Wilkommen to our blog!  We hope that you find this a useful way to keep up with all of our goings-on while we are abroad, and we hope it’s entertaining, too! 

The first thing we must do is explain the title of our site, “Two Tramps Abroad.”  We’re hoping that people remember that “tramp” has more than one meaning; in this case, a tramp is a person who travels on foot from place to place, and we’ve certainly been doing a lot of that.  

The real reason for the name of the site, however, is the title of a Mark Twain book, A Tramp Abroad.  In A Tramp Abroad, Twain himself and a fictional friend journey through Europe as tramps with the goal of walking most of the way.  The book entails quite a humorous journey through Germany and the Alps.  We commiserate best with Twain when he says, “I can understand German as well as the maniac who invented it, but I talk it best through an interpreter.” 

Please come back to the site often and leave comments and messages!  Also, view lots of our photos at Russ’s website: http://rlabarca.smugmug.com/

This weekend we travel to The Black Forest region to celebrate Lauren’s birthday.  We’ll be missing the family get-togethers and the fireworks, but we know we’re very lucky to be here!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Aunt Jean on July 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I am SO envious of your going to the Schwarzwald! It is so beautiful! Tramp a lot and plan on having cross country skis by winter! THAT”S the way to se the Black Forest!!


  2. Posted by gram/pop on July 2, 2010 at 3:42 am

    great pics!!..checked your blog…cool…Know any TRAMP jokes? “yesterday two old maids took a tramp through the woods…Nest day they found a dead tramp”
    Gram got your card today. Kinda figured what it said but got on my translate goole page. I changed the English to german, but I didn’t change the Italian to English. THE iTALIAN TRANSLATION EAS BETTER.
    We will miss you at Grams party Joe Foto will send you some pics I’m sure.
    Hope I’m doing this right.


  3. Posted by Sally Kerschner on July 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I remember the July 4th of 1976 – Rick and I watched fireworks in Heidelburg with Nick and Andie Pesut – and the 200 birthday celebration of USA


  4. Russ and Lauren Supertramp! Wooo!

    Miss you guys.


  5. Posted by Brita on July 6, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Nice!! Keep us all posted, please…what else do you have to do there Lauren??


  6. Posted by donna on July 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

    you look like your having a great time and the weather looks fantastic!! Love the pics, I like the pic of the Autohaus Schwer…I miss my Audi TT…darn college bills! Missed you at the Olive Garden today 😦


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