Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
we have spent the last two days cleaning out Miss Clio, and unpacking all the crap we bought. We are on the job search trail, some of it in California and Vegas, some in Italy and Spain... time will tell.
If I spoke German, i would be working in Zurich and making 70k a year... sigh.
Working on it!
Friday, August 10, 2007
the Vatican is an experience of a life time. The Sistine Chaple, St. Stephens Basilica, The Museum. It is a day event, and worth every minute. The Sistine chaple is beyond words. It was PACKED, and even though the guards keeps bitching at everyone to be silent, it was impossible. If you only saw one thing is Rome, that would be the best choice.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Agrigento, Sicily. Hot, Hot, Amazing, Hot, Amazing. The Valley of the Temples is an area between Agrigento and the water that is stocked with Greek temples from the 6th and 5th Century BC. One temple when it was build was the size of a football field. In the Temple of Hercules which was mostley rubble we could walk around in it. It was a three hour experience involving a 2 Liter of water, 3 cokes, 2 small bottles of water, and 2700 year old buildings. Loved it. We have spoke to a few poeople in Syracuse who have been to Greece and they are convinced the ruins in Sicily are better. Of Course these are Sicilians we are hearing this from, but non the less, the ruins here are spectacular.
Friday, July 27, 2007
1. Dirty as hell
2. If you have a death wish get in a car
3. Not all that much to see
a. If you did find something of interest and managed to dig it out of the trash piles around it, someone would honk at you to move on.
My Dad always said "The deffinition of a split second is the time between a traffic light turning green and a Saudi hitting his horn"
There is something faster than a split second in Sicily. They don't even wait for the light to turn green. You cannot go more than 30 seconds at any time on the road without hearing a horn, NO exaggeration.
Driving in Paris is a breeze compared to this.
On the bright side our Hostel doubles as a Prison in the non-tourist season. Holes in the walls, no AC, no lift (we are on 5th floor) Non locking community showers. All the elements you look for in a prison.. er Hostel.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We spent two days in Vieste Italy. A beach resort on the east coast of Italy.
We were the only two Americanos in the city, no kidding. Many Italians, a few Germans, Zero Americans. A shopkeeper even said we were the first she has seen in the season.
Vieste is definitely out of the way, but well worth the trip. Many narrow mountain roads to get there. Our hotel was feet from the sand for 40 bucks a night.
It is HOT HOT HOT down here. Unlike Romania no one has died yet due to the heat wave here, but I may be the first. Our room was an oven. Two large, mostly naked men laying on a double bed together, sweating like pigs is a frightening sight.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Vienna and Salzburg are postcard like beautiful. Much like myself.
This picture is of Salzburg, which after walking the old streets and seeing all the shops was like going back in time. We spend the evening in a pub watching the USA vs. Austria under 20 World Cup game. The bar was packed, 90% Americans. We lost but was a very good time.
The Bouncer was named "Elvis" A Gigantic man with a buzzcut than ended with a Elvis like top and huge sideburns. He was Austrian, but spoke excellent english. A touch like AHRNOLD but more spitting. The night was filled with many stories of Americans throwing up in the bar because they "can't drink for shit." He did say we were always very polite though. His one trip to America and what did he do... Route 66. I think Germans/Austrians think more about Route 66 than Americans do. I then met the owner, who after talking to me awhile says I can come back and be a bouncer there when I learn German. Elvis had four huge rings on his right hand that spelled
"K I N G" classic night.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I am nothing but impressed with Bratislava, small for a capital but worth the trip.
Alright, i am screwed, Budapest jail and cavity search coming up. I say sorry, throw a few lost tourist attempts at him. He takes a deep breath, "Fine" ah he is picking up English quick. "5000 Fine" After we negotiated our ticket in Poland from 1000k to 100 I figured my skills for debate we about to flourish. Just as i begin my retorte, he whips out a ticket book and starts writing. I explain to him the absurdity of the metric system and how minuscule 10kph really was in the greater scheme of life, but apparently his English stopped at "Fine", and "Speed". Then the sweet heart gave us directions back to the highway.
Hungary was a beautiful country but after two parking tickets and a "speeding" ticket I am glad to be out of it.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
1. Czech me out Tshirts
2. "Authentic Czech crafts" yeah made in china scratched off the bottom
3. Dodgy food shop
Otherwise, still a very beautiful town.
This was our Hostel in Prague, we called it the prison. More like a pod than a room.
Krakow was stocked full of bars, shops, and eats.
We hit multiple places every day. It was our break from sight seeing and more of a focus on relaxing and a drink or 20. My new favorite drink is Strongbow cider. Damn tasty. We were in a Irish pub till 4am on Friday night, the place closed at 2am, that's how popular we were. The LA million dollar agent, and the Pro Poker player were a hit. The bartender was Polish but spent a few years at Kansas U, then we met the manager Dave, who was Irish and didn't speak any polish. His dad owned the bar with a friend. The other owner rolled in about 10pm and proceeded to get smashed upstairs with the Karaoke singers. We moved up there at 230 am when the bar supposedly closed. Hour and a half later and a phone number from a kid who deals "underground" poker in Dublin and we were out into the 4am night. Was a night to remember.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
We didn't discover it was gone till Prague. Very disappointing, i got online and changed all my info that day. Prague was beautiful but an avalanche of tourist. I have never seen so many tourists in one place. Also our hostel must have doubled as a prison when it had no hostalers.
Now in WrocŁaw Poland, which i did't know existed until yesterday. The drive to Krakow was a bit much from Prague, so we cut it in half and stayed here. Beautiful hostel, called the Stranger, easily the best hostel yet. Krakow tomorrow.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
My amazing relatives here in Germany set up a party for me with many gifts. We look a little tired due to the 8 hour drive that day from Amsterdam, but it was more than worth the drive when we got "home" to Schwerin.
I am very lucky to have family as amazing as the Steckers.
Monday, June 25, 2007
we took the red light district by storm, walking almost all of it.
then we entered the "Moulin Rouge" live sex club...
the first 20 mins went by with little fan fare, strange show with
huge lady bringing dudes on stage with a big ending involving a banana.
then a regular strip show
then the live sex show
not going to change your life, but worth the visit. the real excitement that night was the people in the club with us. after 20 mins mike and i moved to the bar area closer to the stage
the whole place was VERY small and we had to squeeze by this loud
group of ladies all in their 40's who were very drunk, and very Irish.
they saw us coming and began the hooting and chattering, and as we
tried to squeeze by (me in the lead) we were, how should i say, fondled.
and not just by one. picture a long bar with stools, and a wall very close behind the stools, we
were trying to get past behind them and they almost all leaned back, and started gropping.
they claimed they were the 7 Irish Virgins, and when we mercifuly got past the
chatter didn't stop. Mike and I now know what it is like to be a woman walking by a contruction site. as it turned out they were a blast to talk with as we watched the show.
We realize after about 2 hours that the show just keeps repeating the same 4 acts, and we were about to leave. then a college rugby team walked in. about 30 of them all in their jerseys. they packed in the entire area behind the bar and more. we were packed in tight, and the fun began again. by this time the vodkabulls began taking effect on me and i started to poke some fun at the rugby team, some nonsense about american football, and real men don't run around in shorts and kick the ball when someone's coming... i decided this was a poor corse of action for two reasons
1. they were all very cool to talk to and good houmored
2. there were 30 of them
these guys were great to talk to, and we talked for at least an hour straight, only interupted by the entire team breaking out in a team chant, or the stripper pulling an impressive move involving 30 feet of string and no hands. after my 10th vodkabull and 3rd time seeing the show revolve we spilled out into the night only to be hammered by rain and cold as we headed back to our hotel.
a night to remember
Thursday, June 21, 2007
pics to follow
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
We are off to Radune tomorrow, it is a small villiage that has had a Stecker (my mothers side of the family) resident in it since the 14th century. We will be seeing the "stecker farm" and church area in the morning.
On another note, i have finaly gotten my cell phone situation straight. Right after getting my German number my phone went out and wanted info i did not have, 3 more days of no phone after that. Now all is well, my number if you call from USA is 011491734322589 lotta numbers.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Guinness brewery tour, bus tour of city.
all after late night of hitting the pints
we managed 7 pints of Guinness each
and handled a phone call from mother in the middle
of it all.
I have many amazing picture to put up when i can.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
See you in Hamburg June 6th.
I am landing in Dublin on the 4th
and spending two nights at Barnacles Temple Bar House in Dublin
I remember the Temple Bar area being a party spot, and was reassured
when the guide said "great hostel if you don't mind the sound of vomiting in the ally after the bars let out"
of course that may be me in the ally
Guinness and fish n chips for 48 hours who knows...
If I survive Mother and Myself will be meeting in Hamburg June 6th, and off to Schwerin.