|The High Bridge in St. Paul|
|The Mississippi near Grand Rapids, MN|
|The Rhine River near Strasbourg, France|
My boyhood home of St. Paul traces its origins to the building of Fort Snelling at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers in 1819. My new home city of Strasbourg traces its origins to the building of a fort at the confluence of the Ill and the Rhine Rivers...in 12 BC! My boyhood home has a cathedral that was built about a hundred years ago. My future home has a cathedral that was started almost a thousand years ago.
|A chocolatier near our new home.|
My current home is in the wilderness. It is surrounded by towering pines and has a view of a quiet lake out of three sides of the house. My future home will be two bedroom apartment. It is within walking distance of bakeries, chocolatiers, a couple of grocery stores, and a dozen wonderful restaurants.
My native tongue (and my only tongue) is English. I can drive for over a thousand miles and never need to speak another language. In my new home I will walk down the street and struggle to buy bread at the bakery. The people in my new home speak French and we are only a couple of miles from Germany. Strasbourg is truly an international city and dozens of languages can be heard as you walk its streets.
This blog will be a journal of sorts. I will write of my thoughts and the things I learn as my wife and I embark on this adventure. Hopefully you will learn something about what another part of the world is like. Perhaps you will begin to understand why we decided to sell everything we own, leave our family and friends, and move half-way around the world. Perhaps this blog will allow you to experience our adventure with us. And maybe it will inspire you to embark on a great adventure of your own.