Category: Travel

Trip part 3: Lübeck

March 26th, 2010, 13 Comments

Note: This post was written in March 14-15 and posted after our return. When I think about Lübeck, the first thing that strikes me is the feeling of history underfoot. It struck me most when we set foot inside the Marienkirche. I had never quite felt a wave of a feeling of stepping back in […]

Trip part 2: Flight to Hamburg

March 25th, 2010, 2 Comments

Note: This post written March 13, and posted after our return. Yesterday was a day of travel. We said goodbye to Jacob and Oliver in the morning. We had thought a lot about how to tell Jacob what was happening and when to tell him. Ultimately, he doesn’t really understand time or distance very well […]

Review: Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves

March 24th, 2010, 9 Comments

Rick Steves is known for writing books, and producing public TV shows, about travel to Europe. He encourages people to get out of their comfort zone, advocates staying in homes instead of hotels, and giving yourself permission to struggle to communicate in a land of unfamiliar language. That way, you get to experience not just […]

Trip part 1: Kansas to Indiana

March 24th, 2010, 1 Comment

Note: This post was written March 12, and posting was delayed until our return home. This is the first part of our trip: driving from Kansas to Indiana with Jacob and Oliver. From Indiana, we’ll be flying to Germany while the boys stay with their grandparents. We normally don’t like long road trips. Our preferred […]

Where to go in Europe…

October 30th, 2009, 47 Comments

I’ve wanted to visit Europe for years, and just haven’t quite made it. School, jobs, kids, all got in the way. Well, it looks like Terah and I may have a chance to spend a week there in March. We’re trying to figure out where to go. There are two main reasons I want to […]

Jacob is Youtube’s Youngest Fan

September 16th, 2008, 2 Comments

Ever since we got back from our train trip this summer, Jacob has loved to talk about trains. He used to call them a “toot” after the sound they make, but as his language skills improve, now he calls them “chains.” I thought one day that he might like to look at pictures of our […]

Jacob and Portland

July 28th, 2008, 3 Comments

Jacob has sure enjoyed our trip. And he should — after all, he loves trains. His word for train is “toot” or “toh” (after the sound they make, I guess). He sure was excited to get on the train in the middle of the night in Kansas, and didn’t want to go to sleep after […]

Visiting Indiana

December 1st, 2007, 2 Comments

It was two weeks ago now that we hopped on an Amtrak train in the middle of Kansas at the bright and early hour of 3AM, bound for Indiana. This has been our third trip with Jacob. He’s 14 months old now. We never really enjoyed long car or airplane trips before we had a […]

More on David Gunn and Amtrak

November 14th, 2005, 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting read: Where Was Brownie When We Needed Him? David Gunn, Amtrak and Bush’s Culture of Incompetence. This article makes the point about David Gunn better than I did, and is written by someone that saw how David Gunn has improved things.

New Orleans

May 23rd, 2005, 1 Comment

We enjoyed our trip to New Orleans. Thanks, hexmode and Alexis, for the tips. The RedHat page on New Orleans was particularly good. We also got some excellent suggestions from a New Orleans native on the train. Our hotel was in the downtown area (on Lee Circle), an easy 4 blocks from the train station, […]

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