:::||our trip in brief||:::
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ok. me and peter fly from mpls to oslo. stayed with ina and family. next we went to b, 3 hours outside of oslo.. stayed with my good friend anniep who is/was going to school there. next was stockholm, stayed on a ship/hostel, things were getting expensive, weather was getting cold.. we were ready to move on down.. naturally denmark next, copenhagen. didn't care much for that city, so we cruised down to berlin, didn't stay, but knew we could get pretty much anywhere we wanted to go through the Berlin station... we were going to goto dresden, but the next train wasn't for 9 more hours... so we headed off to leipzig, germany instead. had a wonderful time there. next was prague. stayed there for a week. nice but very very touristy. we were now ready for the country again, we heard about a cozy little town called chesky krumlov, and decided to head there. i loved it. stayed about a week, then it was time to move on again. vienna, austria was next, stayed with a girl and here family, and once again, me and peter had a wonderful time. from there we went to budapest, hungary. one of my favorite cities... after that we headed down south hungary to szeged. from there we went to brasov, very beautiful, very cheap... small(er). then onto sofia, bulgaria, stayed with a group of people we knew... onto greece, salonica, then athens, big ship to create, rained on us the whole time.. 5 days of horrible weather. we left, back to the mainland, then on another ship to bari, italy. from bari to messinal. next day onto syracuse. after syracuse we backtracked through sicily and stayed in catania. then upto rome. me and peter parted. peter went to barcelona and i stayed in rome and then headed up to florence. we both met back up at the airport in paris. and we flew home. start from the beginning!
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pj or pete: peter
city and country: home, minnesota, USA
date posted: Mon Dec 24 07:34:16 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
the fish returneth. Well, I survived the freezing french weather in Avignon and Paris, survived being held-up by a Barcelona junkie with a hypodermic needle, survived Pj's attempts to choke me---and for all of it, I think I am a better man. It is mighty mighty nice being back home. Special thanks must go out to Evans and Fam, who pulled a perfect stranger off the Paris streets and into their home. Peace to all.

[todays highlights: eating limitless, home-cooked food]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: home, usa
date posted: Sat Dec 22 20:56:21 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
wow. its been a long haul. but ive made it, im home now. i took a night train from flornece to paris and flew from paris to detriot then onto minneapolis. met this french dude on the train from florence to paris who would not stop talking to me.. .and the crazy thing was, he spoke no english, i speak no french, but this didnt stop him. he was getting all excited. couldnt shut the guy up!~ i just wanted to sleep. got to paris at 9am. i had no idea where to go, and had no franks, i wasnt about to hit the atm just for a metro ride, so i set down my bag and begged for money... then god sent down a little angel. this girl came up to me, and asked if i needed help, if i was okay. she took me to the airport herself.. i would never have found the way. thanks liz! met up with peter at the airport. exchanged stories... mine where better. i looked at peter, i said lets go home peter, lets go home. we hopped on the plane and started are full day jouney home. our parents were at the airport waiting for us. we are all home now, the whole family. and it is good. my mother and one of my sisters cooked a yummy meal. and it was good. my room! clean and warm. and only mine... the bathroom and showers! i took so much for granted! i appreciate everything. im about ready to go appreciate my bed right now. so this is it. feel free to add your email address still, i will still be sending out mailings whenever i update the euro-page. (.. when i add more pictures ect.) it will take a bit for any to go up. im tired and i have many projects i am working on... anyhow. this trip was great. i really could not have had it better. i met some really great people.. stayed at some really great places, saw so much... me and peter came out alive and not hating eachother.. we have never spent more than a week side-by-side, we both had no idea how we would do our 2 and half month trip together. bit of advise. before you marry your girlfriend/boyfriend, take her/him on a two month trip. if it works marry. you two will be able to make it through anything... i truely believe this. thanks everyone who put us up! who fed us! who loved us! thanks friends and family for following along on me and my bro's journey. thanks for the emails and bits of advise. euro-2001 pj, signing off (merry christmas!)

[todays highlights: seeing the fam. eating french toast. my clean cozy private room and showers that stay nice and hot!!]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: florence, italy
date posted: Thu Dec 20 06:15:34 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
this is it. this is the last post from europe. one more when im home. i cannot believe how fast this time has flown. it seems like yesterday me and peter got on taht plane and flew over, now already we ar flying back. i have a direct train leaving tonight, from florence, straight to paris. so this is it. kisses and spankings. pj

[todays highlights: jason and his brother nathan cooking me breakfast in bed.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: florence, italy
date posted: Wed Dec 19 08:15:27 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
here chilling in florence with nathan and jason... i leave tomorrow to paris at 7:50pm... arrive in the morning... and fly out for mn around 2pm. peter writes the log, but not his bro. thanks. we met up with some friends from rome here, (hello kartrina, nurse fee-fee, and carly, my little angel. i have no time, have to go pj

[todays highlights: seeing mikes david... again.]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: Barcelona, spain
date posted: Tue Dec 18 13:05:47 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
Peter the fish is going strong in B-town. Barthelona, as the locals call it, is a nice, cosmopolitan, international, up and coming city. Its definitely a city of the present, in contrast to old old towns like Rome and Athens, that exist in the present as monuments to their own pasts. There are an awful lot of homeless folk, shady moroccans, junkies and gitano circus types--all who tend to get in your face. The people here speak Catalan, and Spanish is a second language, so all the street signs look funny. But I have been using my spanish like crazy, and thats a lot of fun. Everyone is really helpful and friendly. I asked a lady in the supermarket a simple question yesterday, and she ended up taking me on a tour of the city. Did you know you can buy beer here at Macdonalds?

[todays highlights: tell ya when i get home]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: rome, italy
date posted: Mon Dec 17 04:21:58 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
in rome still. leaving tomorrow,not quite sure where,mostlikely florence. andfrom there to paris. i fly out on the 21st. so 4 more days. havent heard from my bro at all... hope all is well. yesterday i tried to find the mouth of truth... couldnt find it... its a scultpure, you stick your hand in the mouth and someone asks you a question, and if you lie, it bites off your hand. there is so much to see here! they are trying to add to their two line underground,but everywhere they dig, they have to stop because they keep running into old ruins. its very sunny today. very chilly too. xmas decorations are going up everywhere... doesnt really seem like xmas though.

[todays highlights: waking up in Jtrains bed.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: rome, italy
date posted: Sun Dec 16 04:44:45 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
went to the bone church with some others staying at the yellow hostel. it was pretty amazing. a little creepy. me and peter went our seperate ways yesterday.. im still in rome, he is heading for barcelona last he said.. i was also going to head there, but i think we need a little breather. im going to go try and find the mouth of truth today... you put your hand in the statues mouth and someone asks you a question, if you lie it will bite your arm off. im not sure what im going to do till the 21st. its not much time... slowely make my way north i suppose. jason and his brother nathan may be coming with me... that rain cloud followed us to rome to... but the day peter left, the weather cleared up and the sun came out. it was him all along. today i am beat! starting to get sick. the last 4 nights i have gotten so little sleep... im just trying to stay strong until i am home.

[todays highlights: bone church]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: rome, italy
date posted: Fri Dec 14 07:31:52 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
took a trian from catania, to rome. 11 hours. it was a beautiful train ride.. right along the toe and up, moutains everwhere, the ocean, blue and green... little town, orange trees everywhere. i really wanted to stay at least one day in rome... i would love to chill a little longer, but pete really wants to move (story of this trip). but i have already seen rome, so, i can understand. but there is so much. its by far one of my favorite cities... so last night. we get here around 10pm.. and head striaght for the hotel de artistes, a place i stayed two years ago and remember it being cheap and fun... it had changed... was expensive and looked kinda poopy. so we took of, walked out on the street, all of a sudden this kid goes scootin by on a skateboard... and its jason baerh.. i guy i worked with all summer long! here in rome! at 10:40pm... this city is so big you couldnt plane to meet someone if you tried. it just makes you think... think how many people you know, but just miss eachothers paths... by seconds.. peter bumped into a guy that he had met on his last trip here in rome a year ago. today there was a protest going on. soo many people, ivenever seen so many young people in one area.. me and peter tried crossing, and right when we did, they charged... just all started running... like a pack of wild horses! and so we statrted to run to the other side of the road, to get out of the way... but it was too late for me... i was in the middle. i kept on going.. knocking people over, i looked back and they were just getting trampled over and over.. it was insane. we saw he trevi fountain, the birthday cake, (holly roman forum, it was closed, so just from the outside, id already seen it.. so) spanish steps. saw lots today, lots of which we had no idea what it was.. we walked and walked... we are staying at the yellow hostel. trying to figure out how to get to barcelona tomorrow... from barcelona to paris, and home. the euro-2001-trip-of-love-hour-glass is running out... but not yet fool! shnizza

[todays highlights: bumping into jason baehr]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: Catania, Sicily, Italia
date posted: Wed Dec 12 04:41:22 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
our room me and peter are staying in is soo cold. last night we could see our breath when we went to bed. he has come. mr.sun is here. peter went to some small village today, left me alone. what is a boy to do but play in the sun. tomorrow we will leave to the mainland. we.ve met some fun locals who have been kind enough to show us around. fo shizza. you pay people here to watch your car...ifyou have a nice one, if you do not pay them to watch it, they themselves will key your car. so really you pay them to not scratch your car. theyve been having us try all the foods here.. from my-little-poney, to deep fried egglookingthings.. ive noticed that all the americans ive met or overheard us the F word tons! the people we met here were very surprised that we never used it... its peoples lack of a good vocabulary... its a brainless filler word. me and peter are going to spain. the sun is out and i must play. goodday...

[todays highlights: warm sun]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: Catania, Sicily, Italia
date posted: Tue Dec 11 10:34:06 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
met some Sicilians here at the hostel last night, and they took us around town last night and brought us to an "authentic" Sicilian resturant today, where i had the pleasure of dining on cooked horsemeat--a dish peculiar to the island. It was mighty good! I dont think i will ever be able to ride a horse again without salivating a little. Perhaps pony is especially tender... This is the land of ten trillion scooters, theyre everywhere, alng with these tiny three wheeled pick up trucks called "apes". Another novel peculuarity here in Sicily is the kissing. It is polite, upon meeting or leaving a friend to kiss them on both cheeks--and it doesnt matter if they are male or female, which has taken some getting used to. There certainly isnt the same Northern concept of personal space, which I think is just fine. Weather has been unremitting in its poopyness. ciao, ---the fish.

[todays highlights: eating horse]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: catania, sicily, italy
date posted: Mon Dec 10 10:53:13 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
the rain has followed us here from crete. peter is not happy about that. hes not happy about his feet always being wet... either am i. they are stinky feet. we want sun... cold sun is fine... just some sun. peter lost his rain jacket on the train.. or i should say forgot it on the train in greece, so thats no fun for him. we are in catania, and the rain has subsided for the timebeing... still overcast. we are at the agorahostel. right by the train tracks.. ever 10 minutes you are reminded that you are right by the train tracks. me and peter had a good time in syracuse in spite of the rain... we met some fun locals... went to dr. sams and peter pan. everyone, everyoone we talk to wants to come and live in america, its getting old... they have these false dreams... theyve been watching too much mtv or american movies... i dont know. we are midway between syracuse and port town messina... we want to go see mt. etna, an active volcano here on sicily, weather permitting... if mr.rain is here tomorrow we will head to naples.. we dont know... well. hello my little valary... where-ever you are.. pj

[todays highlights: the rain, people constantly starring at us, being wet, no sun, and paying for the restrooms...]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: syracuse, sicily, italia
date posted: Fri Dec 7 08:54:18 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
yo. sicilia is good. im getting by fine with words I learned from the Godfather movies and a few spanish words thrown in. Disapointed with mafia for giving us no welcome whatsoever. Gonna send em a message... The food, wine, and weather--all of which are represented by classical dieties, and for good reason--are unsurpassed in our travels thus far. Greece was a bummer, poo weather and a well worn tourist infrastructure that kept out anything exciting or unexpected. Especially after wild romania. But had the weather been nice we probably would have loved it. One thing I forgot to mention: Chauga dancing in Bulgaria. Remind me to tell you about it when I get back.

[todays highlights: pastapasta]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: syracus, italy
date posted: Fri Dec 7 08:51:48 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
took a superfast-my-ass ferry to bali, italy. 15 hours or so, slept on the seats... and woke very early. took a train to the very toe of italy and then a short ferry across.. to messina, on sicily. stayed the night... we awoke bright and early this morning (thanks!... ya you, thanks) and took a train to syracus... nice city, havent really seen much of it yet. nice old town.. warm weather... sunny off and on... the wine is very yummy. (dont worry mother.. in moderation) the noodles are good too... i dont think many big blond-viking tourists venture out where we are.. it doesnt seem that way by the stares me and peter have been recieving.... from young and old... turns out we are flying out of paris on the 21st now... parents just sent me a note saying so... didnt say why...hmmm... oh yes, just got news that my sister heather is withchild. congrats again heath!!!! and tom!! take care everyone. and until next log. pjraygun

[todays highlights: italian wine. italian smiles. italian computers. warth. sun. love.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: portas, greece
date posted: Wed Dec 5 06:20:38 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
its sunny and warm here! finally. we are waiting for our little ship to sail us away to italy. we leave at 6. its 16 hours. its another big old boat... bigger even than the last two we rode. last night we took a ship from crete to the mainland... and the waves were BIG... you couldnt walk straight... things were falling... felt a little sick. laying in bed was fine though... very calming actually... fell right asleep only to be woken by a fat man who snored louder than thunder... i tried barking at him and yelling. didnt work.so, peter hit him with a pillow throught the night to shut him up...fat people should be made to sleep on their tummies!!! ohh loardy im a reck today. on to our way to bari, italy. our ship is leaving now. bye. pj

[todays highlights: warm, sun, and lots of love]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: somewhere on crete, greece
date posted: Mon Dec 3 02:43:23 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
in some town, on some island, somewhere in greece. its raining again. yesterday me and peter went to the beach and watched the waves. it was amazing!! going right over the breakwall, into the parking lot. cars were underwater upto their roofs. i guess a couple got swept out. the gusts of wind were soo strong. we are planning on leaving tomorrow, but in order to leave the sea has to be calm. i talked to someone, he told me that the ship we came on was the 'small one'. he said the other has 5 pools, 4 bars, 3 discos... scary! mom, i have little itchy bumps on me, are they bedbugs? write me quick. if im still around to read the email. pjandthedroogiesoflove

[todays highlights: getting bedbugs.]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: Rethymos, Grease
date posted: Mon Dec 3 02:41:33 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
another bleary day in Crete. Here we are in the very southernmost point of Europe, and we are hit with rain and cold windy weather. The locals are begining to suspect we are to blame, and we may soon be sacrificed to zeus for appeasment. The Greeks are the most accustomed to tourists and probably for this, the most unfriendly of all the countries we've past through. They are also the heftiest people we've seen since we left the States. The weatehr has brought some rough seas, though. Yesterday we watched huge waves pounding against the breakwall, flooding the areas surrounding the harbor and seriously punishing some of the structures and cars there. Sadly, they were unsurfable, since the high winds blew off the crests before they could stack up. pj nd I have been making the best of it though---saw Harry Potter amidst a sea of chattering greek children yesterday. Special shot out to Radislava and her mom. You were excedingly hospitable and I greatly appreciate all the great Bulgarian food and all the time you took off from scholl for us Rady. Shots must also go out to UltraAlex the Smooth Sofian and his sidekick DeviousDez. Hope all is well back in Sof. Well, pj keeps calling me dirty and I suppose he's right. But not for long. Today I took all I have to the loundrymat, including my last pair of socks and chonies. Feeling mighty free as I write here.

[todays highlights: finding a laundrymat]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: rymthmoko?, greece (island:crete)
date posted: Sat Dec 1 03:50:41 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
hello. we are in greece, as far south as you can go, and its still kinda cold!! we are on the western side of crete. we are staying in a little village.. we have a nice pension, cheap, clean, really friendly, moped rentals close by, internet closeby, markets everywhere. the toilets are odd, squatters, just holes, toilet paper goes into a basket... kinda primal. me and peter are beat@@@ we left thessaloniki, took a train to athens(tried to, we got kicked off for some reason in some small town, they booted us right off because we wouldnt pay them $30 (scam!!) (we had our interrail passes, they said they were no good... grrrr) so we arrived in athens at 7pm, took the metro to peasa, and a ship, a big old ship, was leaving to crete at 8, we made it by 5 minutes... the boat was mongo, pool, two resturants, a disco dance floor, bars bars bars... we got a cabin and slept like babies... until 6am, (ten hour trip) we arrived and were woken by the staff... we then went to the airport to check on flights... to italy, but no luck. so we took a bus to here, rymothiskos, i dont know the name... we are tired, but we did it... peter only gets mean when hes hungary, so i brought some candy bars with me, when he started getting snippy, i unwrapped one and threw it to him, he ate it like a jungle-cat, and he was happy. if only it was that easy with me. hes happy, im happy, we are in crete. pj

[todays highlights: none, damn it!@]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: thessaloniki, greece
date posted: Thu Nov 29 06:25:43 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
left sofia, bulgaria last night at 11pm. took the night train to thessaloniki... we were woken ever 15 minutes it seemed. ohh! me and peter got virtually no sleep. we got in at 7:30am. finally some warmth. no more snow. we are going to leave tomorrow, head south, to a smaller, warmer town. this is the second biggest city, after athens. a funny little tidbit: the other night.. i guess i got up out of my bed (this is all according to peter) and got in his... and started rubbing his butt!!! can you believe that!? then peter yelled at me, told me to go back to my own bed. and i made some gunt noise and left. yikes! im scared to sleep now. this trip has been bonding, that is for sure. [thanks again bulgarian crew! me and peter had a great time.. rady, teddy, alex, desi, stephen, rosi, even you too micheal, thanks!!]

[todays highlights: getting off the train, and taking off my sweater... ]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: sofia, bulgaria
date posted: Wed Nov 28 10:49:48 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
almost got stuck in Rila, where the famous Rila monastary has been tucked between the mountains for almost a millenium. Rady went with me and we almost had to spend the night there when we missed the bus--butr we were able to hitch a ride back into town with a nice middle aged bularian couple. Came back to Rady's house, and her mom fed us another outrageous Bulgarian meal, with delcious shopska salad and bulgarian wieners and lots of rakia--a heated brandy with honey. We are quite the novelty for Danka--rady's mom--since we are the first americans she has ever met. Sofia is lovely--the highest capital in Europe. You can see majestic mountians all around. But it is cold, so tonight we take a night train to Thessolonika, Greece. Warm weather!

[todays highlights: hitchhiking back to sofia]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: sofia, bulgaria
date posted: Tue Nov 27 08:43:58 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
left brasov for bucharest, we had to kill 5 hours until our train left. so we walked around. my gosh! very sad.. so many homeless,. shoeless, little kids all together huffing glue and paint. dogs are wild, roaming the streets everywhere. drunks, herion eyes, people pissing all over, everything smelly and filthy. this was the train station, and train stations tend to be the worst... so... but still. so we took the train to sofia, bulgaria, a nice train, so we got a sleeper car, which worked out great... i fell right asleep around 12, and the conductor woke us up at 6am when our train arrived. it was clean, warm, cozy... the bathrooms were getto... as usual. when mwe got off the train, we were the last... we kept on falling back asleep after the conductor would wake us... there was a little lady holding a sign, "piater a pol", it tuned out that our bulgarian friend, rady, had called and made arrangments for us, bless her little heart (mom). the next day she showed me and peter around, the old churches and buildings... parliment.... shops, markets... she made us breakfast too. yum yum. (alex, hello) tomorrow we leave for greece, peter says.

[todays highlights: drunk dog]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: brasov, romania
date posted: Sun Nov 25 01:23:11 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
my highlight is a lie. leaving today, a liuttle bummed we cant spend more time here with the romaniacs, but "gotta be movin on". Next the fierce and uncouth Bulgars.

[todays highlights: winning a fistfight with an eleven year old gypsy girl]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: brasov, romania
date posted: Sun Nov 25 00:38:31 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
we saw these two gypsies singing yesterday, and this gaurd just ran over and kicked the little girl... they are everywhere... me and peter see them playing, having fun, then they see us and pretend to cry... one grabbed on to peters leg as we walked... wouldnt let go. lots of time when we are bothered we pretend not to know english, and me and peter will speak crazytalk back and forth... laugh a little, a litte more crazytalk and walk away. the other day this guy in the streets wanted us to give money to him for some kind of homeless shelter... there were lots of them.. asking people to donate money... me and peter said we would be in town for a couple more days, and maybe then... anyhow, the next day a girl from the same group comes up to us and askes us... me and peter pretend not to know any english... she keeps on trying... and me and peter keep on pretending not to understand a thing shes saying... all of a sudden there is the guy... he just starts yelling, liar, liar! oh we felt dumb... but it was pretty funny. we leave for bucharest in a couple hours (im at the train station killing time). sorry if this entry is a mess. im exhausted. train time-sleep time

[todays highlights: the little gypsies]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: brasov, romania
date posted: Fri Nov 23 15:38:08 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
hiked to the top of toiroes mountain. took 50 min up, and 40 min down. at the top we overlooked all of brasov. its a beautiful little town. its funny, we were warned over and over of romania, but ive felt more safe here then most other cities we've been in. we were bothered on the train a bit.. and downtown by little kids... they grab on your let and hang on... asking for money. we give them food, but no money. were are these kids parents. we leave the 25th for some small town in romania, we havent chosen yet.. then off to bulgaria. its snowing again. big flakes. its late and im off to bed. pj

[todays highlights: johnny, the one man band]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: brasov, romania
date posted: Thu Nov 22 07:27:19 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
so here we are. brasov. snow, hills/maintains. tourists are gone now, so me and peter are getting just a little attention. people are constantly thinking that we are swedish... always. everywhere we eat... even fancy smancy, they play house/m-s-m-s-m-s-m-s... its getting old... just ask pete. we arrived at 4am... venders constantly knocking on our train door, trying to sell us boots, cds, anything you name it... i made the mistake of opening the door the first time, and the person would not leave... we had to go grab another car. i learned my lesson. we might go downhill skiing tomorrow. the money is so inflated, it costs thousands of lie to buy a pack of gum. so i have wads and wads of money in my pocket, i feel rich, but really its just a few usds. me and peter are getting along well.. this trip is going great. when the 23rd does roll around, i will be ready. breakfast, normal toilets, phones i know how to use, internet that i can use whenever... and clean bathtubs... driving... my car. my clothes... ive been wearing the same pants, unwashed for a month and a week or so... they are starting to feel very weird on my legs... i think they are starting to rott. today is thanksgiving... so tonight me and the brother will feast, like we do everynight... but tonight.. .maybe a little more. drinks on me brother. TO THE TURKEY!!!! pj and the droogs

[todays highlights: seeing my future wife on the street downtown brasov.]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: Brasov, Romania
date posted: Thu Nov 22 06:25:30 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
translyvania is at a pretty high altitude, so we climbed off the train at 4 this morning to find snow everywhere. it looks lovely on the rooftops and the surrounding mountains, giving the city the feel of the holidays. translyvania does have the dark and brooding dracula feel to it. its all mountains and castles and dark haired people who speak english with an accent amusingly similar to that of the Count of sesame street. This is also the cheapest country we have visited yet. I almost feel a little guilty. Educational tidbit: Dracula means "son of the dragon" and was a semi historical personage. Bram Stoker's creation was based on a figure from the 15th century named vlad the impaler who discouraged the ottoman advance by his inclination to impale turkish p.o.w.s, sometimes impaling handfuls during feasts at his castle for sport. he did not, as far as we know, dine on plasma or sleep in a coffin or turn into a bat.

[todays highlights: snow]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: szedge, hungary
date posted: Wed Nov 21 06:36:25 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
we are in some little dinky town... we leave for arad (romania) in a couple hours... here we go. me and peter had a great time in budapest... saw so much, met lots of fun people while staying at the yellow sub. (there WAS a reason behind naming it just that... the bathrooms, need i say more..) i went caving with some others from the hostel... it was really fun. we had big jumpsuits on.. helmets, all of us way underground.. geting dirty... i got stuck while trying to go through 'winnie the pooh', it was this crazy small hole i thought id try to fit through for fun, i got stuck... it hurt so bad, but i made it through... i looked at the hole that i passed through and i couldnt believe it... there was this one part, the sandwich of death, were he, the group leader, had me leade the way because he had to go back to get the others... so there i am, in pain still from going through the pooh, and hes having me lead the way... he tells me in broken english, take lefts, and rights, big rock go under, watch out for 30ft drop. bla blah... it was tiny, it was a crack in two rocks, it was tight!! i could go on, but i wont, because i cant, our train is leaving soon!!! shoot! gotta run.. were are donig well, if you dont hear from me or peter, thats because we are in romania... and possibly dead. take care. pj

[todays highlights: going caving!]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: budapest, magyar
date posted: Sat Nov 17 12:21:00 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
today i was blown away by the st stephens choir. i have never heard the anything as celestial. yesteday we hung with team thompson (a minnesota-based missionary couple), and they were gracious, hospitable, comforting--a taste of home. getting a little sick of this hostel. nowhere to read. sziea, peter the fish.

[todays highlights: listeing to the choir in st stephens cathedral]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: budapest, hungary
date posted: Sat Nov 17 12:08:32 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
we've had some really nice clear (cold!) days here... beats rain and crazy winds that eat right through your clothes. yesterday we hung out with some family friends who live here in budapest... that was nice, they showed us around, cooked us yummy dinner and had some nice chats. we went to the statue park, with old communist scultptures... it was cold so we didnt stay long. it was very interesting though. ive been thinking about taking a trip through finland (or norway or sweden) in the summer with motercycles.. and tents.. all you would need is gas and food. go in the summer, skip cities, country only, small towns, it would be perfect! im already getting excited! we went with some people from the hostel and watch the score... intertaining but bad... we walked the pedestrian streets toiday and went to a huge flea market... weve seen so mnany beautiful casltes and churches and bridges... whoaa~! anyhow, things are well, were having a good time. we leave budaland on tues. it looks like. pj

[todays highlights: hitting the super turbo tanning beds]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: budapest, hungary
date posted: Thu Nov 15 06:59:18 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
i found good breakfast!!! i thought there was no such thing... they were oh so yummy and so cheap! i ate lots. i have to watch it... i think im gaining weight... i just read my last log and realized what a horrible speller i am.. i cant spell budapest, or steam or... i could go on and on... today has been beautiful! really sunny, still kinda cool.. but overall a really pleasent day. we are both wiped out... ready for a little nappp. saw some castles today, and some museums... fountains.. all the leaves are falling... it smells so good. pj

[todays highlights: eating swedish pancakes!!]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: booty pest, hungary
date posted: Wed Nov 14 10:43:58 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
cant belive im in budapest. went to the thermal baths today, got a full body massage, which was about fifty percent pleasure and forty percent pain. the other ten percent was just tickelish, which for me is unpleasant but not quite pain. in summa, it was an experience im glad i had but gladder-yes gladder, i wont have to repeat. were at the yellow submarine hostel, full of canucks as usual with a token american or two. are there any canadians left in candada? they wear maple leaf patches and shirts and say eh incessently so that would never be mistaken for an american. o, mom, if you get any packages to me, dont open em. vienna was very nice, although the weather was nasty. the meisels were delightful, though, and we left vienna feeling tremendously well loved. thank you meisel

[todays highlights: thermal baths]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: budapest, hungary
date posted: Wed Nov 14 10:25:26 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
me and the bro are in pestybuda. just chillin. just got in last night, havent seen too much of the city yet, but we got time... we went to the thermal baths today, really neat place. all natural springs... hot saunas and steam rooms! wow were they HOT! hard just to breath. it was nice and sunny today, cold, but no rain at least. (just want to say another big thank you to the meisel family (hope i spelt that right) thanks again you guys! you made our time in vienna very relaxing and enjoyable! THANK YOU!)

[todays highlights: thermal baths and stream rooms]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: vienna, austria
date posted: Mon Nov 12 16:36:09 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
went to an opera tonight, la traviata, it was all in italian with german subtitles, so i didnt reallz understand what was going on, but it was nice regardless. it was prettz much the same storyline as the movie moulin rouge. it was my first opera. today was rainy all day, and cold, really cold. tomorrow we leave for budapest. partytime. (just heard about the airplane that crashed in ny, anyone know anything about it...?) scary. goodnight

[todays highlights: la traviata]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: vienna, austria
date posted: Mon Nov 12 02:56:00 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
hello friends and familz. we are in vienna, stazing with irene and her loving familz. we arrived here thursdaz and we are going to leave on tues (tomorrow). thez have been too good to us, taking me and peter to the lake, out to eat... cooking breakfast for us (even when we wake up at 12pm), cooking yummy dinners for us... it has really been a nice time, they have made us feel at home. me and irene went to a improv show. we had a good time... we got the last tickets, it was a tiny venue, some of the skits thez did were very funny. peter alreadz mentioned about the nude skinnydipper... it was out of nowhere... all of a sudden, this dude starts taking off all his clothes, underware and all... right in front of me peter and the whole meisel family... and jumped in the lake. it was below freezing... must have lost a bet or something.... then thez took us to a little town, i cant remember the name, and there was a little fair taking place, roasted chestnuts, hot wine, wieners, and austrian dancers, that me and peter took part in (just ask pete about the girl that asked him... hmmmmm) we#ve seen lots, so manz beautiful churches... neat little stores, coffee shops... next is hungary.

[todays highlights: improv night, naked man in lake, tractor fair (drinking hot mld wine)]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: vienna, austria
date posted: Sun Nov 11 11:31:17 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
pj and i are having a lovely stay here in vienna, or wien, as the viennese call it. in fact, this is home of the "wiener" or hot dog. we are staying with the wonderful meisel family, who are feeding us extroardinary amounts of food and pampering us like babes. they#ve shown us around the city and today we piled in the family mini van and took a trip to the country. We went to a little town fair where some traditional dancing was going down, and we got pulled in by soem austian lasses and danced like the devils we are. we also journied to a lake, but it waws windy and cold, so we didn#t stick around too long. the weatehr didn#t stop one yound skinny dipping enthusiast, who disrobed in front of all and jumped right in. Were now kicking ourselves for not capturing it on film. just another day in the life of peter a. fish.

[todays highlights: watching a naked man jump into an ice cold lake]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: cesky krumlov, czech republic
date posted: Tue Nov 6 07:16:38 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
goodday. another kinda cold/depressing day here at ckrumlov. me and peter went horseback riding today. it was nice.. legs are a little sore. me and peter met this two girls last night while eating.. neither spoke english that well, but one knew spanish very well, so peter and her were talking back and forth, with little old me trying to keep up. it was nice... who would have though spanish would have come in useful here in czech rep. im envious of most europeans... they aknow at least another language besides their own... this girl last night knew, german, spanish, english, and czech. puts me to shame... all americans really. i miss amrican breakfasts!!!! pj

[todays highlights: still early, but so far, horseback riding through the forest.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: cesky, czech republic
date posted: Mon Nov 5 05:00:23 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
like peter said. cheap. we ate, drank (more then a couple peter.. come one) peter ate dessert, twice... all for what a beer and tip would cost back in the us of a. i have a feeling it wont be this way for long though... people are finding out.. coming here... and slowley prices will rise.. i guess it already has alot (yikes, i cant imagine). biking was fun... we biked outside of the town a bit, up some farm road... smelt like kaka. peter. it was a work up going up. just rollnig mountains everywhere you look. trees, lotso f trees. we parked our bikes and went in and played with the trees and forests. it was a rain forest really. that wore me out. peter wanted to keep going. and he did, i came back early. crazy kid cant sit still. then we ate like kings... we had our own little 'cave', im not kidding... it was underground, and the celieing was all rough and jagged (is that right..?) anyhow, the other two tables in our cave were reseved till later taht night... so no one could sit there. fools. ;pj

[todays highlights: our friendly beer wench]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: cesky krumlov, czech republic
date posted: Mon Nov 5 04:23:40 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
krumlov is a nice break from the big cities. It's built right on the banks of the mighty valtava river, and I've tried for two days to rent a canoe, to no avail. Tried to rent horses too, another bust. We did manage to get ahold of two bikes, so we pedaled off into some rolling fields surrounded by evergreen forests. It's awfully inexpensive here. We ate out last night at a medieval style eatspot, got a big woodblock piled with meat, bought a few rounds of frothy local brew, and I had two desserts, all for about 4.50. Came back to our hostel and some chick had a bunch of simpsons episodes on tape, so we watched those for a few hours. Reading Augustine's Confessions.

[todays highlights: ]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: Cesky Krumlov, czech republic
date posted: Sat Nov 3 10:13:28 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
funnz, peter makes it sound as if i was the onlz one who wanted to see some movies... he was constantlz in a rush to go no where... he never stoped to enjoz antzthing.... alwazs move move move... we went and saw the national caslte... for like one second, we looked at it and left, which is fine, i guess, but come man, whats the point, lets just get alot in,. doesnt matter what, or what we get from it, lets just cram it in and move. no chill. slow down. thats wha tive been doing on this trip... working on slowing down a bit. enjozing. this trip is exactlz that. in each citz, there is no true reason whz we are there... we have nothing we HAVE to do... i like that

[todays highlights: ]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: Cesky Krumlov, czech republic
date posted: Sat Nov 3 10:06:51 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
i really am a horrible speller. wow. this kezboard is goofz, so please excuse all the zys. we are in ceske krumlov... pop. 15,000 or so. nice and cozzy. we are going to hang here for a couple dazs then who know, probablz up to warsaw. its getting reallz cold... low low 40s... i noticed todaz, in the usa todaz paper, its warmer in oslo, where we started, waz up north, then it is here.. whats up! anzhow, things are fine. just reallz tired.

[todays highlights: waking up with a little man in mz room eating mz food.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czeck republic
date posted: Fri Nov 2 04:09:24 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
well, our week is almost up. we are getting restless. time to move on. we are either heading up to warsaw, or we might check out some smaller towns here in the czeck republic... we'll see... anyhow, things are fine, just ready to move on. pj

[todays highlights: ]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: praguetown, czech-o
date posted: Thu Nov 1 08:18:25 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
helloo. Rainyish day here. weve seen all over prague now, and im gettin a little restless. Pj's much more equipt for chilling, than I am. I get antsy, but Pj loves to spend nice chunks of the day in cafes and coffeeshops. It's good for me to learn I think. He also loves movies, so we,ve seen I think 5, more than I've seen in the past two years. They're really cheap. Too many tourists in Prague! I'm ready to head to a small little village in the czech countryside. Pj and I befriended a homeless girl named Eva, and she told us some intersting stories. Eva walks around the city with her german shepherd, who is both her protector and her best friend. I bought a bag of bread and I've been giving that to all the beggers when they ask for change, and that works pretty well. Haven't quite figured out a good way to respond to the pot-sellers who hound us fifty times a day. Suggestions?

[todays highlights: ]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czeck republic
date posted: Thu Nov 1 08:04:53 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
me and peter had a nice halloween. went out to some club with a whole bunch of people we met at the hostel. we busted our move all night. im tired today. oh so tired. its a rainy day here today. oh yeah, we saw swordfish. one of the worste movies i think ive seen this year. unreal. two hours of my life, gone, wasted. pj

[todays highlights: sleeping in nice and late]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czeck republic
date posted: Wed Oct 31 06:05:15 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
me and peter have been getting along quite well. im surprised. i was tempted to put him our of his misery last night as he slept. but then i thought... i might need him later on. so i just went to bed myself. got an email from jason bhear (i dont know how to spell his damn name) i guess hes on his way to prague too... hmmm... well, we've seen alot, castles, bridges, homeless, movies, rivers, movies, americans. its nice to just have down time. time to write and read and walk around with no real purpose. today is super warm, more warm then summers back home. me and peter might go rent a boat and cruze the river. ill write soon. (happy birthday melanie) pj

[todays highlights: a birdy landing on my sleepy head, waking me up, saying hello, your in prague, go outside and enjoy.]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czeck
date posted: Mon Oct 29 04:13:39 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
marky mark. yum yum. ha. it was cheap. thank god. man was it bad, but the theater was great... the biggest one ive ever been in before. huge screen. super loud. to bad the movie sucked. pj

[todays highlights: planet of the apes]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czeck
date posted: Sun Oct 28 05:27:27 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
cheap cheap cheap... movies, food, lodging... its a little rainy today, so we are thinking of going to a movie... the movie houses here are super old, big, comfy, cheap, and in english. i took peter our last night and we "celebrated". beer is cheaper than water. today is national czeck day, whatever that means... lots of people out and about. me and pete might go to an opera tonight. we'll see. pj

[todays highlights: charles bridge]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: prague, czecch republic
date posted: Sat Oct 27 08:03:28 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
been a rough day, since we've spent the whole day looking for a laundrymat, and have finally found an email-laundry mat. Prague is nice, old, classy, dirty, crowded, touristed out, old school. I lost my temper a few times today, and beat and kicked my backpack. I turned 23 today.

[todays highlights: finding a room]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czech rep.
date posted: Sat Oct 27 07:40:53 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
oh my. what a day. we found a place in prague to stay for one week... all seven days for around $50 usd! crazy huh... its a little ghetto... so we will chill for a week in the citie, then maybe head up to warsaw, poland, then back down here, but aviod the city, just hit country. well, today me and peter (its his bday today, 23!!!) walked, im not kidding, for 4 1/2 hours, almost 5, looking for a damn laundrymat... we just found one now, it also had internet, nice. but still... what a day. send peter bday kisses peterthefish@hotmail.com pj

[todays highlights: dont go there!!]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: prague, czech rep.
date posted: Fri Oct 26 16:13:28 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
we are in prague, finally. we were in leipzig, germany for a night... we were trying to goto dresden (we thought that eastern germany would be fun) but we missed the train so we decided to stay in leipzig. found a nice little hotel, and it was very cheap, cheaper than the last hostel we stayed at... and that was with a whole bunch of other people. the hotel was very clean and nice... it was good to have some privacy again. we took the train from leipzig to dresden, then missed the train to czech so we had to wait a couple hours, then onto prague, where we currenly are. and will be. for a while. things are cheap. food, my ciggs, lodging... its a nice change from the expenses of scandinavia. we plan on laying low tomorrow, we have done lots of site-seeing, tomorrow is laundry day, find another hostle-day... (the one we are currenly at is nice, but a little out of the city). its getting late... so this boy is off to bed. tomorrow is another big day. more later. night. pj

[todays highlights: taking a nice hot bath at the kozmo]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: copenhagen, denmark
date posted: Tue Oct 23 13:37:32 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
its late, and im tired. we are in copenhagen. me and the bro are going to need a little break time i think. we arrived around 7pm... so we really havent seen anything yet, walked around a little, got some food... it seems to be a very nice city... all the people we.ve talked to who have been here really enjoyed themselves, so. its nice to be moving south, warmer and cheaper, and the people are more friendly. i have some funny stories i will post later, when i have more time. the craziest things happen to me, i swear. goodnight. pj

[todays highlights: ]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: stockholm, sweden
date posted: Mon Oct 22 09:17:20 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
we are here in stockholm, nice city. big city. pretty babie city. we saw lots today... we checked out the vasa ship... an old ship that sank in the 1600,s... it was amazing.... so big... neat history... it sank on its first sail.... right away... too heavy and the winds were too strong... tipped right over.. it was underwater for 333 years... almost all the wood is still the original... its in great shape... we also went to skansen (sp) a zoo/out-door mesuem. did lots of walking. oh so tired. these doggs are barkin! our hostel is on a ship. pretty neat huh... next: denmark. take care pj

[todays highlights: the vasa ship]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: stockholm, sweden
date posted: Mon Oct 22 09:13:03 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
halloo. Stockholm is quite unlike anything I've seen. It's build on islands, with all kinds of palaces and nice old buildings. We went to Skansen this afternoon, an open airt museum full of old wooden buildings and a zoo. Saw a little lapplander village and a lazy wolf. peace.

[todays highlights: skansen]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: B, Norway
date posted: Sat Oct 20 09:36:53 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
clean yummy crips air. nice big mountains... wow, is it beautiful here! we are really in the country... b is about 2 hours outside of oslo, the population here is about 5,000 people... chocolate is expenseive. so is gas. so is coffee, oh wait, everything is! tomorrow me and peter are off to stockholm, sweden. we shall post again soon. stay tuned. pj

[todays highlights: hiking downtown b, getting lost, having hot babies help us find home...]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: b, annie prinsen, etc, norge
date posted: Sat Oct 20 03:56:14 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
yo. it's nice to be outside oslo--there are lots and lots of trees and mountains and little mountian lakes and very few people. and that's nice. going hiking today. this country is awfully expensive, despite the fact that pj and i have stayed with friends the entire time. we've also concluded that we are more norwegian than the norwegians themselves, that our grandpappy got out of the country just in time to escape a mass sell out. that is to say, all the guys here have girly haircuts, tight pants and are way too into their look. no one has beards, much less thick jiucy unruly beards like mine, and it draws a bit of attention. nothing is left, i'm afraid , of that fierce viking heritage. maybe i can inspire them back to the old ways. the land itself is pretty impressive. pete.

[todays highlights: the mountains outside my window]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: oslo, uh, norway
date posted: Thu Oct 18 11:09:34 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
Ina and fam are very hospitable. The women here are beautiful. I'm not coming home. Sorry mom.

[todays highlights: viking ship, I think]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: oslo, norway
date posted: Thu Oct 18 09:57:49 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
very tired. me and peter saw alot today... i think we've seen all the sites here in oslo.... oslo is very clean, very rich... its too bad we are starting our trip with this. we are spoiled now... it would have been nice to finish here... oh well... things are expensive though... eastern europe will be nice in the pocket-book. hopefully peter will fill everyone in on what we saw today... the old viking ships, the folk museum... some art gallaries... lots. tomorrow it looks like we are off to B, norway.. see some country for a couple days... post more later. .pj.

[todays highlights: stave church]

pj or pete: peter
city and country: Oslo, Norge
date posted: Wed Oct 17 02:41:26 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
Norway is a groovy. It feels pretty small, even Oslo doesn't feel like a big city really. Ina and her family are great--they feed us and love us and clothe us and so on. Haven't really seen too much so I'll write more later. Peace from out east. Pete.

[todays highlights: sleeping 12.5 hours]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: oslo, norway
date posted: Wed Oct 17 02:29:27 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
its a beautiful day here in oslo! sunny, warm.. me and peter are rested up. we are planning on going downtown to see naked people park, and the viking ship museum. should be fun. oh i feel soo much better compared with yesterday. we were so fitigued....
<>pj


[todays highlights: inas breakfast all ready for us when we awoke]

pj or pete: pj
city and country: oslo, norway
date posted: Tue Oct 16 11:53:27 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
me and peter have arrived in oslo. me and peter are staying with a friend (ina) who lives right in oslo... very sweet of her!!! we are both oh so tired and ready for bed... we are trying to wait until at least 9pm, but every minute is getting harder and harder. so, we got in around 2pm, everything went very smooth (flightwise) we are sure glad this day is over with... lots of travel.. too much! but it sure has been nice staying with someone you know (expecially when fighting getlagg)... well i have to go to bed now. me and peter have no real plans for tomorrow. Godnatt til alle mine amerikanske venner! p&P

[todays highlights: getting to inas house and chillin!!]

pj or pete: pjrey
city and country:
date posted: Fri Oct 12 17:35:35 2001
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
good good. everything came today. my backback, my sweaters i ordered... i have everything now...

[todays highlights: sleeping in]

pj or pete: pjrey
city and country: gm, usa
date posted: Thu Oct 11 18:12:13 2001
highlight: gett'n a shocker from my bro
WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
ohh my... we leave sunday for mlps, fly out on monday. im using my sisters backpack... she lives in san diego, she sent it a while ago... it still has yet to arrive.. and today is thursday... i dont know what im going to do... i suppose find someone else who has one, but what a headache!! more stress man... i dont need anymore. my bro was also freeking out today because he couldn't find his backpack... turns out it was right outside his door, my mom found it, burried under his crap... man things are getting crazy.e.e. here we come
send us love

pj or pete: pjrey
city and country: home, USA
date posted: Thu Sep 27 16:23:17 2001
scale of fun: 5 [getting there]
WHATS NEW:
me and the bro bought our tickets today!! party! $650, flying into oslo, norway on the 15th of october, and returning home on the 23rd of december... its finally coming together, and baby, im getting excited!!!
pj or pete: pjrey
i am currently in: home, usa
todays date is: Tue Aug 28 23:12:50 2001
WHATS NEW:
starting to plan... trying to find tickets and contacts. eastern europe here we come!!!
pj or pete: pjrey
i am currently in: mankato, usa
todays date is: Wed May 2 17:20:22 2001
WHATS NEW:
its just little old me... just wanted to say be sure to check back around the time me and by bro leave. ill be posting from time to time to inform all GLOW fans and family. [oct. 10] is looking like the date we will be leaving. so check back often often often.

pj