First Impression


Central Park new york city

Central Park

Simone:  I have only been in New York City once, 20 years ago!  I remember the city being loud, dirty and crowded.  I was excited to spend some time in the city as an adult and so far I have been surprised to find the city cleaner and quieter than I remember.  This could be due to a few things.  We are staying in Continue Reading

Sunset, Ireland

A Beautiful Irish Sunset

Jason:  Ireland, the last country on our around the world trip, and one that I’ve wanted to visit ever since I was a young lad.  I grew up on the east coast of the U.S. in the state of New York and also lived in Massachusetts, two places largely populated with Irish people and their culture.  I know I can’t go by those experiences, after all, it was mixed with the culture of two of the east coasts biggest and most aggressive cities. The people so far are incredibly nice (as we have been told by many people) and the landscape is as green and lush as they say too.  I’m really excited to get to the west coast and see the dramatic coastline along this side of the Atlantic.  We haven’t heard any music yet but we plan on sitting in a pub, sipping on a Guinness, and listening to some good Irish Music. I can’t wait.

Simone: I have always wanted to go to Ireland.   The people, the music, the green scenery and, as I got older, the beer were all drawing me to this wonderful country.   We arrived at Dublin airport and picked up our rental car to head south.  Our first nights would be at an Air BNB along the coast south of Dublin.  Everyone has been very nice so far, living up to the hype we have heard from around the world about Ireland having such nice people.  The roads appear to be very good, scenery every bit as green as we thought, and the coastline is beautiful.  I can’t wait to explore this country and of course find a few pubs to try out the Guinness!


Edinburgh, Scotland, RTW, Travel

Looking out over Edinburgh

Simone’s First Impression Scotland is a place that I have always wanted to visit.  My grandfather was born there and I always felt the desire to visit.  We arrived in Edinburgh and were immediately intrigued.  Our Air B&B apartment is just steps from the royal mile in the heart of the old town.  An amazing location and a beautifully renovated place, we are only the third guests.  We were welcomed with a bottle of wine, box of chocolates and Continue Reading

Beautiful Norway

Beautiful Norway

Jason’s First Impression

We usually do a first impression of a destination from our first twenty-four hours there, but we were only in the first town for a few hours, so it’s a little hard.  We’re seeing Norway in a different way than either one of us thought, on a cruise ship.  Although not the way we would have hoped to see the country, it was for us, one of the only ways we thought we could afford it.  We had heard stories of how expensive things were in Norway, but until you see it with your own eyes it’s hard to believe.  I haven’t heard how much the minimum wage here is, but when a burger is somewhere in the neighborhood of $30, you can bet it’s pretty high. Continue Reading

Rome, Italy


We arrived to Rome after a very long 16-hour travel day with a short layover in Moscow.  It was late and we were tired.  Thankfully we had a driver picking us up at the airport.  As we made the 30-minute journey to our hotel I was amazed at how many people were out at nearly 11pm.  Many were eating dinner and drinking wine, several visiting old buildings and churches.  The first thing that struck me was Continue Reading