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Cat Tales: July 2012

Posted on 31 July 2012 by brett

Pearl Jam Prague Finale

Pearl Jam Prague Finale

The Pearl Jam show in Prague was so inspiring that we decided to spontaneously follow the 10 Club to Berlin for two more shows. It did help that our new PJ friends (Dave & Lauren) offered their hospitality in Istanbul if we joined the parade. And, just when things were getting exciting….. we met our favorite guitarist Mike McCready at the Prague rail station. What an amazing guy traveling like a normal dude with his friends and family.

Mike McCready at Praha Train Station

Mike McCready at Praha Train Station

In hindsight, I wish I had told Mike about my friend Kevin. I vividly remember our sophomore year at the University of Maryland listening to Mike’s side project “Mad Season”. Kevin loved the “Above” album and always wanted to play it along with Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains Unplugged. Mad Season is up there with some of my favorite albums of all time. The band consisted of Layne Staley (Alice in Chains), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), a friend of Staley’s from drug rehab and of course Mike on lead guitar. Like Kevin, Mike had alcohol abuse issues…. but fortunately was able to turn his life around. I wish I could say the same for Kevin and think about him everyday. We badly wanted Pearl Jam to play “Release” in Kevin’s memory. Continue Reading

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Slovak Paradise in the High Tatras

Posted on 11 July 2012 by christie

A Slovak Paradise in the High Tatra Mountains

A Slovak Paradise in the High Tatra Mountains

Finally after detouring from Prague to Berlin, then Krakow and Auschwitz, we are back on track inhaling the crisp mountain air in the High Tatras, Slovakia. All of the cities we visited were spectacular, especially our unexpected tour through the vibrant city of Krakow. Nonetheless cities are cities and we are always bound to get very weary of the hustle and bustle…making the High Tatras Mountains the perfect next stop on our journey.

Zdiar in the Bela Tatras

While staying at “Poet’s Corner” in Olomouc, Czech Republic, we heard about “The Ginger Monkey” hostel situated in a little village called Zdiar in the Bela Tatras. Upon further investigation, we discovered the Bela Tatras are a smaller mountain range close to the Polish/Slovakian border, directly next to the High Tatras. We had read about some small villages in the High Tatras, such as ….., however they appeared to be extremely touristy. Away from it all, Zdiar sounded like the perfect location to relax our minds and bodies for the next couple days. And…it helped that the Ginger Monkey had the most rave reviews. Continue Reading

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