You’re not allowed to leave Israel without a visit to the Dead Sea. It’s not actually a law but it might as well be. Passport control should ask every visitor that question as they arrive. “How long is your stay? Are you carrying any fruits or vegetables? Have you arranged to visit the Dead Sea yet?” It’s practically required. There was no way we were leaving Israel without taking a dip in one of the world’s most famous bodies of water.
When you hear a bike bell, you dive out of the way! That should be the first thing that you learn before a visit to Amsterdam. Most of the locals ride their bike everywhere and the whole city is set up with an excellent system of bike paths. Make no mistake however. These bike paths are for bikes, not for tourist to wander around like your drunk Uncle at Thanksgiving dinner. Once you embrace that idea, Amsterdam is a wonderful city to explore.
The La Mercè Festival in Barcelona is an event that happens every year near the end of September and there’s a lot going on during this four day event. There’s the groups of Castellers, or human towers, that compete with each other. There are concerts, giants, parades, and light shows offering entertainment for everyone. But in my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than the Fire Run.
We were living in Budapest when we saw that the Foo Fighters were coming to town for their first concert in Hungary in 15 years. We were already big fans and the promise of such an epic return to Hungary was irresistible. We bought our tickets right away.