· Took my virgin trip across the pond.
· Got a stamp in my passport.
· Became a foreigner.
· Schlepped too much luggage on planes, trains and automobiles.
· Dealt with MRSA.
· Ate 1,279 pretzels and pastries and STILL lost 3 pounds.
· Made my first Prime Rib and nailed it!
· Made Christmas dinner using only the tools a typical bachelor would have on hand…translate: spoons and knives and a whisk. Super thankful for the whisk.
· Climbed into the turret of a castle and surveyed the kingdom.
· Trespassed at Neuschwanstein castle.
· Witnessed an epic fall in which the fall-ee held a cup of coffee and did not spill a single drop.
· Looked up “What to do if someone goes missing in a foreign country” on my iphone.
· Nearly caused a coup.
· Discovered Ouzo…a greek licorice liquor (yum)…and “took care of” all rejected shots. *hiccup*
· Pointed out 1,369,254 dips, divots, lips and holes to my folks as we walked the cobbled streets of Europe.
· Cursed the European design of threshold unevenness as I stubbed my toe for the 154th time.
· Said “Danke” in France and “Merci” in Germany and said “Thank you” in Prague because I could never remember to say “dejuki” (pronounced dye-quee).
· Fell in love with the greeting: “Bonsoire”…it is just beautiful when the French say it…
· Stepped in countless spit globs on Paris sidewalks. (gross)
· Bargained a few deals at the Paris flea market.
· Imagined the damage I could have done at the flea market if only I had unlimited resources to get the stuff home.
· Gazed upon the Eiffel tower with awe.
· Met Mona.
· Avoided pick pockets.
· Avoided a terrorist attack.
· Went to Christmas markets in Paris and Prague…after Christmas.
· Ate Crème Brulee that just melted on the spot…
· Went to the Moulin Rouge and caused a small explosion.
· Had the best meal (goulash) of my life in Prague.
· Discovered baked fruit tea…oh my…
· Bought $650 worth of chocolate…when the salesperson in Prague charged my credit card 15,000 crown rather than 1,500 crown…luckily, it did actually come off of my card…whew.
· Prayed for the beautiful city of Prague, the most un-churched city in the world with 90% atheism, and a beautiful ancient cathedral on nearly every block. Amazing.
· Schlepped our bags home, arriving with them all.
· Didn’t use a single curse word on the way home even though our flight was diverted and delayed…I thought them…many of them…but didn’t utter them.
· Marvelled at God’s favor towards us as I came home with a heart full of love and memories of a trip of a lifetime! So thankful!!