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Final Day

Farewell to our Slovak friends: Hello Prague! We are off tomorrow morning for our return home. Leave the hostel at 6:30 am and our first flight departs at 8:55 am… Long day ahead! Good night.

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Slovakia and our final concert

The departure from Dunakeczi this morning was sad after an evening with such gracious hosts. It was early, but we had some country roads to navigate on our way to Kosariska. A warm greeting awaited us in Kosariska but the big hit of the party was the litter of puppies. After lunch, we set up […]

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Dunakeczi, Hungary

An 8 am departure time was much more reasonable this morning as we left Zagreb for Budapest. Our border crossing into Hungary was a non-event after we worked out a new system with our driver for the passports. It worked well today… Pizza greeted our arrival in Dunakeczi (just north of Budapest) and it was […]

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Zagreb

A 6 am departure made everyone cheerful this morning. Fortunately, our border crossing was much easier and quicker than our experience two days earlier and we got to Zagreb in time for our first service of the day. We played the prelude and postlude and followed a baptism. This Lutheran Church is about 130 years […]

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Banjaluca concert

What a great concert last night! And the bells (and Ryan) got a ride back to the hostel after the concert. The rest of us walked while Ryan rode in great comfort:

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Concert prep

Set up for our concert here in Banjaluca started at 11 am and the hall is beautiful both visually and acoustically. It will be recorded tonight and it will be exciting the hear our music in this space! Here is a taste of the space: While some of us had a chanced to relax:

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Made it to Banjaluca

This morning we started out in Croatia with our breakfast. Sadly, we left our wonderful hostel and spent much of the day traveling. Lunch was in Zagreb and we had some wonderful coffees: The border crossing from Croatia to Bosnia was not as smooth as some others we have encountered, but we were finally admitted […]

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Surprise Day

Can you guess where we went?

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Porec, Croatia

While our bus and driver take their 45 hour rest we had the day to explore Porec, a wonderful old town on the Adriatic. Sadly, it is also one of the rainiest days we have ever had on one of our tours. The Bascilica here is on the World Heritage Sight and parts date from […]

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We made it to Croatia!

It was a lovely and relaxed day of travel. We said goodbye to Ljubljana this morning when the rains stopped and made it to Trieste, Italy for a wonderful pasta lunch. We had a wonderful restaurant and waiter and enjoyed our lunch by the canal of Trieste. The short trip to Croatia followed lunch and […]

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Lake Bled

What a great day for us to have free to visit one of the World Heritage Sights here in Slovenia – Lake Bled. You will see photos of the island church (we only saw it, we didn’t go out to the island), the castle perched high above the town and lake, and loads of happy […]

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Maribor and Ljubljana, Slovenia

A later start to the day meant that everyone had more energy for what lay ahead (well – maybe not, but it is a nice thought). Some had more trouble waking up than others, but we all managed to move out of our hostel eventually. We visited the local Evangelical congregation (which had been contacted […]

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Travel day to Slovenia

Farewells are always difficult, but it is especially difficult for us to leave such wonderful hosts in Katerinice and Ratibor. While it is hard to say farewell, we were thrilled to meet up with Marc, our favorite bus driver and great friend! This will be our fourth trip with Mr. Marc and he is as […]

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Ratibor and final concert in the Czech Republic

Everyone had a different experience today. Some went to school with their hosts in Ratibor, some in Vsetin and others to Hostalkova. The old folks went to Velehrad, a place of pilgrimage and then to a village replicating life in the 900′s. Having some time to spend with our host families was a welcome time […]

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Ostrava and Havirove-Bludovice

The morning came early once again and we were on our bus to Ostrava at 8 am (well – maybe a little later by the time we got everything packed). We arrived at a care facility for our first concert and played outside so that all of the residents and guests could come to their […]

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Vsetin – Wednesday, June 18

Everyone looked jet lagged this morning, but rehearsal began right at 9 anyway! We adjusted to the Katerinice bells quickly and by 11 we were on our way to Vsetin for some concerts. Our first concert was in front of the city building with an appreciative crowd gathering around us. You may note that we […]

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We made it!

Our flight out of Pittsburgh was uneventful and on time. The flight out of JFK was delayed about an hour, but we made it to Prague only about 30 minutes later than scheduled. The whole group caught the next Airport Express bus to the main train station and the early train to Vsetin where we […]

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First Post

We are excited for our upcomming tour to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary and Slovakia.  Ringers will be delivering a new set of handbells to our friends in Košariská, Slovakia and we are excited to hear what they have been ringing with their handchimes!  We begin our tour with […]

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