One of my former students and his wife sent us a postcard with an aerial view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It was our first postcard from outside of the United States!

 

 

Cody and Mikayla have recently been enjoying time in Europe. They’ve traveled to Rome, Milan, Verona, Venice, Pisa, Florence, London, Switzerland, and Croatia.  Still in their 20s, the couple is quite well traveled — having taken their first European trip together while still in students at Crete High School where I was a teacher.

 

A group of students admires the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2009.

Over several years, I co-led several trips through the school’s World Language Club. On the trip with Cody, Mikayla and several other students, we visited landmarks in Germany, France, and Spain. I also helped herd the group through several museums including the Louvre and the Palace at Versailles.

Herds of people traveling the corridors of the Louvre in Paris in 2009.

Today, Cody travels a lot through his service in the United States Army and Mikayla has traveled abroad for several softball tournaments.

It is just amazing to think about how much they have already experienced and learned. It was great to travel with this young couple years ago, and even better to hear that they are still traveling today. We wish them all the best as they continue to broaden their horizons.

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!

  • This house-made carrot cake at the Williston Brewing Company in @visitwilliston, @NorthDakotaLegedary tastes even better than it looks! Who wants a bite of this moist cake, three layers high with fresh strawberries and caramel sauce? Um, we do.
  • One of the quirkiest stops we've ever come across is Carhenge, near Alliance, Nebraska. Over a couple of weeks, a family decided to recreate the world-famous Stonehenge out of junked cars. Using farm implements, they constructed a replica that even has a heel stone...errr...car. In so doing, they created a must-see roadside attraction for anyone traveling across the United States.
  • Ann stands next to one of the huge rocks at Toadstool Geologic Park in Nebraska. The unique geology of this park happened because a hard rocky layer sat atop a soft under layer. As the soft layer erodes, huge rocks are left standing in unique positions.
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In all journeys in life, you must start somewhere. Here we were at Mile Marker 0 in Key West about 70 pounds (between the two of us) ago. Our journey isn't over, but we're on our way to a healthier lifestyle. @noom
  • These cucumber-salmon bites were a perfect taste treat for a bridal shower Ann hosted recently. She started with a slice of cucumber, then a bit of salmon topped with a dollop of cream cheese and dill.
  • ...Why don't you come with me, little girl, on a Magic Carpet ride...⁣
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One of the most unique features of the new @celebritycruise Edge is the Magic Carpet, a platform that moves up and down the side of the ship and serves different purposes at each stop. There is something truly special about sitting directly over the sea and looking back at the ship while you sip a delicious cocktail.
  • This prosciutto pizza served overlooking the Amalfi Coast is the stuff dreams are made of. The homemade crust, hand tossed before being baked to thin perfection in a wood oven. The sauce and cheese were so fresh it brought tears to our eyes. And the prosciutto was sliced thin enough to be translucent. This is what pizza is supposed to be.
  • Cookie, cookie, cookie start with "C."⁣
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This is what we found when we walked into our beautiful room at @thepioneerwoman Boarding House after dinner at the Merc. As part of turn down service, they gave us a couple of Ree's delicious cookies, which made for a perfect end to a great day.

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