Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne to Interlaken: Getting Into the Swiss Alps by Train

A lake in the Swiss Alps between Lucerne and Interlaken.

[google1] Editors Note: We’d like to say thanks to Eurail.com who provided us with two complimentary global passes for The Hazy Shade of Autumn Tour. We’ve got some great European train stories coming out in the future, so stay tuned! InstaTog Photos and Story by Randy Kalp We set out at dawn from our lake front hostel—Backpackers Lucerne—for the city train station. Fifteen minutes and three blocks were all that separated us from our first…

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Hanging Out with @HostelBookers in Europe

Playing with mirrors in a Vienna hostel.

[google1] Playing with Mirrors at Wombats Hostel in Vienna. We are about five weeks into the Hazy Shade of Autumn Tour and we are excited to announce we picked up HostelBookers as a sponsor for some of our accommodation stays for the remainder of our journey!! As budget travelers, Beth and I have always been fans of HostelBookers. Not only are they generally cheaper than other hostel booking sites, but HostelBookers also doesn’t charge any…

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@HostelBookers Weird and Haunted Lodging for Halloween

Loch Lomond Hostel

[google1] Editors note: So it just hit Beth and I (basically after receiving this guest post from our friends at HostelBookers) that Halloween is less than two weeks away. And just like the Greek Islands, we are closer than we have ever been to Transylvania. When we realized this, I saw Beth’s eyes light up, but as the voice of reason I had to squash any ideas she may have had about taking some crazy…

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It’s A Jazz Thing – Two International Jazz Festivals You’ve Probably Never Heard Of.


Amazing photo by Tom Marcello.   Jazz is not dead. No doubt, it has been pushed to the fringes of our popular culture. But jazz’s impact and influence on American as well as World music are undeniable. Jazz is a language that transcends international borders. Switzerland is home to the Montreux Jazz Festival, arguably one of the world’s most famous jazz festival. And of course, the United States has the The Newport Jazz Festival and…

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