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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Location: Milano, Italy

Rescued by five firemen after Drew jumped in the lift and set off the emergency brake. Now have to walk up stairs to the 8th floor because refuse to get back in a lift. Better not shop too much tomorrow!

Home at the end of the week- crazy.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Location: Genova, Italy

Stopping in Genova as a central point to get to Cinque Terre. Our hotel is down a small, dirty, urinous alley where the ladies sit on the doorstep looking for business (3 within a 10m radius of our front door). Cinque Terre nice, but would be good to have a car and be able to explore the remote villages around it. Had an argument in Italglish with a restaurateur after we decided not to eat there and Drew had already used the bathroom. Well, if they don't bother coming to take our order why would we bother staying? So went elsewhere and had nicer food for less €.

SO many tourists!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Location: Firenze, Italy

We still have a couple of stops to make, but so far Florence takes the prize for the most beautiful city in Italy. Fewer people, cheaper food, magnificent buildings...and a haze of cigarette smoke. It must be the national sport here.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Location: Roma, Italy

Ahhh...Rome. if there's one thing you have in spades it's ancient buildings. So many so that it's hard to maintain interest. We have spent the past 2.5 days wandering around the city and have seen the Colosseum (spectacular feat of construction; too many people), ruins galore, umpteen churches, monuments to every Pope who ever lived, piazza delle Spagna, Vatican City, lizards, turtles, ducks, pigeons, Fiat 500s, Vespas everywhere, the inside of the Illy coffee shop/store everyday...but we still haven't bumped into Gregory or Audrey.

Rome is nowhere near as manic as we thought it would be, and infinitely nicer than Napoli. There is so much to see and do that we can't possibly fit it all in.

Side note: if you want to see ancient Rome, don't go to Greece first. Your appreciation for the ancients will wear thin.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Location: Sorrento, Italy

A day at the beach in Sorrento:

1 beach lounger €10- 13
1 deck chair €8
1 umbrella +€5
1 changing cabin +€20

I'll never take the Australian coastline for granted again!

Needless to say, the day at the beach didn't eventuate.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Location: Napoli, Italy

5 hours around Pompei and then a couple at Herculaneum. And a train ride with 50,000 other people. Italy is very crowded! On the plus side you can buy Burberry, Prada, Chanel etc. bags and wallets on street corners for very little. Any requests?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

7 hours on a ferry. Surely there's an easier way to get to Italy.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Routine:

Wake up
Coffee/ breakfast
Swim
Sun bake/ read
Lunch
Swim
Sun bake/ read/ snooze
Sit/ watch water/ enjoy view/ dream about owning ocean going cruiser
Dinner
Sleep
Repeat

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Having boarded the bus to Croatia in a balmy 35 deg C, we were glad to find the air conditioning worked. After sitting at the border for an hour, motor off, air con on, the first thing to happen when we got moving again was...the air con packing it in. Cue rest of trip on sunny side of bus with no air con and a (presumably French) man closing the overhead hatch because the sun was shining on him. Packed bus, no air con, knees poking into the seat in front of me because the woman in it had it reclined. About half the bus disembarked about 50km from Dubrovnik, so we were able to have our own seats, and about 20 minutes out the air con kicked in again. If anybody reading this takes the bus from BiH to Dubrovnik anytime in the future, make sure you sit on the right side of the bus- beautiful views the whole way. Adriatic coastline is spectacular. We, of course, were on the left :-)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Location: Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina

Overnight in a 5 star hotel in Mostar. This backpacking thing ain't so bad!

Monday, 11 August 2014

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina

"Where logic ends, Bosnia begins".

Just took an interesting tour to visit the Tunnel Museum, which was dug under the UN-held airport during the Bosnian-Serb-Croatian war, and used to ferry goods and people into and out of the besieged city. The tour guide was pretty open (at 28, she said she remembers more than she would like to of the war) and tried to explain how Bosnia-Hercegovina has moved on since 1995.

For example:
- the country BiH is made up of the Federation of Bosnia & Hercegovina (Bosniaks and Bosnian-Croats) and the Republic of Srpska (Bosnian-Serbs)
- there are 3 presidents (one Bosniak, one Bosnian-Croat and one Bosnian-Serb), elected for 4 years, during which time each one holds the post of "President of presidents" for 8 months at a time
- the 3 presidents have to agree on EVERY decision
- if you take into account the two entities (Fed of BiH and Rep Srpska), there are actually 5 presidents
- the population of < 4 million has 14 governments across different levels
- there are three official languages (Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian), which are 97% similar (although Serbian uses Cyrillic alphabet)
- official documents (and cigarette label warnings) have to be translated into each language
- other than municipal and federal there are two police forces- BiH in Fed of BiH and Serbian in Rep of Srpska
- Sarajevo lies across the two entities, so has both municipal police forces
- the Serbian police considered everybody on our tour bus "spies"

It's sad and laughable at the same time.

Also walked up the world's biggest hill (move over, Everest) to the old fortress above town, from which the views of Sarajevo are amazing. In terms of natural beauty Sarajevo surpasses any other city we have seen.

Saturday, 09 August 2014

Location: Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Well, that's interesting. Planet Ranger hasn't been updated since 1992- Serbia doesn't exist in their database but Yugoslavia does.

Arrived in Belgrade at 9pm. Driving through the 'burbs before reaching our apartment in Stari Grad (Old Town) was pretty much what we expected- dirty and dingy. The centre of the city doesn't look much different, other than having open pedestrian areas and is, according to the audio guide on the bus tour we took, one of 'the greenest cities in Europe'. Walked past the remains of the Yugoslav Army offices which were hit in a NATO bombing in 1992- a stark reminder of the troubled break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Also took a walk around the Belgrade fortress which commanded some nice views of the Danube river and Great War Island. Then found a nice mojito, which is fast becoming our measure of the suitability of a city for holidaying.

Thursday, 07 August 2014

Location: Budapest, Hungary

0915- call mini bus company to find out departure time; asked to call back in 15
0940- call mini bus company to find out departure time- 1pm
1100- vacate apartment
1245- take up residence on footpath outside apartment to wait for mini bus
1315- call mini bus company to find out when we will be picked up
1405- FINALLY picked up; depart Budapest
1500- depart Budapest airport after picking up more passengers
1710- arrive border crossing checkpoint
1815- arrive Serbia
2045- arrive Belgrade

Distance between Budapest and Belgrade- 330km
Travel time- 6:45 minutes

Wednesday, 06 August 2014

Location: Hungary

A big bike ride yesterday. Too stingy to pay for a bus or riding tour, we hired bikes for the day, armed ourselves with the hop-on hop-off bus route and did it ourselves. Pest = flat, Buda = HILLS! The city is absolutely beautiful, and the views from the top of the Citadel and castle hills are amazing. Thanks goodness for the funicular on castle hill though!

Today we continued to chase commies by visiting Memento Park, which has an array of Soviet statuary from different periods and towns, as well as a genuine east German Trabant, comrade. Also had on display a film called 'The Life of an Agent', constructed from secret instructional films used by the Hungarian secret police. Sections of the film included 'Where to Hide the Bug?', 'How to Conduct a House Raid' and 'Enlistment'. Parts of the film actually made Maxwell Smart look capable.

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Slight change to our planned itinerary:
Aug 7 to 10 Belgrade
Aug 10 to 13 Sarajevo
Aug 13 Dubrovnik and back on track!

Because Florin and Gilder are too expensive to get to.

Monday, 04 August 2014

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Having only seen as much of the city as was visible between the Metro station and our apartment, there are some beautiful (albeit neglected) buildings in this city! We also scored on the location, with a pub on the corner of the street and an awesome coffee shop half a block away. We might never leave the neighbourhood.

Side note: don't mention to Hungarians that they live in eastern Europe. Not appreciated.

Sunday, 03 August 2014

Location: Vienna, Austria

Managed to snag an awesome little apartment in an awesome location, close to the Metro and the Danube canal. Since Austria is land-locked enterprising businesses have set up 'beach-front' bars along the canal, complete with beach umbrellas and reclining deck chairs. Unfortunately, we planned to spend this afternoon there and... it rained. Also visited Schloss Schönbrunn- if ever there was an example of over-the-top opulence for absolutely no good reason, this would have to be it! Amazingly beautiful, but can't help but think the money could have been better spent!

Friday, 01 August 2014

Location: Vienna, Austria

Welcome back to Western Europe and the world of the ridiculously expensive Euro.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Obviously that second visit to the Beer Museum was not the right thing to do, because Drew's beef and ale pie didn't agree with him (the Coona servo sausage roll incident all over again). So Duck had to travel solo around Prague today. Drew was miraculously well enough to partake of the beer spa in the afternoon, where he also didn't complain about getting oiled up and rubbed down by a Slovakian man named Milan...

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Have now twice visited the Prague Beer Museum, conveniently located around the corner from our digs. With 30+ beers on tap, the sampling continues! So far we are both partial to the blueberry-infused lager and are counting it as one of our fruit servings for the day.

Not sure what is legal in Czech Rep, but we were sitting enjoying a quiet brew elsewhere when a woman started asking a statue for directions. A little later we saw another woman speaking to a shop window.

Spent 1.5 hours at the post office trying to get parcels shipped home. By the time they arrive it will be nearly Christmas!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Cheap beer! $2 / half litre!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Location: Krakow, Poland

With the intention of sleeping in before visiting the time-warp communist suburb of Nowa Huta, we awoke to the realisation that we were actually leaving that day, not the next. Poland has completely fuddled our brains!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Location: Krakow, Poland

Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau tour. No explanation needed.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Things We Have Learnt So Far:

3. There is sometimes a time difference between eastern European countries, so a bus trip that should be 7.5 hours is actually 8.5 -> always check local time!

4. Always check your bus ticket (more than 15 minutes before you leave) so that you know where you have to catch the bus

The bus from Vilnius was supposed to get to Warsaw at 2215. But that time came and went and it was 2315 before we arrived. Stupid time zones. Missed the bus to Krakow because it didn't leave from the main bus station. But, caught the train which left 15 minutes later and got us to Krakow 2 hours earlier.

Old town of Krakow is beautiful, with a massive main market square and lots of things to take photos of and spend money in. Poland is cheap! Costs less to eat out than to cook for ourselves so making the most of it!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Polish passport control:

1. Bus driver announces passport control (mad flurry to find passports)
2. Border control man enters and walks to rear of bus
3. Border control man walks to front of bus and disembarks

without looking at a single passport.

They're really at the forefront of national security!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Had not been off the bus for 10 minutes on Sunday when we were accosted by a young man asking for money. When we told him we had no Litas he asked for Euros (not sure how that would have helped him). He certainly didn't like taking no as an answer!

Welcome to Vilnius!

Staying at a hostel in Old Town, which must be on the busiest street in the whole city. The cars and bikes that zoom past when you're trying to sleep is ridiculous. Thank goodness for ear plugs.

Hired bicycles yesterday for a self-guided tour of Vilnius, mainly around the areas just outside Old Town. Cycled through the (self-proclaimed) Republic of Užupis, a suburb of Vilnius inhabited by a lot of artsy people, where their constitution includes 'the right of a dog to be a dog', 'the right of the river to flow' and 'everybody has the right to die, but this is not an obligation'. Crazy.

Had planned on going to the Museum of Genocide Victims (ex-KGB building) as a priority, but of course it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. So will have to make a quick dash tomorrow before getting the afternoon bus to Warsaw. 8 hours on a bus...

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Location: Riga, Latvia

Our tour of the Baltics continues.

Having arrived in Riga on Thursday afternoon we formulated an itinerary to ensure that we didn't waste a moment of our time. After Drew's late lunch (kebab), we headed into the Old Town for a look around... and got as far as a pub. Having ordered mojitos (€5 each served in milkshake glasses- we love Riga!) the waiter then forced us to order dinner. There were some interesting options on the menu- venison carpaccio, buck roe, sturgeon...but we settled for pheasant and partridge. Delicious. By the time dinner was over it was time to head back to the hostel for a sleep.

Yesterday we headed to the central markets (huge!) which take place in and around re-constructed zeppelin hangars from WWI. From here we headed to the Riga Jewish Ghetto monument/museum, a powerful reminder of the atrocities committed against the local and international Jewish communities. After that we headed back in to the Old Town for a spot of lunch at a soviet-style bistro (they're certainly giving us value for our money) then hit the road on a bike tour of Riga to see areas that people don't normally visit.

Today we hit the streets of Old Town once again for photographs of the tourist sites, then headed out to the 'burbs to a beer shop (ie. fancy pub) where we lunched, drank, and Drew bought another beer glass.

Side note: "garlic bread" in the Baltic countries means bread, very thinly sliced, smeared with garlic and deep fried.

After lunch we went to the KGB building, where we had missed the English language tour of the cellar prison :-( The exhibitions installed in the building were as much 'art' as 'history' and completely different from what we expected. Rather than focus on the use of the building by the KGB the exhibits were about the movement of people through Latvia, the possessions they took with them and those left behind, personal stories of people who fought for and against Latvian independence, artistic representations from prisoners of work camps, and a bizarre artistic installation that neither of us understood.

Leaving for Lithuana in the morning.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Location: Riga, Latvia

Having trouble with Duck's phone at the moment, not picking up a network again. So if anyone needs us, please call Drew's mobile.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Location: Pärnu, Estonia

Having arrived in Pärnu to sunshine, the last two days (and the forecast for the week) is partly cloudy :-/

Yesterday was spent on bicycles touring the streets of Pärnu. Given that the population is only 40,000 there weren't that many. Streets that is. The Estonians certainly love their bike paths. And their roller blades. Drew was concerned at Duck's understanding of road rules and unshakeable belief in the power of pedestrian crossings. Duck was concerned at the fact that Drew was hit on in Estonian by a supermarket worker. Well, that's what he said happened...

Pärnu itself is quite a nice little town, full of shady tree-lined streets, boutique shops and lots of cafes/restaurants. In many ways it reminds us of Sawtell. Most of the younger generations in Estonia speak excellent English which has made our lives easier and negated the need to try and pronounce some of their words ("jäääär" for example- how many vowels do they need? Wheel of Fortune would never have taken off here).

Went down to the beach for a look at the water (brown, flat, cold). Oh, European swimwear, how you burn our retinas. And that's just the men. There was an international beach volleyball court set up, complete with big screen. Drew was disappointed to find that there was no competition on, so no perving on people in skimpy bathers.

Pärnu has many nice coffee shops, cakes and pastries! But only so many days in which to sample them.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Location: Tallinn, Estonia

We are starting to get a little freaked out about the weather because we have now had two straight weeks of sunshine. Here's hoping it keeps up for the next two months.

Have spent the last three days in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The city (and the country) are tiny-Tallinn only has 400,000-odd people. The main thing to see is the Old Town and its mediaeval fortifications. The red roofs and private houses contrast nicely with Soviet-era concrete in other areas. And again, there are umpteen churches around the place. So many that you forget which one is which (so apologies for any unlabelled photos). By the end of this trip we will never want to see another museum or church again.

There were some interesting souvenirs available in Old Town. Duck found a couple of matchbooks for sale, one with Lenin's picture and the other with Stalin's. We went back today to buy them but the shop had mysteriously disappeared... Or we had walked so many streets and seen so many shops that we just couldn't remember exactly where it was and couldn't be bothered to look further. Drew did purchase yet another drinking vessel though. He will have to put them all to good use and have a party when we get home.

Tomorrow we are off to Pärnu, Estonia's premier seaside resort town, to live it up with the rich and famous. In our backpacker dorm.


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From Mum and dad McK
good to see you are still enjoying your trip! Had a good time at Trudy' s "party"....complete surprise as she denied it for so long! When you are in Milan jump on a train and go to Lake Como for a look . doesn't take long. the funicular to the top is worth the trip! The "children" seemed to enjoy their holiday while we were in Tassie. Wont be long till we see you. Love , Mum and Dad
Response: We'll see if we can find Perry.
From Sambo
Do I win a seal or something? Haha
They're sea lions
From Sambo
How long have we had that forearm ink Drewcus...?
Response: Congratulations! You're the first person to realise! We have been trying to post pics of it (not obvious ones) to see if anyone would notice. You may collect your prize from...

San Francisco, at Pier 39.
From From Mum @ Dad D
Hi you two. You seem to be on the go and the commentary is very interesting but when do you have a rest! Is Donna's phone operational again yet? It appears you've seen some fantastic sights and are enjoying your trip immensely. By the time you get home there wont be too many countries you have not set foot in. Thinking of you and keep taking care. As always lots of love. Mum & Dad.
Response: Gotta keep busy! Too many things to see! Phone is going again because Drew is speaking to you now :-) Stop watching the news!
From mum and dad mck
glad you coped with the young gentleman! Hope you got the message re your questions. feel free to use it. dad had his eyes done- looks like he has gone 10 rounds with mike Tyson! Happy travelling. love from mum and dad
Response: He was a bit crazy- saw him when we got on the bus for Warsaw too. This time he didn't approach though. Don't forget to send me a pic of dad's facelift!
From The Longs
Hi - just re the message from the girls - the scary thing in the photo with Aunty Duck ... I wasn't sure what it was ... though I am pretty sure it wasn't Drew after a big night!! We love you and can't wait to see you. Take care of each other! Have fun! xxoo
Response: Aunty Drew is MUCH scarier!
From Kira & Tyla
Hi Aunty Duck and Uncle (aka Aunty) Drew. We just looked at more of your photos. Mummy is going to let us type now:
Hope you are enjoying your trip. We are missing you! Can't wait to see you again soon. What was the scary thing in the photo with Aunty Duck? In the school holidays we went to Dolphin Marine Magic, up Muttonbird Island and saw whales! Love, hugs and kisses Kira, Tyla, Mummy and Daddy xxxxoooo
Response: We miss you too! The scary thing (other than Aunty Duck) is called Baba Yaga. She's a Russian fairytale characer who lives in a house that has chicken legs and can move around. Sounds like you had a lot of fun in the holidays! Look forward to seeing you in the next lot! xx
From Ky
You will be knocked out by the Hermitage and winter palace!!
Response: Looking forward to it! Keeping an eye out for a mink key ring for you too- except we shouldn't buy fur :-(
From Kira and Tyla
Hi Aunty Drew and Aunty Duck. Can you get us 101 dalmations before you leave London? Love you both. xxoo xxoo
Response: Ill try my best but I dont think they will all fit in my bag. Love u two too.
From Mum & Dad D
Hi again you two.Just a quick note before we embark on our odessey.Hope we find it as exciting as your wanderings. Will be in touch on our return. Love to you both.
Response: Look forward to it. Im sure u will enjoy the trip.
From The Longs
Hi. sounds like you are having a great time. we think about you all the time. the girls love the story in their book. they are at swimming lessons at the moment then off to bunnings to get a new front door. it will be a fun saturday but not quite as fun as your travels! miss you heaps and can't wait to see all the photos. we love you lots!! take care and we look forward to hearing more from you soon. Love you both. xxoo
From From Mum @ Dad D
Thank you for the parcel. Everyone was thrilled with your gifts and appreciate your thoughts. Sounds like you're having an interesting time especially on the trains! Would love to be seeing England however we've settled for Singapore as our first jaunt (leaving Monday 30th). Hope you are both keeping well and things have settled down for Andrew. We'll be in touch again before we leave. All our love
From
From mum and dad Mck. Would love to see Scotland one day! 3 parcels have arrived from you in the past couple of days- they are sitting in your room for when you come home. You will need the truck to take everything home! Please give our love to Dennis and Joan. We know you will enjoy your time with them! Enjoy the next stage of your "excellent adventure " and travel safe. All our love
Response: Well, when you come over at Christmas... I think one or more of the parcels was addressed to you, so maybe you should open it? Will pass on your love, hearing a few stories about a Triumph motorbike and a cow- Roy will have to fill in the rest!
From The Longs
Hi Drew and Duck!! Thanks for your Birthday wishes for Tyla!! Belated Happy Anniversary to you too!! 5 years!!!!! Congratulations!
Sounds like you are having a fantastic time - we are just a little jealous - would love to visit Ireland and Scotland one fine day!! Does it get fine over there?? (Just jokes).
Also a BIG thank you - Mum and Dad tell us you sent us a little something - we will be at their place tomorrow - I know the girls will be soooo excited! You two are so sweet!! Love ya!!
Enjoy the rest of your travels ... looking forward to hearing all about it. See ya!
Response: No worries. Hope you all enjoy your gifts. It was almost short weather in glasgow yesterday...ALMOST. Speak soon.
From Mum & Dad D
Hi you two. Thinking of you on your anniversary (today here, tomorrow there) and wishing you a very happy day. Hope it's special whatever you do. All our love .
Response: Thankyou! Drew wasn't feeling well, so Duck went out for dinner with the family :-)
From
From Mum and Dad McK. Glad to hear you are still enjoying Ireland. Did you watch the sun go down on Galway Bay, seeing as you love quoting old Irish songs! Benbulben is impressive! Be careful on your pub crawl Andrew, don't try to keep up with those boys!! Take care, enjoy your "family time" , love to you both. HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Response: There was no sun in Galway! But we did see plenty of rain over the bay. Benbulben was very impressive, and we walked up to Maeve's tomb- what an effort! Drew was not well after Friday night, so he missed the pub crawl :-(
From From Mum @ Dad D
Thanks for last week's phone call- can't believe you're so far away!. Good to hear everything is fine and that you're having such fun and particularly analysing the various beverages as you go. We expect some samples! Shame the Dingle surname doesn't any influence ( Tell 'em your middle name is Crean) Keep travelling safely, take care, love to you both
Response: Unfortunately it is illegal to send liquids in the mail. But you will hopefully receive a parcel in a few weeks :-)
From mum and dad mck
You make us so envious! So glad you like Ireland and hope you don't get too much rain! It was good to hear your voice on the phone. Your parcel arrived safely. Sure you will like the north as much as the south!
Response: I had to draw Andrew a mud map the other day so he could try and learn names and relationships- he still struggles with Shannon, Jamie and Ian! There's a Belfast pub crawl the Saturday night; I already warned him of the dangers :-) Rain has held off for 48 hours...
From Ky
Aaahhhh Guiness - I would be in heaven
Response: Don't they sell it at TJ's???
From Cin
Sounds like you are both having a great time. Wait till you hit Ireland, it is amazing. Lots of pubs to taste yummy beers. Plus their bacon is the best. Happy belated birthday
Response: No divorce yet! Dublin is the most convoluted street system, but great for walking around. Didn't get to see much as ended up having only one full day there...devoted to the Guinness Brewery :-)
From Michelle
Enjoying the updates. Have a great time in Eire.
Response: We're enjoying updating! We most certainly will thanks! Hope you are all well x
From Sambo
YOU GUYS ARE MAKING ME SO JEALOUS! Hope you're having an awesome time and didn't have to see too many guidos in Jersey! Keep safe! xx
Response: They's everywhere essay!
From Mum & Dad Dingle
Thank you both for the call yesterday-it was great to hear your voices.Glad you had a happy birthday Donna.We were thinking of you with special wishes & hoping Andrew spoilt you.Good to hear you are both fine & your adventure as exiciting as you hoped for. Will keep you informed re the problems in the Ukraine ; don't want you flying into what may be a war zone. Things may have quietened down with Russia by then Meantime take care, love you both. Oh, your drill spindle is fixed and here mate .

Mum & Dad D
Response: Thanks guys. Donna said she enjoyed her birthday at the aquarium and coke cola world. We should be ok in russia. It is through a tour guide and away from the boarder. Thanks for fixing my drill too. Take care and love to you both.
From Mouse
Happy Birthday Doo Ducka. Don't know if I'm early or late but either way I know you are both having a wonderful time. Nice pic on the hill!!
Response: Thanks Mouse! We sure are! Love you x
From Carol & Dave
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUCKA P!! xxxx
Response: Thankyou!!! Happy Mother's Day!!! Love, Hallmark :-)