Jenny + A Bakers Dozen = Berlin, Germany


(View from the train on my way from Frankfurt to Berlin)

We were both 16 when Jenny flew over the pond to live in my village for a year. After visiting her home country, uh more specifically, her home city, I can’t even begin to imagine what she was thinking during her first week in Middleville. With the cows and the farms, and more cows. When Jenny first saw a picture of the beautiful home in the middle of the woods that she would be living in for a year in Michigan, she said it looked perfect. Her experience actually living with an American family was a bit different, but we won’t dwell on that. Because Jenny made lasting friendships.

One of them being me.


The last time I saw this face she was in Seoul for a two day layover on her way back from Australia… four years ago. This trip marked the third time in 13 years that I spent time with Jenny. In a world where everything changes in the blink of an eye, it’s a blessing when some things stay exactly the same… only maybe a bit better.

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A ten minute bike ride from Jenny’s place and BOOM, we are at the Berlin wall… well what’s left of it in this part of the city.

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I made Jenny hang out on that bridge for at least ten minutes to get a picture of a train coming (or going).

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And then we got caught in the storm.

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Yes. I was in Germany during the 2014 World Cup. Yes. I watched Germany crush Brazil. Yes. It was crazy.

Jenny actually felt really bad at the end of the game saying, “I hope Brazil gets at least one goal…” And then they did! Walking to the metro that night I witnessed people running in the streets, screaming and waving flags, hanging out of car windows, jumping in front of cars and giving high fives to drivers. It was insane.

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From America, to Asia, to Europe… Until we meet again my friend. (Next time let’s go SOUTH!)


The Delisio’s in Wiesbaden

I was chatting with my dad on his birthday (SHOUT OUT TO BEING 58 AND BARELY LOOKING 50 DADDY!) earlier this week and he mentioned that he can gauge the busyness of my life by how often I post on my blog. Oops. I have actually been sitting on this post ever since I very belatedly posted my Paris pictures. I just totally forgot to publish it. Haha. My Bad. So, even though I am fasting from facebook (I know y’all miss me) and instragram and t.v. shows and movies… I can still blog! Here are pictures from my first five days in Germany. Sorry it took almost four months to post.

Michelle and I met during college in 2007. We both met Jason through the campus ministry we attended. They fell in love and got married and moved to Germany for a couple of years. Then, they had a baby! Me, being the lover of travel that I am, promised a visit and this summer I was able to make it happen. Jason, Michelle, and I hadn’t spent time together since an epic road trip I took with another group of college friends to visit them in 2011. Which brings me to my next point. Jason and Meesh, pack up the family and visit me already 🙂 Wait… that wasn’t my next point (but it is still a good one). My point is that I can go years without being in person with these two, but it’s the kind of friendship that picks right back up where it left off. You know the kind I mean.

And their baby boy. WHAT A CUTIE.

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After five days with them I headed to Berlin to visit Jenny. And I missed them. After one day. The Delisios are special people, and I likes them a lot.