Spontaneous Dresden

Just found this blog draft from several months ago when I was still working in Europe! What a treat to remember this road trip I took with my friend and colleague Brigitte. We were headed to Poland to look at pottery but stopped in Dresden where the beauty of this German city captivated us. After browsing…

Sweet November Holiday

  Thanksgiving 2015 “This year’s holiday was a sweet time of friendship, fun times in Vienna, a spa                                              excursion, and some good food!” Thanksgiving Day 2015 began softly. I awoke to the sleeping sounds of…

Life in Germany This Time Around…

Germany for the 2nd time has been double the pleasure. Last year I came for the first time and knew I’d be back. Now I am making real effort to learn the language, so in addition to DuoLingo, I have officially enrolled in language class. Twice a week, another counselor and I drive to this…

Ciao Bella! Leaving Italy

Remembering Italy-Pt. III… Cute servicemen to walk beside, market places filled with vibrant fruit and fish, sweet perfume on the air, catcalls from behind, dogs meeting each other shyly or wrestling each other for domination on the sidewalks while their owners chat. This is Italy. Visited downtown Naples. An explosion of sounds, smells, and colorful…

Italian Art-Florence

Though I have been gone from Italy now for over two months, I still must tell a few more stories. I took a trip to Florence, the heart of Tuscany, with colleagues one weekend in the fall. We rode the train up from Naples, snacking and talking the whole way. Once there we got to…

VENICE

Chapter IV: Mama and Daddy Go to Italy Friday we awoke early to race to the airport and fly to Northern Italy. Our AirBNB host picked us up and took us from the mainland down to the center of the island. (We didn’t know that the legendary city of Venice is actually considered an island!)…

Mama and Daddy Go to Italy

 Chapter I: The Answer is Yes! If Jed Clampett and Granny could leave the Ozarks and move to Beverly Hills, then J.C. and Janice Upton (my parents) could leave Tennessee and take a trip to Italy. It’s not like they aren’t already well traveled–they love to travel. But they are usually doing ministry when they…

Amsterdam and Black History

Just a few weeks after arriving in Europe for a new work assignment, a friend and I were invited to participate on a black heritage tour that the German chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority was organizing. We hopped a bus from the western part of Deutschland (Germany) to the lush, wet lands of…