Hi. I’m Ashlyn.
Middle World Adventures was created to share stories of my wandering life. After growing up in the midwest and living ten years in Charleston, my spouse and I moved from the Holy City to Hungary.
I’m an avid reader, manic writer, and have a passion for creating change.
I am forever: wandering, searching for the abandoned, questioning everything, exploring local cuisine, and finding the nearest library.
Always with a coffee in hand.
Why “Middle World Adventures”?
In Hungarian folklore the world is divided into three levels. The Upper World (Felső világ) is home to the gods; the Underworld (Alsó világ) is the lowest layer. In between is the Middle World (Középső világ), where we live. At the center of the world is the Tree of Life (Világfa/Életfa) which connects all three layers: its foliage reaches Felső világ and its roots all the way to Alsó világ.
I’m sharing stories from the Middle World. Középső világ kalandok.
You can read a couple of my newest posts here:
At the top of my Dream Destinations list since I first saw Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette, I absolutely loved wandering through the Palace of Versailles. The French government allowed Coppola to film on location and I hoped one day to visit not just the Palace, but more importantly (for me) the grounds, and … Continue reading The Palace of Versailles & a Defense of Marie Antoinette
[You can read my Kraków Guide here.] Oh, Kazimierz. My favorite neighborhood in maybe all of Europe? The former Jewish Quarter is unique, fun, and has a blend of new shops and historic sites. I love this quirky district and discover something new every time I visit. Located south of Old Town and north of … Continue reading Kraków, Poland: Kazimierz (Former Jewish Quarter)
[You can read my Kraków Guide here.] One of the most historically significant districts in not just Kraków, but in all of Poland, Podgórze was at the center of the Jewish genocide by the Nazis during WWII. A short walk from Kazimierz over the Bernatek Footbridge, Podgórze is known for its “natural beauty, tragic history, … Continue reading Kraków, Poland: The Podgórze District