first, it’s memorial day.Â i don’t feel at all like it’s a holiday or very patriotic right now, but i guess that’s what happens when you’re so distant from american culture.
and my new favorite song is Sweet Pea by Amos Lee.Â it makes me smile.Â really, it does.Â
but onto the real post (warning: very long entry and three random links to video clips here and there)…
after a week of being gone, i’m home.Â i’ve been to italy and i’ve been to a town in the north-east of Germany.Â i’ve seen friends from back at my “real” home and i’ve had to meet new people.Â i’ve been outside on sunny days and have sat under an umbrella on the not-so-sunny days.Â i’ve spent hours on trains and i’ve been in a hot stuffy van in the midst of crawling traffic.Â it’s been lovely and i’ve enjoyed every minute of my time away, but i do find that i’m quite content to be back here in the confines of my yellow walls and “normal” routine.
i’ve taken so many pictures (and video clips) in the last week and so i thought you might enjoy having images to go along with what i write — but really, it’s just a way of getting out of writing.Â the more pictures i show, the less i have to write!
on monday morning, amy and i woke up from our phone ringing at the time we were supposed to be leaving the building (moral of the story, don’t trust me with the alarm clock — i sleep through everything).Â in three minutes we had thrown our clothes on, grabbed our bags, made sure we had tickets and passports, and ran out, hoping that we’d catch our train.Â we did (and lucky me, two hours later at one of the bigger train stations i even got to brush my teeth!).Â but anyway, we got to her house and we had the bestest time ever in italy.Â
a few pictures from a day in venice:
stepping out of the train station…
gondolas (Gondoliers, anyone?)…
friends in venice…
from “The Gondoliers” set…
“wow!Â they’re real!”
we didn’t ride on the gondolas, but the gondoliers posed for a picture…
your little girl in Venice, Italy…
traveling is always better with other people.Â crazy things always happen.
during our visit with them
we were able to experience everything american and wonderful (including a tour of american helicoptors!).
as much as i loved italy, i was grateful for landing back into germany where i can say “vielen Dank” and other such lovely words and not feel like a complete idiot for saying it in the wrong country.Â and germany is always so beautiful.
we arrived back at bodenseehof on friday morning at 8:45 am.Â we packed up and left again at 1:30 pm.Â the whole team (and a few others) headed off to BobengrÃ¼n (an outdoor conference rather like Beyond the Song) where we would be playing.Â on our way there we got caught in traffic and enjoyed our “quality” time together to enjoy some music.
ryan is our banjo player and wears his mullet with pride.
matt is our lead guitarist and most of the time, vocalist.Â he enjoys calling me strange names and making fun of the meaning of my real name.
evelyn mÃ¼ller.Â she likes fun photos from strange angles.
lorna, amy, and evelyn…
so i was in a skit where i had to dance with a whisk.Â so what?Â that’s normal, right?
they told us to pack for rain, but the first day was cloudless and hot.Â i still carried the umbrella around with me and sometimes used it.
the second day it did rain.Â it rained with no concern about us poor people who had to sit in the outdoors during the meetings.
all the umbrellas were rather fun…
that day i really did need the umbrella…
and then a few hours later is amazing skies again…
waiting for our sound check…
some pictures that i took of my lovely bodenseehof people.Â you don’t know them, but i like the pictures.
and me with some of my dear German girls.
and i’ve now spent a total of over two hours on this computer so i’m going to get off.Â
12 thoughts on ““goes on for an eternity” entry”
so good to catch up, thanks for the “chat.”
(umm, and i can’t believe that my louissa is traipsing around international cities, comfy and confident as can be! dude, i’m totally taking you anywhere i go!)
loved all your pics!
(jealousy is a sin, right??)
My first thought was a spoiled reaction: “I don’t want to watch the videos and see that she is having fun somewhere else…” But, that’s not really what I feel and want, it was just me being a brat.
So, then as I was watching the videos, I thought to myself, “Louissa – don’t stop talking at all! I want you to video tape every second of every day so that I can pretend that I know exactly what your life is like over there!”
And then the video would come to an end and I would watch it again so that I could hear your voice and see how long your hair is (my hair is getting long too!) and see you smile.
But, anyways –
I miss you.
You are blessed to be one of those people who make fun wherever they go and wherever they are and with whatever they are doing. So very blessed. And people with you are blessed as well. Love to see you and all you are up to!
well weese, thanks for sharing, I believe it was wednesday while I was shaving upstairs and there were people singing and such when I thought to myself, “I miss louissa terribly. Especially her singing downstairs in the morning.
oh my goodness i love you. this was the best entry.
and i like amos lee too. but not as much as i like you.
nowhere near as much.
i love amos lee too. 🙂
i love all your pictures. especially the umbrella ones and you dancing with the whisk. and the venice pictures are so gorgeous that they hardly seem real. and when i am away from dial-up i will watch the videos. :p
i got your letter yesterday. it made me very happy. i love you.
okay, evelyn looks like luann green and amy looks like melissa gardner. a lot. it’s kinda creepy. anyways…
i love pictures. lots and lots.
merrick just got off the phone with you and he’s talking about how much he wishes you were here. me too.
it sounds like your having such a great time 🙂 italy looks wonderful.
your pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and worth a million words. i might borrow one to draw sometime, they are very inspiring 😛
it was very sweet of you to comment on my prom picutes, but then again your a very sweet girl. i miss you 🙂
I didn’t realize how jealous of your world travels I was till’ I read/watched this post. Thanks for making Pittsburgh a thoroughly inadequate place to be! (Just playin’) Very glad to see that you are doin’ well! Be safe in all of your travels and hope that you come back to the states someday; it’d be very nice to see you again.
3 more months!! (Well…. 3 months and a couple days…) Can I just tell you that there’s no way on earth you can possibly understand how excited we all are that you’re on the homestretch and that we get to have you back SOON?!?!
It’s been awhile since I’ve read any of your updates. I think I just get jealous of all the fun you’re having on your adventures.
While looking at your pics, I began thinking about how in Spain I was going to drop everything and come with you.
Well, practicalities won out, and I’m sure my parents are happy for that one (and I suppose I’m glad to be done with school)…but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t have had a rockin’ time over there in Europe.
Anywho, I’m glad to see you’re still doing great! And, well, I miss you, too:)