Well....not only have we started our "real" jobs, but now we are starting a family. But before that happens - here we are....in Africa (Patsy's only here for 1 week and Matt for two).
Well...we started "real" jobs, but we thought that we needed one more chance to see another bit of the world! And here we are...in Europe (this time for only a month). We hope that this will give you a taste of what we've been up to!
Before we begin our "real" jobs, we thought it would be cool to go on an adventure, together. And we wanted to share it with YOU! This is a story of two kids who want to see the world...we'll try to update as often as we can (but we might be swimming with sharks, or searching out the worlds largest ball of yarn). Hope this fulfills all its purposes: to make some laugh, smile, and to let you know that we are alive and kicking.
cheers, and have a great week!
matt & patsy
October 11th 2010
I had a looooonnnng trip here. But man, I am glad to be here. The flights were smooth and the airport in Jo'berg was easy to navigate. After such a long flight, I was really happy to arrive at Patsy's posh hotel instead of a backpacker hostel like back in the day. :-) I took a picture of myself, but man - for all your sake, be glad it's not a scratch n' sniff. As soon as I washed up, I headed down to the waterfront to get my bearings and plan out a couple little side trips for this week.... read more
September 17th 2008
What are the chances of running into co-worker on a random side street in Budapest? I am not honestly sure, but that's what happened to me! That was unbelievable! What a difference the weather makes on your perception of a city! It's been either steel-gray skies or drizzle lately and the ENTIRE CITY seems to be undergoing either renovation or construction. Staying here is a little more expensive than we thought - Our place is at the Agape Guest house and our "room" is actually a spotlessly clean, fully furnished apartment (including three wine openers)!! It would be great for 2 couples to share.... The Hugarian food is great. Last night, we ate a very posh place that would fit right in in NYC or DC and got a top notch meal (including wine) for under ... read more
September 15th 2008
Krakow was not initally on our list of travel destinations. In fact, if it wasn't for the random marathon I came across in Poland, we might not have visited. But we are glad that we did (even if it was very brief). It's one of those places that reminds us that what we read in our world history text as high schoolers was very real; it affected millions of people and though it was not on US soil, we can not forget how it continues to impact the world. Kraków is a 1 1/2 hour train ride from Auschwitz, and we thought that we might not have a chance to see this again. Krakow is south-east of Wrocław (a 5 hour train ride). We arrived at 9:30 pm, threw our bags in a hostel (which - ... read more
September 14th 2008
While in Prague, we noticed that the weather had become slightly chilly. After reaching Wrocław, we realized that this "chill" was not leaving Eastern Europe anytime soon. Minutes after arriving in Wrocław (from Dresden, Germany; by train 4 hours) we started searching for a way to get to the Olympic Stadium to pick-up my packet for the marathon. We took a cab, and during the 20 minute ride from the train station we had a brief view of the city. It was during this ride that we noticed the drastic difference between the neat and tidy cities in Western Europe to this city which is in a former Soviet block country (Although Prague was also influenced by communism, we felt that it was very pronounced in Wrocław). Just to fill you in - Wrocław was severely ... read more
September 11th 2008
Dresden - A city that gave us the bra, the first Pilsner beer, the coffee filter, gave Patsy and I a big smile (Incidently, Dresden also gave us the modern toothpaste tube and mouthwash). It's a city of about 1/2 a million - easily walkable - and walk we did! It's divided into "Old Town" and "New Town" and has an uber-modern tram system. We both loved the city with all the cool shops, tea houses, and kebab stores that were totally delicious! We toured the Semper opera house (over 300 years old) and also "Pfund's Molkeri" which apparently is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "most beautiful dairy shop in the world." Neither of us would argue - It was quite ornate. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed and so you'll just have ... read more
September 10th 2008
You don't realize how culturally warped we are until see the city gates to a place more than 900 years old and the first thought you can muster is, "Gee, that looks like Disneyland." Prague is a truly vibrant city - We went for two daytime 3 hour walking tours and one nightime 2 hour walking tour and feel like we just started to get a feel for the city. The best part is that the day tours were free except for the tips for the tourguide!! We met up with Patsy's friend for dinner, who married a German guy and now they run a hostel (several, actually!). Big shout-out to Sir Tobey's - great music, super-helpful staff, and really clean rooms! After a traditional Czech dinner, we went to a tiny, off the beaten path ... read more
September 8th 2008
Sometimes the realization that you're in a new place hits you slowly, in a kind of sink in your bones kind of way. Other times, it hits you all at once. Today was one of those times! We were on the train from Munich to Prague after two great stays with our German friends. One man in our train car looked a little rough around the edges and weathered. While we were rolling through the German countryside, he rested quietly with his thumbs hooked in his overalls. The sun was low in the sky and a deep orange as we crossed the czech border. Soon enough, he was laughing and singing songs and miming them on the guitar and piano. When I took this picture, everyone in our train car was laughing, singing, clapping, and stomping. ... read more
September 6th 2008
After leaving wonderful friend in Konstanz, we were met with even more wonderful friends in Munich. To give you a background -- we met Matt and Koko four years ago in Australia during our last adventure. Since that time, they have started a business, moved into a home that would fill up an IKEA showroom, and had a beautiful boy named Julian. Unfortunately, we had a little mishap on our way to Munich by train (which, for the sake of time, we will not write about that). We were so lucky to walk by a window near a store where Matt and Koko had begun an email to us. When we turned the corner, we were greeted with hugs and a warm Bavarian welcome!! Because the majority of time we spent with Matt and Koko was ... read more
September 2nd 2008
The Swiss airport is gorgeous! The trip from Zurich to Constance, Germany was really easy by rail. It was funny though, we missed our German friend at the train station and ended up just walking to his house (only 1 km away). They were amazed we found it...ah, the resourcefulness of americans. :-) They had a great brunch for us in their garden out in back of their house with sulze (a kind of meat-spread set in gelatin) and lots of great breads, etc. In retrospect, I am amazed at how much I liked German food. I wasn't expecting that! The Bodensee (the lake) is much and set between Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Constance is a little bit of a divergent town...a college town with a good number of older people. It was great to see ... read more
March 8th 2005
I hope that you are all well. I am in Bangalore, with the Henson family (friends from my home church in California that I visited during New Years) and plan to stay for nearly a month volunteering at a local school for children with (mostly physical) disabilities. I left the north about 4 weeks ago, visiting Shishu Bhavan (the orphanage where I volunteered in Kolkata) as well as my friends from villages in Maslandipur. When I visited Shishu Bhavan, one of the boys that, was to me, ‘the jewel of Kolkata’, was in the hospital due to respiratory problems. I ask myself WHAT was it that made me so attached to this little boy -- that has never said a word to me, probably doesn’t know my name, for that matter -- soo much that ... read more