Segway ride in Prague

Sep 5, 2007 by

Back in July, I was in Prague for a few days and I learned how to ride a segway. As Blogger now supports video feed, I thought I’d finally get around to uploading this video clip (very short) that proves to you that I didn’t just get my picture taken on a Segway. Sorry it’s not the best video… did I mention I need a better camera? : )

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Home sweet home

Jul 30, 2007 by

After approximately 3 days in and out of airports, I have arrived safely back home in Michigan.

Everyone was happy to see me come home. Joel talked the entire way home in the car (uncharacteristic for Joel). Halley sat next to me on the couch, put her head in my lap, and refused to go outside. Sisco wiggled on his back in the rest of my lap and deposited a lot of hair from his recent haircut.

I have nothing of interest to report from my brief stays in Vienna and Dublin. I’m afraid that at this point, I lacked the energy to do much of anything but find dinner in either city!

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Have you been a virtual vacationer?

Jul 27, 2007 by

At this point the trip is almost over, a quick overnight in Vienna, a quick overnight in Dublin, and I will be home. If you have been following along, either as a commenter or a lurker, I would love to know who has been vacationing with me.

If you could just sign this virtual guest book blog post by commenting with your name (or initials), that would be awesome.

Hopefully this travel blog will become a tradition, as it did seem easier to do it this way than to write a travel journal by hand.

I will keep writing in the blog after the trip, but more about normal everyday life. You are all welcome to keep reading then.

I have plans to go to Turkey virtually this fall, as I never got around to posting the pictures from our trip last year. So at some point this fall, we may revisit Turkey.

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Hugging the wall

Jul 26, 2007 by

Gorona (our Intrepid leader) demonstrates just how easy it is to stand on this little stone outcropping up against the wall. If you can balance on the outcropping, remove your shirt (while balancing) and then put it back on, your wish will be granted (or so the tradition goes).

And then almost everyone else tries it (rather unsuccessfully).



As a matter of fact, the last time we saw Warren last night, he was on his 3rd round of attempting to perform Goranas trick with a crowd of observers.

If you attempt to recreate this trick at home, feel free to comment with a link to your photo.

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Walk around the Dubrovnik City Walls

Jul 26, 2007 by

Okay, that walk around the city walls of Dubrovnik made the last week (trapped in a heatwave) actually worth it. The views were stunning, and although it was still hot, there was a nice breeze and not much humidity in the air.

The Old Town of Dubnrovik is BEAUTIFUL!!! This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site and inside the walls, nothing modern is allowed on the outsides of structures. So, even if there is a McDonalds here, it is not allowed to look like a McDonalds.




I don’t know how well you can see it in the picture below, but that’s a cafe/sunbathing spot on the rocks outside the city walls. Location, location, location…

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Bay of Kotor Pictures

Jul 26, 2007 by

Here are some pictures from our boat cruise in Montenegro. First on the itinerary was a dip in the water – way too hot already in the morning while waiting for the bus. Not even Joel would’ve bothered to test the temperature of the water, he would have just jumped in too.


Some photos of the coastline. The haziness is still from the forest fires, which are also burning on the hills of Budva. Apparently Montenegro was given some fire-fighting planes in the split off of their country, but they have sold the planes to Greece and no longer have any. I guess Italy and Greece also have fires right now, so at least someone is getting good use out of those planes.

Our first port was at Herceg Novi (a small town on the coast, nicknamed the town of a zillion stairs). As the temperature increases, the quality and quantity of my photos decreases, so there are very few pictures of this city.

We are always grateful when there is a fountain with COLD water at the top of the city. How many of us dunked our heads under the water at this point? I won’t tell.

… (to be continued)…

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