Hello there! Long time no see. Between final presentations (both of which went splendidly, thanks for asking), the thesis, and Cary Beth’s visit, there’s either been no time for computering, or too much time that I’m required to sit behind this stupid thing, thus making me reluctant to spend more time behind it when I have the choice.

Cary Beth took a million pictures while she was here that will go into a beautiful scrapbook that she’s undoubtedly already started assembling. I, lacking her artistic eye, will leave the scrapbook to wow you visually, and I’ll rely on my preferred medium: the written word. Below you have a few pictures from our week, interspersed with quotes from Cary Beth, Nathan, and me to give you an idea of what transpired. Cary Beth’s observations will be in quotation marks, whereas mine and Nathan’s, having taken place on Google Hangouts, will be tagged with our names.


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Upon arriving at my dorm: “Oh, this is actually pretty nice. I guess I can stay here.” THANKS.

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This pretty much sums up the first day. And all subsequent ones.

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Kate Hardin: We biked 12 miles today. Now CB is icing her butt.

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“This isn’t vacation. I’m renaming this week fat camp a la Kate.”

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Cary Beth being burned by dragon fire at East Side Gallery. Unfortunately, she seems to have deleted the many other iterations of this photo. She kept complaining that they were too corny. OH REALLY?

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“My butt was just having an involuntary spasm.”

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“Ew there’s grit in my face. This must be what the Dust Bowl felt like.”

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“OH MY GOD this is not what my feet are supposed to look like! They’re normally very dainty.”



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Have you ever had Turkish ice cream? It contains a substance that makes it really stretchy, such that you can eat it with a knife and fork, should you so choose (but why would you?). Cary Beth thought this guy’s tricks (see video below) were HILARIOUS, and her laughter egged him on. And on. And on. And that’s the story of how I paid 2 euros for a stranger to put chocolate ice cream on my nose.


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Kate Hardin: CB has blisters. “Ow! It really hurts when I push on it. I wonder how much a cab would be to the train station? Don’t you want more time at the milk bar [in the morning]? What if I just gave you all of my euros?”

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This is a super kitschy (can you tell?) restaurant in Poland. There was only one other party when we were there, a rowdy group of maybe 8 people who were going through Absolut like it was their job (why Swedish vodka? Have they no national pride?). At one point, Cary Beth laughed out loud at their shenanigans, and they froze in their tracks to imitate her laughter. Because somehow we were still the loud ones.

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She calls the Polish currency (zlota, if you care) by a different name every time…


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…not that I’m much better.


“OK, you go run through the forest like a little rabbit, and I’ll do the beach.”


Don’t mind if I do.

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Nathan Bowman: this sounds like a fantastic way to spend a night in Rügen…drinking wine, watching the rain, listening to the ocean… Kate Hardin: with the dulcet tones of Kenny Chesney emanating from the sauna…

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Cary Beth took this creative picture…


…but I prefer my version.

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Kate Hardin: well, we got the suitcase closed. But as I was explaining why we might want to saran wrap it shut, the zipper broke.