Thursday, August 9, 2007

Whats new??

Hi there friends!

Lots to talk about and my fingers can only type so fast. I just got back from an incredible journey one might call a vacation! It all started about a month ago when Anna-Lee and Kaitlin joined me at the Casa de Ryan in London England. Matt 'the entertainer' Ross was not far behind and joined us for a few quiet (deafening) days/nights in the city that never sleeps (or talks to each other on trains)!! From here we took our Euro Rail passes and made our way to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm and the centre of the Scandinavian Universe Pitea!!!

One highlight of the trip was the many train rides that ranged from two to fourteen hours! Instead of being bored, we decided to play cards, eat food, drink the occasional beer, and meet the rest of the train. We met some new friends from all over Sweden, France, Germany, Denmark, and America. We brought these people into our many random singalongs, dance parties, rock paper scissors matches and so much more. Heck we even tried to help our friend TJ through a bit of a tough time when somehow her friend got off the train at the wrong stop without out her and was, as a result, lost and alone in Europe with nothing but the clothes on his back! (ouch) TJ if you have ESP and somehow are listening, I hope it all worked out for you guys!!! Basically after TJ lost her mate, we missed our stop in Brussels, and then managed to miss another one shortly after that! So when the train stopped unexpectedly to fix the breaks, we took it as an opportunity to jump off the train with all of our luggage onto the tracks and over to the train waiting to go back to Bruxelles! We brought TJ with us to Brussels where she was meant to get the train to Amsterdam...

We were so fortunate to be able to see so many parts of the world that are so different in so many ways! Sweden was most certainly the highlight of the trip for me as we got to see some awesome friends that we now see on an annual basis! 2005 was in Florida, 2006 was in Canada, and 2007 was in Sweden... Pitea to be exact. We timed our trip so that it coincided with the Pitea dansar festival which was a festival unlike any I have ever seen, and that includes the world famous Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival!!! This festival involved music (five stages playing any type of music you could possibly desire), dancing (like it was 1999), sports (beach volleyball, soccer, basketball, triathlon), midway, and some of the best food I have tasted! Among other delicasies we tried Suova's which is reindeer in a pita... Langos is this hot pastry with sour cream and pizza toppings... and a plate that is traditional and unique to Pitea called Palt which is potato based ball with some type of ham in the middle which is eaten with butter and jam. (Big cheers to Erika's mom and dad for having us over for such a great meal)

The 'girls', as they are affectionately known, were amazing!! They put us up in their apartments, served as our tour guides and basically made sure we were always taken care of. It was great to meet all of their friends as well... the Swedes are very good hosts as people we had only just met invited us for meals at their houses, bbq's at their parents farms, wakeboarding at cottages, pre-festivals at the festival and even gave us goody bags for the train ride home! I can't say enough about everybody that took care of us... I will start with THANKS / Tack... and will leave it at, you are always welcome in London! Man, I miss Sweden already!

My travel partners:
Matt... you have a way of making light of any situation and making even the most boring of things into barrels of fun and excitement!! Gonna miss ya buddy! Start planning the next road trip which will happen when I get home for Christmas.
Anna-Lee... I must say I saw another side of shy Anna-Lee on this trip!! Was so great to see you and makes me miss home and family a little more... can't wait to see you at the Baker family Christmas!!
Kaitlin... was a slice meeting you and getting to know you! Seems like I have known you forever, we have all seen and been through so much together now. All the best to you!!!

If you have never traveled, seen the world, experienced other cultures... you need to now! I have been bitten by the travel bug and am quite happy to pass it on to others! I am off to Dublin Ireland next weekend for work which will be my 8th country visited! Can't wait!!!!

Wishing everybody all the very best!

Warmest regards,

Ryan

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Anonymous said...

Hey Ryan. Sounds like you had a great tour. One to remember for sure. Hope you took lots of pictures to share. Keep up the blog, where's the comments out there...

Jo said...

Hi Ryan - great blog update. You say you are off to Dublin. You absolutely must go and see Nana - she will be over the moon to see you. I will get addresses from Graine. When do you leave?
Thanks for keeping us updated - and a little less of the missing home stuff, it makes me cry! Luvs ya lots. Mum

Anonymous said...

the anonymous poet, he's very good.does he get a prize, if not he should. soppy Jo that didn't ryme, but thanks for coming out, better luck next time...

Bakes said...

HAHAHA!! The anonymous poet, speaks not of his name. Is it 'cause he's afraid, if so thats a shame! I'm looking for feedback, you're looking for a prize. If you think that comment warrants one, you better open your eyes!!
zing

Jo said...

'tis I, Sloppy Jo,
With a rhyme just to show,
That I too can compete,
And your rhymes I will beat.
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip, that started from a British port, upon a great big ship.
The boys laid back and took a nap, the girls looked on in awe, those boys can sleep just anywhere, even the dirty floor.
The ship set ground on the shore of some uncharted euro isle,
With Anna Lee, and Kaitlin too, Baker boy and the Ross, the four of them, found their way to a three bit hotel, a three bit hotel.
Some time they spent roaming the streets of busy Amsterdam,
then boarded a train to pitea dreaming of palt and jam.
The train went by stop after stop, the names they did ignore, eventually they realized theirs was two stops before, two stops before.
They jumped from the train with such a force, a suitcase it was tossed, as Kaitlin tumbled from the train, her dignity was lost.
I know am running out of steam, this rhyme is quite absurd, I think that I will take a break and finish my crossword, yes finish my crossword!
Sloppy Jo has left the building - goodnight all !

Jo said...

yeah yeah yeah, I know it is soppy jo and not sloppy jo
and yes I know that I used the word know instead of now.
We have several ideas on just who anonymous is......he or she is probably from Canada - or possibly England......could be a relative....maybe a friend.....

Francine said...

I felt accused of being the muse
but definately was not
did not know till halfway through Jo's call about the new blog spot
I do like to rhyme
do it all time
but some people think its a crime
Yes indeed the kids had some fun
under the midnight sun
As Anna-Lee's Mum
I've heard of the fun
that should only be heard by some
There are photo's too
they should hide in a shoe
they look like they're in a "ZOO"!
For the girls in Shelburne
we just had our festival
Alas, no rides, no beer
not even a flashers ****icle
So now we shall go
and shovel our snow
in the land of the Eskimo

Miss ya Ryan, love and kisses
Yo Mama

Bakes said...

Wow, Anonymous, Jo and Francine have stepped up in a big way to battle it out (8 mile style) for Blogspot supremacy! Good on you all! Man oh man, had a good laugh with each of those comments... thanks to you all! Keep up the posts!
Miss ya'll, see ya'all soon...
Love 'Rantin Ryan'

Jo said...

Oh my word,
This is becoming absurd,

Anonymous said...

Uncle........

Bakes said...

Uncle... Richard??? Jeremy???

Anonymous said...

The anonymous poet appears to have out witted the blogger. I humbly conceed to yo mama and the sopper.
I shal l return...

Jo said...

A hint may be found in anonymous' timing,
'tis always in the wee hours of the morning,
he is found to be rhyming!

no rhymes in this part - this has been a hoot. Thanks Anon for getting this started and thanks most of all for conceding to the talents of Yo Mama and Sopper.

Someday, we hope to learn your name.

aunt glad said...

you missed your spot
what could you do
but jump on board
the next train through
I heard your laughter
I heard your tears
you can't come home
because we're not there
christmas is coming
the snow will to
Ryan get your ticket
'cause we'll be waiting for you.

Jo said...

Nice one Glad...any ideas on the identity of our anonymous poet?

Bakes said...

Yaaaa Glad... man you folks have some mad rhymes... hope you are well!!

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