Kristen Lea Schremm


Kristen Lea Schremm

Traveling, exploring, learning around the world...

North America » United States » California » San Diego August 21st 2015

I apologize to my numerous fans that this blog has not been posted more often. I have simply been too busy and/or tired to post! This is our last day in San Diego. We will be leaving San Diego by plane around 2:45 PM today. Today, we plan on just hanging around the house. I haven't been able to walk the property here or see the citrus trees, but I look forward to seeing the Wrights' residence before I leave. So, I last posted on Sunday. I forgot to mention that while we were kayaking that there were fish jumping out of the water. We believe they are mullet fish. We saw some between 6-12 inches jump completely out of the water. I thought for sure that one would hit me and I would capsize ... read more

As promised, I'm back! This is the first big vacation I've taken in three years. Two summers ago, Michael's brother got married. Last summer, we tried to go back to Europe again, but a family illness, which is fine now, came up and we did not go on vacation. Of course, you might say that I go on vacation a lot with my frequent trips to Boston, but that's much like going home. Here we are... San Diego, California. Interesting fact: before this trip, I had not been further West than Chicago, but I made it, baby! We did have one layover in Las Vegas. I must admit that I have a new fear: the desert. I thought I was most afraid of space, a la Sandra Bullock in Gravity, but being lost in a desert ... read more
The Bridge
Carlsbad Lagoon

North America » United States » Ohio » Cleveland Area » Lakewood August 22nd 2012

So, I'm back home and recovering from the trip. Changing time zones is much harder now that I have full-blown lupus. Yesterday, I was like brain dead at work. I'm catching up. So... some thoughts about the trip... I really loved Switzerland. Sure, it was very expensive but when you factor in that their minimum wage is 25CHF/ hour and how safe and clean it is, I think it's worth the extra money. I'm certainly glad Michael's parents live in Switzerland as opposed to France. In Basel, everything was so clean, on-time, and efficient. I only saw police once and that was at the FC Basel game. (They bring flares into the games!! In the USA, you'd be put on the no-fly list for that!) People didn't need to lock up their bikes and you could ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Basel August 18th 2012

Today is the last day in Europe and we are spending it in Basel. I've really come to love this city. I appreciate the cleanliness, efficiency, and safety. Basel is very expensive, but Switzerland's minimum wage is 25 CHF/hour. Swizterland definitely has something good going for it. I'm glad Michael's parents live in Basel as opposed to Paris. I don't think I've mentioned it, but Basel is famous for its fountains. There are a total of 202 fountains in the city, and you can drink from every one! You must drink from where the water is streaming (not where it is pooling, dogs drink in there/animals). Again, I love the cleanliness of Basel where I can drink not just straight from the tap, but from the fountains! So, after Michael and I woke up we went ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 17th 2012

The last time I wrote we spent one day in Paris. I wasn't sure if I was going to write about it, but I will as a warning/story for others. I almost was pickpocketed in Paris. On Thursday night, we ate dinner in the Latin Quarter. Towards the end of our meal a group of begging children came to our table. We were eating outside on the sidewalk. They were had maps and one boy tried to lift my iPhone from the table under the map. I reacted quickly and grabbed my phone, smacked his hand, and yelled "Nein! and NO!!" Then the waiter, came and smacked him on the head and called the police. It was an interesting experience and left me a little shaken. I'm really glad my phone wasn't stolen and it just ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France August 17th 2012

I'm currently waiting for our train back to Zurich. Despite wearing SPF 50,I'm a bit sunburned. :( Today we had an adventure finding wear to deposit our bags at the train station. We found it. We took the subway to the LourveI which I highlyrecommend over entering the glass pyramid. We didn't have to wait at all. We also were able to see the Medieval remains of the Lourve. The Lourve was an experience. It was so crowded and many people lacked the sense to keep moving and be aware of others. It was like a mosh pit trying totire the Mona Lisa. We had the audio tours which were nice. I would enjoy it more if it was less busy. We took the open bus to Champs Élysées. It was my favorite place in Paris. ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 16th 2012

So we made it to Paris. First impression: not very clean Second impression: cheaper than Switzerland Third impression: ornate So we arrived around 11:30 am by train from Basel. We successfully navigated the subway to our hotel. Then we went in search of an open bus stop. The open bus tour (bought a 2 day) is great and saves us a lot of time walking. We can get on and off at any of the stops and there are like 4 different circuits. Today we rode the main Paris line. We went into Notre Dame which was beautiful. We declined the steps up because we had a lot of walking to do still. Which leads us to Michael's not so stellar sense of direction. We walked a long time to get to boawere paid extra to ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne » Rigi Kaltbad August 15th 2012

Since Monday, we have been very busy. On Monday evening, we saw The Dictator at the Orange Cinema in Musterplatz. Right outside! Kind of cool since we don't have to pay and we even got free ice cream. On Tuesday, we did so much walking! First, we climbed to the top of the Munster Basel. For someone afraid of heights, it was terrifying. It's very interesting being in a European country that experienced the Reformation. Almost all of the cathedrals here are just museums here because they were unneeded in Protestant Switzerland. One of the churches we went to, St. Elizabeth was actually a storehouse for a long time. So, we also went to the Paper Museum. Very cool and nerdy. We were able to see how paper is/was made. Then, we saw many of the ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Basel August 13th 2012

We have finally made it to Basel, Switzerland. We have been here for one full day now. After our flights being rebooked three times, we are here. Our luggage is not, but we are making due. Last night, I met my cousin Daniela and her boyfriend Dirk for dinner. It was so nice. They are both so friendly and funny. I can definitely tell we are family. We would like to make future plans for me to visit Hamburg or them to come to United States. We were so exhausted last night. I actually felt better yesterday than today. I'm doing much better health wise then I thought. I'm walking a lot and I'm not in too much pain. I did pack my prednisone in my pill bag and I've been taking that. It's helping a ... read more

North America » United States » Ohio » Cleveland August 10th 2012

So, our flight to Detroit was cancelled. *Wah wah* Michael and I arrived nice and early. Checked out our gate then went to get some lunch. While we were gone, our flight was cancelled and we didn't know. No announcement or anything. It seems because of the storms in the eastern United States today, some flights were cancelled/or delayed. A flight that was going out before ours in the same gate to New York didn't have a plane. Then, our plane showed up. They were able to get the NY people out but they cancelled our flight to Detroit. So now, we are going to Newark at 7:15pm. Then we leave Newark at 11:00pm to London. Not exactly excited about London, I hope we get out of there ok with the Olympics going on. Instead of ... read more

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