Category Archive: Europe

Sep
14

96 Days in Europe. Costs For A Family of Four.

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This spring our family of four spent a grand total of 96 days in Europe. With my background in bookkeeping and my incessant need to always know how much we are spending, we kept a detailed log of ALL of our costs along the way. We used a handy, dandy app called Trail Wallet to …

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Jun
10

London on the Cheap. Is It Possible?

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Is it possible to see London with a family without breaking the bank? Accommodation I don’t know that it is possible to do London cheaply….unless you can find a housesitting gig or if you have family to stay with.  We found accommodation in London to be RIDICULOUSLY expensive! It is the most expensive city we have …

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May
28

London And The Kindness Of Strangers

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We arrived in London from Budapest tired and a bit anxious to make our way to our hotel in Greenwich so we could settle in for the night. We flew into Stansted Airport which is about an hour North of London. We had pre-purchased tickets on The National Express bus (you pay much less if …

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May
21

Six Awesome Day Trips In Hungary

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We have been housesitting in the small town of Erdőkertes, about an hour North of Budapest. While public transport here is still good, it is time-consuming and inconvenient to take busses to explore all that we wanted to see. Because of this, we decided to use the money we are saving on accommodation and rent a …

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May
17

The Beautiful City of Székesfehérvár

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Don’t you just love the name Székesfehérvár? It is one of those typical Hungarian names that people who are not Hungarian look at and wonder how on earth it is pronounced.  After a lot of coaching from our new-found family, I can tell you it is pronounced Say-Kesh-Fair-Har-Var. Easy right? Székesfehérvár is less than a one …

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May
11

One Month in Budapest

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It is hard to believe our one month in Budapest is already over. It seems like we have just arrived and it is already time to leave. We loved the apartment that we rented for the month with it’s soaring ceilings, large open rooms, enough beds for all of us, and not one, but two …

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May
04

May the 4th Be With You!

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From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you! Star Wars Day is an important holiday in our family. Usually, we are home from our Worldschool Adventures by May the Fourth and we always dress up in our Star Wars costumes and post fun pictures …

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May
03

Public Transport In Budapest

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Budapest has some of the most efficient public transport we have ever experienced. Virtually the entire city is accessible by trains, trams, buses, metros, and boats. There is no need at all to take a taxi anywhere and the public transport is on time and inexpensive. Our family of four ended up purchasing a one-month …

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Apr
24

One Of Our Best Travel Days Ever

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We specifically chose to come to Hungary because of our ancestry. Or rather, Mike’s ancestry, although I am equally as interested. You see, Mike’s father was in born in Hungary and he immigrated to Canada when he was 25 years old. We were keen to come to Hungary to see where Mike’s father was born …

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Apr
16

Visiting the Vatican Museum (Without buying tickets online)

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OK, OK, you have heard me tell you this before. We are cheap thrifty. We are here in Europe for three and a half months and we need to be careful with our Euros! That is why, against all online advice, we decided to not pre-purchase our tickets for the Vatican Museum in Rome. In …

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