Saturday, July 21, 2012

Romania

Last week, Jakob and I took a 24-hour bus ride to Romania so that we could see our good friend Calin get married. I had never been to Eastern Europe, and I had no idea what to expect. I learned so much on this trip. For one, Romania is an extremely beautiful country. We spent most of our time in Translyvania: The Carpathians, rolling hills, untouched nature mixed with farmland. The second thing I learned is that Romanians are possibly the most hospitable people I have ever met. I have never experienced such hospitality. I learned a little about life during communism, a little about the Roma people, or Gypsies, and a little about the real "Dracula," or Vlad the Impaler. Here are a few of my shots from the trip and the wedding:











Sunday, July 15, 2012

Munich Kocherlball 2012

The Munich Kocherlball is an annual event dating back to the early 19th century. Literally translated as "Cook's Ball," the dance started as an event for cooks and servants to go and find husbands and wives. They were allowed just the morning hours from 6 to 10 a.m., and they had to be back to their masters in time to serve lunch. The tradition carries on with people from around Munich arriving at the Chinese Tour in the English Garden as early as 4 a.m. to set up tables with food and candles. The band and dancing begins around 6. People have already had a few by 7...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012