2017 in review. Wow. 2017 was a big year for me! I quit a job a hated. I quit a job I actually liked, but took too much time away from my writing. I started eating better. I stopped eating better. I went on a lot of trips.

In 2016, I paid off my student loans and explored the States in depth. In 2017, I went on my first solo trip abroad and almost died a few times. All in good fun!

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States visited: Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas.

Countries visited: USA, Costa Rica, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

Here’s how it went:

Went to Boston on a Week’s Notice to Surprise my College Bestie

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Friends in Boston. Brittney, the surprisee, is in the middle.

I started off the year by flying to Boston to surprise one of my best friends from college. I got some frantic texts from her sister the last week of December letting me know the entire squad was meeting up in Boston and could I come too? 

I don’t really make good financial choices, so I went! And boy, was she surprised.

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Witnessed a Historic Weekend in Washington DC

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Unimpressed at the Inauguration

I went to an inaugural ball, Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington, AND got some free mimosas from the Hungarian embassy all over the course of one long weekend. It was wild and emotionally draining, but I’m glad I went.

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Hunted for Pancake, the 1st Puppy of Texas, in Austin

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Looking for Pancake in the Texas House of Representatives

My brother in law graduated as a Texas State Trooper in February, so we all went to Austin for the ceremony. It was pretty cool. But I was more interested in finding Pancake, Governor Abbot’s dog. I didn’t find her.

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Failed at Finding Bluebonnets in Fredericksburg

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The biggest cluster we could find.

Texas Bluebonnets are legends, so my mom and I went on a hunt for them over spring break. I had visions of twirling in a field brimming with tall blue flowers. I just knew my Instas were gonna be bangin.

But I got the photo above instead. This part of my 2017 in review is a pretty great representation of my life, actually.  The Texas Hill Country is still pretty though, so I couldn’t be too mad.

Visited Chip and Jo in Waco

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Enjoy a Cinnamon Roll courtesy of Joanna Gaines

I got my braces off on May 1st, so Waco was one of my favorite trips in 2017 because I could finally smile for photos with no more metal mouth. My mom, sister, and I went to Magnolia Market and the Dr. Pepper Museum — and managed not to join a cult in the process.

Caught up with my College Pals at my Mount Holyoke Reunion

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We want to recreate this photo at each reunion.

Mount Holyoke does a two year reunion so that you can come back and watch your “little sister” class graduate. Two years is actually the perfect amount of time for a college reunion because no one has actually accomplished anything yet, so there’s a lot of commiserating and not a lot of bragging. I left really looking forward to my 5 year.

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Went Househunting in Newport

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The Breakers

I literally have no idea what I’m going to do if I don’t end up crazy rich later in life. Case in point: casually touring the likes of The Breakers and Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island and thinking, “Yeah. I can totally see myself here.” I mean, what’s a couple billion dollars to a hustler like me?

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Got Bitten by an Iguana in Costa Rica

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My little amigo who would later betray me

My trip to Costa Rica in May was a hot mess. I got bitten by an Iguana. My friend Smoky and I got lost in the rain (and not in a romantic way) more times that I care to admit. I saw a man peeing in the jungle. I somehow survived.

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Herded Children in Nashville

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Inside the Parthenon model in Nashville

Somehow I pass as an adult out there in the world and was placed in charge of the health and safety of a group of teenagers as we traveled from Houston to Nashville and back again for a week of service work in July. They all survived and I got to eat a lot of ice cream and visit the Grand Ole Opry, so I’d say it was a great trip.

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Got Bedbugs (and had a blast!) in Europe

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Me and Smoky at Oktoberfest!

Y’all. My feet about fell off on my grand tour of Europe. I’m not exaggerating. My toes literally started to separate from my body. I also was the proud owner of 70+ bedbug bites and jet leg to beat the band. But I still had a blast! I promise. I braved my first international solo trip and crossed quite a view experiences off my bucket list.

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Got in a Bus Accident in San Antonio

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My Texas-sized breakfast at the hotel that morning.

Just imagine your bus breaking down and waiting on the side of the road for two hours while looking after 50+ students. Then imagine getting sideswiped by a guy who fell asleep at the wheel about 90 seconds after you finally got to reboard the bus and having to get off again and wait another two hours in the parking lot to be rescued by a second bus.

At least I got to meet a hot fireman who was working the crash.

Had the Best View in Austin

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Can you spot Willie? He’s there, I promise.

I went to Austin to watch my two baby cousins while their parents attended a Christmas party. We went full on Eloise at the Plaza and spent our evening at the Hilton in downtown Austin eating chocolate covered pretzels, calling the front desk, and admiring the massive Willie Nelson mural we could see from our window. The horses on 6th Street put on a pretty great show as well.

Took my Mom to “Prague”

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Just as pretty as the real Prague….right?

My sister went to Prague in 2013 and hasn’t stopped gushing about it. I went in October and became equally obsessed. So now my mom really wants to visit. Prague was still inaccessible the last time she was in mainland Europe in 1978, so she missed it during her grand tour, and I couldn’t quite afford to fly her over — so I did the next best thing. I took her to Prague, Texas!

There are many, many Czechs in Texas (known as HOT (heart of Texas) Czechs) and so the Prague here is basically the same. Basically.

“Moved” my Sister to Corpus Christi

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The Queen and I

When I say moved, I really mean came to Corpus Christi over New Years to pay my respects to Selena and took a conveniently timed nap when the moving truck arrived so I wouldn’t have to help unload anything. I’m the worst.

My 2017 in review was full of great adventures! Here’s what is in store for 2018:


Fort Worth to see the famous stockyards and hopefully pet a longhorn.


Taking a great Southwest road trip with my mom to include the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley so that I can run, Forrest, run.


Moving to Australia on a Work and Holiday visa.


I’d love to go to Fiji for my birthday, as well we Bali while I’m on that side of the world. I hope it works out!

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Looking to create a study abroad bucket list? Look no farther! I’ve put together the ultimate European Scavenger Hunt so you and your friends can hit the highlights of Europe and make memories to last a lifetime.

I’m on Instagram at ShesATripBlog  and would LOVE to see your entries as you complete the list.  Make sure to tag me!

Editor’s note: I took many of these photos during my actual semester abroad, many moons ago before I was a blogger. Pre-braces and with a bad haircut. Be nice!

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I’ve organized these by country first, then by points level — but, fair warning, everything is made up and the points don’t matter. 

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Study Abroad Bucket List Austria

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Horsing around with the dancing Lipizzaners in Vienna.

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Making music at Beethoven’s apartment — minus the hedonism (or not).

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Recreating any part of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.

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The “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” Gazebo.

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“Imagining” a photo at the John Lennon Wall without anyone else in it.

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Hot tip: going to Prague in the fall means it’s waaaay less crowded.

Eating a Trdelnik (even though they’re not Czech at all and you should probably just eat a Koláč).

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A photo chilling at the Charles Bridge.

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  • 10 points 

Since Charles Bridge is dubbed “the most annoying place in Prague” by locals, you deserve extra points if you can find an actual Czech on it. And yes, dragging the guy you were czeching out at the pub onto the bridge totally counts.

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Study Abroad Bucket List England

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The truly ~*iconic*~ London phone booth pic. Make sure to include Big Ben — the only British boy who will never break your heart.

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Drinking Butter Beer at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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Trying to get to Hogwarts at Platform 9 3/4.

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I’ve since been sorted into Slytherin. Choosing not to live that truth.

A photo crossing Abbey Road.

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legit almost got hit by a car fam.

Hanging with the guards at Buckingham Palace.

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If you bring friends to accurately create the Abbey Road cover, these bonus points are for you.

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If you can get one of the guards to laugh, enjoy these major bonus points.

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His wife took this photo! <3 “Oh dear, looks as though I’m famous” – him.

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 Study Abroad Bucket List France

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A Hall of Mirrors selfie at Versailles.

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The classic Mona Lisa selfie. Be prepared to literally fight everyone to get to the front.

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The overdone-but-still-cute Louvre Pyramid Touch.

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Modeling with the Eiffel Tower.

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Looking “nice” in Nice.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Germany

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The classic Oktoberfest pic.

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Channeling your inner-Kennedy and Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Greece

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Doing some heavy workouts at the PanAthenaic Stadium.

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I’m so out of shape just looking at all these stairs made me feel tired.

Cheesing on the Acropolis.

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Looking for Kostas on Santorini (#DatCalderraDoe)

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Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa — it ain’t gonna do it alone!

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Channeling your inner Lizzie McGuire and tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

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Trying not to get eaten by a lion at the Colosseo.

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Can’t forget a Gondola ride in Venice — that’s amore!

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waaaay before Instagram — this is the only photo I have of myself on a gondala haha.

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Literally just you eating some pizza.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Ireland

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The Guinness Storehouse pic in Dublin.

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This is at Jameson Distillery — but I feel like it still counts.

Kissing the Blarney Stone.

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This was right after. I’m scared of heights, so I need a second to recover.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Monaco

  • 5 points 

Pretending to be hella rich and fancy while trying not to lose your last 20 Euro at the casino.

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Monaco is known as a hangout for the rich and famous — so if you spot a celeb, you’ve earned these points!

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I met Eddie in London, not Monaco…so maybe I’l just take 50 points.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Morocco

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The iconic camel selfie (up to you if you want to ride them — make sure they are being treated well!)

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Kammerlohr with her camel.

Make all your friends at home jealous with a snap of the Hammam Baths.

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Study Abroad Bucket List the Netherlands

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Just chilling NEAR the I Amsterdam sign because you’re wearing tight pants and aren’t that fit anyway, so you can’t climb up.

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Hanging out inside a giant wooden shoe.

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Making sure all the lame ~* under 21s*~ back in the States know you can drink in Europe by posing at the Heineken Experience.

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Chilling on top of the I Amsterdam sign because you’re a literal monkey.

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Peep my friend Mattias on the M.

Posing with one of the Dutch male models who work at the Heineken Experience.

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I didn’t complete this step, so instead I offer you a photo of my Dutch brother-in-law and his groomsmen 🙂


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Looking for Jamie from Outlander.

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I didn’t find him.

Looking for Nessie.

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Literally just finding either of them.

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Final Tally

Best of luck completing your Study Abroad Bucket List! Add up all your points at the end of the semester to see who won (hint: all of you win because you got to study abroad in Europe).

I wasn’t able to do all of these in a semester, so don’t worry if you can’t either — just enjoy the journey.

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Is Flixbus Reliable?

That was my first question when my friend Smoky suggested we use it on our European adventure.

Flixbus is significantly cheaper than taking a train or a flight between cities, so I was inclined to give it a try, even though the idea of taking a bus made my travel anxiety flare up…like a lot.

Would I be able to find my stop? Would the bus leave early? If it’s delayed, does that mean it’s actually going to come? Will the bathroom be clean? What if we get stuck in traffic and I lose a whole day in my destination?

You can buy tickets to Flixbus here

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This stems from the fact that I took buses in college a lot. Usually from my sleepy Western Massachusetts campus into Boston or down into NYC. I found them to be kind of icky and delayed like seven times out of ten. Bus stations also tend to stress me out simply because of the mere chaos of it all.


Flixbus is all about rebranding buses.

Its team promises clean, eco-friendly buses with free wifi. The stops seemed easy enough to find and the prices (starting at 5 Euro!) couldn’t be beat.

So I bought my tickets and hoped for the best.

Here’s my honest Flixbus review:

Flixbus Review Berlin —> Amsterdam

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Berlin, my first stop this trip.

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left on time

I took an overnight Flixbus from Berlin to Amsterdam because I wanted to save money on accommodations. It took about eleven hours and I was dreading it, but as we pulled into Sloterdijk, I actually said to the girl next to me, “Wow, that actually wasn’t as bad as I thought.”

It wasn’t bad at all, actually.

Flixbus Berlin to Amsterdam normally leaves from the central Alexanderplatz stop (among others in the city — including the most used stop: Berlin Central Bus Station), but because of the Berlin Marathon, the stop was relocated. I got multiple emails from Flixbus with the exact coordinates of the “pop up stop,” so it was very easy to find.

I even tweeted them to confirm (hello, travel anxiety) and the social media team responded within the hour to put me at ease.

You can buy your ticket from Berlin to Amsterdam here.

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Flixbus Review Munich —> Prague

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At Oktoberfest 🙂

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left on time

After a little too much fun at Oktoberfest, Smoky and I were headed to the fairy tale city of Prague.The Flixbus stops at Munich Central Bus station are very easy to find. You can take the SBAHN to Hackerbrücke and then it’s like a two-minute walk to the stops. Everything is labeled and there are plenty of places to eat or shop while waiting for your bus.

One thing to note: when Flixbus is on time, it’s ON TIME. We rolled out of the station at our exact departure time and not a second later. So is Flixbus reliable? In this instance, yes.

You can buy your ticket from Munich to Prague  here

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Flixbus Review Prague —> Vienna

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Finding the stop: Hard

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Left early

The Flixbus stop at Prague Main Railway Station was difficult to find. I think this because we came in the “grand entrance” at the front of the station, so to find it, we had to walk allll the way to the back of the station, and up some stairs. The actual stop is on a strip in the middle of the road behind the station.

We had to ask for lots of help and ran around like beheaded chickens for a bit, but we did eventually find it. If you are departing from Prague ÚAN Florenc, I wouldn’t worry as it’s small and manageable, but if you’re leaving from the station, give yourself some extra time to find your stop.

This bus actually left about six minutes before it was “supposed” to. Smoky and I figured it was because we were the only two ticketed passengers due to board in Prague, as there were only like ten other people on the entire double decker bus, so there wasn’t a point to waiting around.

Is Flixbus reliable? Not if you don’t have a ticket! If the driver doesn’t even know you’re coming, he won’t wait for you, so make sure to buy your ticket at least an hour or so in advance.

You can buy your ticket from Prague to Vienna here.

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Flixbus Review Vienna —> Bratislava

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The Royal Opera House in Vienna.

Finding the stop: Moderate

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Over an hour late, so we bailed.

The Flixbus stops at Vienna Erdberg are relatively easy to find, since we were dropped off from Prague in the same general area, but I say “moderate” because we never actually found our bus stop.

We were only doing a day trip to Bratislava, so we didn’t have too much time to spare and it was FREEZING outside (the terminal is basically a wind tunnel), so when we saw that our bus was going to be over an hour late, we knew we needed a plan B.

Thankfully, there was another Flixbus just sitting there that was also going to Bratislava, so Smoky and I decided to forfeit our original tickets and buy new ones. The 7 Euro for the new ticket was worth it to get out of the cold and get on our way.

You can buy your ticket from Vienna to Bratislava here.

Flixbus Review Bratislava —> Budapest

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Beautiful Bratislava

Finding the stop: Easy

Punctuality of the Flixbus: Over an hour late

My travel anxiety flared up in a major way over this bus to Budapest, but it turns out it was for nothing. I wish I more like Smoky. Calm, cool, collected…confident that the bus would come. Because it did. It was reaaaaally late, but it came exactly when the app said it would.

The Most SNP Flixbus stop in Bratislava isn’t somewhere I’d like to be after dark, since it’s kind of just under a bridge, but as we were there during the daylight hours it was fine.

The Bratislava Central Bus Station, however, is really nice. Like really nice. Like free wifi, clean AF free bathrooms, and free luggage storage nice. I would almost consider it a tourist attraction on its own.

We did make the mistake of sitting across from the bathroom on the bus to Budapest. Don’t do this y’all. Every time we went over a bump, the door would fly open. It was almost reaaal embarrassing.

You can buy your ticket from Bratislava to Budapest here.

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So, is Flixbus Reliable?

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At the Széchenyi Thermal Baths in Budapest

Does the Flixbus Wifi Work?

Yes! It worked great on every single ride; however, to keep things moving quickly, Flixbus limits the amount of data you can use.

Be sure to download your audiobooks and Netflix episodes beforehand, then put your phone on airplane mode and only use the wifi when you really need to. There are also power outlets on board.

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Is Flixbus Dirty?

I didn’t think so. The buses I took were nicer than some of the trains I’ve been on. I even actually used the bathroom on the way from Berlin to Amsterdam. I remember being like “Wow, how suspicious. It’s really clean in here…too clean.”

There was toilet paper provided, but you should always bring your own as well. On the way from Bratislava to Budapest, someone dropped the roll…wouldn’t want to use that one.

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The Blue Church in Bratislava

Honest Flixbus review: Should I use Flixbus? 

I would use it again! Yes, two of our buses were really delayed and we had some hiccups finding some of the stops, but Flixbus buses are just that…buses. They are subjected to things outside their control like weather and traffic. If the bus is going to be late, the Flixbus app lets you know and updates itself in real time. The drivers we met were kind and helpful. The buses were clean.

For me, that makes up for it.

If you’re looking to save some money on your next trip to Europe (and, as of 2018, the American Southwest), I would recommend looking into Flixbus. Just prepare to be flexible. 

You can purchase tickets for Flixbus here.

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Texans love their koláče*.

So much so that I get emails like this from Texas Humor on the regular. They really do know their audience.

best kolaches in texas Growing up, road trips weren’t complete (and still aren’t) without a visit to The Czech Stop or Hruška’s.

One of the most distressing parts about going to university in Massachusetts was when I asked for a koláč at a breakfast meeting (as they are p much synonymous with donuts in my breakfast vocabulary…you can’t have one without the other) and was met with a blank stare and a “wtf are you talking about what are those?”

Side note: no wonder you damn yankees are so cranky all the time. You don’t have koláče and y’all are just now getting Chick-fil-A.

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when I thought I would still get some koláče

So, when I decided to visit Prague, literally the only thing on my “must do” list was to eat some ~*authentic*~ koláče in their motherland.

I didn’t know much about the Czech Republic before going (other than two wild and crazy guys are from there), so I figured my koláče goal would be easily accomplished. But, story of my life, I got so distracted by how much I liked Prague that I forgot to get some!

Guess I’ll have to go back.

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The Best Walking Tours in Prague

Smoky and I had about 30 hours in Prague. We arrived by bus with just enough time to be content, but not enough to be completely satisfied. Given our limited timeframe, we didn’t want to strike out on our own and miss anything important, so we decided to go on two adventures with Discover Prague Tours.

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I’d highly recommend them if you have limited time in the city, or just want an entertaining afternoon with a knowledgeable AF guide.  They’ve got free walking tours (but you still gotta tip at the end…don’t be that guy), pub crawls, bike rides, and the two we took: the World War II and Communism Tour of Prague and the Prague Castle District Tour.

World War II and Communism Tour of Prague

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“Unimaginable suffering, unspeakable courage, crushed dreams, and glimmers of hope: Prague tossed and turned in the 20th century’s storms, whipped up by the great powers surrounding it. This tour sheds light on the dark times and their defeat.”

We had Tate as our guide. Easy enough to remember his name since he’s an Idaho native and (allegedly) his parents decided to name their son after the state’s claim to fame.

I was honestly glad I met him, because I had never actually met anyone from Idaho before and was beginning to doubt that it really exsisted. I mean…think about it. Have YOU ever met anyone from Idaho?

best walking tours in Prague This is one of the best walking tours in Prague because it’s a crash course in Czech history. American education likes to pretend that WWII started on December 7, 1941, so going into this I had no idea how important Czechoslovakia was to the conflict (hello Sudetenland and Czech manufacturing) and just how overall wild things had been over there for the last 100 years or so.

One of the most intense moments was at the end of the tour when Tate reminded our group of all the regime changes the area has survived in recent history. And you learn about all of them.

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why does this building look like someone tickled its neck

Basically, the first half of the tour feels like Tate (or whoever your guide happens to be, but try to get Tate) is walking you through this Wikipedia article, except it’s a lot more exciting than sitting at home down a Wikipedia rabbit trail (which is the only other reason I can think of that you’d be reading about the German occupation of Czechoslovakia) because you’re actually walking where it happened.

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The second half covers things like the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution. Again, feel free to read up about the events and walk around Prague on your own time, but it’s not going to be nearly as fun as going on this tour.

Prague Castle District Tour 

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“See the world’s largest medieval castle and Hradcany, Prague’s famous castle district. Enjoy the most spectacular Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture the city has to offer.”

We had Givi as our guide. The man, the myth, the legend. One of the first things he did was take off the yellow vest the guides wear so you can find them easily because he didn’t want to lose his street cred. We knew we were in for a great time.

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I low-key wanted to take a photo with the statue…but no one else in my group did, so I had to act like I didn’t want to either.

Unlike the WWII and Communism tour, the Castle District Tour is more location-based. Instead of walking and learning general history, you learn the specific history of

  • Places to avoid in Prague (like the Charles Bridge…”Don’t go there guys. It’s the most annoying place in Prague.”).
  • Monasteries (like the Strahov Monastery, which idk about you guys, but looks like it’s realllly just asking to be burned down).
  • Why the Czechs have hella beef with the Swedes.
  • What a defenestration is and why Prague has so freaking many of them.

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At Charles Bridge…whoops.

Bonus: I’m unsure if every one of these best walking tours in Prague has a “modern politics of Prague” sharing circle, but Givi took the time to fill our group in on the drunken antics of the current Czech president, how Czechs are reacting to the migrant crisis, and more.

We all appreciated his honesty, got a great laugh from his sarcasm, and felt reassured that Americans aren’t the only ones constantly “wtf” ing at our elected leaders.

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Saint Vitus Cathedral

This walking tour lasts about three hours, but feels like about 30 minutes because of how interesting it is. It seemed more like a elongated stand up set with some history thrown in.

There’s never a lull where you’re kicking your shoe on the concrete wondering when this dang thing will be over so you can go get a koláč…which is probably why I forgot to go and get one after.

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Still thought I was gonna get a koláč at this point. only reason I’m smiling.

We booked both of the tours about 10 minutes before they started. If you liked to take one of the best walking tours in Prague, you can book online here if you’d like to, but don’t feel like you have to if your plans aren’t set in stone.

*Koláče is the artist formally known as kolache. You can file this under things that make me a pretentious traveler like saying Barthelona and Budapesht.

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