Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the places you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky


Leaving home – January 2016.

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ABC (and Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Realizing that Mike and I were more than a casual fling, his former roommate handed him a cup of coffee. Why? Coffee is for closers. A reference from Glengarry Glen Ross. Continue reading


The Hills Are Alive

By Chef Dad

I don’t think the Habsburg dynasty was the greatest dynasty, but I think it was the classiest.


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Cesky Krumlov in Pictures

When asked what country  has surprised us the most, my answer is without hesitation the Czech Republic. It was a place I knew little about, but now, will never forget. Continue reading


Four Letter Words and Other Takeaways

In our “hometown” of Czestochowa, Poland, all roads lead to the Jasna Góra (seriously no matter which road we found ourselves on, it appeared to lead back to the monastery). An extensive complex, the Jasna Góra is a shrine to the Virgin Mary and was built in the late 14th century. It is a place of pilgramage and a spiritual center. It is also home to the famed Black Madonna of Czestochowa, believed to have miraculous power.


No matter your beliefs, this place is impressive. Our recent tour of the shrine with the friendly, humorous and knowledgeable Father Simon was a fitting end to this part of our journey – a journey that has brought us smiles, friends, laughter, challenges, sadness, tears, excitement, anger, knowledge, joy, peace, perhaps a few miracles, and above all together.

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Prague – Through Her Eyes

Not to be outdone by her older brother, Miss A took to her camera. What follows is a photo journey of Prague through the eyes of a 7-year-old. Continue reading