We have had the privilege of having season tickets to Nebraska Cornhusker football games for the past five years. Every fall, we look forward to returning to Memorial Stadium, going through Gate 20, walking up and up and up to section 108, and squeezing ourselves in the 17-inch spaces known as row 1, seats 7 and 8.  We love having season tickets and cheering on our beloved Huskers each year. We’ve also grown to enjoy the other season ticket holders around us, some more than others. There’s the bearded man who sits down the row and can always be counted on for leading a GOOOOOOOOO — BIIIIIIIIIIIIIG — REEEEEEED chant, and there was the woman who for several years yelled, “Give it to Imani,” “first down,” and “run like a laser!”

But some of the people we’ve enjoyed most are Mark and Kathy, who drive 180 miles (each way) from Le Mars, Iowa for home games. They sit in the row behind us, just a few seats over. They arrive early like us. They yell when the defense is on the field and we can always count on them for a high five when the Huskers score. We like visiting with them before games, hearing their takes on the play calling and turning to Kathy for explanations of questionable penalties since she usually is listening to the radio broadcast through headphones.

We’ve enjoyed meeting their exchange students and hearing about what’s going on in Le Mars. We even stopped in Le Mars last summer on our way to Minnesota to see the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor (definitely worth the stop).

 

The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa, is a great place to visit. The two-story building includes an old fashioned ice cream parlor, gift shop, a museum, and of course, lots of great Blue Bunny ice cream.

The Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor in Le Mars, Iowa, is a great place to visit. The two-story building includes an old fashioned ice cream parlor, gift shop, a museum, and of course, lots of great Blue Bunny ice cream.

So many choices of fantastic Blue Bunny ice cream. Two of our favorites are Mocha Me Hoppy and Bunny Tracks.

So many choices of fantastic Blue Bunny ice cream. Two of our favorites are Mocha Me Hoppy and Bunny Tracks.

We haven’t seen Mark and Kathy for more than a month now, but we knew they’d be gone. They told us when we played Illinois, Oct. 1, that they would not be in their seats for the next home game because they were going to be in Rome, Italy. We were excited for them to have the opportunity to travel abroad and reminded them to send us a postcard. We’re so glad they did!

Vatican postcard

Vatican postcard

 

They sent us a postcard from Vatican City in the heart of Rome, a place where we traveled in the summer os 2015. You can read more about that HERE.

It is always great to hear from people when they travel, and we’re hoping Mark and Kathy are back in their seats tonight as Nebraska takes on Minnesota. We have a lot of catching up to do.

[well]When you’re traveling next, be sure to send us a postcard at Postcard Jar, P.O. Box 334, Crete, NE 68333. We’d love to hear from you![/well]

  • Perched high on a hill in Tuscany is the medieval village of Montepulciano. In the center of town is the piazza grande paved with bricks laid in a herringbone pattern in the 14th century. ⁣
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Standing in the piazza, looking at the bricks, we were filled with a sense of awe at the history these bricks have seen. They've been there for 700 years so have seen times of war and peace, celebration and sorrow. Generation after generation of townsfolk were born, lived and died, and all have walked on these bricks. ⁣
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This is one of the things we love most about traveling. It gives us an authentic feel for history, one we wouldn't have if we just stayed at home.
  • We were so tickled when @thechefandthedish reached out and asked us if we'd like to take a complimentary cooking class with them. They offer private cooking classes with chefs from all over the world that you can take right in your own kitchen. ⁣
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For this class, we Skyped with chef Paola who taught us to make strawberry risotto, traditional bruschetta, and a delicious poached pear dessert that blew our minds. ⁣
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Risotto always seemed like a difficult dish to make, but Chef Paola explained it so well that it wound up being pretty easy. We spent a great afternoon with friends, learned something new, and enjoyed a great meal after. A class with The Chef & The Dish is a great gift idea, as well. Follow the link in our bio, and you can read more about our class on our blog.
  • The world is a big place, and there's so much to discover. Go places, and see things. It doesn't matter if you don't have a detailed itinerary, either. Sometimes, it's more about the journey and what you see and experience along the way, than it is about the destination.
  • During our trip in Tuscany with @italyunfiltered, we stopped at a small family winery. After learning about the organic methods they use to produce high quality Chianti Clasico wines, we had a tasting. ⁣
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Wine tastings in Italy are nothing like those in the US. They are glorious affairs complete with delicious foods paired with the incredible wines. This particular winery brought us samples of homemade, organic jams made from fruits grown in the family's garden. We dabbed these on locally produced pecorino cheese. Yum!⁣
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We're so glad that we had a local driver and guide. Stopping here was a highlight of our Italian adventure, and we never would have found it on our own.
  • The village of Marsaxlokk, Malta, is famous for these brightly painted fishing boats. The design is rather ancient, possibly dating back to Phoenician times, though it's still used today because it is very strong and holds up well in rough weather. One feature of each boat's decorations, are eyes painted on the bow of the boat. These eyes are said to protect the people fishing while they are at sea.
  • The blue cobblestones of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, are actually part of a recycling project which started 500 years ago. Iron foundries in Spain produced huge piles of waste, called slag. Rather than throw these piles away, the slag was made into blocks which was placed into ships as ballast. The ballast was offloaded in Puerto Rico when they loaded products bound for Spain. The blocks were then used to pave the streets. ⁣
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Pretty good idea, and 500 years later, they are holding up well!
  • The Overseas Highway connects Key West and the Florida Keys to the mainland U.S. While the entire road is a marvel of engineering, the centerpiece is the Seven Mile Bridge, which runs over water for, well, seven miles.⁣
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The next time you're driving, reset your trip odometer and wait until it gets to seven miles. You'll see that's a pretty long distance. And then think about the fact that people built a bridge over water with no land to support them for that distance. Pretty incredible-especially since the first one was built in 1912.
  • We'd never heard of cannonball rocks before we drove past them at North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park and asked each other, "did you see that?" We'd never seen anything quite like these natural "concretions" created when water leaked into pockets of minerals in the ground. Now, as a hill erodes, these formations are exposed.⁣
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Seeing these rocks was such a cool experience because it reminded us of why we travel. We never know when we'll find something new, something that we never knew existed. We got along fine not knowing about cannonball rocks, yet now that we've seen them, our lives are a little richer. ⁣
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The world is a pretty cool place. Check it out.⁣
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