Monday, October 31, 2011

The garden complete

I didn't do much which made me sad, but isn't it pretty? Carrots, cucumbers, peppers, peas, beets and things they eat here that I don't know the words in English.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!!

I was inspired by this picture to make Halloween cookies. The original intent was to do this with the girls earlier in the day... but somehow the day got away from us! They did help make the cookies, but they were in bed for decorating time. Mine didn't turn out quite as cute as the original, but hey. I tried.

Here are the witches:

At the bottom of that recipe, it says how to make bats. Notice there are no pictures of the bats in their recipe. I tried to follow the directions, but I'm pretty sure theirs turned out differently than ours. There are also cats in this picture, which the recipe did not have directions for. I thought they would turn out cute, but those didn't either. Jay helped with these.

And some ghosts and pumkins (Jay did not help with these).


Garden day at my house. The kids took over.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I was sooo happy to be here!

I tried to do Berlin in one day. I started before sunrise. Had breakfast and walked to the gate. One the way I saw this pfun jewlery store.

And not five minutes later I saw this pfun street sign.

Here's part of the wall that remains.

Look how pfun some Berliner was.

I thought this was a church and almost didn't stop. But then I went in and it was a church turned into a museum. It was beautiful inside. No photos allowed.


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Sunday, October 09, 2011


Today Ania told me she wanted to wear her "koh-ki-dunks". I wasn't sure what that meant, so I had her show me.

So I said "Oooooooooh, polka dots..." and she said "Yeah, kokidunks." That made me laugh.

And here is Alina... isn't she getting big!!?


Back in Burkina. Sigh. But not before giving you my last few photos. The vacation was great. I loved Poland. It was so pretty!

This is PoznaƄ's city hall.

After that I took the train south to Krakow. Took the late train at 4pm to arrive at 10:30 so I could see Poznan. After about 20 minutes the ticket man came to check my ticket. He said something to me in Polish, which I did not understand. So I said, "I don't speak Polish." So he said it again, only louder. (This was not helpful.) So I repeated what he said with a questioning look on my face. He said, what I understood to be, yes and left. I knew I couldn't change the situation, so I decided not to worry about it and go back to my book. We didn't get in until after 1am. I think he was trying to tell me they had switched the trains and now instead of it being an regional train it was an inter-city. Or the other way around. Anyway, it seemed as though I was the only one who didn't know this because when it was 10:30 and I was ready to get off the train, everyone else was sleeping. I guess they all speak Polish and knew what was going on.

I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. It was huge!

These are the latrines. Living with a latrine daily, when I first saw these I thought, "They didn't did that hole deep enough. This would overfill right away." The should be dug about 2.5 meters deep. These were probably less than one meter. In fact, I was right. It was someone's job to clean this daily. They had to bucket out all of the waste everyday. The guide said this was considered a good job, though, because that meant you got to be inside when it was cold or rainy and you got constant access to the latrine rather than only once or twice a day like other prisoners.

I also visted the Salt Mines. My pictures didn't turn out very well, so I'll spare you the details.

This is Sukiennice in the main square. It was pretty. When I went inside, though, it was just stalls full of tourist junk. :(

Long arm photos start. I'm glad my camera has GPS so I can remember where I was. I don't remember the name of this wall. But now they have concerts in there.

I think this is St. Andrew's Church. But I kind of forget. Good thing my camera has GPS and when I upload them I'll know exactly where I was!

I love nuns. Couldn't resist taking her photo.

Finally, this was in St. Mary's Basilica.

All that's left now is Berlin. And nine more months of Burkina.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Riga and $tockholm

Made it to Riga. It was cute. Not as cute as Tallinn, but still fun.

The Three Brothers are the oldest complex of houses in Riga, and each represents various periods of development of dwelling house construction in the Middle Ages.

We stumbled on this amazing bakery called Regensis. It was awesome. I realize this isn't a food blog, so I'll limit myself to 4 photos. :)

The first day I got cherry strudel. You can see it on the far right.

The second day I discovered this wonderful little treat. It's called biezpiena kuka which means "Rhoda could eat 50". It is basically whipcream with lemon zest and fruit on top. I looked for recipes, but of course they are all in Latvian. This will be a bigger project when I get home.

Nativity of Christ Cathedral

We went to the Riga Car Museum. Isn't this motorcycle silly? They had lots of fun cars there.

The House of the Blackheads was erected during the first third of the 14th century for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, a guild for unmarried German merchants in Riga. The structure was bombed by the Germans June 28, 1941 and the remains demolished by the Soviets in 1948. The current reconstruction was erected from 1995 to 1999.


This is Riksbankshuset. Formerly the Central Bank but used by the Parliament since 1983.

Riksdagshuset. Another government building.

Storkyrkan Church

I really loved this statue. It is called St George and the Dragon by Bernt Notke. The dragon's horns are elk horns!

Schantzka Huset. According to legend each of the white stones (90) commemorates a victim in the Blood-bath in 1520.

Riddarhuset (House of Nobility) Maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility.

If you win the Nobel Prize, this is where you'll eat dinner in December. The Stockholm City Hall. Our tour guide told us that each winner sits by a member of royalty on one side of them. I thought that was stupid. I'd rather bring two guests and sit by someone I like.

This is the Nordiska Muskeet. A museum. Unfortunately we didn't have time to go in. :(

Finally, we went to the biggest tourist trap in all of Stockholm. Stayed for about 15 minutes and left. But, hey. We did it.