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Athens trip – Part I

A couple of weeks ago, we took a 4 day trip to the Greek mainland with our friends Harry and Kristie Hansen. On Friday morning, Ginger, the boys and I flew up to Athens and hopped on a train to take us downtown to our hotel. The lady at the ticket counter explained something about getting off at one point and transferring to another train. I wasn’t too sure of what she said (very thick accent), but we headed off to the platform anyways.

After about 8 stops, I just knew that the next stop was going to be the one we needed to get off at and transfer trains. So, the stop comes up and… we keep on going. The train doesn’t stop because the stop I wanted to get off at was currently being built. Oh well – off to the next stop! We get off at the next stop and waited for about 30 minutes for the next train to come in on the other side and hoping that was the train we needed to get on, we hopped aboard. We knew we needed to get to the “Larissa Station”, but that was about it. The train went deeper and deeper into Athens and we really had no idea if we were on the right train or not, but since none of us was interested in hopping off a moving train, we stayed on and enjoyed the ride. When the train finally stopped, we looked out at the train station and didn’t see any signs other than “Athens”. We decided it was a good time to get off and get our bearings.

We crossed the tracks and went into the train station. After looking around a little bit, I finally found a sign for Information and quickly headed in that direction. I asked the guy how to get to the Larissa Station and he gave me a strange look and said I was standing in it. Okay, so I definitely felt like the dumb tourist, but we were where we wanted to be so I got over that quickly.

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Heading to Arizona

Boarding

Boarding

We headed out for our latest Arizona adventure on July 21st.  We made it safe and sound, althought Tristan did throw up all over me on the flight from Germany!  Great stuff.  Anybody that knows me well enough knows that I don’t handle throw up very well.  Anyways, I digress…  Other than that we had an uneventful trip, which in the world of airline travel is a good thing!

We are now in Arizona.  It has been 2 years since I’ve been back here and I am really looking forward to this trip.

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Saving up for our trip

Ginger and I are planning our trip to Arizona (still deciding between August and December). As part of that comes time to save up. If anybody is interested in helping out with that piece, I have added a little widget on the right side of this page that has a link to where you can donate to our cause if you want. Donations are definitely appreciated! =)

P.S. – My mom always told me that if you don’t ask, the answer is already “no.”

Update – Someone at church donated $200 to our trip after seeing this on the site; we cannot even begin to express our appreciation for that wonderful gift. Whoever you are – if you are reading this – THANKS from all of us!

Update 2 – We have reached our goal!  Thanks to everyone who helped us get there!