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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.

03 June 2009

Downtown Exploration

So, this past weekend I went downtown because I wanted to explore this church I saw down there.  While I was exploring I found some pretty cool stuff and some cool views of different things, so I thought I would share.  (Just so you know, these are the originals, the colors have been edited using some color schemes I downloaded from

02 June 2009

Long overdo update...

I haven't put anything on my blog in a while, and boy have I been to some cool places and had some great things happen.  Recently I was in Calgary, Alberta Canada for work, and the people at the dealership told us to go to this place called Banff.  Boy am I glad I listened.  The place was incredible, and I can only imagine what it looks like when covered in snow completely!  The people in Canada are so awesome and nice and the area is beautiful.  Should I move there?

I will one day stay in this hotel.  I am sure it is quite expensive, but it was incredible!
Along with mountain goats (which at one point we thought were going to ram our car), we saw elk, dear, a bald eagle and the most emerald colored water I have ever seen.  We looked for bear and moose, but to no avail.
When I was home during the Highland games my sister, her husband, and their daughter came up as well.  We were all there for that and more so because my grandma was in town as well.  Anyway, I think my niece started warming up to me some!
I purchased a new car (granted about 2 months ago now).  I loved the old one, but I started spending a lot on service, so I just broke down and bought a new one.  I love this one too!  The biggest benefits to the new one: better gas mileage and faster!  I think I can handle that.

The "Highland" games

So I went home for Memorial weekend to see the Highland Games.  I guess apparently there is a large population of Scott's out in the middle of Michigan.  In fact, the tiny town of Alma is nicknamed "Scotland USA."  There sure were a lot of kilts and bagpipes, that's for sure.  So, here are some photos from the event.It is kinda hard to see what this guy is doing in the sequence here, but this is the hammer throw.  And it isn't like the hammer in the Olympics.  It is a 20 lb lead ball on a stick.  One of the guys let go a bit too late and threw it into the crowd.  I don't think I would want to be in the way of that.  Luckily no one got hurt.  We also saw the caber toss, which is basically these guys throwing a telephone poll... the thing was HUGE.

I would say the games were a success, and I really enjoyed being there.  Walking around the games and such all you heard were bagpipes and drums.  Granted, if you don't enjoy the sound it would be quite annoying, but I love the bagpipes!!  It was wonderful!