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Europe » Liechtenstein May 2nd 2009

Today Matt got to cross a pretty major item off of his "To Do" list...we walked across a country. Yep, a whole country. You're probably wondering which country...Liechtenstein. For those of you not up on your European geography Liechtenstein is located between Switzerland and Austria and before you go getting too impressed it's only about 8 miles across. Liechtenstein is the 6th smallest country in the world and is about 62 square miles. It's also the only German-speaking country that doesn't border Germany. Before you run off and search Google for the smallest country in the world (you know you want to) it's the Vatican. You never would have thought of that one, would you? I know I didn't :) It wasn't just Matt and I on this trek...we went with our friends Crystan, Paul, April, ... read more
The Rhein River
Leaving Switzerland
The sheared sheep

Europe » Austria » Vienna » Vienna April 5th 2009

So, after we finished our tour of the Salt Mines in Berchtesgaden we had lunch and hit the road for... Vienna! Okay, it sounds crazy but really, it's only 3 hours from Berchtesgaden and a 6.5 hour drive back to Mannheim. We thought it was worth it to be able to see Vienna. Well, Matt had already been there for work last summer but I hadn't been and we were SO close already! It was very spur of the moment (or we would have dropped off those candles for you Mom and Dad...sorry!) and we were excited. Matt's iPhone was invaluable on this trip because of the Internet connection. We had to use it while we were still in Germany though to avoid roaming. While we ate lunch in Berchtesgaden I looked on TripAdvisor and decided ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Berchtesgaden April 4th 2009

Our original plans for this weekend were to go to Ireland since Matt had a 4-day weekend (Friday and Monday off from work) but, as it turned out, he had to work Friday after all. There was some speculation that he was going to have to work on Saturday (he didn't) so our road trip was kind of thrown together last minute. Matt didn't get home from work until 3am Friday night/Saturday morning so we had a late start on Saturday but by lunch time we were on the road. It was a fun trip...I brought snacks (I made Rice Krispie treats lol) and we played music and chatted. It's a 4.5 hour drive from Mannheim to Berchtesgaden when there are no traffic jams. However, if you've ever driven on the autobahn in Germany you know ... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris March 8th 2009

If you've seen Forrest Gump then you may recognize the title of this blog as a quote from the movie. If you haven't seen it, well, you should :) Matt and I spent a short weekend in Paris from March 6-8...and anyone who knows me will never believe why we were there... for a half marathon (that's 13.1 miles, by the way). Yes, that's right, I ran. On purpose. (No, no one was chasing me.) And for more than a few minutes. (2 hours and 33 minutes, to be exact). Matt and I and several of our friends ran the Paris half marathon on March 8th. We kept hoping for good weather but really weren't surprised when it was cold and rainy. I mean, it IS Europe in the spring :) So, the weather was 40 ... read more
Monkey business
Sunny day
In front of the Moulin Rouge

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens November 6th 2008

It all started one night a few months ago in Mannheim when a bunch of us were all sitting around talking and someone, I'm not naming any names (Tom and Heather), suggested it would be fun to run the Athens Marathon. I wasn't fooled but apparently I was the only one not to jump on that wagon because 12 of us met up in Athens this weekend for the marathon. We all arrived in Athens on Thursday and most of us stayed at Hotel Economy in what turned out to be the worst neighborhood in Athens, Omonia. I guess that's why it was so cheap. The staff were really friendly, the rooms were clean, and the free breakfast was actually pretty good but it was LOUD. I don't think that neighborhood ever slept...and I mean EVER. ... read more
Our B&B
The port at Hydra

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam October 10th 2008

How's that for an eye-catcher of a blog title?!? For those of you that don't get it, read on :) Amsterdam is a beautiful town and the Dutch people are SO friendly! However, in addition to the wooden shoes and the Anne Frank house (which I'll tell you about in a minute) Amsterdam has legalized drugs and prostitution and they're not subtle about the fact that it's there either. It's difficult to find stuff in the souvenir shops that doesn't have anything to do with marijuana or the Red Light District on it. There are even shops that sell pot, pot plants, and seeds! But enough about the bad parts of Amsterdam. If you're not easily offended Amsterdam is a gorgeous town. As I mentioned, the people are so friendly and everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) ... read more
Matt in Amsterdam
I have no idea what that statue is but isn't it cool?
Amsterdam Train Station

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City August 29th 2008

I got to take my third trip to London and Matt finally got to go for his first! We flew RyanAir (of course) which meant we arrived at London Stansted at 6:40am Friday morning, August 29th (Matt wasn’t thrilled about leaving for the airport here in Germany at 3:30 in the morning) but that meant that we arrived in downtown London by 9am and had the whole day ahead of us. We went to our hotel and, miracle of miracles, our room was ready early and they let us check in! We stayed at the Apollo Hotel, which is literally a block away from Kings Cross station and paid 60 pounds per night for the room, which included breakfast. For anyone not up on exchange rates, that’s $120 a night, and the breakfast will get you ... read more
Matt on London Bridge
Matt at Parliament
Mandi at Buckingham Palace

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris August 21st 2008

Matt got back from Romania Wednesday evening at 9pm and by 9am on Thursday, August 24th we were on the train to Paris! He had already missed the whole summer and we didn’t want to waste any more time. This was our first trip just taking the train and, wow, it’s WAY less hassle than flying! The train station is so much closer than the airport, you don’t have to arrive 2 hours early for check-in, you don’t have to put your liquids in baggies, and you don’t have to weigh your luggage. The train to Paris was only 3 hours and we didn’t even have to change trains…VERY easy! It costs a little bit more than flying here, especially since we almost always take RyanAir, but for closer destinations I can see us splurging and ... read more
One of the ceilings at the Louvre
Matt at the Arc de Triomphe
Matt and Darryl catching up

North America » United States » Ohio » Cleveland Area July 18th 2008

After a week on campus I headed up to Cleveland to see my friends and family. I stayed with my sister Stacie, who was in the process of moving to Nashville so part of my vacation was spent helping her clean ad pack. I got to spend time with my mom and Elaine and my grandmothers, see my dad, aunts, uncles and cousins, and see my friends from high school. The trip was just too short to do everything I wanted to do. I really want to go country line dancing and go karaoke-ing next trip. But I DID get to go to Cracker Barrel...twice!! I went once for breakfast (yummm...hash brown casserole!) and once for dinner (is there anything better than Cracker Barrel's Chicken and Dumplings?). On my last night I took my mom and ... read more

Holy Cow! Miami/Fort Lauderdale in July is hot hot hot with 125% humidity! After living in Germany where it's cloudy, cool, and dry unless it's raining, this was a huge adjustment for me. Luckily, even though it's a million degrees outside it's practically freezing inside because of the air conditioning. I forgot how nice it was to go from your air conditioned apartment to your air conditioned car and into another air conditioned building. It definitely makes the heat a lot easier to bear. This was my first time back to the States in a little over a year and it was so great to see everything. I got excited about the little things, like going to the grocery store (it was so neat seeing all the new stuff that's come out in the past year!) ... read more
Mandi and Manon
The University Center
The parking garage

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