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Thailand Trip

Morgan flew to Thailand for his GM project the week before Bremen Freimarkt. The same project is being rolled out in the ZF plant in Rayong, Thailand at the same time as the Brazil project (with start of production a few months … Continue reading

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Italy – September 24th

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Schloß Hünnefeld – Sept 14, 2014

One day a year private castles (normally closed to the public) open up their gardens for free so you can look around. We went with our friends Jan, Katrin and their little son Jasper to Schloß Hünnefeld which is in … Continue reading

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Bad Iburg Oktoberfest – Sept 13, 2014

For the second year in a row we went to the Bad Iburg Oktoberfest celebration with a group of friends.  You’ll notice we put Morgan’s Austrian hat to use!  Once again they had a German Oompah band – De Stürzlhamer.  They … Continue reading

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Katie’s Birthday

So today was Katie’s birthday. It was actually pretty cold for an August day – especially compared to our normal South Carolina standards for August. We celebrated at a local restaurant that specializes in Crepes (savory and sweet). I surprised … Continue reading

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First Trip to Brazil

Soon after Mathias left to go off to College for his first semester at Vanderbilt (super proud of him), Morgan also hopped on a plane and traveled to Brazil for his new project in Sorocaba with GM building the front corner modules … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Munich & Going Home – July 31st/August 1st

In the morning we took Stephan to return some books to his school and then by a bakery in town for some breakfast. Once we got on the road to Munich we stopped by the Weiskirche in Steingaden on Siegfried’s … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Neuschwanstein – July 30th

We got up early and headed to Neuschwanstein – which is one of the most visited attractions in Europe, yet none of our friends in Germany have been there. Since we were visiting in the summer the tourist buses were … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Salzburg – July 29th

We had just one day in Saltzburg, so for the most part we enjoyed most of the sights from the outside. Morgan started out the day buying a traditional Tyrolean hat to add to the outfit he wears to Oktoberfest. … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Hallstatt – July 28th

We drove part of the way to Hallstatt from Budapest after the race, stopping in the small village of Gmunden to stay in an Airbnb room for the night. Gmunden turned out to be very pretty itself, so we spent … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Hungarian F1 Grand Prix – July 27th

The event that Morgan planned the route of the driving trip around has finally arrived– the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was about a 30 min drive from Budapest to the race track in Mogyoród and the fastest way there took … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Budapest – July 26th

Our third day in Budapest was full of food! We started out the day at the Boscolo Budapest Hotel’s New York Café. The building was built in the late 1800’s by New York Life Insurance Company to be their local … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Budapest – July 25th

Our first full day in Budapest involved a whole lot of walking. We started out the day taking in the view from the Fisherman’s Bastion (named for the guild of fisherman who defended this part of the city walls during … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Budapest – July 24th

We had a 3 hour drive from Vienna to Budapest and then got checked into our Airbnb apartment.  Since we had a short first day in Budapest, we decided to grab a late lunch sitting outside near the Vajdahunyad Castle/Hero’s … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Vienna – July 23rd

We started off the day at another palace – this time at the Hofburg Imperial Palace. This was the principal/winter home (Schönbrunn Palace was for the summer) of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The Hofburg covers 240,000 … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Vienna – July 22nd

We started off our first full day in Vienna at Schönbrunn Palace, the 1,441 room former imperial summer residence for the Habsburgs.  Schönbrunn also has extensive gardens – including the Tiergarten (founded as an imperial menagerie in 1752) which is … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Melk Abbey & Vienna – July 21st

We got lucky and on the way out of Prague we spotted the dancing house. On the way to Vienna we stopped by Melk Abbey which is a huge Benedictine abbey which is even more impressive in person than it … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Prague – July 20th

Our second day in Prague we headed to the top of the hill to visit Pražský hrad- Prague Castle – which dates from the 9th century and is jumbo sized. It is the largest coherent castle complex in the world; made … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – Prague – July 19th

We arrived in Prague around lunch time, just a little later than we had planned since the highway we were supposed to take once we entered the Czech Republic didn’t exist anymore and we had to follow a few other … Continue reading

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The Big Driving Trip – July 18th

Our 17 day, 2,800+ km road trip through the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary and Germany started off with a bit of a rough patch. Which I will describe in detail now for posterity sake (looking back we can laugh at … Continue reading

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