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“So how’d your trip go?”

Over the past few days, I’ve been asked that question a lot. And how I’ve answered it depends on the person, some want pictures, some want a outline of where you’ve visited, some want the exciting highlights, and some want to hear about the famous sights. But with 2000 pictures, a three week tour, exciting bits  you just had to be there for, and uncountable famous sights; its hard to fit it into a nice short summary. But that’s why its good to sort through it. While I’ve been retelling the experiences we had, it’s a time for me to process what I want to remember and what I think are some of the unneeded memories. It’s similar to the process  I’m going to have sorting through my trip pictures. Some are more meaningful to me, and some I have to question why I took that picture in the first place. So as I reflect, like many of my trip mates, it’s a time to take inventory and figure out what memories you’re going to take with you, and what is just another deleted picture.

Back in the USA

Hey ya’ll. I have the pleasure of giving a few thoughts about the trip as we take the bus back to GR. I was just thinking about some of the things I will miss and stuff I will not miss. Enjoy

I will miss:
-great chocolate
-awesome pastry stores
-great beer (gasp)
-cobblestone streets
-good public transport
-vast countrysides
-quaintness
-the lack of suburbia
-narrow streets
-the abundance of cafes

I will not miss:
-living out of suitcase
-the sniff test
-paying for the public restroom
-having to pay for water at a restaurant

That’s all I can think of at the moment but overall, it was a great trip.
Now to get back on this time zone! Whew!

Thoughts from a sleepy bus

Finally its my turn to blog! Huzzah! Well I’m more of a photographer then a writer so I do a lot of watching and observing. I’ve done this in some of my Facebook posts lately so I thought this might be a refreshing change of reading then block text.

So here are some observations about Europe so far:
-If you live in the Netherlands, 2 bikes are a perfect mode of transportation for a family of five. And bikes are the ones to look out for when you cross the road.
-The cities in the Netherlands and Belgium (at least the ones that we went to) are very much dictated by water and canals. In the USA, the river runs through the city but here its runs around it and through it. Probably not by its own means.
-A majority of people speak English very well in the Netherlands, in comparison to the other countries. It probably has to do with the fact that is a big trade hub and that they have to take it in school.
+to add: Not saying that the other counties were bad or didn’t speak English, it was that everyone spoke it. And very well.
-Brugge is a quaint big city. Can’t really explain it anymore. You know what I’m talking about if you have been there.
-If you don’t have either a scarf around your neck and a cigarette in your hand, you cannot be a local in Paris.
-The Parisian metro system is a saving grace if you want to get around the city
-Sports commonly found on a hotel TV in Europe, old man indoor soccer, billiards, ski jumping, biathlon (thought that only happened at the Olympics), horse jumping, real soccer if you’re lucky, and more billiards

-The landscape and nature switch from France to Germany was noticeable by one thing, pine trees.

-And as we head towards the alps towards a the original Disney castle tucked in the mountians, I’ll say a hardy goodbye! Thanks for reading.