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About James Ward

Omaha…Somewhere in middle America

It’s funny that our last post was about our new house ’cause now we are leaving our beautiful new home so that I (Jenny) can become a doctor.  We head to Omaha on August 9th and I’ll start medical school at Creighton on August 10th.  We are renting a cute loft apartment in a great part of the city called the Old Market area, which is only a 5 minute drive from school.  We’ll work on getting some pictures on the site of our new place and new city.  Our new address is:
1020 Leavenworth St. #438
Omaha, NE 68102

Omaha is a great stopping point for those of you who travel east so come visit us!!

Our New House & Recent Travels

As many of you already know, we bought our first house in Arvada, CO. It is wonderful to have a place of our own and we hope all of you will be able to visit us if you haven’t already. We will try to have a house warming party soon.
About our house: It is a brand new house that is around 1900 square feet plus an unfinished basement and has three bedrooms and an office. It is close to the foothills and lots of running trails. We love the neighborhood!
Our new address is:
6550 Umber Circle
Arvada, CO 80007

We have had many requests for pictures, so here they are:
We also were able to spend a few days in Paso Robles with James’ family. We had a wonderful time wine tasting and being with everyone. Click here for the pictures. James and I also got to drive up highway 1 and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in California. Click here for those pictures.

From the majestic Alps to the Italian Riviera

We are finally in the place we were most looking forward to…Cinque Terra… and it is even more beautiful than we thought!  Since we last wrote, we enjoyed two more days in Argentiere and then took a series of telepheriques (cable cars) over the Alps and into Courmayeur, Italy.  The views that day were so amazing!  We were lucky to see Mont Blanc when the clouds cleared for a few minutes.  Through a telescope we were able to see climbers near the top.  James wished he could have joined them on the summit…maybe some day. 🙂  The greatest part of the trip over the Alps was the telepherique that went across La Mere de Glace (a huge glacier).  From our little gondola we had panoramic views of all the peaks around us.  It was like being in the middle of a postcard or painting…it didn’t look real!  Our stay in Courmayeur was fairly uneventful, but restful for us.  We walked around town a bit enjoying the views and the charming buildings, but didn’t do any shopping (not even window) because it was outrageously expensive there.  Yesterday, we left Courmayeur and headed by train to Monterosso, where we are now enjoying the sunshine, the beach, and the colorful buildings and people all around us.  So far today, we have just gone to the beach.  Thanks to Greg Fuchs we knew about the one beach around here that is free, so we didn’t have to pay 20 Euros (about $25) for a spot.  We are looking forward to hiking to the other villages and possibly taking a boat ride around the area.  We’ll be here until the 31st, then we take a train to Zurich, stay the night there and then fly home.  We wish we could stay in Cinque Terra much longer…we plan on coming back some day for sure…but hopefully in the off-season!  Thanks for reading our posts!  We miss you all and hope to see you soon.

Awestruck in the Alps

Wow…  things probably can’t get much better.  We had a truly wonderful time with the Fuchs family last week and then on Monday we travelled by train to Argentiere, France (At the base of Mont Blanc, near Chamonix).  This place is absolutely amazing!!!  I can’t wait for you all to see the pictures.  It is like we are in a fairy tale.  Unfortunatly the pictures do not do this place justice.  The alps sore over us as if hung from the sky.  Yesterday Jenny and I went into Chamonix.  It is a nice town, but too many people.  We prefer Argentiere because it is cute, not crowded and has pretty much the same views.  Every other shop here is a gear shop and the rest are restaurants and souvenir shops.  The place we are staying, "Chalet Le Marti," is a short walk from the main street and has a beautiful view of the Argentiere Glacier.  Today we got our first glimpse of the summit of Mont Blanc.  We had incredible views of all the surrounding Alps as we hiked out of the valley towards Lac Blanc.  We climbed nearly 1100 meters (in total elevation gain) to Lac Blanc and just sat in awe for over an hour.  Almost 360 degrees around us rose the Alps.  The sky was almost cloudless this morning and we took lots of amazing pictures.  We have just 2 more days here before we (hopefully if the weather is good) will take cable cars over the mountains into Italy.  Life really couldn’t be much better.  I am in the Alps, enjoying Stella Artois beer, and my cell phone doesn’t have service here.  😉  I just wish you all were here with Jenny and I.  We will write again from Italy.

Peace and Chaos in Germany

The last few days we have been on a rollercoaster which ranged from extreme chaos to quiet and serene. Here is what’s been going on…
Last Saturday we flew from London to Zurich, Switzerland and then hopped on a train to Basel, Switzerland. At the train station Greg Fuchs (The guy who married Jenny and I. He has lived in Germany with his wife and 3 boys for the past 2 years) met us with a smile on his face. He drove us to his small village in Germany called Tannenkirch (I think). It is an old town with lots of working farms and really charming houses with colorful flowers lining the porches. A beautiful vineyard surrounds the whole village and on a clear day we’re told you can see the Alps. Only 900 people live here and everyone pretty much knows everyone else. I think everyone in town probably knows that there are some new Americans in town. Many of their friends have lived here their whole lives. We love it here! It is so peaceful and simple. The first day here, we went with Greg and the boys to get milk from the lady down the street, which came from the metal cylinder near her house. It was probably milked from their cows that day! Crazy! The schools are only a 3 minute walk from here and there are always old German men and women out working in their gardens or driving tractors through town. In a couple minute walk you can be in the black forest, one of the many beautiful vineyards, or in a grove of cherry trees. There is no fast food, no wal-mart, and only a couple fruit stands that are set up whenever someone feels like selling something. There are also a couple of restaurants in town, which we hear are great. The food we have been eating every meal is spectacular! Lots of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables all the time. We love the yogurt and this amazing salad dressing that tastes good on everything. It is now cherry/raspberry season here.

On Saturday night we got to go to Greg’s friend Andy’s concert. He is a conductor for a couple wind instrument bands in this area. We actually knew half the songs they played and we made friends with one of the trumpet players by buying him a beer. On Sunday we went to church where we didn’t understand anything accept the two English songs they sang. I played solitaire on my phone the whole time. After church we went to some hot springs that were not really that hot, but it was still fun. The last few days have been somewhat of a blur. Mostly we have been helping Greg and Barb pack all their stuff because they are leaving to move back to CO on Tuesday. Today especially was a moving day because tomorrow we will paint and we had to get most everything out. Last night though, we got a break and went to Freidberg, Germany for Jenny’s birthday. It was a really amazing city! Some of the building were built in the 1300s and there is this huge cathedral there. We might go spend Saturday there walking around the city again. Anyway, last night with Greg and Barb was great! We got to spend time enjoying their company, eating sushi as an appetizer and then had an Italian dinner. The waiter brought us all Secht (what they call champagne here because unless it’s from Champagne, France it’s not considered champagne) for Jenny’s birthday…so nice! Then we had some ice cream for dessert. Greg tells us that it is not nearly as good as the ice cream we’ll get to enjoy in Italy soon. We can’t wait. Other than that, we have mostly just spent time taking walks, running through the forrest (Jenny and Barb), picking cherries, picking up Stien at kindergarten, playing legos with the boys, and playing cards after dinner. It has been good to relax and we have enjoyed helping the Fuchs’ move. Since there is really nothing left in the house except stuff they are trying to get rid of, we may be staying with their friend Regina and her family because she was very excited to offer us a room. The Fuchs’ will be staying at another apartment in town that belongs to a friend’s dad. By the way, the German beer is great! Greg treats me to one every day! So, we’ll be here until Monday, then we’ll take a night train to Chamonix, France.

The Fuchs’ move has been very hard on them, so if you think of it, say a little prayer for them (especially Barb) that their adjustment will go well and they will enjoy their last few days in this great place.

Cheers for now from Germany!