A Case for Small Towns

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Travel Tuesday

Since I am currently gallivanting around Austria (@amygreatworld on Instagram to follow along! This country is gorgeous), I don’t have a long post for you today, but I wanted to hop on to take part in this month’s prompt!

This month’s themed prompt is cities vs. country. Which do you prefer, and why?

**Note: the link-up for this prompt will be good for this week and next week if you’d like to link up later!

In answer to whether I prefer city vs. country, well, I would have to say neither, or both, depending on my mood. However, I usually love to find little, somewhat off-the-beaten path towns in whichever country I happen to be in.

I like the combination of small towns–you aren’t completely isolating yourself from people (and people are generally friendlier) but it’s easy to escape crowds, or even to walk back into the hills/forest/etc and be absolutely alone for a little while. I find small towns easier to navigate, as public transportation and traffic both stress me out. I prefer to wander around and experience the town, instead of sprinting from stop to stop. I have an entire series, Imagine If I Lived Here, that is mostly (albeit accidentally) dedicated to all of the small towns I would love to live in.

The longer I live in Prague, the more I grow to appreciate city living (and enjoy it)–but I also am realizing how much I love small towns, and always will.

Part of it is because I grew up in a true small town, Bozeman, Montana

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I fell in love with Dingle, Ireland during a quick visit to the country (and still dream of living there)…

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I worked at a ranch near Ennis, Montana, and experienced true ranch country in the Madison Valley, including the beautiful (and tiny!) Henry’s Lake, Idaho

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I pretended to surf in the tiny, friendly town of Huanchaco, Peru

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We road-tripped to Orcas Island and I discovered a whole new type of small town–a small town on an island

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I reveled in the tiny beach towns of Thailand…

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and the equally tiny but mountainous Sa Pa, Vietnam

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I found a small mountain town in Colorado, somehow isolated from the crowds of Denver and the hordes of skiers, called Idaho Springs…

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We found some quiet canals in the pretty little town of Bruges

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Along with the incredible beaches of Oregon, I enjoyed (and maybe will someday live in!) one of the many small-town gems scattered along the coast

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I went rafting and found a charming town, then true silence, immediately followed by wild Czech river rafters, in Český Krumlov

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I tasted wine the adorable wineries of the Napa Valley, California, and couldn’t believe the charm…

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And in Czech wine country, Valtice, I walked from one end of the town to the other in an hour after sampling some of the region’s best wine…

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I discovered (and now adore) small-town, charming Germany in Rothenburg ob der Tauber…

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and, most recently, fell absolutely head-over-heels with the incomparable Hallstatt, Austria (where I am now!).

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It’s no surprise that I love small towns after this list…and I had to contain myself from adding many more! So, I encourage you, if you are a city-lover or someone who only escapes to the great outdoors, give small towns a chance. They can offer the best of both worlds.

Do you prefer big cities, country breaks, or small towns? 

Each week BonnieJessiCamila and I choose one post from the previous link-up to feature. Be sure to check out their blogs to see who they chose!

This week I am spotlighting Carly from Let Us Wanderlust and her post about wildlife & walking in Tasmania. Not only does Carly share some incredible photos of nature on Tasmania, she also gave me my first glimpse of a wombat! I’ve never been sure exactly what a wombat is (although I’ve always loved the word) and they are so furry and cute. Make sure to check out her post and be prepared to start researching Tasmania!

Ready to link up?

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Amy, Jessi and Camila in a link!

3. LINK-UP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the co-hosts blogs, and visit around!

TIPS:

1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future link-ups!

2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!

3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!

Currently…

I have seen these posts floating around recently (does anyone have any idea where these actually started?) and since my drafts lately have been more a word vomit without a theme–just random thoughts–I decided to condense them into this post!

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Loving…Fall Break, which officially started yesterday! These past few months have been a whirlwind and I’m so glad to not work or teach for a few days. However, traveling isn’t always relaxing since I am a fiend about seeing as much as I can in a new place…but this time I’m reminding myself to take it easy and enjoy the walking, the new food, the leisurely picture-taking, and some quality time with my best guy, rather than pushing us to see it all. You can never see it all anyway, am I right?

Instagramming…Where we currently are! Follow @amygreatworld yourself to see if you can guess, and to follow along for the next few days (and beyond!) as we travel a new-to-us country.

IMG_6780^^I’m trying very hard to enjoy this Fall Break…it’s a hardship. Also, this photo is a hint of where we are! Don’t you love this game??

Craving…boxed macaroni and cheese. This is one of my favorite cold-weather comfort foods and I didn’t realize they wouldn’t have it here! I suspected they might not have Annie’s (the true best) but I assumed that they would have Kraft, as it seems like one of those companies that’s taken over the world. But, no go! E is especially distressed about this as mac’n’cheese is one of his main food groups.

Reading…this infographic about words that cannot be directly translated to English. I love it, you should check it out! And keep an eye out for the Czech one ;). I find it fascinating that there are things that just can’t be translated. However, as an English teacher, I don’t love it sometimes when I’m asked to explain a difficult phrase in simple words. Especially those damn proverbs, phrasal verbs and idioms. I spent much too long trying to explain “hit or miss” to a student and giving them examples on when to use it. And that’s an easy one!

Hoping…That November will be just as beautiful a month as October was in Prague. I’m not ready for fall to be over yet (or October!).

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Admiring…the pictures from our walk in Stag Moat last weekend. I took Tina’s advice and went on this little jaunt near Prague castle. We haven’t actually been to the castle yet—it’s difficult to convince ourselves since it’s been the height of tourist season—but I loved seeing it from this perspective. It closes soon and since we are out-of-town this weekend, last Saturday was our last chance! The fall colors were perfect and although it wasn’t as quiet as I was expecting (just more people), it was the perfect autumn walk. I can’t wait to go back in April to see it in the spring!

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Watching…Gilmore Girls. Yes, I couldn’t resist after all the buzz when it (finally!) came to Netflix. I have always loved this show (sometimes maybe a little too much), and I’m realizing that it’s a perfect show to watch in the fall. It does make me nostalgic, however, for the days when my sister and I would schedule our life around new episodes!

Missing…autumn in the Rocky Mountains. It’s really the only autumn I’ve ever known (I’ve spent autumns abroad, but always in the Southern Hemisphere–Peru or Thailand–so it wasn’t fall there). While I am loving the fall here in Prague, especially as the trees finally start to change, I miss the specific feeling of fall in the Rockies, with my parents’ fireplace and my favorite coffee shops and my boots. However, the time between October and December is hands down my favorite, favorite time of the year–so I don’t allow myself to be melancholy right now. Not in October! There’ll be time for that in January.

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Looking forward to…planning our Christmas trips! We need to get started on that or else we will miss out. The list of places I want to see at Christmas keeps growing, but I know I want to see Germany and the Alps, so that’s something! We would love to squeeze in some skiing but I’m thinking that might have to wait until January (well, E would love to squeeze in some skiing/snowboarding–I will go and attempt to maneuver the slopes and mostly get snow down my pants and in my nose. But then there is a fire in the lodge so…and those few moments where I am flying down the mountain are worth most of the snow in my pants).

Thinking about…this whole blogging thing, especially as Amy and the Great World’s one year anniversary is coming up at the end of October.

Recovering…from my day yesterday. It was one of those days where everything went wrong. I woke up late, shattered a nail polish all over the bathroom, got on the wrong tram and didn’t notice until I was in a place I didn’t recognize, had an unexpected observation in my class which threw me off so much I forgot half of my lesson plan, lost 100kc (only about $5, but still) because I accidentally gave too much to the cashier and our language barrier prevented me of convincing her of this, and since I was running late for a bus leaving the country I couldn’t spend time miming and trying to convince her to give it back, and then I left the water I was buying in the first place on the counter, and we got stuck on a long bus ride without anything to drink…ooof. It’s seriously time for a break.

Confessing…that I was not very excited to visit Berlin (and not just because it was primarily for a visa interview). I’ve heard great things about the city, but nothing about how adorable and quaint it is, which is really what I look for in the center of Europe. However, I was fascinated by Berlin! We planned to take it easy but I was so interested in all of the sites and the history that we ended up running around for most of the 27 hours we were there. We have to go back to pick up our visa, so I’m glad we’ll get another day or two to explore the city more.

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Wondering…why I am always sprinting to catch public transportation. Please let me I’m not the only one who simply cannot plan her life around the tram/bus/metro schedule, no matter how hard I try? However, sometimes I pause to take a breath and snap a quick picture of my view.

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^^another game of can you spot the castle?

Marveling…that I can hop on a bus and travel all over Europe. Someone pinch me!

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We Took the Road Less Traveled


Czech Republic Bucket List

Happy Travel Tuesday!

Travel Tuesday

 

It’s time for bucket list time! One of my favorite things.

Even though we are trying to see as much of Europe as we can (in fact, we just came back from Berlin…although primarily there for our visa interview, we squeezed in some exploring! Check out some photos on my instagram), I also want to see as much as possible of this lovely little country we are currently calling home, the Czech Republic.

I’m still learning about more places every day, but here’s a start! If you know of any more, I’m always looking for new suggestions!

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One of my students has mentioned this castle to me a few times, calling it the most beautiful in the Czech Republic; then, last week, after seeing Tina’s post, I can’t help but think I really need to visit! I love the black roof–it looks so dramatic and castley. 

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I’ve already visited the lovely little Český Krumlov, and I really fell hard for this little medieval town. I hope to see it in every season, if possible. I hear it’s amazing in the winter, but I have a feeling this place is amazing year-round.

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This spa town is strangely not popular with Czechs (because it’s full of “Russians” I’m told…) but it is certainly a popular international destination. It looks beautiful, and I always am willing to try gross water that’s supposed to have incredible healing powers!

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I have to visit the infamous bone church before I leave the Czech Republic. I’ve also heard that the church has foundational issues, so it may be dismantled this year. Since no one seems to be sure how it was made, it might not get put back up…so I guess you should see it this year, too!

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Last weekend we visited South Moravia, or Czech wine country, and I originally wanted to stay in Pavlov. We ended up staying in Mikulov, because Pavlov was completely booked (it’s a small town!). Mikulov was a nice town, but I still want to go back and stay in Pavlov. I like smaller towns, and this is still wine country, with the addition of ancient ruins. These are a few of my favorite things… (sing in the way of Julie Andrews, if you’d like).

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I have a confession to make: I don’t actually like Pilsner Urquell, the ultimate Czech beer (and definitely the most famous). I prefer dark beers and it just doesn’t taste that spectacular to me. However, I still would like to see how its made and visit its hometown!

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This little town is supposed to be one of the cutest in the Czech Republic, and maybe even in Europe. I am instantly sold on anything that’s supposed to be that cute!

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This past weekend in Berlin solidified my desire to visit Terezin, a concentration camp from World War II near Prague. It won’t be the most fun visit ever (as it shouldn’t be), but I think it is important to see this part of history.

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While this town isn’t known much outside of the Czech Republic, the students we worked with at English Camp were from here and invited us to visit. We’ll be going in January for their graduation prom! (Whatever that is…I haven’t quite figured it out yet).

Question of the Day:

Do you have a bucket list for places in your area?

Each week BonnieJessiCamila and I choose one post from the previous link-up to feature. Be sure to check out their blogs to see who they chose!

This week I am spotlighting Clem & Marcella from What a Wonderful World and their post about the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. The colors are so incredible, and it’s just a very different world than I’m in right now, so I loved the taste of a new environment. Make sure to check it out–it will make you want to hop on the next plane to Argentina!

THEMED TRAVEL TUESDAY PROMPT

Next week it is time for this month’s travel-themed prompt! The prompt for this month is…

City vs. Country–what’s your preference? Do you prefer a city break when you travel, or to get out amongst nature? Or combine the two? Share your favorite stories and reasons for your preference!

Ready to link up?

1. SHARE a post about travel! From road trips to trips abroad and from past travels to dream vacations. You can write about travel tips and tricks, favorite places to stay, or anything in between! Just make it about traveling somewhere!

2. GRAB the lovely button above. If you run into trouble, just make sure to mention Bonnie, Amy, Jessi and Camila in a link!

3. LINK-UP goes live every Tuesday at 0800 GMT. Make sure to comment here, on the co-hosts blogs, and visit around!

TIPS:

1. Please only one linked up post per blogger. Save other posts for future link-ups!

2. The last Tuesday of every month will be a themed prompt if you want to join in!

3. HOP around and meet new travel loving bloggers! Check back to visit some of the newer travel posts!