Wednesday, July 01, 2015

AdventureLust: 01 - Pilot


Today I officially launch my newest adventure...

The AdventureLust Podcast!!

Get excited! This podcast has been a long time coming. I kept talking with my husband about this idea that I had to launch a podcast about travel & adventure. So for my birthday he bought me a microphone and encouraged me to start. So I did.



You can listen to the pilot episode by pressing play on the player above.
If you like what you hear, PLEASE subscribe to the AdventureLust podcast on iTunes.
If you're feeling extra kind, share with your friends & rate the podcast on iTunes as well.

SHOWNOTES

The main show notes page: http://www.toewsadventure.com/podcast
Kameron's freelance video website (Keylight Media)
My favorite podcasts: This American Life, Serial, Gimlet media, Elise Gets Crafty 
Click here for more information on our mission trip to Zimbabwe.
Want to read more about our trip to Romania?
Blue Yeti microphone Kam got for my birthday
Facebook Page
Erin's Instagram
Kam's Instagram

Do you have questions? Or perhaps suggestions for topics and guest hosts? Contact me. Email me: toews (DOT) erin (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

Thank you for listening.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Three Romanian Castles You Must Visit


Romania is home to several castles & citadels. On our grand Romanian adventure last year, we visited three remarkable castles that we want to recommend to you. 
11.     Corvin Castle
This castle is located near the town of Hunedoara. It was built & rebuilt many times starting in the year .  Visit this castle to see ancient dungeons and torture chambers, to dance in a grand ballroom, and to have your breath taken away by breathtaking views of the Romanian countryside.
22.     Bran Castle
Located near Braşov, Bran Castle was built in . It is nicknamed “Dracula’s Castle” and much can be read about the book and movie franchise. Visit this castle if your are interested in vampire stories, enjoy taking a “turn about” the courtyard, and to learn about Romania’s rich history.

33.     Peleş Castle
The most regal-looking castle of the bunch, Peleş Castle is located near Sinaia and was completed in 1914. This is a guided tour, so you learn so much interesting information about each room and the history of the family that lived there. Visit this castle for an enchanting tour through a regal castle & to be jealous of the royal family that lived there.


(We also visited several citadels, but perhaps we'll save that for another day...)


Have you ever visited any of these castles? What about castles in other counties? Share your own stories & suggestions in the comments below.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Romania: Peleş Castle

Isn't this castle breath-taking?

A few weeks ago, we shared pictures from when we explored the ancient Hunedoara Castle, Last week we shared about Bran Castle (AKA Dracula's castle).  Today we have pictures of the beautiful Peleş Castle located near Sinaia, Romania. Unlike the castle In Hunedoara, the Peleş Castle was not completed until the early 20th century, so it is fairly modern with such conveniences as a central vacuum (I had never heard of such a thing until visiting this castle...).
The inside of the castle was awe-inspiring, with each room decorated in a different theme with decor from different counties around the world. We have not pictures of the inside because it was forbidden (or we didn't want to pay the exorbitant fee to get a photography pass -- that's probably more like it). 
No fret. The outside of the castle is breathtaking!
There are three buildings on the ground of the castle: 1) the castle itself, 2) a chateau, and 3) a hunting lodge. We only visited the castle, and got the full tour. You could spend a whole day there! But this was the second to last day in Romania, and we were just about castled out! 
What do you think of this castle? I felt like I was Belle from Beauty & the Beast!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Around Here [June]

Around here, we are finishing up with our week at VictoryCenter Bible Camp. This week was Teen Camp for the High School campers. Some of these kids were in my cabin as elementary students. Wow. How old am I? There are a lot of changes at VCBC from when we were campers and summer missionaries; now we refer to is as “pansy camp” because there is a fancy air-conditioned dining hall, a bath house with plenty of showers and stalls, staff housing with private bathrooms, and the game shelter has walls to protect campers & the games from the elements. It is amazing that God can reach so many young people in such a remote area in the middle-of-nowhere South Dakota. This is where Kam & I fell in love, so it is a pretty special place in our hearts. (Earlier in the week before any campers arrived, Kameron & his dad killed a great big rattle snake.)

Around here, our visa still have not been approved. The TEAM missionaries in Zimbabwe go to the Immigration office at least every other day to check in on them, but we have no news. I know we will have a team of angels in heaven and on earth doing a celebration dance when we get the “OK” to board a plane for Zim. In the meantime…

Around here, Kameron works on his final freelance project for the Great Plans Sioux Tribal Health Board while Erin  dreams and plans out a new venture. If you have been following along on Instagram, you might already know what the new venture is.  I’m pretty nervous about it, but I believe that we were created to be uncomfortable and to be stretched. This is going to be good!

Around here, we still have some things we’d like to do before we leave for Africa: 1) attend the production of To Kill A Mockingbird, put on by the Black Hills Playhouse (Erin’s favorite book/movie) 2) finish watching some of our TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Parks & Rec, Call the Midwife, the Walking Dead & Parenthood. 3) go camping.


What’s going on around you? What’s new? Leave your answer in the comments & we’ll chat.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Romania: Bran Castle (aka "Dracula's Castle")

Once upon a time there was a fictional character named Dracula, who was loosely based after a man named Vlad the Impaler who lived in Romania a long long time ago. This man Vlad may have visited a place called Bran Castle, but no one knows for sure. Thus, Bran Castle is nicknamed “Dracula’s Castle.” Though it barley has a thing to do with Dracula except for this loose connection.  
While we were in Romania last year, we toured Bran Castle on our road trip across the country.  & It was AWESOME!
Our travel-mate Sarah joined us to explore this castle.
&when you’re at an ancient castle, you have to do a jumping picture in front.


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