It Started

Posted by Rikki

We are already on leaving some items in Chicago. Too much stuff!




At 6:30 a.m. Monga and Grandpa Nison took us to our travel of a life time.  We finally got in the car at 7:00a.m.  Mom and Dad had a lot of last minute running around still left to do.  Our train left the station at 7:48 from Ann Arbor.  We rode in the car for about 20 minutes.  Then, what do you know, we got LOST!  But don’t worry, in the next 10 minutes or so we found our way to the train station.

We said good bye to our grandparents.  We’re gonna miss them.  I hope they will be able to skype us everyday.  I know we’re going to have a great year.

P.S.  Uncle Brad, I hope you’re happy.  We are taking pictures of all the gross, interesting and weird toilets we find on our trip.  Here’s the first one from the Amtrak train from Ann Arbor to Chicago.  It was gross.  Smelly.

Amtrak toilet, Ann Arbor to Chicago - smelly!

Categories: Pre-Trip, The Trip Begins | 17 Comments

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17 thoughts on “It Started

  1. Yay! Hope you have a safe flight out today and the packs are comfortable.

    Great idea, Uncle Brad! Everyone needs toilets, but there are some crazy ones out there!

  2. I love that you got lost in Michigan! Have a wonderful trip!

  3. Judy Mintz

    Happy Travels all. See you in Gay Paree:)

  4. Kareen

    Cant wait to see other toilets! i recall the train station in Venice has an interesting one. Have a great Time!

  5. Scott Harris

    Holy cr*p. This is sure to be a great blog. Wishing all of you the best travels the world can offer. The Spencer/Harris clan.

    • David

      Scott….thought of you every day in China. Saw lots of girls near Wenschou wearing Revolution dance shoes. Hope all is well. Just finished reading “Country Driving” by Peter Hessler. Have u read it? His wife also wrote a great book about China called “factory Girls”. Her name is Leslie Chang. Love to Cathy, Andie, and Sophie. David

  6. Mel


  7. jane appel

    that toilet is gross 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 i miss u:( 😦 😦 😦

  8. Heather

    Bon voyage! We just caught up on all previous posts. Going to sign up for future update notification. Ruby misses Silvia already.

  9. Rikki:
    Great writing! Thanks for documenting the beginning of your journey. I look forward to seeing all of the toilets of your travels. Tell Mom and Dad to download the app “Sitorsquat” on the ipad. It’s supposed to tell you where the nearest toilet is and it rates the toilets on how clean they are! I may have told mom about it already. And…it may not be international. But you can test it out! 🙂 Have fun! xoxo Lisa

  10. Hope everyone is having a wonderful time.

  11. jane appel

    luv ya

  12. Mags

    Wishing you the most wonderful experiences…can’t wait to follow your travels… sure to be enriching for us all, as you are all such beautiful writers!!

  13. That toilet was icky looking.I hope you have fun on your trip.

    Love, Jessica Berg

    P.S Did you get the photo album we put in your mailbox along with the bracelet for Rikki?

  14. lucy appel

    hi ricckkkyyy ur still forced 2 like me im excited 2 see other toliets have a graet time ❤ 🙂

  15. jane appel

    hello rikki 🙂 🙂 : 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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