L’Abri, The Shelter

Huemoz, Switzerland
10 July 2009

I’ve made the first real deviation in my Europe plans today. I broke off from Charlie and Andi this morning and took a train (three actually) to the tiny village of Aigle (which is pronounced “Eegg-le). I’m now waiting for a bus to take me up the mountain to Huemoz, which is near Villars. It is there that I will find L’Abri. As in all cases, I have expectations of what L’Abri is. As in most cases, I’m sure my expections will need to be refigured.

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Aigle, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland

I think this break will do me good. I can feel my mind slowly going bonkers. I’ve been exposed to at least 8 languages, Russian, Estonia, Ukrainian, Turkish, Norsk, Greek, Italian, and now French. I’ve also covered countless kilometers, and spent six nights travling and not in a real bed of any sorts…seven if you count the kitchen floor in Rome.

Despite the fact that Rome and Florence were a bit slower than Greece, I need to find some direction. Not only for my trip, but for me. And I’m hoping that L’Abri will help point me in the right direction.

I have no real plans to journal during the trip, which I think is a bit odd since I would suspect most people would use this as a time to journal explicitly.

I’ll see you on the other side.

Dateline: Florence, Day 1 – Return to the Scene of the Crime

Florence, Italy
9 July 2009

I was in Florence once before, almost three years ago. A lot has changed, not in Florence so much as with me. I graduated, secured a job, and am back in Seattle.

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Florence, Tuscany, Italy


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Florence, Tuscany, Italy

There’s something to be said for traveling almost a third of the way around the world and seeing good friends.

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Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Interestingly enough, “grand teton” doesn’t quite translate the way you think it might from French.

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Florence, Tuscany, Italy


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Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Dateline: Rome, Day 2 – The Vatican

Rome, Italy
7 July 2009

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Vatican City, , Vatican City


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Dateline: Rome, Day 1

Rome, Italy
6 July 2009

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Rome, Lazio, Italy


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