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Russian Street Photos

Here’s some street photos from my trip to the Olympics in February. I sat down tonight to sort through files, and noticed these for the first time. Enjoy.

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Erryday I’m boardin’ planes.

Look at all 300 lanes of traffic. Chicago rush hour has nothing on Moscow's.

Look at all 300 lanes of traffic. Chicago rush hour has nothing on Moscow’s.

So today was one of those super fun travel days. I’m really glad to finally be in Moscow. We spend one night here and head to Sochi first thing tomorrow. Third plane ride in three days? Sure. It all begins tomorrow! I can’t wait.

 

Angry...birds...burgers? This is hilarious, and no one will tell me it wasn't intentional.

Angry…birds…burgers? This is hilarious, and no one will tell me it wasn’t intentional.

Modified for non-American culture McDonalds! One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing how different McDonalds are in each country.

Modified for non-American culture McDonalds! One of my favorite things about traveling is seeing how different McDonalds are in each country.

A Day in Amsterdam

Checking out a street in Amsterdam! That's Allyson in red.

Checking out a street in Amsterdam! That’s Allyson in red.

Hello everyone!

We left a day early from Indy to beat the storm, which meant we got to spend a day and night in Amsterdam while we waited for out flight today. We arrived around noon local time, and we had about an hour for lunch before reconvening. A few of the writer’s and I found a burger shop down the street from the main train station and had lunch.

After lunch, we wandered back to the train station and admired some of the beautiful architecture. I wish anywhere in the Midwest matched the history and culture of Amsterdam’s buildings.

A small group of us went to the secret annex of Anne Frank and her family. Considering I’ve cried all the way through two other Holocaust museums, I knew I was going to be quite the mess after this museum tour. Beautiful photos of beautiful women are still glued to her bedroom walls. The way in which she decorated her room impacts me in a way I can’t fully describe.  It’s a very beautiful thing to be able to see into the mind of Anne Frank, even further than what it is in her diary. I do not have any photos from the tour.

I’ll be back in Amsterdam someday soon. I love the streets, the people, the culture. Man, how does one come home to cornfield USA after this?

See the two women in the window?  I love the figures on the outside.

See the two women in the window? I love the figures on the outside.

I want to know about graffiti in Europe. It's clearly a somewhat different game than it is in the US.

I want to know about graffiti in Europe. It’s clearly a somewhat different game than it is in the US.

The street.

The street.

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The train station. Wish the South Shore looked like this!

The train station. Wish the South Shore looked like this!