Days 8-10: Vienna

So getting to Vienna was what the original trip plan revolved around. Never mind that the first 7 days of the trip were gone already. We arrived late Monday night, welcomed by John, who stayed up super late despite having to be at work Tuesday morning. In the morning, we started a little less early,…

Day 7: Cologne to Vienna

Remember last time how I said it was just a quick overnight stop in Cologne? I lied.  The our hotel room and the view from it was pretty nice.  We were just off of a narrow strip of bakeries, coffee shops, and other establishments ready to feed a couple of hungry guys.  After walking a…

Day 6: From Amsterdam to Cologne

In our original plans, this was the day to finish the drive to Vienna.  We’re behind that schedule though, with a somewhat lazy morning in Amsterdam.  After checking out of our hotel, we headed back downtown for a Dutch pancake breakfast.  Instead of the tram, we tried the metro system.  That train dropped us off…

Day 5: Leaving London for Brussels, Amsterdam, and a Rental Car

Day 5 started with getting up early.  Fly to Brussels, pick up the rental car, and drive to Amsterdam.  We left the apartment at 7:44 London time, and considering we were in Central Time just a couple of days prior, it felt like we were getting up at midnight.  Nevertheless, the early sunrise did a…

Day 4: More sightseeing in London

Day 4 started a little slowly. We didn’t leave the apartment until after noon!! But we still managed to do a lot of sightseeing, a little bit of shopping (there are some things you just can’t get in the USA…), and of course, lots of food. At this point in the trip, I was starting…

Day 3: Tech and Sightseeing in London

We didn’t get up early.  Well, at least I didn’t get up early.  I was out cold, and didn’t wake up until after 10:00.  Good thing we didn’t have morning plans, right?  We needed to get our tech situation resolved, in full LTE cellular data glory.  We’d researched the international offerings from domestic carriers, and…

Day 2: First Evening in London

Our first evening in London was pretty short.  It was mid-afternoon when we arrived at the apartment where we’d be staying, and we were obviously just a little tired.   Of course, being tired was secondary to being excited.  We got cleaned up, into fresh clothes, and chatted with our host Rahul about our plans.  I…

European Road Trip. No RV.

Seven countries, six airplanes, five public transit systems, four airlines, three bags, two guys, and one dog waiting patiently for us to return.  So why is a European road trip, without the RV, of interest here? Well, it’s travel.  Sightseeing.  Driving (about 3,000 miles of it in total).  It’s seeing other RVs, lots different that…

Electrical Myths, Part 5: Let’s Talk Toads and Diodes

There are lots of ways to tow a vehicle behind a motorhome, but flat towing is generally the most convenient and popular method.  For vehicles with amicable drivetrains, most of the process is fairly straightforward.  You pick out a base plate to match the vehicle, tow bar, braking system, and so on.  But then you…

Summer Fun in Iowa’s Old Capitol City!

Eating is fun in its own right, but it can also be a chore.  Last time we talked about food while you happen to be in Iowa City, and before that, where to stay when you visit.  Finally, today, we actually talk about some of the fun events and attractions in the old capitol city. …