Elephant Extravaganza

Our second day in India was much more seemless than our first. In fact, it was one my favorites from the trip to date. It started for me likely more positively than the others. I awoke after a full night’s rest in a wonderfully air conditioned room in a king sized bed at Hotel OM … Continue reading

From Sandals to Saris

We awoke at the Pella Inn on a mission to find the best gyros in Athens by our friend Jeremy’s standards: Thanassis. Stephanie and I forced the boys on our first (I hope of many) shopping detours to a small shop off of Monastiraki Square called “The Poet”. The Poet is a handmade leather sandal … Continue reading

Across the Acropolis

Across the Acropolis Our last day in Santorini started with a morning ride into Fira to haggle for souvenirs and a picturesque breakfast on the cliffside looking over the Santorini caldera. After enjoying our Greek coffee and yogurt, planking the restaurant, and taking our CWRU picture, it was off to prepare for our 7-8 hr … Continue reading

Aegean Adventures

Our second day in Santorini was surely one to remember. We began with an interesting haggling session at MotoSports, the rental company Poppy, our innkeeper, recommended. We had our hearts set on spending the day riding scooters around Santorini, but we had a minor setback when we were informed that without a motorcycle license, that … Continue reading

Safe in Santorini

After 72 hours of buses, taxis, airplanes, ferries and layovers, we have finally arrived in Santorini, Greece – one of the larger volcanic islands in the Cycladian Archipelago of the Aegan Sea. It took a lot of planning and a bit of luck, but we’re here, safe and sound, reunited with Ali an Amy, and … Continue reading

The End of Island Hopping

Amy and I started our island hopping adventure knowing we would go first to Mykonos and end in Santorini to join the rest of the TOW contingent, but didn’t have a plan for what to do in between. Since it is still off season and Greece is a pretty free spirited place (if you haven’t … Continue reading


Amy and I woke up early to catch our 7:30 ferry to Mykonos. Luckily we met some fellow traveling Americans that were also looking for the ticket station ten minutes before the ferry left because apparently everything in Greece is cash only and they had to spot us a few euros because we hadn’t changed … Continue reading

Athens! (1.0)

This last week has been nothing like the Monday-Fridays Amy and I are used to, and has completely flown by! We’ve been confused all week about what day it was, but starting way back on Tuesday we got to explore 3500 year old ruins (the Parthenon), see a ton of Acropolis animals, and eat more … Continue reading

Final Packing

Today is the big day, and, of course, we all have some packing left to do. Our plan is to head to Pittsburgh around 5:30, meet up with Cliff at his hotel near the MegaBus stop, and hang out until our bus leaves at 11PM. We have 5 hours left to pack everything in that … Continue reading

Guide books, shmide books…

Frommer’s? Lonely Planet? Why spend one hostel’s worth of money on a guide book when all you need to know is available right here on the interwebs? (Thanks, Al Gore!) Check out this RTW Quick Guide we’ve put together about our destinations. It contains a primer on each location, information about the addresses of all … Continue reading