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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

 

I'm Back!!!

Well, I didn't get a chance to post in Dublin, but I still had a ton of fun.

Dublin for me was the relaxing/take it easy part of the trip. On the flight from Brussels to Dublin I told my friends that I give up all responsibilities for leading the group as of that point and they could take over for the rest of the trip. (I had been leading everyone up to that point). So in Dublin I was able to relax which was great. It helped that we stayed in Dublin for 3 nights, which is the longest we stayed in any one place.

Overall, the trip was really awesome. I had a lot of fun and it was a great chance to get to know my friends even better. I've found that traveling is one of the best ways to really get to know someone. The other great thing about the trip is that I got to see so much that I have not seen before.

Hopefully in the next week I will have a website up with about a quarter of the pictures I took on the trip. This way you can see a snapshot of my trip, and experience a little bit of what I was able to experience. I took over 1030 pictures, so that would be a little too many to put up and make you sit through, so I am just putting up the best pictures.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

 

Luke's back!

Just after midnight, Tuesday morning, Luke arrived home from his trip to Europe. I'm sure he'll be updating everyone on this blog with all the details within the next few days. Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 16, 2006

 

Thomas Kinkade

I received a set of four beautiful plates by Thomas Kinkade, painter of light (visit his website at www.thomaskinkade.com). Lloyd and I finally got them up on the wall today. They each come with a candle holder and the light reflects beautifully on them. They are on the dining room wall across the room from the plates we received that were Grandma Erb's. Thank you Mom & Dad for the wonderful gift! LINK to photo.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

 

Almost over

Well, we have 5 more days after today left in our trip. It has been going by very quickly, and we have had a lot of fun so far.

Right now I am sitting in an internet cafe close to the Centraal train station in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It is our second day here, and although it is rainy and a gloomy here today, yesterday the weather was at least bearable. They say you can't really plan around the rain when you are in Amsterdam. You just have to hope that you miss it when you are here.

Tomorrow morning we leave for Brussels where we spend a day, and then Friday morning we leave for Dublin where we will finish off our trip.

I will hopefully give another update when I am in Dublin, and then another one when I get back home.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

 

Another Europe Update

Alright, so here is another update. I am at the last part of mz Germany portion of the trip. We have been to Munich, Rothenburg, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Weimar, Leipzig, and now Berlin. After tomorrow we leave Germany and head back west to Holland, and Ireland.

Germany has been a blast, although I have seen a lot of the things before, it is still a lot of fun. It was great to get to see my pen pal Mandy and her parents again. We were able to stay at their house, which was great. They fed us a lot of food, and had a great place for us to sleep. (The same place I slept when I visited last time).

That is all for now, but expect another update soon.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

 

Jonathan's 20th birthday party

Here are some photos from Jonathan's 20th birthday party that was held at our place Friday evening.

The birthday boy

Playing video games with friends

A "Canadian" birthday cake



Friday, January 06, 2006

 

Another long day

Relayed from Luke:

Well after missing a train, getting off on the wrong stop and having to walk across town, and getting on a wrong train,we finally got into a hostel in Frankfurt Germany. Today I also got to see Rothenburg, a town which I love. Tomorrow to the hot springs in Wiesbaden, Weimar, and to see my pen pal Mandy in Leipzig. Hopefully tomorrow will go smoother.

 

Happy Birthday Jonathan

Today is Jonathan's 20th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JONATHAN! We love you!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

 

Next stage

So, I know I posted yesterday too, but hey, I am on the internet again, so I might as well update you all on how I am doing.

Last night we took an overnight train from Rome to Munich, Germany. We had a couchette car, it was a little crowded but it worked. We got to Munich at about 8:30am and spent the rest of the day exploring Munich, which included going to the BMW museum. That was pretty neat, it is a little small right now as they are building a new one, but it was still cool.

Well, off to dinner pretty soon.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

 

Almost half way done!

So, I am sitting here in an Internet Cafe in the heart of Rome. We are just outside of the Vatican, as we just finished getting to see the Vatican Museums and specifically the Sisteen Chapel.

Thus far we have been to London, Paris, the Normandy beaches of D-day, Milan, Torino, and now Rome. Everything has been wonderful, and even though it is winter and we have experienced some not so good weather we have been fortunate that it hasn't been that bad.

One of my friends on the trip, Garrett, has extended family in Rome. They have been very kind to us by finding us a place to stay (In the police station in the middle of Rome, as he is a police officer), they have purchased us a lot of food, and last night we went to one of their houses, and they made us a full home-made Italian dinner. It was delicious.

We leave tonight, on an overnight train, headed for Munich Germany. We are in a couchette car, so we will basically have 6 beds in a private room all to ourselves, for the entire night. (There are 6 of us on the trip, so that works out nicely.) I have taken many pictures so far, about 750. But unfortunately the computer I am at won't allow me to put my pictures on the computer.

My favorite part of the trip so far has been the food. We have made an effort to try as much of the local cuisine as possible. Both the French food and the Italian food has been amazing. Another amazing thing has been able to see all of the different sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, and Buckingham palace, things that until this point I have only seen in pictures and in movies.

That is all for now. I will try to get on here and blog about my adventures sometime in Germany.

Hope you are all having a wonderful time!

Monday, January 02, 2006

 

Spoke too quickly?

Yesterday I posted saying that we missed the heavy downpours that have hit much of California. While it is true that we are not getting deluged like some other areas, we had tons of rain today. In fact, as you will see in the above picture, we have a catch basin behind our house. It is normally dry throughout the year, but today we have lakefront property! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 01, 2006

 

Luke in Europe

If you've been following our blog, you're aware that Luke finally did receive his passport and left for Europe with some of his University buddies. They departed on December 26th and will be away for three weeks.
 
We have received a few brief e-mail messages from Luke. It sounds like they are having a great time. He said that when they have more time with a computer he will post a message on our blog to keep everyone informed of what is happening.
 

 

California rainstorms

Happy New Year!

If you've been watching the news lately, you've probably heard about the heavy rainstorms that have hit northern California. Don't worry, most of the flooding and devastation has been far away from us, but we have experienced some of the peripheral effects. For example, Saturday we had an extremely heavy downpour of rain that didn't last too long, but long enough to knock down our neighbor's tree in the front yard. Of course, it fell into our yard, covered the sidewalk, and brushed up against Luke's car. CLICK HERE for picture.

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