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These Haagen-Daz comercials found their way to my computer while I was watching The Office Finale. (The Office is over! Sniff.) Anyway, I loved them both! And now, thanks to the successful marketing of Haagen-Daz, not only do I want ice cream, I also want to go back to Rome, cook Italian food, and watch Swan Lake. Le sigh.
These phots are a week late, but I thought I’d share them anyway. Last Wednesday I went to see the cherry blossoms on the day they peaked. If you ever have the chance to see them when they are in full bloom I highly recommend it! I think it looks like the branches are covered in fluffy, pink, cotton candy. It is always crowded, but it’s completely worth it.
My Mom and I had a conversation about hot air balloons while I was home for the holidays. And now memories of hot air balloons keep popping up in my mind.
As a child I would spend time at my grandparent’s home in Napa. The early mornings were always punctuated with the sounds of the propane heaters in the hot air balloons as they would float over the vineyards. I miss that sound. Sometimes we’d sleep on the trampoline in the backyard, and in the morning the balloons would float right over the top of us. People would always wave. Once a balloon landed near the reservoir in the vineyard behind the house.
Maybe someday I’ll take a ride in one. . .
Just a reminder: the March for Life is next Friday, January 25, 2013 here in Washington, DC. Hope you can make it! The west coast equivelent, the Walk for Life is in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
1/3 of my generation is missing because of abortion. It’s time for our nation to stand up for the unborn and give them a chance to live!
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. ~Mother Theresa
It’s 2013! I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start! What are your resolutions for this year? Mine include:
1) Adoration once a week
2) Hire a financial planner (if left to my own designs I would stuff money in my mattress)
3) Take a trip outside the country
4) Start an Etsy Shop (ohh, yes, there is a pile of vintage bags hanging out under my bed waiting for this one)
5) Hike a tiny potion of the Appalachian Trail
6) See historical landmarks including: the Capitol, Monticello, Williamsburg and Gettysburg (it’s about time, don’t you think?)
7) Take more risks (I am not sure what this involves exactly, but as an overly cautious person it sounds like something I should do)
8) Find an armoire for my room
9) Have breakfast in a café once a week
10) Try a new restaurant once a month
I did a pretty good job keeping last year’s resolutions . . .
So here are the promised pictures of Poland! 1) St. Mary’s Basilica – in the main square, 2) decoration on the door to our hostel, 3) a chandelier from the Wieliczka Salt Mine, it is made out of salt! 4) Thanksgiving Dinner! (It’s turkey on a skewer with bacon in between each piece all roasted together and mustard on the side, mmmmm) I guess the picture didn’t come out very well, but it still looks tasty. 5) The beautiful Wawel Cathedral on Wawel Hill, right next to Wawel castel (I like saying Wawel, pronounce it Vah-vel). St. Queen Jadwiga of Poland is buried here, one of my all time favorite saints!
It was a great trip! Lots of coffee, lots of pastry, lots of amazing Polish churches, adoration on every street corner, lots of classical music, train rides. My friend and I went to a classical concert every single night. We had this routine that would start with us waking up around 9:00, getting coffee, touring until 16:30ish, then getting more coffee, go to a concert at some amazing location (my favorite was a trio held at the Jagallionian University -the music was to die for and the hall it was held in was so beautiful! It was too dark to take pictures there, but I wish I could have). After our concert we would find a traditional Polish dinner, then walk around the main square and window shop and finally, either find dessert or a shot of vodka somewhere.
We made a few trips outside Krakow to Auswitz-Birkenau, Wadowice (Bl. Pope John Paul II’s hometown), the Divine Mercy Shrine, Wieliczka Salt Mine, to the monastery of Jasna Gora in Częstochowa to see the Black Madonna. (Here is the story of the Black Madonna!)
I wish I could tell you everything, but it would take a book I think. But I will say this, I love Poland, the people are so great, the culture is amazing. It is a very cozy country, I had an amazing trip and I can’t wait to go back again someday!
I’m back! I need to load a few photos Poland so I can share them with you. In the mean time I’ve been running around catching up on stuff that has piled up while I was gone. Like put air in the tires of my car.
But can I first share with you the funniest moment ever? The first day there I was walking down the street near the center square in Krakow. I wasn’t paying attention to where I was going, I was staring at the huge market hall in the middle of the sqaure, when I almost ran into a pole.
Okay maybe it wasn’t that funny. But when you have just arrived in the EU after a transatlantic just about anything is hilarious! Esp. when I tried to vocalize outloud “I almost ran into a pole” while in Poland. I couldn’t breath for a few seconds after because I was laughing so hard.
Well, actually it’s one bag, but it is packed and ready to go! Posts will be few over the next week, so I wish you and your’s a very happy Thanksgiving! And, if you happen to be in Krakow keep your eyes open, I’ll be the one in the yellow berret!