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Zheravna Bulgaria for Valentine’s day.

We spent Valentine’s day in a cute little village called Zheravna in central Eastern Bulgaria. This village is known for its historical wooden houses (between 200-300 years old) surrounded by stone walls and cobblestone alleys. We where there during the “off season” which meant we were the only tourists in town.

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View from our room.

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Homemade Polish milk caramels.

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UP CLOSE!

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Downtown Geneva.

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Boxed wine…I mean milk.

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You can’t really see what’s happening here but it’s a machine designed to melt large amounts of cheese which you then pour over your entire meal. Genius!

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I was named after this lady! How random to see her displayed in a window downtown Switzerland.

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Quick tour of Geneva, Switzerland.

Our day started with “to go” wines, people probably thought my coffee was bleeding.

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This is the ceramics museum. We never went inside but the grounds were beautiful.

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I kept thinking there were hospitals everywhere but no, it’s the Swiss flag.

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A Polish Canadian man who lives in Bulgaria standing in front of the United Nations in Switzerland.

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A big three legged chair.

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I should probably find out the significance of this chair.

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The chair, again.

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Geneva has an eclectic variety of buildings.

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A tour of C.E.R.N., Switzerland.

I’m going to try and explain the C.E.R.N. tour to you guys but it’s a little difficult as 90% of what was said and shown went WAY over our heads. “Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 22 member states.” The process starts a minimum of 2 weeks before you even set foot on the grounds, all people interested in touring the facilities must apply online and be granted permission to visit. It’s 100% free of charge!

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C.E.R.N. (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) is part of a huge University campus. The tour starts in the reception building where you sign in and are free to visit the small museum while you wait for your group to arrive. This dome shows a short film twice an hour.

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The collider is contained in a circular tunnel, with a circumference of 27 kilometres (17 mi), at a depth ranging from 50 to 175 metres (164 to 574 ft) underground.

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This is what their backup tape arrays look like, storing petabytes of experiment data.

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An old cross section of the pipe that encases the tubes holding the particle beams.

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Cool things?

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The “Matt” particle.

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The tours are given by staff member scientists (I’m assuming whoever pulled the shortest straw that day) and begin in a cold dark room holding a replica accelerator. Particle physicist Jean-Paul explains C.E.R.N.’s achievements timeline and answers any kind of questions you may have. Did you know the World Wide Web was born here?

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Next, a movie is played along with a cool light show dumbing down the whole process, making it easy for anyone to understand how particle tests are conducted.

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An actual section of the accelerator.

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Next, the tour continues in the office where data is analyzed. We watch another movie (3D) then get to peek into the Atlas control room, oddly enough we arrived on a day when experiments where not being held. Tests are usually conducted 30 hours at a time back to back.  

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Lego!

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That’s pretty much it for the tour. It’s not riveting but very fascinating, as I’ve mentioned before, most things said will probably go over your head. I was surprised how busy it was, there where several tours happening in many different languages, our group consisted of about 20 people from around the world. 

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Gex, France. The cutest little town in the French alps.

Only 20 km from Geneva, Gex is an adorable tiny town in the Franch mountains.

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Our awesome apartment had a balcony and full kitchen.

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Oh, and horse neighbours.

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The horse in the back stuck his tongue out for the photo.

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Cool.

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I love pink!

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This pub was AMAZING! We went everyday for little wines.

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Affordable little wines.

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So much cheese.

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Scallops with a mustard crème fraiche sauce.

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Horse steak, grassy greens and carrots, a natural pairing.

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Palermo views.

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Palermo party!

Borzi city center rooms. Only 2 months old, very central and clean. cute place with young owners, great place.

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Main pedestrian street.

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Deep fried artichoke hearts.

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Giuseppe.

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Pretty bouquet.

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Fleeing the scene.

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5 year anniversary with seafood and a skipline competition.

Hello wonderful restaurant. Thank you for frying the catch of the from the fish market (2 meters away) so perfectly. Thank you for the octopus salad.

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Skipline competition 2016.

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Sunday street fish market in Catania.

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Best homemade cannolis in the world around the corner.

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Fancy train to Palermo.

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Catania fish market and more.

 

In my element.

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He’s happy I’m doing all the work.

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Salty, salty, salty sardines.

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Amalia and Matt.

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Slice a thing cut of horse leg, salt, grill, brush with vinegar and herbs, salt and serve.

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Etna at the end of the street.

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Etna from our hotel.

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Catania, the “bad part of town”.

“Bad part of town”? We loved the non- touristic, vibrant, working –class area. Friendly people, old buildings and cars.

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Mount Etna lava.

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Lard warming up.

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Horse meat…it’s a big thing in Catania.

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These girls are sooooo adorable.

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This part of town reminded me of Mexico.

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Creepy.

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New kids on the Catanian block.

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Pretty, dirty, amazing Catania, Sicily

Check out the Folklore room at B&B City Center Catania. 

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I missed the market by 20 minutes!

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Ste Agatha is kind of a big deal around here. I looked her up on Wikipedia, Sainthood sounds like a terrible job/lifestyle. Not for me.

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