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Saturday, June 06, 2009

20 Years Ago This Week....
The other day I was talking to my aunt and we were chatting about wedding plans. She said that she would be celebrating her 20th anniversary this year. I then remember that I wasn't at her wedding because 20 years ago I took a trip to Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Ukraine of the Soviet Union. I thought I'd post a few photos of our trip....

Twenty years ago this week......

There was some partaking of the European culture (read: no drinking age).
If this trip happened today, we would have been suspended.

There was the realization that I didn't learn anything in my Russian class.
You know it's bad when you're quizzed on the spot by your Russian teacher.
So much for reading the wall of the WWII Memorial.

This hat caused quite a stir at the Russian/Czechoslovakian border.
The border guard didn't believe that Jason bought it at an Army Surplus store.
Jason also didn't have his receipt.
Thank God for a translator that was able to work it out.
I'm pretty sure Jason was having visions of sitting in a Russian prison.
I know I was having visions of that same prison because I bought a USSR flag,
which I had hidden in my suitcase (those flags were not allowed out of the country).

I got to see Austria from this castle on the Hungarian border.
Sorta like how Governor Palin gets to see Russia from her house.
For the record, we didn't see her house from Russia.

I thought this shirt that I got at Rag Stock was the coolest shirt ever.


Two Blessings From Above said...

I have always wanted to go to Russia! Enjoyed the pictures.

Em said...

The styles!!! We did look cool back then, didn't we?

This week in 1989 I was graduating from high school.

From your pictures, I can tell you had a way better time.

And that totally is like for sure the coolest shirt, ever.

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

Good Gord! Just LOOK at those hairstyles!!

Laura Porras said...

Wow! I cannot believe that it was 20 years ago! I still am amazed that you guys safely made it over and back with Luknic as your "chaperone" :) Cool to see those pictures.

Mercedes said...

what a blast! I wanna go sometime.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention that you called your mother COLLECT from Czechoslovakia at 5AM because your international card wouldn't work, who knew!!!!! That was a phone bill from hell...