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Gimmewald, Switzerland

The most beautiful and majestic place we've ever been.

Paris, France

By far Adri's most favorite city and monument.

Istanbul, Turkey

The most culture shock worthy and wonderfully diverse city we know.

Cairo, Egypt

Our craziest, most intense story to date.

31 December 2008

"Fitness Orb"

I was in Wal-Mart the other day and as I was walking around looking at not much I came across a "fitness orb"/exercise ball. It was $10 and I always liked playing with them, but thought maybe I should give the exercise side of it a try as well, so I bought it.

After pumping it up and trying a few things I came to see how well it really does work your muscles. Anyway, suddenly, as I was sitting on it I thought of my favorite clip from The Office. So, for your viewing pleasure and sake of the fact that I just bought one, here is the clip:

30 December 2008

What a holiday!

With presents under the tree and snow on the ground, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I got to spend some wonderful time with my parents and my dog this holiday season.  Last time I was home for both holidays was my last year of high school... wow, it's been a while.  Anyway, being home and being able to not have to actually do anything was fantastic.  But, I did end up doing a good bit.  I shoveled the driveway 2 times and put up some cabinets with my dad in the room where we finished laying the floor over Thanksgiving.  I'm becoming quite the handyman I might add.  I had some wonderful conversation with my parents and quite enjoyed my mother's cooking yet again.  With all the good, there was one not so bright spot to my holidays.  The drive home was again long (about 8 hours this time with the weather), and a trip to the median.  If you've never visited the median of a highway, I wouldn't recommend it in 4 feet of snow.  I was driving along doing great, and as I went to pass a semi he drifted into my lane and ran me off the road.  I would have taken pictures of my car out in the median, but considering I would have had to climb out my window and then trudged through the 4 feet of snow somehow to take 1 picture, I didn't think it was worth it.  But, no damage to me or my car.  An hour and a half and $130 later, my car was pulled out and on the road again.  But, all in all, I loved my break and I hope you did too!

18 December 2008

One good-bye means another hello...

Well, today was the final step of my move to Illinois.  Granted I have only been here now for almost 4 months.  Yesterday I went and got my license making me a resident.  Today I registered and titled my car here.  So, it is official... I live in and am a resident of the most corrupt state in the nation.  I feel so privileged.  I just hope it doesn't rub off on me.
As you can see I was quite excited to get rid of my Utah plates and no longer be classified as a Utah driver.  Oh it feels so good!!  Good-bye plates!

15 December 2008

These are the four pictures that will soon adorn the walls of my little apartment. I like the black and white theme as you can see, and I really think that these are good expressions of my style of life and photography.

Apartment update

Well, I've been in Chicago now for 3 and a half months and things are starting to come along in my apartment.  It is starting to turn into a place I live now, at least looks wise.  So, I thought I would give you an update of what it looks like (well, just the living room).  I am still in the process of getting things on the walls and such.  I actually decided to print out 4 of my pictures that I took and like for the wall.  That will be the next post.  For now, here is what it looks like as of today.
Since there weren't any doors on this closet I made it the spot for my TV.  The big wall next to my TV is where the 4 pictures will go.

13 December 2008

My world travels

Well, I have added another stamp to my passport this past week.  Granted it was for business purposes, and it wasn't too far... but international travel is international travel.

I was in Canada, a city called Kitchener.  It is about an hour or so outside Toronto, Ontario.  It was a great trip, although really only work related.  The people were great, I learned some new pronunciations of words that make me laugh, and ate at one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at (4 times in 5 days isn't bad).

On the way home I sat next to a girl who was flying to Chicago to see her boyfriend.  I asked about how they met and such, and she said it was online.  In fact, she said she knows a number of people who are meeting people online and dating them seriously.  I must be missing out on something then.  She recommended a few sites to me that she hears are popular in Chicago, but I don't think I will actually look into it.  Anyway, as we got onto better topics I found out that she is starting her own jewelry line that should be launching soon.  In listening to her describe it it sounds pretty cool.  It is crazy the people you meet and the things you learn on a plane.  And to think, usually I just listen to my iPod.  Maybe I should be talking more and making more connections.

Back to the note of world travel, I have a new trip that I am starting to plan.  A very good friend of mine from my college years called to tell me that her parents are doing some missionary service in Israel and told her that I need to go visit.  So, she called to tell me all about it and let me know that they really want me to go out and visit them.  Yes, I do know them quite well and was basically a son they never had.  Anyway, so I am starting to plan for this spring/summer.  Does anyone have any suggestions as to good times to go, or good things to see?