Switzerland Day 2: Schynige Platte

September 3, 2016 // 0 Comments

Note:  There are going to be some pretty epic pictures in this post.  Click on the link to see them in full detail. Our second day to our Switzerland journey involved a trip up to a place called Schynige Platte. which is a beautiful spot in the Bernese Oberland, It offers spectacular views of the surrounding ranges, including the three that are the most famous, The Eiger, The Jungfrau and the Monch– the story goes that the 2 Male peaks are Eiger and Monch and they are always fighting over The Jungfrau (young woman).  The views from the top were spectacular, but the train to get us up to the top of the Platte is equally remarkable.  The rail line opened as a steam line in 1893 and was electrified in 1914.  The train leaves from Winderswil (where we were staying), Elevation 1916 feet and ends up at about 6,500 feet.  There is a full service hotel and restaurant at the top, which couldn’t have been any easy feat to conquer.  What […]

Switzerland — Day One in Wonderland

September 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

This trip we went to Germany and Switzerland for 2 weeks and essentially 2 additional days, but we really only got one additional day out of it.  I wish we would have spent an additional day exploring the towns around Interlaken, but we will go back at some point to explore the places we didn’t get a chance to. Trains, Trains, Trains. Part of the reason I wanted to go to Switzerland were the trains and all the connections we would make in a short period of time.  Elliott has always been so fascinated by trains that I wanted to go on a trip with him while he was still so enamored with trains and I noticed a few years ago that the Alp trains and trams were quite unique.  Our journey from Koln would have us taking the ICE express to Switzerland– the ICE got up to  290km per hour headed back and forth from Frankfurt– pretty impressive.  At the Swiss Border we switched to the Swiss Bahn trains, finally arriving […]


September 1, 2016 // 0 Comments

This blog was started in 2006 as a way to keep everything categorized while I was travelling through China.  Over the last 10 years, it has gone through its cycles of travel blog, political blog and commentary on parenthood– and I mostly keep doing it so that my children will have a way to hopefully connect with me long after I have gone.  It’s hard to keep track of all the entries about all of the different things, but its all here for you to read and enjoy.

Birth of a Nation

August 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

Whenever I come back from a trip abroad, it takes some time to get back into the flow of things. I always notice some things that maybe I would have missed before, but the new perspective of a different country, a different culture always opens me up to reflect a little more on my own culture.  We are an absurd culture of people, torn into hundreds of different beliefs and philosophies and nothing makes that more apparent more than a trip outside of the country. I was appalled to come back and find “Birth of a Nation” has been remade. You are probably like most American’s who don’t know what the original film, released in 1915, the film gave rise to a resurgence of the KKK, who were glorified in the film as the saviors– the film was used for years afterward as a recruiting agent for the KKK.  The term blackface comes from the film as white actors were used with shoe grease on their face. The film presents black men […]

Our Dumb Country is at it again

July 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

What have I brought two wonderful children into? This weeks news is just going to rip us further apart from one another– much like the presidential election we are all being forced into.  We are all encouraged, if not forced, to take a side– pick one or the other– and we REALLY don’t like either– we tolerate them, they are a part of our story as a nation– even through it’s a story that sounds better as a fable than a reality.  Wait, am I still talking about the Presidential race or am I now talking about the PO-Lice vs the Black Man? We are again back to the difficult time that we never quite fix– the old issue of race and power.  Last week, another two black males are gunned down — lethal shots that kill both of these people.  Both were carrying, you guessed it, guns.  Because they are black, its automatically a race thing, but the Police Officer who shot the guy in St. Paul was Asian.  He said […]

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