Saturday, August 29, 2009


Hello all! Sophie and I have made it to the beautiful village of Dinas Mawddwy, near the bustling metropolis of Machynlleth, Wales (don't worry, we have no idea how to pronounce these places either). We are being graciously hosted by my pal Anwen, her family, and friends on their sprawling farm in the middle of the Welsh countryside. Hopefully I'll have time to post some pictures later because it is absolutely gorgeous here, but we have a full day today as Anwen's village is having sort of a county fair today (their 100th!). There are food competitions (Anwen's family and friends have quite a few entries), dog competitions, and animal shows. But I am most excited for the sheep shearing competition; which may very well be the highlight of this trip!

Take care,

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Safe and Sound

Sophie and I have arrived without too many complications or running around- I'd like to type more but my time is nearly up and Sophie just got booted off her computer so this is just a quick post to let everyone know that we are here (in Bath) and safe. Tomorrow we leave for Wales (we think) where we will have better internet access. Until then!

Steve (and Sophie)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

T-Minus 1 Day

Hello friends, family, loved ones, and random creepers,

For those who don't know exactly what's going on, let me get you up to speed:
Sophie Gardner (check out her blog at: and I are headed to Europe for a backpacking adventure from August 26th until December 9th. In order to keep everyone in the loop about where we are/what we're doing we've created our blogs to show pictures/share stories and most importantly, to assure our parents that we haven't been kidnapped or worse in some random European country.

We'll try and update when we can, though we won't know exactly when we'll have access to internet or the time to write, so please check back regularly. (also comments would be nice since we will be many miles away and a little 'hello' or comment would make us feel nice)

As of right now I'm getting the final preparations ready for the trip: buying useful things Sophie will appreciate me having like deodorant, toothpaste, and pants. The next time I update I'll probably be somewhere in the UK (we fly in and out of Heathrow) but before that I want to thank everyone for helping me along the way:

Thanks Mom and Brian for letting me store my junk in your basement and for helping me move. Thanks Dad for driving me around and for working around my silly schedule to spend time together this summer. Thanks Sis for taking me from Barnum and for always having a place when I'm in Minneapolis. Thanks Terri for solving my last minute car problem and letting me keep it at your place! Thanks to everyone I worked with/for this summer- with all the hours I put in I may well have gone crazy if I didn't like you all! And thanks to the rest of my family and friends for being supportive and available when I needed you. You're all great and I'm appreciative of every one of you!

Until next time (whenever that is),