I was a Peace Corps Volunteer after I graduated from college. I served in Slovakia. It was an amazing experience! When I was over there, Steve actually came to visit me three times. It was great! He would bid his schedules so that he could come out every couple months for about two weeks at a time. Nice! During his visits, we traveled Slovakia (of course), Poland and Hungary.
Here is a picture of us in 2001 in Strbske Pleso, which is in the Tatra Mountain. We stayed at this lovely hotel and had a wonderful time. Goodness, we look so young!
I don't have any other pictures of us, since this was before digital cameras were popular. Wait, just found another shot...this was just in the hotel room I believe (again, we look so young!)
and since this everyone loves pictures, here is a picture of me in front of the University I worked at
** anytime I look back at these pictures I almost start crying since that really was just such a special time of my life...and I am sure any RPCV feels the same way!
In the 12 months before started our family we traveled a lot!!!! We went on four amazing trips - two we flew as revenue passengers (St. John and Alaska) since we just didn't want to mess with non-reving. But the other two trips we non-reved (Paris and Poland).
We actually took my father with us to Poland. We stayed there for 8 days, or something like this. We flew into London and then bought tickets on Central Wings to fly into Krakow. This is one of Steve' most favorite trips.
Here are a couple pictures from our train ride from Worclaw Poland to Krakow. That day we each drank about 2 liters of beer...needless to say, we had a great time!
Steve is one liter down!
And this is how the night ended at a bar in Krakow. No, I wasn't asleep, but I was afraid to have a face shot since my eyes were probably not looking too good.
Here is my cousin's friend which shows detail about the bar were we in...the bars in Krakow are just so cool - so old and so unique...what charm!
Here we are in Wroclaw, of course with beer!
Paris was actually a last minute trip (which happens a lot when you non-rev). We thought about Rome and even Disney, but ultimately we decided on Paris. We flew over in a 777, business first, and I can honestly say it was one of the best flights I ever had. Not only we were in extremely comfortable seats, but the plane never hit a second of turbulence.
We stayed at a little hotel that was very suitable. Here is a picture, but I forget the name
The view from our room (yes, that is Notre Dame)
Can't be in Europe without drinking good beer! These were expensive, but when in Rome...
We actually did Paris for about $1,000 total for the both of us. Not bad, not bad at all!
We went at the end of January. Aside from it being rather cold, we loved that time. When we travel in Europe we like to fly under the radar as a tourist and being in Paris in January allowed us to do that.
My sister lived in Paris for a year and gave us some really good advice. We ate dinner one night at La Volcan and it was perfect!
based on another sisterly recommendation we hung out at this bar one night, and had a great time! Poor Steve used the "toilet" there and will forever be scarred with the memory. The "toilet" was a hole in the ground...no joke!