Our European Odyssey

This blog covered our month-long trip to Eastern Europe -- specifically the countries of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Ronald, Sam and Ozarkland

Today is our last full day in this country for a while, so we visited those true icons of American life: Wal-Mart, McDonald's and Ozarkland.

We're not kidding; we really did visit them, though not because we love what they represent or offer. We were given a McDonald's gift card, so we used that to buy fruit and yogurt parfaits for breakfast. We combed Wal-Mart and Ozarkland in search of Missouri postcards, which are surprisingly hard to find. It seems the Missouri postcard industry is trapped in the '80s.

In case you're wondering why we're buying Missouri postcards, we plan to give them to the people we stay with in Europe. We also searched for postcards at tourist information centers, bookstores and Cracker Barrel, all with no luck. We ended up buying some from Ozarkland. We stayed away from its large supply of hillbilly postcards, however.

In addition to our postcard adventure, we bought some last-minute items, turned in the keys to our Columbia apartment and did some other moving-related errands. It's been a thrilling day.

Our flight leaves St. Louis at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. After a layover at JFK Airport in New York, we'll be landing in Budapest at around 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. Missouri time) on Wednesday. It might be a couple of days before we post again, but we plan to update our blog whenever we can, so we hope you check back regularly. Ta-ta for now.

1 Comments:

At 10:26 AM, May 16, 2006, Blogger peggybryan said...

Hi fellow travelors!
Here's a really good piece of advice. Take some Immodium with you. Shannon has been hit with the black plague. Really what happened was that she farted in the Vatican and has been struck down from above. Anyway, I went to the nearest Farmacia (as they are called in Italy) and spoke one word to the pharmacist....diarrhea. He knew what to do...

In a really serious vein, Shannon and I did go to the Vatican and in a special little chapel for prayer made a donation in memory of our Katie. Even for a non-Catholic and lapsed Christian there is a sense of something really spiritual there and we were both overcome thinking of her. Tears and smiles.

We are anxious to follow your adventures. Buon viaggo from Italy. Off to Ireland tomorrow--to Shannon as a matter of fact! No more farting in churches!

Ciao,
Peggy and Shannon

 

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