Oh yeah, andThis is a gold-engraved invitation for anyone who wants to post a comment. Just click down there, see where it says "0 comments"? It isn't hard. :) The blog people gave us a new interface. It's fun and easy. I'll walk you through it. Once you click it, click "Post a Comment." Now type whatever you want in the big box. Now this is the part they made easier. If you don't have a blog account, don't worry. Just click "Other" and sign your name, or click "Anonymous" and you can remain safely anonymous. Then click "Preview" if you want to see what it will look like, and whenever you're finished with it, click one of the buttons that says "Publish this comment."
Now the other things I forgot are:
1) check out Justin's blog if you don't normally: http://blog.themapples.net . He has a different take on our experiences which you may in fact prefer to mine, and he also has a great "Europe Blog" page (click on the link at the left) where you can see pictures from our trips.
2) God is good. I was reminded of this by looking at Justin's blog. Let me count the ways.
1-He gave us a safe trip with no accidents, missed trains, lost or stolen stuff
2-Justin did not in fact die of his illness but perhaps improved slightly over the weekend in spite of being in damp, sometimes rainy weather with no umbrella and somewhat of enough sleep, but not really
3-we got into the Louvre free
4-we got up the entire Eiffel Tower for 3 euro, instead of 10.80 or paying more (after we took the stairs) for the elevator the rest of the way
5-we got good cheap food and saved by bringing stuff with us and eating a free breakfast at the hostel
6-we finally found everyone, even if at the end of the trip
7-it hardly rained at all and the sun came out and cheered us considerably. Also even the rain wasn't too gloomy because it was more springish than wintry.
8-we had fun :) God is good.