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Slovenia, Munich and Heading Home


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Sorry this is loooong overdue. This has been an incredible experience, and the last 7 weeks have been busy. This entry is long, but it is the last one. Please bear with us for our last two stops in Europe and getting settled at home.

We headed to Slovenia after our adventures in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Our trip to Slovenia offered a completely different opportunity from the rest of our trip. The simplified version is that Madi's grandma has family in Slovenia who we got to stay with. We met Helena in Ljubljana and stayed with her and her family. Ljubljana is a beautiful city.

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We climbed up to the castle above Skofja Loka where our family lives. Gorgeous views too.

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Helena's mom was part of a trip to the States from about 15 years ago. Madi met her then, and Helena's mom remembered her right away. Helena lives with her two kids and her mom. While we there, we got homemade food and even homemade schnapps! Everything was delicious and amazing. This was such a special part of our trip.

Our last day in Slovenia we went for a drive into the Julian Alps.

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That night we took an overnight train to Munich and the last stop on our trip.

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We visited Hofbrauhaus, the famous beer house. The beers were huge!

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There's a park in Munich that is beautiful and has a Greek temple, a beer house in the shape of a pagoda and a man-made surfing wave in the river. It was a very interesting walk.

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While we were there, we took a day trip to Dachau Concentration Camp. This was so intense. We learned that Dachau was the first camp to open and the last to be freed.

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Then...it was time to fly home. We flew into Dublin for our layover like the one on the way over to Europe. This time, we got our Guinness.

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We flew into Denver to stay. While staying with Madi's dad, we searched for an apartment, and Madi applied for jobs. We ended up finding a beautiful two bedroom apartment, and within two days after submitting applications, Madi got her first interview. Less than two weeks after moving to Denver and being back in the States, Madi had a job offer. Once she had a job, we focused on finding our first car. A few days later, we bought a car! God blessed us by helping all the pieces fall into place quickly. Colin's parents came to visit, and we got the chance to host visitors for the first time in an actual guest bedroom on an actual guest bed. Madi even got the opportunity to attend the wedding of one of her best friends from college that she originally wasn't going to be able to attend. We've been busy since we got back, but this is going to be a wonderful year.

Thank you all for following along with us on our journey. It was truly an Adventure. We love you all.

Colin and Madi

Posted by colin.cushman 15:47 Tagged home guinness munich slovenia

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So pleased that you were able to spend time with G'ma Rose's relatives! That walk in Munich was surprising.
Such variety! I'm glad you had a bit longer in Dublin on your return. So proud of you for living your dream trip and so delighted to hear of your blessings in Denver/Golden. If you can't get away for T'giving in CA, please drive here overnight before the snow flies. I too have a guest bedroom as of yesterday and tomorrow will host my first airbnb guests who are from Holland!
XOXO, G'ma Barb

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