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I LOVE German Beer

28. September 2009

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Into The Warm Embrace Of Family

26. September 2009

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With warm and welcoming hugs Jasons’ family welcomed us into Germany and showed us all their favorite places in this fabulous country. It was nice to stay in a family home, eat home cooked meals and have the planning done for us…we relaxed right into it and enjoyed it thoroughly. First stop was Hanover where […]

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Berlin…More Than It’s Past

23. September 2009

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Berlin is a vibrant, youthful, energetic, evolving city. It is more than its past and, although history looms large here, it is redefining itself and moving forward quickly into the future. We settled in here quickly, once again finding an apartment in a neighborhood outside of downtown. A place where we could get a sense […]

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Memory Studies

20. September 2009

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Remains of The Berlin Wall

Memory studies is a new, and upcoming, branch of history concerned with how people, countries, and cultures remember the tragic events of their past. In the past, history has been written by the winners. Memory studies challenges this approach and places emphasis on all perspectives being remembered rather than just that of the victor. Being […]

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Culture Change

12. September 2009

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Compared to the South American countries we have visited, Germany is small. There are no 8, 10 or 15 hour bus rides…trains whisk us where ever we want to go within just a few short hours and with the beautiful countryside whipping by, well, there is just no time to write. And so it has […]

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We Had One, One Night In Rio

29. August 2009

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Paratay, Brasil

We had two…two glasses of champagne. Well, we do have champagne tastes but, unfortunately, a beer budget….so we substituted with beer on the beaches of Rio. And it was actually four nights… To say I was anxious as the bus made its way to Rio de Janeiro would be an understatement. Every guidebook and website […]

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The Amazing Power Of Nature

25. August 2009

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We arrived in Iguazu Falls in the middle of a rainstorm, not knowing that the worst of it was yet to come. That night I saw biggest thunderstorm I have ever seen. The storm cells circled the town for hours on end, flashing lightning, crashing thunder loud enough to shake the house, and dropping rain […]

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I Heart Buenos Aires

19. August 2009

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At first, I was a little scared of Buenos Aires. I mean it’s a city of 13 million people! I worried that we would get lost, that we would get mugged, that we would be overwhelmed. I needn’t have worried – we spent 10 days and could have stayed longer we loved it so much. […]

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Like A Rhinestone Cowboy

13. August 2009

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Riding out on a horse, in a star-spangled rodeo. Much of central and northern Argentina is pampas…long stretches of flat, flat grassland punctuated by estancias and small towns. In the late 1800’s these fertile grasslands were ruled by gauchos. These South American cowboys are held in folklore much like their North American counterparts. Quiet, stoic, […]

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Meh In Mendoza

9. August 2009

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Although the drive through the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza was breathtaking, taking us straight up one side of a mountain and then slowly easing back down the other side, we found Mendoza itself a bit lacking. It seems that, in the summer, there would be plenty to do. But, in the winter, the city […]

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Chi-Chi-Chi-Lay-Lay-Lay!!!

6. August 2009

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CHI-CHI-CHI!! LAY-LAY-LAY!!! Universidad de Chile!! Viva Chile!! 6700 strong, they chanted…the entire game!!  A small crowd, too be sure, but passionate none-the-less. Fair warning: I am not a soccer, errr…football fan. In fact, I don’t exactly know much about the game despite having played a little myself during high school. But, being in Latin America, […]

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