In 2010, probably the hottest summer Europe has seen in many, many years, I embarked on my first solo trip to a country–actually countries– where I hadn’t a clue to the native language. I had taught summer school and I only had a couple of weeks to go on vacation before school started up again. I was considering several destinations–Germany being the frontrunner. The internet package deals were just out of control expensive (well–Europe in August is expensive) and I really wasn’t finding the itineraries I felt excited about–so I went to a travel agent. Steven from Liberty Travel was great–he listened to my concerns and did some travel agent magic to introduce Monogram tours to me. So my new vacation destination?—-Vienna and Prague. I got a “two-for”–two European bucket list destinations in one trip. I still felt trepiditious about the language barrier, but Steven assured me that Monogram tours was a good fit for me. They offered independent vacation packages with local hosts to assist in transport between cities, tours, and local sightseeing tips.