I started writing this as kind of a sugar-coated account of this journey. On this trip, I went to Rome and Athens as a chaperone for 36 students from the school at which I teach. And in my first draft about this trip, I talked about where I went and what I did but kind… Continue reading #Gelato2018
Venice was eventful if nothing else. I had been to Venice before, so this was one place where I kind of knew what to expect. Having been to the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany, I now realized that Italy is not one of my favorite European destinations. It's hot, touristy, and you always have to… Continue reading The Day Venice Kicked Our Asses
Alright, I'm typing this on my phone, because we have no time on the bus today, and therefore need to improvise a bit. Breakfast was good at the German hotel. They had lots of bread goods, German sausages, prosciutto and cheese, cereal, and other stuff. The croissant I grabbed at the last minute was one… Continue reading The Day We Ate in Three Countries
There is no place on earth like Venice. When we exited the train station, Auntie Stacey asked me "Are you ready?" I responded with "Ready for what?" But she didn't have to answer. We walked outside and immediately I knew what she meant. We stood at the edge of a canal lined with old stone… Continue reading Seven People on an Uncomfortable Gondola Ride
We took a train from Rome to Florence to do a bit of sightseeing on our way to Venice. Florence was gorgeous. This was the type of old city that you think of when someone says "Tuscany." Old stone buildings, bridges over canals, people buying stuff in the street. It didn't hurt that it was… Continue reading The Day Memere’s Purse Came in Handy
After spending such a glorious period of time in South Africa, we made our way back to Europe for a few more days of fun, this time in Italia. This leg of the trip was immediately off to a bumpy start. After 14 hours in the air, we were all tired, hot, grouchy, and ready… Continue reading Welcome to Europe! We Lost Your Baggage.