Archive for June, 2011

Amsterdam (or Amster-stay out of the bike paths or unhappy bicycle bells will haunt your dreams-dam

June 28, 2011


A great place to start the trip. After getting over a combo of jet lag, food poisoning, and not sleeping on the plane, I finally started to enjoy this city. Canals, bicycles, teeny tiny cars, and trains that have beeped at me three times. These all encompass a city rich in culture, art, and some other things that we don’t need to discuss.



The bicycles are an amazing part. We’ve seen them given their own traffic lights and a three story parking garage outside the main train station. But they’ve also been given their bells. I will hear them in my sleep for ages. If you’re walking in their path, ring ring. Notifying of turning, ring ring. I even saw one today use it at a car that had cut it off. They have the right of way in this city and the apparent right to scare the hell out of crazy tourists like myself who accidentally forgot where they were walking.

Seeing an amazing storm out my window right now so I think I will call it a night. Next stop, Bacharach.


My view

June 26, 2011


Five hours- Iceland!!!

“Don’t end up on Locked Up Abroad”

June 17, 2011

It’s funny how many people have said this to me when I mention this European adventure.

Spain is not going to Spain this time but next week it’s off to the other side of the ocean for a much needed vacation.  Itinerary and who I’m headed with in a moment but first we need to get something out of the way…

I probably won’t be taking all those medicines and supplies with me but Mom, know that I’m prepared and will be safe.  And Skype is only an internet connection away:-)

Yep, 32 years old.  And I appreciate her, my family, and friends everyday.

First up, the plan:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands- It’s Mrs. Champello’s third grade class and we have to do a project on a part of Europe.  The cool countries get gobbled up like flies.  England, gone.  Ireland, toast.  France, Au Revoir.  And then these three little countries are left that I never heard of.  Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxemburg.  A face full of glasses says, “Ok?”.  I dug into that assignment though with an awesome passion.  And many people don’t know that I’ve secretly wanted to go here since those days.  Don’t remember a single fact from the project but I remember this feeling that I was going to get there some day.  Psyched to be headed here for three days.
  • Bacharach, Germany – “A small town is a place where there’s no place to go where you shouldn’t” Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Burt Bacharach.  That’s really a quote from him.  This little town on the Rhine River in Germany is the one place on the trip I know very little about.  According to the man, the myth, the legend, Rick Steves, it’s a great place to stop.
  • Munich, Germany- Beer, pretzels, brats, and history.  I’m game.  That simple.
  • Cinque Terre, Italy- After a train ride through the Alps and heading south from Zurich, we end up here.  Just do a google image search for the place
  • Rome- The question is how many people can I get to sing “On an evening in Roma” with me?  If I do get locked up abroad, it will be here probably.
  • London- Last stop on the trip.  I know there are a few tourist traps in this city like the ferris wheel or the bridge but I’m gonna be that tourist.  I see that Eye every New Years with its fireworks shooting off in every direction.  Like Katy Perry said, I’m a firework too.  And I’m going to show England what I’m worth.  If I get lost going in every direction, at least if I hit water, I know I’ve gone too far.
Art, food, culture, uber excited.
Don’t know if the blog has been introduced to the people I’m headed over there with.  You will, over the next few weeks, probably see a lot of them.  Dan, Amy, and Erin will get to say hello often and I’m excited to be part of the group.  I will be the guy in the group saying one of two things, “Where’s my card that has my allergies translated into the local language” and “Ohhh, let’s go over here.  I have no idea where it goes but it’s time to get a little lost”.  Getting lost with good people is a great way to get to know a city.  And I’m planning to do it there.
Found out that I can instantly blog from my IPhone and will try to keep folks updated.  Depending on wireless coverage and patience to type on that size screen, I may only do one or two.  But rest assured that many pics will be posted when I get back.
As always, thanks for reading.

One year

June 16, 2011

(11 months ago)

Blog:  Jeff…..

(This past December)

Blog: Ok, he’s going to do it… 25 days of thanks.  Going to do it this year!  Going to finish them all!  [Chanting] Jeff!  Jeff! Jeff!

(This past Christmas)

Blog:  Punk

(3 months ago)

Blog: Am I going to be deleted?

(Last week)

Blog: Come on!  So much to talk about… Europe, friends, family, birthdays, Europe, Quincy, Rochester, some idiot reporter printing false things about your Dad, meteor showers, Europe, brother’s house, sister’s closet/apartment, Dad’s record year, Mom’s momisms, awesome dinners  …  punk


Blog:  No songs you want to change the words to?  No movie scenes to write?  Everybody say it with me… punk


Jeff: It has been more than a year since my last post.  Way too long.  A lot has happened and very little has happened all at the same time.  Some topics will get covered.  Others won’t but next week I’m headed out on my second European adventure.  First one was a little bit ago in high school to Spain.  Great time with great people but I think this one may be a little more interesting.  More on that in a minute but I wanted to let you and the blog know that I’m back!  I’m excited!