we just got back from a week in jordan, and it was a really neat experience. the jordanian people are some of the nicest, if not the nicest, that we've encountered here in our travels around the middle east. amman, the jordanian capitol, is large, clean, and has a hoppin' night life. wednesday night, we had the opportunity to enjoy a little dining american-style, and enjoyed some live music. lots of creed, hinder, and nickelback covers. and the surrounding locals loved to hear about our non-smoking/non-drinking ways. they were happy to hear that as muslims, the weren't the only ones.
we also ran into out friend from high school. what the? what are the chances? well, the chances don't really matter, because what happened, happened. and it happened.
we've got some finals and essays and field trips over the next couple weeks, and then we head out to galilee for 2 weeks. and.....we only have 47 days to go. what the?!
even though israel doesn't really celebrate the cool american holidays, like halloween, thanksgiving, and christmas, you don't have to worry about us. obviously we'll be taking matters into our own hands. except, we don't really like halloween, and probably won't do anything about that one. except maybe eat. so, basically, nothing different from any other day.
but we've heard some rumors about a mean thanksgiving feast that mahmud is cookin' up for us american losers. maybe even with freshly-caught turkey. and...cranberry sauce? we'll keep you posted.
'tis the season. (you know how we are about the season.)
Hello from Munich. Or as they spell it here, München. Not sure how those could possibly be the same word... but whatevs. If that floats their boat, it's cool. I have never really liked sinking boats.
I'm pleased to inform you I also got a Google+ invite. From Thatch. Glad he's in. And that Tyler's in. And that my dad's in. And that you're in. And that I'm in.
As for this trip, there is nothing quite like driving through the European countryside. Lots of naps and windy roads and beautiful views, of course. We managed to swing through Italy to eat pizza and gelato. Mmmm.
We thought they would be personal sized pizzas so we ordered 4. They weren't personal sized. Oops. Typical Americans.
Our main tour guide here is my mom's book. aka Rick Steves.
He's the best. He is teaching us how to see Europe through the "back door." Well Rick, we successfully did that last night when we stayed in someone's house. Or should I say their attic? Not sure how that one worked out...
Anywho, life is good. Tomorrow is sure to be great. As is the next day. And we're going to Jerusalem soon. So that's cool.
I love ya. Tay.
P.S. cin happen to have internet for the first time in days right during the one hour Ben Coburn is emailing? Yes.
P.P.S. I could have seen Harry Potter 15 times by now. But I haven't.
Why did I have to be in another country when all this Google+ hoopla started? Why did I like every comment you made asking someone for an invite? Why did I have to miss the boat? Why do I feel like such a loser? Why do I base my self esteem off of social media?
Life is full of tough questions.
Like, what's with me and sandpaper? Give that one a try. And, what's with you and the international cinema? Give that one a try too. Really though, do.
I wish I could say lots of more exciting things about my trip, but I can't. Because it's top secret.
No, I'm kidding. It's cause I didn't really do anything exciting today.
I did learn this though: Bike riding + the Alps = a bad idea Who let hills exist?
Also, I can't even tell you how much it kills me that I can't watch that music video on my dinky internet. You know about my fetish with music videos lately. Speaking of, you should watch a video of "the best thing I never had" for me. I have a feeling that'd be a good one right now.
Another thing. Why did I just realize that the word missionaries contains the word miss?
I'm really missing good old Andy today. What a guy. Why are the only good guys in the world missionaries? Seriously though. And why do guys have to go to Jerusalem? Wouldn't it be better without them?
I'm just full of questions today. I guess that's what happens in foreign countries.
Kids, when you are reading this blog post years from now, know that when you travel to foreign countries you will begin to question everything you once knew. And everything you never knew.
Anyway. I can't wait to live in Jerusalem. That's all for now.
Love you and miss you, Taylor (ha. see how I was addressing you there AND signing my name? Funny.)
First off, let me explain. I know you posted on July 5th. And I know that it is July 8th. But life is hard sometimes.
Like when you are in a foreign country where you have to go to 3 different stores 3 different times before you get a SIM card that works.
But we only have 1 SIM card that works in 1 country because they're not cheap.
So, hence, I am tethering
(for those of you who are technologically-impared and don't know what that means click here [sorry it's in German - like I said: life is hard sometimes.])
Enough explaining on my part. How about this picture does some explaining instead.
Yep. That's the view from my window. Well, hello there, Alps.
That particular mount is the Jungfrau - translated to "young maiden." She is protected by two mountains on either side whose names translate to "ogre" and "monk." Cool? You tell me.
Not that I speak German or anything though, 'cause I don't. Unless knowing how to say "I am vegetarian" counts. By the way, I'm yet to say that, in case you were wondering. And in case you are reading this and wondering, "is she really vegetarian?" I am.
There is a general trend here of things being steep. the Alps the stairs the prices
There is also a general trend here of lots of driving. I have been in 3 countries so far (including Switzerland, France and Germany) and that number will reach 5 by the end of the trip.
The other general trend would have to be AMAZING VIEWS. If I wasn't tethering, I would post some pictures for you. (Bet you feel dumb if you still don't know what 'tethering' means) Hopefully you'll get to see some soon.
Other highlights include: - Stuffing my face with chocolate at a chocolate factory (the winning flavor: "crement") - Entering France just to buy some almond croissants (reminiscent of last November...?) - eating delicious cheese in the quaint village of Gimmelwald (just to give you a feel for the place: Less than 200 people live there, the only way to get to it is by aerial tram or trail, and there is a store that still lets you buy things on credit)
Obviously the highlights all involved food. That just seems to be how it works.
Also, I have finished one book so far. Reasons to Live It was a winner. You'll have to read it. Meaning you, specific (Taylor) and you, general (hello there, follower).
Well, when it comes to slow internet, I can only take it for so long. And it has been so long. So, so long.
Love you. (once again, specific and general) Can't wait to hear more about Utah.