International Trips

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

It Ain’t about the Fame; It Ain’t About the Bitches: A Visit to Munich

My dominant memory of Munich may not be the majestic town hall in the city center, but it might just be the aggressively earnest rapper who was helping promote a vegan event and fair in the square in front of it. His passion for his cause was perhaps unmatched by his skill as a lyricist, though, as during the hour I wandered around the square, he performed the same...

The Contempt of Airlines for Their Passengers is Staggering: @Icelandair Edition

The contempt airlines seem to have for their passengers is staggering. We pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for the privilege of flying on increasingly packed flights with an ever-decreasing list of amenities on board only matched by the growth of various fees and charges that complete the frustration of commercial flight. In exchange for those hundreds of dollars...

Munich and Malta: Spring Break 2018

As the snow falls again in Helena today, I’m finding myself more excited about my spring break trip, one that will involve three nights in Munich, six on Malta, and about 23 hours in Reykjavik. While I have been to Reykjavik more times than most people deserve to and have a pretty good sense of how I’ll spend my time there (hello, Sandholt, Harpa...

Debating Frantz Fanon Over Cheeseburgers in Paris: A Fitting End to My Trip

One of the real pleasures of solo travel is that a solo traveler can perhaps more easily decide to, say, go to a cheeseburger joint on his last night in Paris instead of seeking out more elevated cuisine. When that cheeseburger joint is located in a cool, quiet neighborhood and is ranked #6 among the 14,446 restaurants in Paris, it’s an even easier choice. When...

Get Your Ass to Warsaw

Four years ago, on a tour to see the interior of a dormant volcano in Iceland, I met a couple from Poland. After they expressed their admiration for Montana (I believe Legends of the Fall was their film touchstone), I mentioned that I wanted to visit Poland someday. The two men from Krakow told me that I absolutely should, but that there was no particular reason to...

Bus, Boat, Bike, Beach: Day Trip to Klaipeda

With extra days planned in Vilnius for no other reason than that Captain Ramius had spoken so highly of the city and a cheaper plane ticket to Poland if I waited, I had originally planned to spend five nights in the Lithuanian capital. While I absolutely enjoyed the city, a fellow traveler spoke highly of coastal Klaipeda and a tour guide said that I needed to spend...