells foreign currency at no additional fee if you have an account. Although there is about an 11% cost on … Continue reading

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