Pond Jumpers: Spain

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Free Split City Tour

Posted on May 14, 2011 at 8:29pm Madrid / 2:29pm Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

Our friends Mario and Milda are among the smart people we know in Croatia trying to overcome the ridiculous bureaucracy to run a successful business. They just launched a new addition to their Dalmatia Events event planning company: a Free Split City Tour. Jay and I really enjoyed free city tours we took in Berlin, Budapest, and Prague, so we think this is an excellent idea. [...]

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Which did I like better – Croatia or Madrid?

Posted on April 12, 2011 at 3:12am Madrid / 9:12pm Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

I've been back home in Cincinnati now for just over a month and one of the most common questions I hear is whether I liked Croatia or Madrid better. At first I found this question nearly impossible to answer because both are so dear to my heart, but I think I figured it out. If I could only live abroad for a year or two and I had to pick just one, it would be Croatia. And if I had to pick one to live in forever, it would [...]

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Southern, Spain: The Alhambra in Granada, the white villages, Seville, and an awful ending in Cordoba

Posted on March 1, 2011 at 4:19am Madrid / 10:19pm Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

As I write this, I am on my long flight back to the United States reflecting on what an amazing two years it has been. I've gotten to see so many fascinating places. [...]

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Prague, the city of a hundred spires

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 7:02am Madrid / 1:02am Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

I visited Prague two weekends ago with my good friend, Paula, from Split, Croatia. As we walked across the Charle's Bridge at night we laughed because we couldn't help but think that we should have each really been there holding hands with our significant other. One of Prague's nicknames is the city of a hundred spires, which it earned in the early 1800s when it actually had around a hundred spires. [...]

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Solo Traveling: The Hanging Houses and Ars Natura in Cuenca, Spain

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 4:41am Madrid / 10:41pm Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

Last Friday the NY Times wrote an article about Cuenca, Spain, which was impeccable timing because I had plans to visit on Sunday. The article said if you have never heard of Cuenca to blame it on Toledo. Toledo gets all of the buzz as being the best day trip from Madrid, but Cuenca may soon be getting more [...]

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New Years in Lithuania

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 4:11am Madrid / 10:11pm Cincinnati by Kelly Larbes

What I will remember most about spending New Years in Lithuania with Milda and Mario is how bitterly cold it was. I am just not made for the cold. The great company will be a close second, especially Milda’s dog, Baris (No insult intended towards the company of Milda and Mario, but Baris was so cool). Lithuania’s weather made memories of Munich feel like summer. I wished I had my long down-filled [...]

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