Grandma passed, unfortunately on Christmas Day. We had a small family-only graveside funeral for her. It was quite difficult, and I didn’t make it as far as I thought I would before I couldn’t hold back the tears. I’m glad she is no longer suffering, but I already miss her greatly.
Then, on the first day back to work, I didn’t even make it 2 miles before a deer decides to run into my truck doing nearly $3K work of damage. Then the cyst I have on the back of my neck decides its time to get infected. So I have it looked at, and now I have to have surgery next month.
So far this year has not started off like I’d hoped, but its still better than 2020.
Fall of 2019 you hopped a plane to join me on a long weekend in Orlando. We found some legit taquerias, mini-golfed, got stuck in the hotel during a tropical storm & watched Big Mouth. We also got the bartender at Rock & Brews on our pro All 80’s rock team. We went to Universal Studios and you probably blacked out on a roller coaster and yelled FUCK…. oh Shit… and made some weird noises. We drank and ate with Ethan at Epcot Center Food Fest and more Rock & Brews. We went to Dave & Busters and I’m sure I put my foot in my mouth more times than I remember. All in all a good little weekend just hanging out like the old days. Here’s to those memories and the many more I may have omitted.
First of all, you totally tricked me with getting in line for that first roller coaster. Getting off, some old lady asked if I needed help walking down the stairs, so I obviously didn’t look well. I did, however, very much enjoy Space Mountain. Probably because it was dark. I’m also not sure everyone outside of the bartender at Rock & Brews cared for our spontaneous and then persistent karaoke, but they were probably just jealous of our mad skills.
Not a super different time from most other visits. Just came to visit during & after my maintenance course and we got to hang out after a Eurotrip. We did more of the same except I went to Twittergiving with you, and got to hang out with Adam & Tommy & many more. We also got to hang out and play board games and trivia, Rock Band, and more. I think at this point our shenanigans have finally slightly chilled out. Although there were discussions of TP’ing Brandon, I don’t think we ever got actually close to it.
We left Venice area the next morning for the long drive over the Neuschwanstein area. The Alps had some beautiful views and we may have stopped for a beer in Switzerland, I’m not 100%. We made it to our little hotel a border town, grabbed some good grub and some good beer and called it a night. The next morning we went to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. After the castles we drove back to my house and you guys got ready for your return flight. ALSO, you denied ever having been on that bridge, despite evident the contrary. Anyway, the next morning we bid you adieu at the airport and returned to normalcy. Boring and not fancy as it is.
You totally forgot about Liechtenstein! We wanted to stop and have a quick beer in that country for Lacey, but being a Sunday afternoon, nothing was open. Nothing except an American Route 66 diner. So we sat outside and watched soccer (football) on the huge TVs and enjoyed a few beers. And yes, we absolutely did stop in Switzerland for lunch and a beer. I believe that was the one that had that awesome view from the top of the restaurant where we sat outside under the umbrella.
Ah, Ljubljana, one of my favorite little cities. Dragons everywhere, good beer, good food, and always friendly. We went to Lake Bled as well, and the castle in the cliff on the way out of the country. We ate cream cake, and then took a long detour to get Croatian pizza, which was excellent, and a beer. Then on to Venice. We had the most terrifying taxi ride that night, and you got wine drunk super early while we had food. The next day we spent most of the day in Venice proper. St. Marks Square and Basilica, the tower, canal rides & the bridges. Then that night I’m pretty sure we had the bad bus ride, but we made the best of it. Venice is a beautiful place and one of my favorite cities, and seeing it with you two was all the better.
I don’t know what was wrong with that cab driver, but even after driving around with you the entire trip, I was scared. I really thought he was going to run over the people in that crosswalk! I, too, loved Ljubljana. Was probably one of my favorite locations we visited. Not to mention the upgraded Air BnB location we got because the original one flooded or something and so the lady put us super close to that bar we loved.
our adventures continue, albeit at a much more rapid pace. In hindsight, the second half of this trip was way too ambitious, but we worked it into multiple places. Old town, the bridge in Prague, the beer spa with the ice water bucket and the beer and bread. The Air BnB with the roof balcony. The next day a quick to pin Bratislava for a beer and I think a walk up the palace steps. Then on the Vienna, for a visit to Schonbrunn palace, more beers, and a trip to the operas, with beer and dinner and then on to the hotel. Some more sights in the morning and then to Ljubljana.
That opera was something else. I felt a little underdressed, though I was surprised on how well I was following along with the story given I don’t know German. Very fun, though. That roof balcony, while a little sketchy getting up there, definitely had some beautiful views… until it started pouring rain. That beer spa was fantastic! The sessions need to be longer in my opinion, but I had a blast! That ice water bucket shower was something else. I’d go back there again in a heartbeat! Don’t forget about the Apple Museum I made everyone visit. I think I enjoyed that more than everyone else.
This was our rest/recovery night, to do laundry, hang out and reset. We played some games, sampled some scotch and got packed to start the mad-dash second half of the trip. Much more compact and hectic, but still fun. We called it a night not too early, and hit the road early the next day. Also on one of the preceeding days we had stopped in Luxembourg and walked the Casemates and had a beer.
It was still later than we should have stayed up for as early as you had us leaving. The Rock Band was epic, though. And our pairing of whatever cheeses you had with all those different scotches was quite fancy. Also, we had one of each of the Westvleteren beers either before or after all the scotch. Can’t recall which, for obvious reasons.
We find ourselves back in Amsterdam. We visited the oldest sailors bar in Amsterdam, the Konigs Museum, Rijksmuseum for the dutch masters collection. We hit up the Van Gough museum (which we ordered tickets on line while standing outside of it) walked the flower market, and found a couple little hole in the wall bars. We also hit the Heineken Experience again. We made some good videos, and some ice cold beer and proceeded to the Red Light district with everyone in tow, and it was PACKED! We made it in to a couple of bars and had more beers including a return to the Red Lion, but all in all there were too many tourists so we stayed in more low key ventures. Also, at one point I got yelled at for being a “fucking tourist” for crossing at what I thought was a crosswalk.
I’m pretty certain it was at Cafe De Doktor that we found the “murder stairs” and nearly died trying to go to the bathroom. I believe it was also the first night where we all had snoring battles, and I ended up having to wear my noise cancelling headphones to sleep. The Delirium Cafe in Amsterdam was cool since it was right on the water, but nowhere near the same as in Brussels. And the Heineken tour was different than when we visited the first time. I’m hoping that means it will be different next time we go as well. I miss Amsterdam…
Once again, we headed for Brussels. On the way we attempted to stop at Westvleteren for beer, but they must have know you were en route so they closed. Once in Brussels we hit the Atomium again, Grand Place, another large cathedral, the Comic Book/Strip museum, and I am sure more. We ate Pomme Frites, Waffles, Chocolate, and of course, Belgian Beer. I think we probably tried 100 different beers in those couple days. We went to a coffin bar and of course to the Delirium! We continued to order and share beers of all flavor. After leaving we hit a beer store you wanted to check out on the way to Amsterdam, and Surprise! they were closed. We somehow got a hold of the owner and they came in and you got some stuff shipped home. (Forgot about the Star Wars Experience I the conference hall as well).
Correction – we did get a hold of the owner of Belgium in a Box, but he said he couldn’t be there for a few hours, so I ordered from their website from my phone while we drove since we didn’t want to just sit around and wait for him. And The Delirium Cafe is probably my favorite place on Earth! Don’t forget that dinner we had at Cave du Roy – that wasn’t too shabby. The coffin bar was a little disappointing, but still fun to have visited. I actually enjoyed that Star Wars expo quite a bit. Long live Darth Froth!
Eurotrip v2.0 begins! Once again you could not sleep on the plane. New for this trip was Lacey! (whom you also kept awake). We started the trip with Paris, hitting most of the major sights like Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triumph, etc. We ate snails, crepes, French food, French beer, French wine, all of it. I engaged in some forms of Jackassery, and we had a decent little Air BnB in La Defense. We managed to see most of the town that we wanted to, even though the Louvre is overwhelmingly huge. Some how Jerry, you managed to get several destinations closed, but that just gave us more bar time. After a couple nights, we pressed on towards Belgium, a little tired but not too bad, and realized I forgot controllers for the Wii.
I have to admit that I liked Paris way more than I ever thought I would. I’d actually really love to go back again. We were basically sprinting through the Louvre trying to find the few things we really wanted to see. I could definitely spend more time there. And that Air BnB while small, had some great views, and wasn’t in a bad location. And I don’t know what I did to get everything closed down, but when I do something, I do it right, apparently. Remember those nice old Japanese ladies that shared their champagne with us at the Moulin Rouge? They certainly know how to pack people in to that place, don’t they? I still can’t believe you guys got me to the top of the Eiffel Tower. That was about 280 meters higher than I wanted to be. The food there, though. Man, that was delicious.