Holiday Inn Express Valparaiso
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... studying at John Cabot University. There, I will be taking literature, anthropology, theology, and italian classes. Although it is a full course load, I fortunately have no classes Thursday thru Sunday, allowing me to thoroughly explore Italy and beyond. I am very excited to visit all the many parts of Italy, as well as to see many different countries of Europe. Meeting new people, making new friends, tasting new foods, seeing new sites, and experiencing new cultures ...
... is a sure way to find yourself depressed and your age increased - so, it was welcome to come home and have a ridiculous amount of work to do to get ready for the trip, and wonderful to have something I enjoy to take my mind off the crushing weight of separation.
Packing for a camping trip is one of my favorite things. Every piece of gear in a real campers collection has a story - well, actually more than that, it has a certain ...
... breaking down or wrecking in the middle of a 20 mile stretch and walking ten miles to the next farm, and breaking down in some valley where it is 50 miles uphill to the next road sign.
So, I am stopping in Minneapolis to see my old buddy Jim Thill at Hiawatha cyclery on the way out - because this time I want to have my bike set up right before I start. For a couple hundred bucks Jim ordered me a front rack and some front panniers. And after we get them on the bike ...
... until we hit the road to Atlanta. Almost everything is packed, car is gassed up and pointing in the right direction. Dogs are at the Pet Retreat in their little cottages, the cat sitter has the key and schedule, and Grandma will be holding down the fort.
Next stop (actually, first stop): Atlanta! More when we get ...
... 11:30 a.m., but because it is 7 hours later there, I will feel like it's 4:30 a.m. and wish I could go to bed! If you ever wanna see what time it is there right now: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/c ity.html?n=83
So basically I lose a whole night's sleep. woohoo! But on the bright side, that should make for a quick transition after the first day since I'll then be exhausted enough to sleep whenever! Then I have to take the train to Freiburg and ...
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