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Holy Toledo!

Today was another phenomenal day.  We woke up early and after a tasty European breakfast of fresh croissants, crusty rolls, juice, and coffee, we headed out for a bus tour of Madrid. The architecture continues to impress us all! Our first stop was a park dedicated to the work of de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Until […]

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Hola Madrid!

After landing on time this morning, Madrid welcomed us with beautiful, sunny weather. It was a nice change from the colder temperature of home! Our tour guide, Jesus, met up with us as we left baggage claim and led us to a small café in the airport. The original plan was to wait a bit […]

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Heidelberg and Home…

The last day in Europe was cold and dreary, which perfectly mirrored how we all felt about leaving.  We had a beautiful ride through Germany’s Black Forest on the way to Heidelberg.  Our first stop in the city was at the castle, which was first erected in the 12th century.  Though most of it was […]

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Luzern and Mt. Pilatus

Today was AMAZING!  We decided to go into Luzern early because the sky was overcast and we figured it wouldn’t be a good view on top of Mt Pilatus.  That was the best decision of the trip! (Thank you Donna!)  We started our time in Luzern with a tour led by Bonnie, but that quickly […]

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Salzburg and Munich

The last two days have been quite a whirlwind.  We awoke very early on Sunday morning and set out for the Mauthausen concentration camp.  Three years ago, Kendra and I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, yet even having been to another concentration camp, I was still not prepared for the emotions I felt in Mauthausen.  It was almost […]

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Valentine’s Day in Vienna

Happy Valentine’s Day! We had an easy morning that started with a breakfast of cornflakes, bologna, cheese, bread, juice, coffee and tea.  The kids were a bit surprised by the warm milk, but it didn’t stop them from clearing through the food.  While the kids were eating, I read them emails and messages from home, […]

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Willkommen to Vienna!

We had an easy flight into Vienna, and got to catch a glimpse of the snowcapped mountains that surround the city.  I was very excited when the first thing I saw upon departing the plane was a Starbucks!  Kendra and the kids moved along to baggage claim while I grabbed a quick mocha.  After picking […]

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The Eagle has landed…

Well, LHS Crew has anyway. We’re hanging out in the airport in Amsterdam waiting to board our next flight to Vienna. The flight was good – most of the kids slept. We’re all still a little sleepy, but excited for Vienna! One funny story so far was when Rachel was asked whether she wanted chicken […]

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Hanging out with Mosbey in the Temple Bar district of Dublin, Ireland.

Last Day in Ireland

Yesterday afternoon we saw everyone off at the Dublin airport. We spent the night hanging out with Cristin, her boyfriend, and Mosbey in the Temple Bar district. Kendra and I then headed back to the hostel at which we spent our first night in Dublin six weeks ago. It’s hard to believe how much we […]

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Post-Wedding Fun

Everyone is exhausted. Yesterday was the wedding and it was fantastic!!! The ceremony was at 2pm in St. Brigid’s Church in Trim. Typical of a Catholic Wedding, it was a little over an hour long, however the priest was great. Everything and everyone looked so beautiful, especially Chrissy – she was the perfect bride! After […]

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