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S: "We Travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us" Europe 2010

BC: Europe 2010 Courtney Osborne Jamie Scharer Jared Williamson Zach Bowling

FC: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us"

1: What an amazing trip! During this European excursion we visited Frankfurt, Kusel, Bonn and Cologne, Germany as well as Amsterdam in The Netherlands. It was such an adventure riding the trains through the rolling mountains, visiting villages, eating German food as well as experiencing the culture and people. We had to roll with the punches a few times due to train station fires, doner disasters, hostel creepers and wandering cats but came out with a plethora of memorable stories! We had such a blast traveling together and sharing our perceptions of our surroundings. The most important lesson we took from this trip was how incredibly important it is to discover the world around us and to pursue our passion to travel the world.

2: 2010 | Traveling | byAIR & TRAIN | a | Air India was... interesting

3: Home | Hostel | Sweet | Luckily Everyone made it. Oh Wait... Where's Zach?! | The Curry wore out Jared! | Time for Weizen!

4: Walking the Streets of Frankfurt we: Dined at a cute German Restaurant Watched Fussball at a traditional German Pub Found a Woolworth's Finally we got down to partying.....

5: We ended up at an AIESEC party... | We danced, drank, Jamie suffocated Jared and then there was a battle of the beats! | Club Jazil!

6: After a fun night of partying we made our way to Kusel, DE | Jared fought with his Doner and lost so he needed to rest on the way there!

7: Once in Kusel we met Jared's brother Eli and his wife Katey. We enjoyed the small festival in town and had some local treats! We also stayed at their home which looked like it was out of a fairytale!

8: As the sun was setting we visited a crumbling castle on the outskirts of Kusel. It was so beautiful to see this historic fortress during the sunset. What an experience!

9: Jamie was playing Peek-a-boo! | It was so cold! | Courtney fell down the hill...

10: It was time to leave Kusel and head to Bonn! | The streets were quiet in the early morning | Stones were placed in the streets for those deported and killed in WWII

11: a | The love birds playing kissy face! | It | We rode the train next to the Rhine & saw castles galore! | It took us 4 trains to Bonn! | It was a long trip but at least we had a beautiful view!

12: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter | Welcome to Bonn! The old Capital of Germany

13: In Bonn we stayed at Courtney's apartment in the City Center

14: Our first evening in Bonn we met all of Courtney's friends at an Irish Pub | They gave us bracelets for the Bulgarian tradition for health and happiness | The first Kolsh bier!

15: Bowling loved his tassel! | Jared got goofy and wanted to 69 wrestle Jamie

16: The Haribo Factory! | All of Jamie's dreams came true!

17: After the Haribo Factory it was time to do some sightseeing in Bonn! We first walked by the University of Bonn which was originally a Castle and then to Beethoven's statue! It only seemed proper to go to Beethoven's childhood home next!

18: Mmm Delicious! Or.... not.... | CURRYWURST mit POMMES FRITES! | Walking tour of Bonn with a stop at the street food stand!

19: We visited the Munster Cathedral, ate delicious Crepes and sampled treats at Kaufhof and Flaschengeist! | The Statue heads represent the Martyrs who were killed for their faith and buried under the church

20: good eats | When in Bonn you have to visit the Brauhaus Bonnsch! It is the only place in town that makes and sells "Bonn Bier"! | The Traditional Bonnsch glass!

21: What an experience to eat German food! We ate hearty potatoes, Sauerkraut, German meatloaf and bratwurst! By the end we needed to be rolled out of the restaurant!

23: On our way | to | Amsterdam! | Ready for our next adventure!


25: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts." | FLYING PIG HOSTEL | What an interesting Hostel! Thank goodness for the bar! | Let's not talk about the co-ed showers or the passed out man with the corpse feet!

26: ABRAXAS! | The adults playground... | The bottle was SO interesting | Sniffing a finger...

27: Obviously we had to visit the sex shop where Bowling had to take a time-out then off to the Flower Market! | Why Halloween costumes?? Did not get that...

28: Heineken Brewery | What a great tour! We learned how to: -Make beer -Pour the perfect beer -Taste test a beer -Say Cheers in Dutch! Proost!

29: The boys raced to see who could grind the Hops the fastest and Bowling won! Thus, Jared had to eat raw hops! GROSS!

30: After we learned how beer was made it was time to learn how to taste the beer. Finally it was time to enjoy one or two for ourselves! | The rule is to leave two inches of foam head and then seal it with water to keep it from getting oxidized! Always sip under the foam!

32: We found a picture perfect moment at the canals!

33: " The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." | The club was not ready for us yet so we had to make our own party! | Playing Kings with wine! | The girls had to take over the dance floor... well it wasn't hard with nobody there!

34: This Roman Catholic church was built in 1248 and took over 600 years to be completed. The cathedral suffered 70 hits by bombs during WWII. It did not collapse, but stood tall in an otherwise flattened city. It was repaired by 1956 but maintenance work is constantly being carried out wand is almost never completely free of scaffolding, since wind, rain, and pollution slowly eat away at the stones. | FIRST STOP: The Cathedral (Dom) | Welcome to Cologne, DE

35: The last day in Germany! | The Cathedral was so inspiring!

36: Cologne endured heavy air raids during WWII and it was interesting to see how much was destroyed and how it looks today. After the Dom we went to visit El De Haus which was where prisoners were taken to be questioned, beaten, and killed.

37: Inscriptions were carved onto the walls saying goodbye to loved ones or in anger against the injustice | The holding cells for the prisoners

38: We went to Brauhaus Fruh to enjoy the Kolsh bier! | YUM!

39: TACOS Restaurant | For our last night we enjoyed cocktails and appetizers at tacos. After 3 pitchers of Margaritas, we were ready for HF, tequila shots (with orange and cinnamon) and Bowling with his tassels! It was a fun filled last night!

40: I love you! | We had so much fun playing games and joking with one another! After too many cocktails we thought it best to write down our favorite phrases and jokes!

41: Until next time...

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