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Barbara Weibel
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Windmill in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands. To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/07/06/windmill-in-kinderdijk-netherlands/
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NEW BLOG POST: The Stunning Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. More than once I’ve been told by fellow travelers not to bother visiting the city of Cologne, Germany. “Don’t waste your time,” they said. “The only thing to see is the cathedral.” So when I realized that Cologne was the first German city to be visited on my +Viking River Cruises  Grand European Tour, I was prepared to be underwhelmed. To continue reading the full article, click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/07/04/cologne-cathedral-germany/
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The Royal Palace in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/07/01/photo-royal-palace-in-amsterdam-the-netherlands/
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Check out the best of my photography on Holeinthedonut's #Instagram feed: http://goo.gl/69KAQ3
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Thanks for letting me know that Jeanette. That's what I hope to provide with my photos!
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I've got no "dog in this hunt" as they say (in other words, I'm not being paid to say any of this), but I'm really interested in this new app named "Journo" that may be the solution I've been searching for with regard to digital journaling. The developers have just launched an IndieGoGo campaign to fund the development - take a look and let me know what YOU think:
You Create An Extraordinary Life, We'll Remember It For You. iPhone, iPad & Android Journal App. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Noordeinde Palace at The Hague. To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/07/03/photo-noordeinde-palace-at-the-hague/
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No matter where I go in Hungary, I wish I could stay longer. After my Viking River cruise I spent 6 days in Budapest, which is easily my favorite city in Europe, maybe in the world. Then I met up with a friend, Zsuzsa Mehesz, who drove me to her home in Panyola, a tiny village in the far east part of Hungary. I had visited here before two years ago, and knew it would be a great place to rest and get some writing done. I rented an entire house for $10 per day, complete with wifi.

Some days Zsuzsa took me sightseeing - we visited the Tokaj wine region in the north and the Zemplon Mountains, with its Palinka distillery and stunning castle. We spent an entire afternoon in Hollókő, a village tucked into the hills north of Budapest, where the ethnic Palócz still practice ancient traditions and wear traditional costumes during celebratory times of the year. She even arranged for me to meet a local mayor in Szatmar county, who was eager to tell me about the challenges of life in post-Soviet times.

Other times, I just lounged around my house, making breakfasts of yogurt and fresh fruit, like the sour cherries I picked from the over-laden trees that border every street in Panyola. Dinners were deli plates of cheese-stuffed peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh-baked rolls - simple but delicious. I am losing the weight I gained during my time in the U.S. and my aching muscles are getting better every day.

As much as I hated to leave Panyola, two days ago I took the regional train to Debrecen, also in eastern Hungary, where I am visiting another friend, Nora Erdei. This is also a city I like very much and so much has happened since my last visit. The tram line has been completed from the train station to the city center, and the massive city park, which was a bit sad and seedy two years ago, has been entirely restored - it is exquisite! Yesterday, Nora and I walked through the park and ended at Aquaticum Debrecen​, the thermal baths and spa. We spent the afternoon soaking in the mineral waters, standing under waterfall spigots, going from the hot waters to the ice cold plunge. After 4 hours, I was a new woman!

And if this wasn't enough, we ended with dinner at IKON Restaurant & Lounge​, the best restaurant in Hungary outside of Budapest. Their Caesar Salad was the best I've ever had, and their cold sour cherry soup and pasta with cabbage almost made me swoon. The concept of the restaurant is to source all their food from a 30 kilometer radius, so their menus change with the seasons and focuses on local, sustainable, seasonal cooking. These guys don't have a Michelin star yet, but I'm betting they will, soon. Two people, three courses, only about $45.
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KAWS Sculpture at Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. To learn more about this photo click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/06/29/kaws-sculpture-rijksmuseum-in-amsterdam-netherlands/
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NEW BLOG POST: Amsterdam – 881,000 Bicycles and Counting. I learned that there are 881,000 bicycles in the city, and that 58% of residents cycle daily. Considering that the city’s population, including those too young to ride a bike, is only about 811,000, that number is remarkable. To continue reading the full article, click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2015/06/27/bicycles-in-amsterdam-netherlands/
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Awesome! Leaving in a couple weeks to visit, can't wait!
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Puja to Honor a Deceased Relative in Nepal is a Celebration of Life. Unlike the somber tradition of visitation and funerals practiced in the United States, a puja that commemorates the passing of a soul in Nepal (or any Hindu country) is a celebration. To continue reading the full article, click on: http://holeinthedonut.com/2012/07/20/hindu-puja-deceased-relative-nepal/
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Freelance Travel Writer & Photographer, specializing in cultural storytelling
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Photography, writing, blogging, networking, organization, systems, social media
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  • Hole In The Donut, LLC
    Freelance Travel Writer & Photographer, present
    As a freelance travel writer & photographer, I travel the world perpetually, immersing in cultures from around the world and bringing the stories of those cultures to readers on my blog, http://holeinthedonut.com
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Connecting the World Through Storytelling
Introduction
After years of working 70 hours a week at jobs I detested, I felt like the proverbial "hole in the donut" - solid on the outside, but empty on the inside. Searching for meaning in my life, I abandoned a successful but unsatisfying career and set out on a six-month solo backpacking trip around the world, during which I pursued my true passions of travel, writing, and photography. My travel blog, http://holeinthedonut.com, was initially begun as a means to document my round-the-world trip, but by the time I returned to the States I was determined to remake myself into a travel writer, therefore I continued to travel and write about my destinations. These days I am on the road more than 60% of the time and I write about destinations, people I meet along the way, and the spiritual lessons that come from travel. It's all about being true to oneself.
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Owner/editor of the travel blog, Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel (http://holeinthedonut.com)
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Green Cove Springs, Florida
Previously
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands - Sarasota, Florida - Chicago, Illinois - Phoenix, Arizona - Rincon, Puerto Rico - Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Pokhara, Nepal - Kalamazoo, Indiana - Tuscola, Illinois - Boulder Junction, Wisconsin - Morris, Illinois - Chiang Mai, Thailand
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411 Walnut Street, #7824, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
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