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Trip: European Adventures 2013

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Christmas in Holland

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | Views [321]

Once again it's Christmas, and I am in a different country, different customs and ways of celebrating Christ's birth.  People keep asking me if I am sad to be away from home during this time but I have to say no.  Yes, I love the family traditions, ... Read more >

Tags: christmas in holland, sinterklaas, thanksgiving


Encounters of another kind

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | Views [447] | Comments [2]

Our hostel ministry has two focuses – that of ministering to the guests who stay from one night up to a week usually and then we have ppl who come to us who have no where to go and so in exchange for room and board they clean the hostel.  ... Read more >


Photos: I AMsterdam!

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 17 Aug 2013 | Photo Gallery

Touristing a little in Amsterdam
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My Typical Day

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 | Views [1791] | Comments [3] | Video

People have asked me what do my days look like...wellll, I will try to give a little picture of My  Typical  Day  - Well, really no day is typical here in the Shelter but I will try. :)  *Don't forget to play the song that I attached ... Read more >

Tags: community living, quiet time, schedules, typical day


Photos: The Beginnings of Discovering Amsterdam

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

My first few weeks in Amsterdam
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The world of the Shelter

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 | Views [416] | Comments [1]

Words to describe the past two weeks?  Wonderful, crazy, fun, intense, inspiring, convicting, mind blowing, exciting, challenging, and exhausting to name a few.    After arriving at the volunteer’s house in Jordan, Amsterdam Tuesday ... Read more >

Tags: amsterdam, christian hostel, hostel


Photos: Highlights of Germany

GERMANY | Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | Photo Gallery

My two weeks in Germany in one album :)
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Highlights of Germany

GERMANY | Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | Views [256]

Well, two weeks have passed since my last blog post and I am now sitting in (yet another) train on my way to Amsterdam! I was really afraid that I would not make the connection in Hannover as I only had 4 minutes to change platforms and recently my track ... Read more >


Photos: Night out in Dublin and random pics of Ireland

GERMANY | Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.

GERMANY | Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Views [743] | Video

I am trying something new by including a music selection for you to listen to while you read the blog...sometimes I have songs that totally come into my head when I am doing something  - this song was chosen because I wondered if I had made a right ... Read more >

Tags: couch surfing, feeling home, munich


Tea, baths, and guns

IRELAND | Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Views [306] | Comments [1]

"Of course you don't like baths, you're American" my friend said to me as I prepared to take a shower...I am not sure that that really is an American thing but she seemed to to think that as a general rule we are not as inclined to take a bath as the ... Read more >

Tags: baths vs showers, midwest gun culture, tea vs coffee


Photos: Ireland - Cliffs and Countryside

IRELAND | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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West Ireland - A dream come true

IRELAND | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Views [588]

Ireland - the land where legends don't seem so impossible.  But before that I just have to say that I am super thankful to have safely made it through the UK customs.  For two reasons; the first was that I do not have a return ticket as I am ... Read more >

Tags: airports, cliffs of kilkee, ireland


New York and Goodbye America

USA | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [284] | Comments [1]

Wheeeewww!  That's all I have to say about New York!  It's completely overwhelming - from the minute I stepped off the train in Penn Station until the minute I passed the through security I felt like I was on edge the whole time, actually, ... Read more >


Photos: New Jersey

USA | Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Old friends and new relationships
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Chapters of my life

USA | Wednesday, 5 Jun 2013 | Views [456]

I am now sitting on a train that will take me to NY, my final destination before I leave the states. This past week has been an interesting one; already I am realizing that self relization is going to be a theme for this trip. To make my next thoughts ... Read more >

Tags: community, memories


Photos: St Michael's

USA | Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Random thoughts on coffee, layovers and traffic

USA | Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | Views [408] | Comments [1]

I can't believe already a week has flown by and I am already in NJ, which also means that a week from now I will be in Ireland!  Crazzy!  The last week was filled with visiting friends and family in KC then flying up to see my parents for a ... Read more >

Tags: coffee, layovers


And the journey begins...

USA | Thursday, 23 May 2013 | Views [292]

Well, here I am on the first leg of my trip, having made it safely via train to Kansas City last night. For those of you who have never taken the train from Jeff city, let's just say that the station is not exactly savory so Once you are safely ... Read more >

Tags: first day, thank you