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Our family together!

August 12, 2017

 

We  love anticipating and planning for our family to get together. This summer another neice got married, this time in Washington state near Kent’s parents. So it gave us the opportunity of seeing our neice’s wedding and mom and dad Reimer as well.

So we rented a house in Birch Bay near a beach for our two grandsons to play at the beach.  It had enough room for all of us and it was close to the beach.

 

We picked up everyone at the airport but three hours apart so Kara, Ivan and Silas came first. Silas had spent a few days with Kara, Nick and Ivan in Denver. Silas flew with Kara and Ivan to Seattle. So we went for food and then to a park waiting for Josh and Teresa to arrive. Nick had to work until Friday and would be joining us then.

After we got everyone, we drove back to where our RV house is parked and our friends, Bruce and Melody allowed our family to stay in their guesthouse for one night. That was so nice and that also gave all of them a chance to get to know one another a bit. Bruce and Melody had also allowed us to use their minivan to get around in. What a treat!

So we took off driving to Birch Bay and since this minivan was equipped with a DVD player, we watched and listened to and sang along with the Sound of Music video. It was fun and reminiscent of our kid’ childhood a bit.  We had wonderful sunny weather and could see Mt Rainier and Mt Baker as well as all the other mountains along the way. It was fun just to be together and hear our adult children talking and all in the same place for a time! We were our son in law Nick but knew he’d be coming soon!

We checked into our house and then went to the beach..it was only a short walk. It is a tidal beach so twice in 24 hours you have a lot of watered high tide and twice you have low tide. So it was fun watching the boys play in the stones and looking for shells and rocks and clams. Kent even fried up clams and Ivan especially enjoyed them.

Our rental also had a Xbox with video games so we also enjoyed playing them as well.  It was fun to see how hard it was to bowl, race cars etc on this game. Fun watching Silas and Ivan playing it too!

We had a few days to enjoy each other and we saw our dear friend Ed K who lives in the area. Ed is like another grandfather to our kids. My neice, Jana came for a visit too. She had not seen our son and family for 10 years.

We had family events and the wedding to attend so that is in the next blog.

Check out this video for lots of fun pictures. https://vimeo.com/229232210

Another great family time!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Gardens tour

August 11, 2017

 

Melody and I decided to continue our fun by doing a garden tour the Saturday after our beach trip.  We both love gardens so this was another treat for both of us!

Meldoy bought the tickets and we were all set to go on Saturday morning. She had a great idea to start at house and garden #4 first. It was a great idea!  That allowed us to talk with the owners more as we were there alone at first. We loved all of the gardens but the first one was our favorite one.

There were two gardens beside each other as it was mother and daughter living beside each other. Apparently it was the family farm that the daughter built a new house in some of it. Her parents still lived next door. But Debbie and her husband had done a ton of work to carve out these garden areas all around their house. She even had a wooden carving of Bigfoot that was 10 feet tall in her back garden, although I didn’t get a picture of him!

The next garden we went to was her mother’s right next door. Moms garden was older and she had given a ton of starts to her daughter. Mom does some small dish gardens that are given to be auctioned off. So some of her best work was gone as there had been an auction the night before.

She had some bonsai type trees and lots of flowering plants around her yard too. She showed us a large lily blossom and also trumpet flower. I think these were some of her favorites. She also told us about making a huge leaf shaped cement decoration in her garden. She made it herself and it was a wonder!

We had to stop for lunch and went into a small town nearby and ate at a small local restaurant called…. we both had a sandwich and I even got a Huckleberry milkshake as it was available and sounded o good! And it lived up to my expectations  I even talked Melody into tasting it and she said it was good too!

Then back on the road to the next garden, we went to a house that was built in a hill and had a wonderful view of Mt Rainier. The owner was a gardener and a pharmacist. He had done a ton of work around their house as well. But the most interesting to me was his vineyard! He grew a grape that he made into his own wine..a Pinot Gris. He talked at length about how he planted and how he cared for the grapes, even to keeping the birds from eating all the fruit. He and his wife were most interesting and their house, gardens and vineyard were beautiful.

The last garden was also by a house built on a hill again with a view of Mt Rainier. These owners had done a ton of work and they had put in and moved a ton of rock and created beautiful grounds. The wife also does quilting and had some of her quilts displayed through the garden area.

It was a fun garden tour, but there was more! Melody next drove us to the house of some friends of hers. They had a craft fair there and the owners had their own antiques store on the property as well. We walked around looking at the crafts booths and talking to the people. Then Melody took me to see the antique store and we looked around there too. I found a man selling local honey and he was offering tasting. So I tasted a few and again bought a huckleberry honey. Delicious!

The owners and Melody’s friends were talking to her and so I was able to meet them. Very nice people! After awhile I found a place to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. I even enjoyed the live music. Then it was time to go home. What a fun and flower filled day! It was just another fun thing to do with Melody! Thanks, friend!

Jan

for the Roaming Reimers

Beach trip with my Friend, Melody

July 18, 2017

My new friend and our hostess for the summer, Melody loves the beach like me. One day we got talking about how we haven’t been to the beach enough. Melody admitted. That she had not been to a beach for years. So we started to think and plan… and last week our plans came to reality. Melody got us a hotel room and she drove… this little trip was to be a big part of her birthday present from her husband! Hah! Well, I was grateful to be accompanying her as I love the beach anytime, but especially in the summer.

We left their house in the tall evergreen trees and drove out to the Washington coast. We had a delightful drive, feeling a bit giddy with excitement. We had a nice lunch along the way and then drove in down to the coast. We found our hotel and checked in. We then went for a walk around the town to see the shops etc. we talked to shop owners and other locals and asked about good places for meals. We got two recommendations and went to both places while here. We rested a bit at the hotel and then went out to eat at a place called the Depot. I forgot to get pictures. But it was an old train depot and had a really good chef that had delicious food! We then drove to the beach and walked around a bit. It was quite windy and the sun was going down so after a while went back to our hotel room.

After a good sleep and breakfast we headed out to drive to the Oregon coast. We stopped to pick up a sandwhich to eat on the beach and saw some bargains, so we had to shop a little along the way. But we did arrive at Cannon Beach, Oregon and wow! We found a parking place within a short walk of the beach! How wonderful! I was so excited I almost ran down to the beach… the sand was soft and felt good on our feet…so we took a foot picture! Hah! Then we sat in the beach chairs that Melody had brought and read, talked and ate our lunch! Beautiful and restful! Finally I had to go to the bathroom so we left our chairs and then were able to come back a few minutes later and resume our restful time. Then it was time to leave…sad! “Sigh” oh well I hope to get more beach time again! Thanks Melody!

We then went back to hotel and rested and cleaned up and then went to the other recommendation which was called Gelattis. Sounded Italian and looked it online…we ordered Italian and ate Italian…but when the owner came out to mingle with the guests. he told us a different story. They had bought from an Italian but he wasn’t Italian. Still it was very good food! And he was interesting to talk to!

After another good nights sleep and breakfast we headed back but taking a somewhat different route. We took our time and stopped again for lunch and found some deer alongside the road. Eventually we stopped in Centralia that had a bunch of Antique stores. We got into a few but then we decided it was time to head home,

What a fun couple of days and a beach “fix” for both of us until the next time, Happy Birthday Melody! I had a great time! Thanks a ton for arranging and driving!

Your friend,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

For more pictures follow this video link:

https://vimeo.com/225790177

Bruce and Melody hosted a July 4th party

July 11, 2017

Our hosts( where we are parked this summer) are Bruce and Melody. They have graciously allowed us to park on their property with a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. They decided to host a party for Independence Day. We were graciously invited too.

We had a blast and the party was a huge success! Many of their neighbors, friends came. I think it must have been close to 60 people. Bruce plays in two bands and one of them played for the entertainment. I was able to get a short clip of them singing.

We had a fun day and enjoyed getting to know Bruce and Melody’s neighbors and friends better.

Follow the video link to see more pictures!

https://vimeo.com/224970099

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

A special treat

July 10, 2017

We met Joan and Peter a few years ago when they hosted us in Portland for the Mission Connexion conference. Joan and I really hit it off right from the start and we had much in common. I have been wanting to do something for her as she has a hard life right now. Her husband Peter, 12 years ago fell and is now a handicapped man with a brain injury that makes him more like a child. Peter is very intelligent and has a PhD and was a chemical engineer before a brain tumor and then a fall off a ladder onto rocks, 12 years ago changed their lives forever!

Last year, Joan also nursed their one daughter until God took her to heaven.  She also had back surgery in March of this year! I felt God telling me to do something special with her to cheer her up. So between her challenges and then my cancer this spring, we both needed a special treat!

God gave that to us in the form of a mini vacation. Joan was able to get a caregiver for her husband Peter and then drove up to Seattle and met Kent and I at a place along the highway. Kent took Joan’s car and Joan and I took off in our little car. We drove to Seattle where I had booked an Airbnb for overnight as we had an early morning. We were there early enough so we went out for a nice meal at a local restaurant within walking distance. We also found a spot where we could see a nice sunset view of Seattle. Our host and hostess were wonderful and we enjoyed their home and them very much!

We were catching the Clipper ferry to Victoria, Canada. We had picked an excursion that included a 2 1/2 hour boat trip, a narrated bus ride around the city and the ride and entrance fee to a beautiful garden just outside of Victoria, called Butchart Gardens. We also had the ride back to Victoria and overnight accommodations at the Grand Hotel.

We had both been to the gardens before but we were excited to see what it looked like now, as they keep changing the flowers for the different times of the year! We saw many beautiful flowers and landscaping. It was breathtaking! Joan had known that we could eat in the gardens at the actual house of the Butchart family, as she had done it before. She treated us both to afternoon tea. We had such a great time and had delicious and beautiful food and very delicious teas!

We had met a young woman in the line for the boat. Natalie and us hung out at the gardens together and we three even rode a carrousel for fun! She left us when we went for tea but we saw her again on the ferry back to Seattle. It is fun to meet and get to know others on these excursions.

We then rode the bus back to Victoria where our luggage had been dropped at our hotel. Our hotel was the Grand Hotel, a 5 star hotel. Our room was beautiful and the hotel was so nice too. After a great night sleeping in very comfortable beds, we leisurely got up and decided we wanted to go to a special place for breakfast. Joan had been to this tea place called Murchie’s and knew they also served breakfast. Again delicious food and very delicious teas. They also sold teas, tea pots and cups and Joan loved their teas. So we spent about an hour for breakfast and then an hour picking our teas. We are still enjoying them. I also splurged and bought a beautiful tea cup to remember this wonderful time.

Our hotel concierge had agreed to keep our luggge until we were to board our Clipper ferry ride back to Seattle. So after breakfast and tea shopping we took our time and stopped in every little shop on Government street that took our fancy. This is a Main Street in this part of town. So there were shops of linens from Ireland, there were all kinds of souvenir shops and there was a little craft fair there too. The flower baskets were beautiful and were everywhere. We also stopped at delicious handmade chocolate store. Of course we did get a few for a treat. Joan got some for Peter as he loves them!

We had not known when we planned our trip, that Canada was about to celebrate their 150th year of being an independent country. So when we were in Victoria there were several events at the Harbor. We had a delicious Fish and chips meal at a great permanent food truck called Red Fish/Blue Fish. The line of people never seemed to go down although they served them as fast as the food could be cooked!

Because of this special celebration and which is leading up to Canada Day on July 1st, there was several live music groups playing as we ate our lunch. We had a delicious meal at a place called Dead Beets on Thursday late afternoon. It had burgers with red beets on them and also a delicious veggie burger with various veggie fries which I got. I could recommend both of these places as the food was very delicious.

As we walked around taking pictures of people, mimes, musicians, all of a sudden we heard some military music at the Parliament building. We rushed along with a crowd of people not wanting to miss some special event. We waited behind a rope cord with police enforcing no one could pass. We saw the band and two rows of military personnel standing at attention in front of this building, facing the building. So we waited for about a half hour, when some people came out of the building descended the stairs and got into some cars that had pulled up. Then everything started dispersing. We still didn’t know for sure what had happened, so as we were walking along two police officers were near us, so we asked them. They said it was the beginning of the legislative session. That was an interesting sideline for us to see.

It was a delightful time. The weather was beautiful and we were relaxed and God gave us such a wonderful time. When it was time to board the Clipper we retrieved our luggage and got on for the ride back to Seattle.

We arrived back in Seattle after a very peaceful ride and we were seeing the sunset as we arrived in Seattle. Beautiful! We retrieved our car and drove to where our RV house is parked. Our hosts Bruce and Melody have their beautiful guest house and they allowed Joan to stay there overnight. That was nice so she could be rested for her drive back to Portland on Friday. So we all slept well and then we had breakfast together and Joan drove back to Peter.

Here are some pictures but follow the video link to enjoy more!  It was a refreshing time for both of us and I believe God gave us this as a treat!

Check out the video:   https://vimeo.com/224896448

Love,

jan for the Roaming Reimers

 

 

Family Christmas 2016

January 3, 2017

Kent  and I flew to our daughter, Kara’s and husband Nick’s home in Colorado for Christmas. Of course we were very excited to their two year old son Ivan as well!

We had a few days with them before our son Josh, Teresa and Silas came to spend Christmas together! I thought that we would have some quiet days together, but once we got there and saw that Kara and Nick were trying to finish up an update on their condo… 2 new vanities in their bathrooms, new flooring throughout! There had been delays and so it was behind schedule. Check out their blog at: Kickmo.wordpress.com to see more pictures of the project.

So we had two day to hang out together out of the house. We had fun hanging out with Ivan and Kara while Nick was busy.

Then Josh, Teresa and Silas flew in and the fun just continued.

Nick, Josh and Silas went skiing. Kent went along to help and just to be with the men.  Kara, Teresa and I had a quiet day together with Ivan. Then we all went to the new Star Wars movie and there was game playing and lots of conversations. Christmas Day was a low key affair with a delicious meal at Kara’s house. We also enjoyed sharing gifts with each other as our family exchanges names. We enjoyed watching Ivan pass out the gifts but also enjoyed his own. Silas enjoyed playing with Ivan as well.

Special times and now special memories of our wonderful time together! We are so glad that our family enjoys each other. It is a blessing that Kara and Nick were willing to host us as well! Last year it was Josh and Teresa hosting us. So we do appreciate all the work!

We always get a new family picture.. and this year it was a bit cold as you can see from all the coats and hats this year. But it was warm Family times! We pray that you had a wonderful Blessed Christmas as well with family or friends or both!

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Here is a video that shows a few more of our fun times! I will link this video once I’ve had time to get it put together. Link: https://vimeo.com/202123176

Love,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Travel and good vists

October 17, 2016

We have been “on the road again” as the song that is sung by Willie Nelson. We do enjoy our freedom to go down the road. And the beautiful scenery and great friends that we get to visit along the way.

We were a part of a missions conference in Seattle and had a wonderful time there. Some of our WorldVenture colleagues helped us and it was great to get to know them a bit better too. We also saw missionary friends of many years, here she and I are standing at her booth. These weekend conferences are pretty busy so it was a fun time to have lunch with Cindy and her husband.

We have seen some new friends recently that live at the base of Mt Rainer. It was such a lovely spot to stop for a few days of rest with Bruce and Melody. God gave us three beautiful days to enjoy that lovely scenery. Here is a picture of their house with Mt Rainier in he background. The fall is a very hard time to get this view so we were so very grateful! These friends have a place that they are fixing up as a guesthouse to give pastors and missionaries a retreat. They want it to be a ministry for them at this point in their lives. Stay tuned for more information once they are ready for guests in that place.

We also got to see my niece Jana again as she is living now in Washington. It was so nice to see her again.

Pictures of friends and my niece too and some scenery we have seen along the way!

We are currently in Oregon and are a part of a huge storm that has hit the North west this fall. Thankfully where we are has not had the high winds that were predicted for here! And after three days of hard rain, today we even saw the sun some! Yeah! But another night of torrential rain and some wind and we were ready to leave the Northwest!

We are looking for some sunshine today and warmer climates too!

jan for the Roaming Reimers

3 days in Bavarian Germany

July 3, 2015

We had three more days and I had planned a quiet three days after the cruise. I was able to find a rental car in the small town where the cruise ended and so we had that to look around the countryside.

I wanted to unwind time. So I went to the airbnb website(https://www.airbnb.com/) again and looked for a country setting to stay at.  We found a little farm that had horses in such a small town that we even had trouble finding it on the google earth map.  It looked like such a nice quiet place that I was excited to go there. Ida and Thomas were such great hosts even with our limited language between us. They struggled to understand our English and we used a translator to help with some of the words. they showed us around their little farm. They had refurbished so much of it. We could certainly see all the work they had done. Wow! we could appreciate all that hard work but the place looked so nice now!

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The view of the little town nearby and the view from their farm.

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Ida had known that we were celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary and had a very special gift for us. She had earned a medallion as a child because she had hiked many miles with him as a child of about 7 years old. And this medallion she had had for 40 years…so she wanted to share it with us. Wow!!! I was so overwhelmed and so appreciative!

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They took us into their closest town for a traditional Bavarian meal. Then we walked around and looked at the town and stopped for a ice cream. We loved this quiet place and would have loved to stay longer.

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Thomas and Ida were such gracious hosts too. You don’t get that kind of service at a hotel!!!

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They told us about a museum to preserve the Bavarian way of life. We went and spent 4 hours there just looking around. Neat.

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Our next stop was a small town called Mossburg which was about 30 miles from Munich airport. I again went to Airbnb and found a nice place to stay for our last two nights. Once again we had great hosts, Hubert and Angelika. They had a nice comfortable room for us. We walked to a local Bavarian restaurant and were trying to order when a local heard us and came over to help us in English. He was such a help too.

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The next day we drove around a bit as it was raining. We went to the country seat which was the town of Freising.

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There we saw lots of old buildings and had some coffee and sat and watched the people go by.

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It was very relaxing. That evening Hubert and Angelika took us to another Bavarian restaurant.

Next day we headed off to go to the airport in Munich. We were ready to get home. We had a great time but we were ready to be back in familiar surroundings again. Our flight back was uneventful.  Kent’s sister and husband met us at the Portland airport. We tried to stay awake  after traveling about 18 hours and share some of our trip. It was so gracious of them to host us overnight.

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The next day we drove the 4 hours back to our RV house. We thank God for a marvelous trip and a wonderful way to commemorate our 40th Wedding anniversary.

Here is a video with more pictures. Check it out at:https://vimeo.com/132401034

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Now …the Danube River Cruise

July 1, 2015

What can we say? This River Cruise was very spectacular! It was all we had hoped for and more!!!

Since we have never been on a large cruise ship except to see them in our town in Alaska, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We were attracted to this River cruise because it was smaller boats with only about 160 guests and 40 some crew. We had the opportunity to sit where we wanted for dinner and could intermingle with all the guests better that way. A lot of stuff was already included and it was a more intimate and peaceful feel to it. I liked the fact to that it cruised during the day, sometimes so you could enjoy the beauty around you.

So we started off in Budapest. We had been there already for two days but had not gone to the spots that the cruise city guides went to on purpose. So on Sunday afternoon we went to get settled into our rooms and have a quick bite to eat on the ship as we were instructed. People were still arriving all evening.

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We had heard of a OLD coffee house and looked it up. It was one of those that were lavish inside. We took some pictures but all the patrons were eating and having coffee outside..as it was such a nice spring day.

The next day we had a English speaking city tour guide and bus to take us around the city. We saw by Heroes Square, where all the Hungarian Heroes were in Statues, and the beautiful Art Museum. We also got to see the beautiful Mattias Church on the hilly Buda side. I was so glad that we also got to see the inside of it. They drove us all around the city and we saw many beautiful buildings. They were quick to tell us the Hungary used to be a large empire before communism that is. That was a bit of history that I learned.

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We ended our day back on the ship and some Hungarian entertainers with their typical music. It was a good first day. We sailed away from Budapest at night. What a beautiful night time scene.

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The second day found us in Bratislava the capital of Slovakia. I loved this quaint capital. It was smaller and less commercialized and we had a wonderful witty, city guide. we still saw old building We also made some new friends from our cruise.  streetIMG_3143IMG_3146  IMG_3115

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Our 3rd day we went to another capital, Vienna, Austria. It was a cloudy day but thankfully did not rain on us. But again beautiful old buildings, coffee houses and in the evening Kent and I went to a concert to hear Mozart and Strauss music at a concert hall in Vienna.

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Our fourth day we cruised through the day in the beautiful and scenic Wachau valley. Many old buildings and a few castles and vineyards dotted the landscape. We did have some rain so the pictures are not as bright as they might have been.

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We then stopped at the town of Melk and were taken to see the beautiful Franciscan Melk Abbey on the top of the hill. WOW! See for yourself. The second picture is the ceiling of the chapel

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Day 6 Docked at Linz, Austria but we had an all day trip by bus to Salzburg. Much of the movie “Sound of Music” was filmed here as well as many old buildings and history.

Although it was a rainy day you could see the tops of the Alps mountains on our way.

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Our last stop was in Passau, Germany. This is a small town on the border of Germany with Austria. It was a nice small town to end our journey. We had an entire day here and so were able to see

Sauerkraut at a Farmer’s Market that we got to visit.

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We also got to have a free Organ concert at the local cathedral. Beautiful! It was also the actual day of our 40th Anniversary and so we had a special time with our new friends. We also said goodbye to the crew as we all were leaving in the morning.

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This was the end of our cruise. It was a great time. We still had three days in Germany to enjoy before heading back to the United States.

For those that want more pictures I have put a video together and here is the link for that. Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/132347784

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Inter-country train trip and making new friends

June 9, 2015

After our four days in Prague we hopped on a intra-country train. I had purchased reserved seats though I got second class, before we left the United States and was very glad of it as we had the window seat then with a small table to put our food on. I had purposely picked the second class as it would give us more opportunity to get to know anyone that spoke English.

We boarded the train in Prague, Czech Republic and went through a portion of Slovakia and then into Hungary. We knew it was supposed to be a 6 hour trip and so we had some food and drinks that we had picked up at a local store. They also had a small dining car but we were fine except for a coffee during the day. This train was really not for tourists but that is why we wanted to try it. It was more than half the cost of flying and quicker so we thought “why not?”

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We had a wonderful day too. the beautiful scenery went by our window and as it was a beautiful sunny day we could sit back and enjoy it. We had very nice travel companions, several Canadian students and others who spoke English well and several Czech people who also knew some English. that came and went as their stops came up. We were some of the few that stayed on the entire trip.

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It ended up taking us 8 hours as the train conductor and ticket taker got off at the Hungarian border as they were done for the day and did not cross the border. At least that is what we thought was the problem…without fully knowing the language you are never sure.

But we sat on the train for 2 hours waiting and finally two men came on and we got going again. It really reminded us of living in Brazil and just waiting until they were ready to take you  on.

Once we arrived in Budapest we soon found our hotel. It was a smallish one and the front doors sort of hide what is behind them. The front desk people were fluent in English and very helpful, so we were soon checked in and able to leave our luggage and go check out the city.

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The next day we met up with our co-workers and we had some delicious coffee and pastry together. They took us to some of the sites and also to the city market. I love going to markets in other countries or towns. It kind of tells you what the people eat and a little of their crafts too. So whenever possible we go to markets. We ended up having a late snack at the market which is always fun.

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The next day was Sunday and our co-workers asked us to join them at their International church. We had a wonderful time there and I so enjoying singing in English and taking communion there. There were people from many different countries represented there too. Fun!

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We really enjoyed meeting these co-workers and felt that they were encouraged by our time together.

We stopped at the California coffee house for coffee and to check our emails. We knew once on the cruise our internet would be sparse. It has an interesting name and it was filled with young people looking as if they were studying for exams. We felt right at home among them, although they looked at us kind of funny! I must Kent with his full white beard and mustache did draw looks at times.

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Stay “tuned” for part 3 which will be the cruise.

For more pictures of this part of our journey check out this video at vimeo.

Love, Jan for the Roaming Reimers