You may have a fresh start any moment you choose……

11 May

fail·ure ˈfālyər/

noun

lack of success.

synonyms:  nonfulfillmentdefeatcollapse, foundering
the omission of expected or required action.

synonyms: negligencederelictionomissionoversight

In less than 2 weeks, our trip around the world will be at an end. 214 days,

6 continents, 29 flights, 22 countries, 33 couchsurfing hosts (twice as many invitations),

6 godwinks (this will have its own post), 5 wonders of the world, numerous acts of

kindness received and given, and too many new friends to count! All in all it’s been an amazing trip! Quite the accomplishment! But…… We didn’t do all that we set out to do!

Our original goal was to volunteer in each of the countries that we visited. I picked the countries and the boys looked up NGO’s and charities in each one where we could

give a helping hand. We did not have success in that part of our mission. We failed!

 

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than

those who try to do nothing and succeed. ~Lloyd Jones

A man that I consider to be a mentor, taught me that it is important to give! Not give back, just to give! This is what I’m teaching my sons! We are fortunate that we had opportunities to do just that. In London UK with the Salvation Army, we spent an evening feeding the homeless. In Nairobi Kenya with the Mathare Foundation, we volunteered in one of the largest slums in Africa. In Bangkok Thailand, we helped with a fundraiser for a NGO called “In Search of Sanuk. In Cebu Philippines, we went and saw the impact that a Liter of Light has on communities with no electricity.  When we couldn’t give or be of service, we tried to inspire. In Paris France, Nairobi Kenya and Bogota Colombia I had “conversations” with students asking the question “If you knew you could not fail, what would you champion with your life?”, hoping to inspire the next generation to think outside the box and dream big! Seeing the impact we had in these interactions, makes me wish that we could have done more. That we could have spent more time with people who need a hand, or a push for their dreams. I failed to make that happen in most of the countries we visited.

Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself, “I have failed three times,” and what happens when he says, “I am a failure.” ~S.I. Hayakawa

In the days we have left, we are looking to spend time with an NGO in Costa Rica. And though the first couple of weeks we spend in Jamaica, will be rest time, there are 2 organizations we will be working with this summer. Stay tuned for information about those!

There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard

As you’ve been reading this you might have been wondering, “Is there anything I could do?” If you haven’t, ask yourself this question now! The answer is YES! Of course you can! Maybe it means just volunteering your Time Talent or Treasure at your local school, church or hospital. Maybe it means giving your neighbor’s kid help with some homework, or doing some random act of kindness. Whatever works for you, put it in your heart just to give something of yourself. The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization, find one near you. Here is a link to one in London http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/.  The Mathare Foundation has put together a Indiegogo campaign which has 48 hours left https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-mathare-foundation-in-slum-to-raise-funds-for-school-room-rent-equipments. In Search of Sanuk is always in need of donations and volunteers, check them out here http://insearchofsanuk.com/.  To learn more about the Liter of Light project go here http://aliteroflight.org/.  If none of these pull at your heart strings, look below for the list that Isaiah and Junior put together. I’m based in Denver CO, and can point you in the direction of many local NGOs and charities, send me an email. Do your own research, make your own list. Grab a friend or a family member and do some good in the world! Smile! Check out this excerpt from an article about the ripple effect of giving:

Without a doubt, generosity and gratitude are contagious, with far-reaching ripple effects. “When someone shows me such unexpected thoughtfulness, it restores my faith in the love and compassion of the human spirit and I want to join in on the fun,” one study participant explained.

So, the next time you give to an organization or an individual, know that your gift may actually have a much larger impact than you realize. And the next time you are the recipient of someone’s generosity, think of the principle of upstream reciprocity and look for ways to pay the kindness forward to others — strangers you may not even know. Being aware of the secret ripple effect of gratitude and intentionally looking for ways to use it can transform our entire community — and increase your own joy in the process.

You can read the whole article herehttp://www.noozhawk.com/article/cynder_sinclair_gratitude_secret_ripple_effect_on_community_20131126.

 

Failure sometimes enlarges the spirit. You have to fall back upon humanity and God. ~Charles Horton Cooley

Yes we failed at what we originally set out to do. Maybe we are not done failing! But we are not failures! Though our trip is almost over, we will always look back on the lives that have impacted us, and those that we have had an impact on. Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8: Teaching Kids to Succeed comes to mind. We adults need and can use these same lessons!

Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down. ~Mary Pickford

 

We look forward to you journeying with the Jobsons!!! Check out our FaceBook page and our profile on CouchSurfing.org:

http://facebook.com/JourneywiththeJobsons

https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=EYHIJGU

Here is the list of NGO’s and charities that the boys put together:

France- UCPA- http://www.ucpa-vacances.com/

Poland- Tatra volunteer search and rescue- http://www.topr.pl/

Germany- Heavens Above- http://www.heavens-above.com/

Greece- Tree for a Kid- http://www.linkedin.com/company/tree-for-a-kid

Israel- Poem for Rent- http://www.technion.ac.il/~gever/shir.htm

Ethiopia- Circus Ethiopia- http://www.circusethiopia.org/aboutus/index.html

Australia- Healthy Kids School CanTeen Association- https://healthy-kids.com.au/

New Zealand- CanTeen- http://www.canteen.org.nz/

Columbia- Pies Descalzos Foundation- http://www.barefootfoundation.com/

Panama – Fundacion El Hacedor- http://www.elhacedor.org/

Costa Rica- Nature Kids- http://www.naturekids.org/

Jamaica- Ocho Rios Charity Serving Poor Children’s- http://www.breadbasketministries.com/

UK- Kids Company- http://www.kidsco.org.uk

Germany- Heavens Above- http://www.heavens-above.com/

Poland- TOPR- http://www.topr.pl/

Greece- Elati environmental league for animals in the Ionian- http://www.charity-charities.org/Greece-charities/Kefalonia-1463560.html

Israel- Poem for rent- http://www.technion.ac.il/~gever/shir.htm

Nigeria-Tafarki foundation- http://thetafarkifoundation.com/PharmacistForAfrica/index0.html

Ethiopia- SOS children in Ethiopia- http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/Where-we-help/Africa/Ethiopia/Pages/default.aspx

Mozambique- Imagine Mozambique- http://www.imaginemozambique.org

South Africa- Food for Africa’s Orphans- http://www.foodfororphans.org/about.php

India- Vibha- http://sites.vibha.org/

Philippines- Community and family services international- http://www.cfsi.ph/

Australia- CARE Australia- http://www.care.org.au/

Costa Rica- kids saving the rain forest- http://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/main.html

Jamaica- The Animal House- http://www.theanimalhousejamaica.org/

Panama- Water charity- http://watercharity.org/taxonomy/term/12

Colombia- Pies Descalzos Foundation- http://www.barefootfoundation.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rennes, France

10 May The Jobson boys in silhouette.
This is where we stayed in the middle of Rennes.

This is where we stayed in the middle of Rennes.

Our couchsurfing host Aurolie, who I hosted a couple years before in Jamaica.

Our couchsurfing host Aurolie, who I hosted a couple years before in Jamaica.

Rennes is the 2nd smallest city in the world to have it's own metro system.

Rennes is the 2nd smallest city in the world to have it’s own metro system.

The oldest building in Rennes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennes

The oldest building in Rennes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rennes

Aurolie giving us a tour/history lesson.

Aurolie giving us a tour/history lesson.

Rennes by streetlight.

Rennes by streetlight.

Place de Mairie.

Place de Mairie.

Aurolie's boyfriend showing off his hip hop collection.

Aurolie’s boyfriend showing off his hip hop collection.

Brittany against Jamaica for the badminton championship of the world!

Brittany against Jamaica for the badminton championship of the world!

Not looking good for Jamaica!

Not looking good for Jamaica!

Jamaica had to call in the reserves.

Jamaica had to call in the reserves.

Brittany came out on top!

Brittany came out on top!

Typical street in old Rennes.

Typical street in old Rennes.

Music at the Christmas market.

Music at the Christmas market.

Tables with items from around the world.

Tables with items from around the world.

Jr figured out the "magic" trick.

Jr figured out the “magic” trick.

We love origami!

We love origami!

Look what I made!

Look what I made!

Game night in Rennes. Have you played Loup Garou? Here is a link to the rules: http://chanceflagg.deviantart.com/journal/Loup-Garou-Rules-223844970

Game night in Rennes. Have you played Loup Garou? Here is a link to the rules: http://chanceflagg.deviantart.com/journal/Loup-Garou-Rules-223844970

Another fun game we played. Forgot the name, do you know?

Another fun game we played. Forgot the name, do you know?

Aurolie getting in on the magic tricks.

Aurolie getting in on the magic tricks.

Almost bought this fish eye lens! Out of my price range.

Almost bought this fish eye lens! Out of my price range.

Took a day trip to St Malo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Malo

Took a day trip to St Malo.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Malo

Isaiah & Jr checking out the sea life!

Isaiah & Jr checking out the sea life!

Look what I found! Can I keep it?

Look what I found! Can I keep it?

Another shot of Fort National at low tide.

Another shot of Fort National at low tide.

They call St Malo the "walled city", you can see why.

They call St Malo the “walled city”, you can see why.

Fort National and a feathered friend.

Fort National and a feathered friend.

Stairway to a heavenly mansion.

Stairway to a heavenly mansion.

Giving Isaiah some photography lessons.

Giving Isaiah some photography lessons.

Now it's his turn!

Now it’s his turn!

Fantastic architecture!

Fantastic architecture!

 

The Jobson boys in silhouette.

The Jobson boys in silhouette.

St Malo has great walkways.

St Malo has great walkways.

Back in Paris for another week.

Back in Paris for another week.

The boys look sad to leave, or it was the early morning departure.

The boys look sad to leave, or it was the early morning departure.

Wind farm on the way back to Paris.

Wind farm on the way back to Paris.

 

Top ten facts about Rennes

1.The Univ. of Rennes was founded in 1735.

2.The National School of Public Health is in Rennes.

3. Rennes was an important Gallo-Roman town.

4. Rennes’s many industrial products include textiles, leather goods, machinery, automobiles, electronic equipment, and petroleum.

5.  The town was ravaged by the Norsemen and in the Hundred Years War and was swept by a fire in 1720.

6. General Boulanger was born in the city.

7. Rennes suffered heavy bombing in World War II.

8. During the Middle Ages, Rennes served as capital of Brittany under the Angevin dukes.

9. Rennes originally established as the capital of a Celtic tribe, the Redones, from whom it derives its name, later becoming the capital of the ancient kingdom and duchy of Brittany.

10. In the 16th century, it became the seat of the parliament of Brittany.

 

Top ten things to do in Rennes

1.visit the old Rennes.

2. See the Palais du parlement de Breanne.

3. Parco du Tabor.

4. Brittany museum.

5. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes.

6. Les champsLibres.

7. Écomusée du pays de Rennes.

8. Hotel de Ville.

9. Do a audio tour.

10. Bailique St-Sauveur.

 

Berlin & Stuttgart, Germany

9 Feb Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_to_the_Murdered_Jews_of_Europe
Our first morning in Berlin! Staying in what used to be behind the wall in East Berlin! Surreal!

Our first morning in Berlin! Staying in what used to be behind the wall in East Berlin! Surreal!

Anne Frank museum in Berlin. What an amazing story and testament to survival.

Anne Frank museum in Berlin. What an amazing story and testament to survival.

Isaiah & Jr at what's left of the Berlin wall. 2013

Isaiah & Jr at what’s left of the Berlin wall. 2013

Dates that the wall stood, separating east and west Berlin.

Dates that the wall stood, separating east and west Berlin.

Those who died trying to escape from east Berlin.

Those who died trying to escape from east Berlin.

Part of the Berlin Wall memorial.

Part of the Berlin Wall memorial.

Wind globe at a children's museum.

Wind globe at a children’s museum.

Trevor and I, high school friends. Over 20 years since we saw each other. We both used to have hair.

Trevor and I, high school friends. Over 20 years since we saw each other. We both used to have hair.

A beautiful and rare snow leopard at the Stuttgart zoo.

A beautiful and rare snow leopard at the Stuttgart zoo.

Small monkey at the Stuttgart zoo.

Small monkey at the Stuttgart zoo.

Our couchsurfing hosts in Muehlacker, who were amazing!

Our couchsurfing hosts in Muehlacker, who were amazing!

One of the oldest VW's, which were the brain child of Porsche.

One of the oldest VW’s, which were the brain child of Porsche.

Maybe he's found he's hobby.

Maybe he’s found he’s hobby.

A farmer leading his horses through the village.

A farmer leading his horses through the village.

The real deal, not from the movie

The real deal, not from the movie

Of course you know who won!

Of course you know who won!

The longest foos ball table that we have ever seen!

The longest foos ball table that we have ever seen!

Playing with a plasma sphere.

Playing with a plasma sphere.

This is the one I want!

This is the one I want!

Checking out the chimps at the primate section of the Stuttgart zoo.

Checking out the chimps at the primate section of the Stuttgart zoo.

Where's Jr?

Where’s Jr?

Trevor Jackson and the boys. Trevor has been in Germany singing, acting and modeling for almost a decade. https://www.facebook.com/trevorjacksonmusic?fref=ts

Trevor Jackson and the boys. Trevor has been in Germany singing, acting and modeling for almost a decade. https://www.facebook.com/trevorjacksonmusic?fref=ts

Isaiah and Jr reading up on the primates.

Isaiah and Jr reading up on the primates.

The village we stayed in just outside Stuttgart was around since 1528. 250 years before the birth of America.

The village we stayed in just outside Stuttgart was around since 1528. 250 years before the birth of America.

This is a replica of the 1st car ever built. Can you imagine a world without cars today?

This is a replica of the 1st car ever built. Can you imagine a world without cars today?

The boys got to go tubing at the first Christmas market to open in Berlin.The boys got to go tubing at the first Christmas market to open in Berlin.

Isaiah was taught how to make some decorations.

Isaiah was taught how to make some decorations.

A couple is reading about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr visiting a church in east Berlin, while the wall was standing.

A couple is reading about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr visiting a church in east Berlin, while the wall was standing.

Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

Holocaust memorial in Berlin.

Kite flying, as well as some other outside activities on the outskirts of Berlin.

Kite flying, as well as some other outside activities on the outskirts of Berlin.

Private tour of the Berlin fire house, the boys loved it! Thanks Ari!!

Private tour of the Berlin fire house, the boys loved it! Thanks Ari!!

Isaiah in his fire gear.

Isaiah in his fire gear.

Some of the hi tech search and rescue equipment used by the Berlin Fire Dept.

Some of the hi tech search and rescue equipment used by the Berlin Fire Dept.

Run down on the equipment on each fire vehicle.

Run down on the equipment on each fire vehicle.

Berlin in the winter is very cold!

Berlin in the winter is very cold!

Some buildings still show signs of the war.

Some buildings still show signs of the war.

Andre explaining how things work on one of the paramedic trucks.

Andre explaining how things work on one of the paramedic trucks.

Top ten facts about Berlin

  1. Berlin, with an area of 892 square kilometres, is nine times bigger than Paris.
  2. At 368 metres the Berliner Fernsehturm (Television Tower) is the tallest building in Germany and one of the tallest constructions in Europe.
  3. Berlin has around 1,700 bridges, easily beating even Venice.
  4. The first set of traffic lights in Europe was put into service in Potsdamer Platz in 1924. A replica of the lights can still be admired there today.
  5. With the new Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), the city has become a proper central rail hub for the first time in its history – and the largest in Europe.
  6. Berlin is the most multi-cultural city in Germany. Its 3.5 million inhabitants include over 470,000 residents with foreign passports. People from over 184 nations are  long-term residents in the city.
  7. With 175 museums, Berlin is said to have more museums than rainy days.
  8. There are over 180 kilometres of navigable waterways within the Berlin city limits. This makes it possible to explore Berlin by boat.
  9. With four universities, four art schools and ten technical colleges, and around 134,000 students, Berlin is Germany’s biggest university city. In addition there are around 130 non-university research facilities.

10. The Berlin dialect was largely influenced by the Huguenots in the late 17th century.  A few words of French origin are: “Budike” (pub or shop), “Boulette” (meatballs), “Roulade” (rolled meat slices) and “Destille” (pub). However other linguistic influences, e.g. Hebrew (via Yiddish) have left their audible mark in expressions like “Ganove” (crook) or “Macke” (quirk).

Top ten things to in Berlin,Germany

  1. Brandburg gate in Berlin.
  2. Visit the Reichstag.
  3. Musuem island.
  4. Berlin Jewish museum.
  5. Berlin’s East side gallery.
  6. Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.
  7. Unter den linden boulevard.
  8. Take a trip to Tiergarten park.
  9. Go to the Hackescher Market.

10.Take a view from Berlin’s Victory column.

Top ten facts about Stuttgart

  1. The city and its name originate from a horse farm, ” Stutengarten”, which was founded in 950 CE in the Nesenbach Valley.
  2. Daimler, Bosch and Porsche are some of important names which have historically been associated with Stuttgart.
  3. it is known as a wine-growing area and for its parks and gardens.
  4. Stuttgart was chartered in the 13th century.
  5. Stuttgart’s per capita income is higher then any other German city.
  6. After 1945 many old buildings were destroyed.
  7. The city has several other musuems including Porsche and Mercedes.
  8. Stuttgart is known for its nice palaces.
  9. Stuttgart is a major transportation point.
  10. It became a important place for German automobile industry.

Top ten things to do in Stuttgart, Germany

  1. Visit Birkenkopf.
  2. Take a trip to theKarlsplatz Market.
  3. Get a sense of Stuttgart and go to Fernsehturm.
  4.  Visit the Liederhalle structures.
  5. Check out the Porsche Museum.
  6. Go to the Mercedes Musuem.
  7. Visit the Schlossplatz square.
  8. Go to Staatsgalerie which is consider the lourve of Germany.
  9. Visit the Staatstheater.
  10.    Just walk around and explore.

Krakow, Poland

28 Dec Sunset over Auschwitz.
A small art shrine at Auschwitz

A small art shrine at Auschwitz

This is where 10 or more people had to sleep.

This is where 10 or more people had to sleep.

It was a very heavy place, you could feel the sadness in the walls.

It was a very heavy place, you could feel the sadness in the walls.

The numbers are staggering!

The numbers are staggering!

Looking on in silence, a long pensive day.

Looking on in silence, a long pensive day.

If only for a few hours, the Jobson boys survive Auschwitz,

If only for a few hours, the Jobson boys survive Auschwitz,

Electrified barbwire fence.

Electrified barbwire fence.

Millions of people left all types of items behind.

Millions of people left all types of items behind.

Our guide for the day, not a job I would want.

Our guide for the day, not a job I would want.

One of the train cars people were transported in.

One of the train cars people were transported in.

A memorial inside the camp.

A memorial inside the camp.

Portraits of prisoners.

Portraits of prisoners.

He was never caught. Surviving the war, after a period of living incognito in Germany he fled to South America, where he evaded capture for the rest of his life, despite being hunted as a Nazi war criminal.

He was never caught. Surviving the war, after a period of living incognito in Germany he fled to South America, where he evaded capture for the rest of his life, despite being hunted as a Nazi war criminal.

Sunset over Auschwitz.

Sunset over Auschwitz.

Rose on barbwire.

Rose on barbwire.

More items left behind.

More items left behind.

A cry of despair!

A cry of despair!

Maybe the last window millions looked through.

Maybe the last window millions looked through.

One of the largest markets in Europe.

One of the largest markets in Europe.

A day at the castle.

A day at the castle.

A machine the use to mine the salt.

A machine the use to mine the salt.

Carvings in the salt mine.

Carvings in the salt mine.

1 of hundreds of chambers in the mine.

1 of hundreds of chambers in the mine.

A memorial to a massacre carried out by Russians.

A memorial to a massacre carried out by Russians.

Headstone in a Jewish cemetery.

Headstone in a Jewish cemetery.

Jewish cemetery in Krakow.

Jewish cemetery in Krakow.

A portrait of the Pope.

A portrait of the Pope.

Jr in the backyard of our Couchsurfing host.

Jr in the backyard of our Couchsurfing host.

A party for us, ok, not entirely.

A party for us, ok, not entirely.

Fireworks at our hosts house.

Fireworks at our hosts house.

The food was amazing!

The food was amazing!

The display lasted 10 minutes.

The display lasted 10 minutes.

One of the shops in the market.

One of the shops in the market.

National holiday in Poland.

National holiday in Poland.

Parade route and speech on the national holiday.

Parade route and speech on the national holiday.

A non profit spreading cheer and goodwill.

A non profit spreading cheer and goodwill.

 

 

Top ten facts about Krakow, Poland

  1. Krakow was the capital of Poland from 1038 to 1596.
  2. Krakow was a busy trading center of Slavonic Europe as early as 965.
  3.  In 1978, UNESCO placed Kraków on the list of World Heritage Sites.
  4. Also in 1978, Karol Wojtyła, archbishop of Kraków, was elevated to the papacy as Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first ever Slavic pope.
  5. The Old Town district of Kraków is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art.
  6. Kraków is a major centre of education. More than ten university or academy-level institutions offer courses in the city, with 170,000 students.
  7. There are five nature reserves in Kraków, with a combined area of ca. 48.6 hectares (120 acres). Due to their ecological value, these areas are legally protected.
  8.  According to legend, Krakow was founded by and named after the mythical ruler Krak, who built the town above a cave occupied by a ravenous dragon.
  9. Krakow is referred to by various names in different languages.
  10.  The metropolitan city of Kraków is known as the city of churches.

Top ten things to do in Krakow Poland

  1. Soak in Krakow’s old town.
  2. Listen to Hejnal in Mariacki church.
  3. Go to Wawel Castle hill.
  4. Try some Polish food.
  5. Visit Kazimierz.
  6. Go to a university.
  7. Listen to live jazz.
  8. Visit Auschwitz.
  9. Go and visit the Mieliczka salt mines.
  10. Head up in to the mountains.

 

 

Paris

26 Nov
Salgado exhibit.

Salgado exhibit.

Jr talking about our itinerary.

Jr talking about our itinerary.

Isaiah asking questions.

Isaiah asking questions.

Arc de Triomphe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Arc de Triomphe – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Audio guide at the Louvre.

Audio guide at the Louvre.

Questions about Percy Jackson.

Questions about Percy Jackson.

Inside the Paris metro. Completely different from the London tube.

Inside the Paris metro. Completely different from the London tube.

That statue was eyeing Isaiah.

That statue was eyeing Isaiah.

Some of the famous book stands, where you can find old books.

Some of the famous book stands, where you can find old books.

Art class at the Louvre.

Art class at the Louvre.

These kids were like family.

These kids were like family.

Buddhist monks from Thailand, we might meet them again.

Buddhist monks from Thailand, we might meet them again.

My favorite shot of the tower.

My favorite shot of the tower.

A beret for every mood.

A beret for every mood.

Lourve

Lourve

Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Every country should have something like this!

Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Every country should have something like this!

Fountain in front of the Lourve

Fountain in front of the Lourve

Site officiel de l'Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Site officiel de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)

Playing in a French schoolyard.

Playing in a French schoolyard.

Jumping for Joy!

Jumping for Joy!

The oldest buildings in Paris.

The oldest buildings in Paris.

Ile Saint-Louis: The Other Island in the Seine | Adventurous Kate. This is where we said at first!!!

Ile Saint-Louis: The Other Island in the Seine | Adventurous Kate. This is where we said at first!!!

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

Candles inside Notre Dame

Candles inside Notre Dame

The lock bridge of love.

The lock bridge of love.

The crown jewels.

The crown jewels.

Another great cathedral.

Another great cathedral.

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

In the Louvre.

In the Louvre.

Some of the most beautiful stained glass that I have ever seen.

Some of the most beautiful stained glass that I have ever seen.

Ordering authentic French crepes.

Ordering authentic French crepes.

Shooting a movie, look for us waving.

Shooting a movie, look for us waving.

Music class at Elsa's school.

Music class at Elsa’s school.

Which ones the clown?

Which ones the clown?

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

Metro and tower.

Metro and tower.

Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS. TASCHEN Books (Collector's Edition)

Sebastião Salgado. GENESIS. TASCHEN Books (Collector’s Edition)

View from the top!

View from the top!

On top of the world, well at least the Eiffel Tower.

On top of the world, well at least the Eiffel Tower.

On the road again, heading to Krakow Poland

On the road again, heading to Krakow Poland

Top ten facts about Paris

  1. ‘Paris’ is not the city’s original name.
  2. Roman ruins still exist in Paris.
  3. Île de la Cité is the birthplace of Paris.
  4. Each year, 44 million tourists visit Paris.
  5. Paris is a world capital city of shopping and fashion.
  6. The French Kings, who governed France, from 448 until 1848, commissioned many beautiful monuments, such as Versailles Palace and the Louvre Museum.
  7. Parisians built many great churches, including Notre Dame and Sainte Chappell.
  8. Paris is 9 miles east to west and 6 miles north to south, giving it an area of 33.5 square miles, 86.7 square kilometers. Paris is 34 meters above sea level.
  9. The Seine river flows through Paris from the south-east to the south-west. The north side of the river is the Right Bank, la Rive Droite, and the south side is the Left Bank, la Rive Gauche.
  10. During German occupation (WW2 , 1940-1944), the capital of France was Vichy.

Top ten things to do in Paris.
1. Arc de triumph.
2. Le Fumoir. ( A resturant)
3. Musée de l’Orangerie
4. Shakespeare and Company Bookshop
5. Institut du Monde Arabe
6. Centre Pompidou
7. Paris After Dark
8. Piscine Josephine Baker
9. Montmartre Walk
10. Shopping in the Marais

 

It’s amazing what ordinary people can do.

22 Nov

no•tion nōSHən/                                        

noun: a conception of or belief about something.

synonyms: idea, belief, conviction, opinion, view, thought, impression, perception;

an impulse or desire, esp. one of a whimsical kind.

synonyms: impulse, inclination, whim, desire, wish;

 

Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.

Mary Browne

 

We have been on the road now for almost a month. A week ago, I asked the boys to think about some of the thoughts they had before we left on how the trip would be. I wanted to know what their preconceived notions were. Here are some of their thoughts.

Isaiah

Although we sometimes think another country is very different from us, we’re really quite alike. Before I went to Iceland I thought it would be this place were the people loved the cold and ate ice for breakfast.  I just had the concept, because we’re Americans we think that it’s going to be this weird place where they eat nasty foods. Now that I’ve been to Iceland I know some cool things, there are volcanoes there and they have some of the biggest glaciers in the world. A fact that I thought was really cool was that the big 2010 eruption of volcano Eyjafjallajökull went off in Iceland.

Prior to going to Perivale London, I always thought it was going to be a place where the police officers wear top hats and a town devoted to the group One Direction. Now I know that it’s a really a nice place that has diversity and a lot of culture. When we went to this couple’s house name Roz & Kevin, who we met off couchsurfing.org, they had a family over that was French and the mother made us a wonderful formal French dinner. The whole time I didn’t think it would be that good since I’ve never been to France and I didn’t know what to expect, but it turned out great. A couple of things I liked is the respect and kindness people have shown us in London, some complete strangers helped us find the bus stop we were searching for.

Before we started this trip I thought that travel in general would be really easy. Like all the packing and getting ready to go to the next place, now I know that when we go from place to place we have to be ready and prepared to move and can’t leave any room for mistakes. For example, when we stayed at our cousins house we left a lot of stuff out, we got way to comfortable and then when the day came for us to go we were up packing for about four hours. I thought that travelling for us wouldn’t be this hard when it comes to the packing.

 

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.

Arthur Schopenhauer

There is a great suspicion of saying that anyone, especially a child, is ‘the product of destiny,’ or ‘formed by fate,’ or ‘predestined for a certain life.’ I am suspicious, too, of efforts to cage children or adults in preconceived ideas of who they are or should be.

Michael Gurian

 

Jr

I really liked Iceland and thought that it was a great country. In Iceland the people were really friendly. When we asked for directions and things, the people seemed like they understood that we were American and helped us. The couch surfer who hosted us, opened up his home and let us stay with him. The food there was good as well. While at the hosters house I tried a nice thick yogurt type food called Skyr. The food is very healthy here, at a burger king, I had a burger with a whole salad on it. One interesting thing that I learned about Iceland, was that part of it is technically in Europe and the other half is in North America. The continental plates meet there and as they shift apart a gorge is formed. These are reasons why I think Iceland is so great.

In England we did a lot of cool fun things but in my opinion it was very similar to America. When going to my step grandmother’s house I thought that it would be cold and rainy the whole time we were there. The next day, it was very warm and we walked to the store and bought some chickens. London was very different from Denver. Everybody was taking the train or bus, but there weren’t very many trains in Denver. Also the roads were curvy except the highway. My favorite thing was launching Chinese lanterns from the roof of an old church with one of our hosts John.

Some of the things that I thought would happen while on our trip did not happen, but some things were similar to how I thought they would be. I thought in England, people wouldn’t be very nice to us because we were American. I learned that a lot of people were nice. One couple helped us when we were lost and took us exactly where we needed to be. In Iceland I thought that no one would speak English at all. Even though not all people spoke English most people were able to understand what we were saying. Another thing that I thought was that we had everything planned, like where we were going to stay but we hadn’t planned everything. Those are some preconceived notions that I had.

 

In Sufi terms, there are two very interesting notions of transcendence. One is to gaze out at the universe and to comprehend that what you see out there reflects what you are. The other one is to look inside yourself and recognise that the universe is present there.

Mohsin Hamid

To prejudge other men’s notions before we have looked into them is not to show their darkness but to put out our own eyes.

John Locke

 

Halo

My thoughts were a bit different. I thought the cities would have a different feel or character to them. The bigger ones, London, Paris or Berlin feel like New York to me, having grown up there. It was easy to walk around and imagine we were in America, until you heard someone speak. The small places had a more foreign nature, this is where we knew we were no longer in Kansas.

I thought the young people would be a lot more different than the ones I knew in the states. We visited a class in Paris, kids Juniors age, and they were into all of the same stuff. Percy Jackson, video games, basketball, the same foods, they also had similar hopes and dreams. This last part deserves its own post.

Lastly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Isaiah and Jr.  My notions about them were vague. I wasn’t sure what their concerns would be, and how they would handle the constant adjusting to new environments. There have been moments with tears, when you’re tired and have to be at a train station at 4am (not fun, I wanted to cry too), there have also been what I think are major triumphs.  Seeing Isaiah fearlessly engage complete strangers and initiate conversations and attempts to communicate. Watching Jr have a discussion with adults about science concepts that even I have a problem grasping.  My boys and the people we meet have amazed me every day we have been out of the states.

One month down, 7 more to go!! Hang on for the ride!! We look forward to you Journeying with the Jobsons!!

 

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

Jean Paul

It’s amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

Ben Stein

Waiting for the train in London

Waiting for the train in London

The tube in London

The tube in London

French dinner in London.

French dinner in London.

Big city commuting

Big city commuting

Museum in London

Museum in London

Classroom in France.

Classroom in France.

Iceland & England

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1: Geyser outside Reykjavik                                             16. Having fun drumming.

2. Jr in a Viking helmet.                                                      17. A multicultural lunch

3. Sunset in Reykjavik.                                                       18. A picture with family.

4. A lady looking at glaciers.                                            19. Hiking with cool hats.

5. A view of Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.                 20. Having lunch with John and the Japanese girls.

6. Picture with students in Iceland museum.            21. A picture of the London Eye.

7. Kristjan on the tablet.                                                     22. A reproduction of the ammunition scroll.

8. Last picture with Christian at his university.        23.  A talk with a student about studying abroad.

9. Icelandic portraits.                                                           24. Uncle Bobby djing at a party.

10. Jr as a knight the museum.                                         25. Picture of London streets at night.

11. Looking around in the art gallery.                           26. Statue of a Weeping angel.

12. A double decker bus in London.                              27. Phillip giving us a tour of the University of London.

13. A picture in front of Buckingham palace.            28. Greek temple at British museum.

14. A guard from Buckingham palace.                         29. Jamaican street dancers.

15. Swedish Knick’s fan.                                                     30. Picture of London Bridge.

 

Top ten things to do in Iceland

1.Whale watching.

2. Hitch hike around the country.

3. Bathe in warm rivers and natural hot springs

4. Take a hike.

5. Rent a cabin in the woods.

6. Visit one the country’s swimming pool.

7. See Puffins.

8. Surprise your plate.

9. Swim in the ocean at the geothermal beach in Reykjavik.

10. Have your breath taken away by the scene.

 

Top ten thongs to do in London

1.  Changing of the guard.

2.  A trip on the London Eye.

3.  Climb up to the whispering gallery.

4.  Tour the Houses of Parliament.

5.  Yeomen wader tour.

6.  Open top sightseeing bus.

7.  Buy something at Harrods.

8.  See a concert at 02.

9.  Take your photo outside house guards.

10. Boat trip Greenwich

 

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