Sorry for the pregnant pause between journal entries here. We’ve been busy and we’ve been tired. We hope everybody is enjoying the photos of some of our latest travels, and we’ll have many more soon to come. In the meantime, it was bittersweet to leave Budapest. We loved our stay there and met some great people. On our last night I got to play basketball with some of Jess’ coworkers. The courts and the rims were ghetto, but we managed to squeak out a victory. It was USA vs. Macedonia/Bulgaria. Afterwards, we had some drinks and ate langosh, this artery stopping creation of fried dough, sour cream, and mozzarella. I won’t be eating langosh again. After saying our goodbyes, we headed to Innsbruck via train. This was our first train experience, and I think we both agree, it is 1,000 times better than flying. It was nice to see rural parts of Hungary and Austria as we travelled through. Innsbruck is something you have to see to believe. Pictures can’t do it justice. It’s a small town nestled in between the Swiss Alps. The Alps are incredible, huge, beautiful, and daunting. We may swing back through Innsbruck on our way up to Germany so we can hike. All of the trails are free and open to the public. The next day we continued on by train, through the Alps, which was amazing, and then on to Florence. Florence is known for being one of the birth places of the Renaissance. There is a lot of important art and history in this small town. We had a great time. Within 30 minutes of our arrival a huge street protest broke out in front of our hotel. Flares were lit, the police were out, and things got loud. If you are ever in Florence ask a local where to eat. We made the mistake of not doing this the first night and had a meal we could easily get at Olive Garden. The second night we asked a local and had an amazing meal, with homeade ravioli, great pizza, and great salad. Florence is very touristy as well, and it becomes tough to sift through the tourism and find the real city. We’re now in Todi, a small town in the Umbria region of Italy. Our hosts, Ev and Claudia have been very sweet to us, and we eat well every night. The work has been hard, and the weather has been hot, but our spirits are high and we’re having a blast. Ali will touch on our experience here more in the next post with photos. We will try to get more photos and more stories up within the next day. We miss you all.
Landon and Ali