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Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 3
Monday, August 22, 2016      18 comments

The final day of our excursion took us from the heights to the depths and to the northern border with Poland. Day 2 ended in the high Tatra Mountains Day 3 we explored one of Slovakia's many caves. This one is known for the discovery ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 2
Friday, August 19, 2016      18 comments

All 4 excursion buses from the university met for the night at the same hotel in the city of Proprad in the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra Mountains). This was the view from our window. ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia
Thursday, August 18, 2016      18 comments

That slogan of the Slovak tourist bureau refers to the variety of geographic landscapes, and historic locations and ethic traditions within this small country. Our course in Slovak Language and Culture includes 4 separate 3 day excursions f... Read more
150+ international students and me in the Slovak countryside
Sunday, August 14, 2016      27 comments

We returned from our 3 day excursion at 11 pm last night. I've got a ton of photos to sort through but this will give you a snapshot of my traveling companions. Our group of 40 are visiting a "skanzen" an open air historical museum with b... Read more
Sites of Bratislava
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      24 comments

On Saturday all the students went on an all day walking tour of the city. We gathered in front of the National Theater. It was a short walk fo... Read more
Every morning in Bratislava, Slovakia
Tuesday, August 09, 2016      29 comments

I walk about 1/4 mile to the Danube River and along the path there until I come to this bridge. It's called the Novy Most (new bridge) or Most UFO... Read more
Singers don't dance & dancers don't sing?
Saturday, August 06, 2016      29 comments

That was the situation in our community theater group in Ohio. Not true in Slovakia! After Friday's classes were done for the day, at 4:30 we went to a folk singing workshop. ... Read more
Living as a student in a foreign country
Thursday, August 04, 2016      26 comments

DH and I like to travel, but this trip is a very different experience. Our usual plan is to research countries and travel on our own or with children and grandchildren. We also enjoy river cruises where our floating hotel takes us to major ci... Read more
Our "palace" in Slovakia
Sunday, July 31, 2016      35 comments

DH and I are in Bratislava studying Slovak language and culture. Last time we took this course we lived in the dorm. The students were very nice to their old classmates but this time we rented an apartment in "old town" close to the university... Read more
Searching for a new suit with Spark help
Friday, July 08, 2016      47 comments

A few months ago I decided to start swimming again and posted this picture in a blog. After 5 years in a drawer the elastic had deteriorated ... Read more
My weird hand injury
Wednesday, July 06, 2016      35 comments

Thank you for the good wishes for recovery. Day 4 and I am almost back to normal but still trying to do as much as possible with my left hand. That's not easy. I'm strongly right handed. My left hand and arm just coast through life. ... Read more
Look! We have twins!
Saturday, July 02, 2016      36 comments

Not children, just matching kayaks Exactly one month ago I blogged that I had an immediate need to make 3 purchases. The first was a new kay... Read more
How did the 2 of us create HER?
Monday, June 27, 2016      43 comments

That was DH's comment at the conclusion of DD's semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Competition on Thursday. We watched the live stream broadcast of the field of 12, down from the original 68 competitors invited to Fort Wo... Read more
Sparker Hayburner1969 finishing her semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Compet
Friday, June 24, 2016      35 comments

I LOVE this picture. At 2am Jeannie (my DD) posted the following on Facebook. "Hey everyone, I'm totally pooped and crawling into bed, but I want... Read more
"Several Amateur Pianists Stand Out in the Quarterfinals of the Cliburn"
Thursday, June 23, 2016      34 comments

And one of them is my DD#1 - Sparker Hayburner1969 She was pleased with her performance in the round of 30 (down from the 68 International competi... Read more

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