April 9, 2020

Happy Anniversary

It was exactly one year ago today, that I got to marry my true love and over the past year I have fallen more in love with her everyday. We are learning what it means to be “married”, we have figured them out along the way and are growing closer everyday. Ann, you never cease to amaze me. From your unbelievable drive to compete in Triathlon’s to your unbelievable work ethic. You are constantly trying to better yourself in every way an I am in awe at how amazing you truly are 🙂 There are no words to truly describe how much I love you and how you make me feel, but this song comes close.

I love you baby and I can’ wait to celebrate all the anniversaries to come! I love you more than you could every imagine.

Skibaulding Honeymoon Video

Skibaulding Wedding Video

Mexico Day 2 – A Little More Drinking and Not so Much Action!

Skibosh here!

Well, our second full day in Mexico was filled with a little drinking and a lot of laying on the beach.

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Nothing really exciting to talk about for that day, but that evening a group of us took a tour of a nearby city called Playa del Carmen. The majority of the group took a bus to the city while TJ, Aaron and I had to take a cab because not everyone fit on the tour bus. Go figure.

After an exciting taxi ride through Mexico we did arrive safely with the group. We basically had about 2 hours to explore the city, so we enjoyed a tequilla tasting where Spaulding bought a bottle of cream tequilla. It tastes very similar to Baily’s, but with a tequilla finish.

If you want to try some, you’ll have to come visit us back in Cali!

Back to the night, after the tasting Spaulding, Aaron, Tiff and I decided to get some authentic Mexican cuisine, a.k.a. fresh guacamole, and a few beers.

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We ended up on the second floor of this restaurant with a great view of the entire shopping square of Playa del Carmen. We enjoyed the food and beer and we also had our picture taken by a complete stranger and wouldn’t you know by the end of the meal and a great deal of haggling by Aaron, we each ended up with a tiny token from that evening.

Check it out!

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We might be suckers, but where else will you find yourself on a bottle of tequilla! After that we just walked around the town a little and took our pictures with various statues they had around town.

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Wait for it…

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Wait for it….

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BAM! Spaulding is soo wrong, especially after this statue started moving!!! We found out he was one of those guys who just sits real still….I’m just messing with you!

He isn’t real! But that would have been one heck of a story.

Seriously though it was a very fun night that I won’t soon forget!

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After that, we went back into town and called it an early night because the next day we had to catch a 7:45 am bus ride to the Ilsa Mujeres for our day of swimming with the dolphins!

Stay tuned for an awesome post about Sting Rays, Sharks and Dolphins oh my! Spaulding should be writing it soon…I hope 🙂

Skibosh Out!

Mexico – Day 1 – Drinking, Eating, and Loving!

Skibosh here!

After a great nights sleep Spaulding and I awoke to a beautiful sunny “tropical” view off of our room’s balcony and we instantly knew it was going to be a great day!

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There were alligators in that water below. So we heard from Aaron and Tiff later in that day. After enjoying the view, which is also awesome when you look at from our awesome two person bathtub!

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Spaulding and I went to the gym and actually worked out that morning. Yeah, go figure, all-inclusive Mexico resort and we are working out! Well, I knew we were going to be eating and drinking a ton, so we wanted to make sure we stayed balanced.

After the workout we enjoyed a nice breakfast and got ready to enjoy the beach, pool and alcohol. We were off to the sun and fun!

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Paparrazzi Spaulding shot! Checkout that big floppy hat! Just awesome. As we left the hallway we were over taken by a beautiful view of the ocean.

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We then settled in for a long day of nothing!

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Well, maybe not nothing, we did alot of eating and drinking and swimming. Check it out!

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And at some point sleeping. Yes, sleeping in the pool.

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I then woke up and apparently mistook TJ for Ann!

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That was awkward, but I do have to say TJ keeps a soft goatee! No seriously, though it was a great day of just haning with friends and getting to meet new ones as well.

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Before the sunset Spaulding and I made sure to go for a long stroll on the beach.

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After the walk we met Aaron and Tiff for dinner at the Asian restaurant and enjoyed some sushi, pad thai and some great other fish.

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After the meal we went for walk over to the “Perferred” side of the resort to see what it would feel like to be “perferred” people.

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They had the same furniture we did, not quite sure the difference, but oh well. After that we met up with everyone at the sports bar for a night of drinking and dancing.

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There are those damn electric lime green shots again! Overall, it was a great start to the trip.

Tomorrow, more of the same is in store, but for now…

Skibosh Out!

The Resort!

Skibosh here!

Spaulding and I arrived safely at our resort in Puerto Morelos, Mexico on Saturday night. The weather was a perfect 83 degrees with a nice warm tropical breeze coming right off the ocean and into the main resort lobby where we ran into the whole wedding group enjoying an evening drink after what seemed to be a whole day of drinking for all them.

Before we begin this adventure let me introduce you some of the characters you will be reading about on this trip. First off there is…

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well…Spaulding and I. If you don’t know us then I am not sure what you’re doing here, but welcome! No seriously, first off we have the two reasons for everyone being there at that is T.J. and Lori.

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T.J. is one of my best friends from high school. We go all the way back to first day of freshman football. I could fill dozens of pages about my adventures with T.J., we have been through a ton together and look forward to experiencing even more. Then there is Lori. I met Lori a few years ago when they first started dating and I instantly fell in love with the way she didn’t take any of T.J.’s crap. Lori is also the cousin of another one of my best friends from high school Aaron, or as I call him from time to time…Buddha!

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And Tiffany is his very cool and beautiful wife from Cananda…don’t ya know! Then there is this guy…

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…ummmmm…our waiter from the resort’s Italain restaurant where we ate at. I can’t remember his name and it probably had to do with those ultra lime green shots he has on that tray. Let me just say that it didn’t take long for us…well me, to catch up with everyone and we ended up having a wonderful Italian dinner and some more drinks and then we retired to our room early so we could get a head start on drinking and eating the next day.

The most exciting part of the night, besides the Mexican wrestler there, was walking the resort grounds and hearing the ocean waves, but only seeing darkness and wondering what was out there and what the resort would look like during the day!

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With that final walk that evening, Spaulding and I found our room and enjoyed a nice long night’s sleep!

Skibosh Out!

All Inclusive Resort…Sort of!?!

Skibosh here!

Well, in case you didn’t notice there were not any adventure stories about Mexico while we were actually in Mexico. I’m sorry about that, but the simple truth was that our all-inclusive resort did not actually include Internet!

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Overall, it actually felt great to unplug, but we were a little sad we could not share our adventures with you while they were actually happening, but we can share them now.

I will do my best to share all our Mexico adventures with you over the next week or two. So I hope you enjoy reading about our travels as much as we had experiencing and remembering it!

Skibosh Out!

We’re Baaaaaaack!

Hello all, Skibosh here!

Well, guess what. Spaulding and I are at it again. Another wedding coming down the pipeline, which means more travel adventures for Spaulding and I.

This time the victims, I mean happy couple, are my good friends T.J. and Lori!

They are getting married in Mexico! Right near Cancun. This not only means sharing one the biggest moments in a friends life, but also a lot of tropical adventures as well!

 

Besides partying it up an an all exclusive resort with some close high school buddies, but Spaulding and I also have a full/relaxing docket coming up.

Over the next 7 days our 3 major plans are to swim with dolphins, go scuba diving in Cozumel and finally visit some Mayan ruins and get down to the bottom of this 2012 stuff. The other 4 days will be spent, drinking, relaxing, sun bathing, snorkeling, swimming and anything else you can think with great friends.

Overall, I can’t wait to enjoy this experience in the moment and create new memories to have for the rest of our lives! So stay tuned!

Skibosh/Spaulding Out!
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ps – if I don’t make it off the plane alive…start by questioning the man staring into the back of my head like he doesn’t want to be in our adventure site!

Back to Hamburg

Skibosh here!

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Well, Thursday morning after a great night in Mannheim, I got up and enjoyed breakfast with Becca and Oli. After saying goodbyes….I hate goodbyes…Becca walked me to the train station and saw me on my way back to Hamburg to finish out the trip.

The train ride was smooth and uneventful. I arrived in Hamburg around 3:30 so I had about 2 hours to kill before the lovely Meike would be getting off of work and meeting me for a drink and perhaps dinner.

I spent those two hours walking around the Hamburg’s city center. Above you see the Rathaus or City Hall building, I love the old building in Europe. It really makes me realize just how young America is as a country.

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After walking the streets of downtown Hamburg, I enjoyed a pils as I watched the Italy game at one of the cities public viewing areas. It was nice an relaxing and it was a beautiful day in Hamburg, which I guess was the first really sunny and warm day they had this summer, so there were a ton of people out.

At 5:00 I met up with Meike and we both decided it as time to eat. So we walked to the Alsterpavillion, which is the main square right in front of the main lake in Hamburg. We ate a outdoor cafe and enjoyed the view of the lake.

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We were eating right under those umbrellas. It was gorgeous. After ordering our food Robby got off of work and was able to join us. I had schnitzel with a mushroom cream sauce which was fantastic, we enjoyed one more beer and headed back to their apartment to get ready for the 8:30 soccer match, where we were going to head out to another beach club to watch it.

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This particular club in Hamburg was right on the port or harbor, don’t know how you would say it, but Hamburg is the second biggest port in Europe, so it’s a pretty busy place.

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After seeing a little bit of the harbor we heading into the beach club for some beer and pizza. It was the a very cool place and you could tell from all of the people there. It reminded me of the first really nice summer day in Wisconsin and how everyone would finally leave there homes and go outside and enjoy the weather.

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We just sat and relaxed all night. We shared stories about old friends, past loves and just life in general. I learned how Meike and Robby first met in school and fun facts I never really new.

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Overall, it was the perfect way to unwind after a long train ride. It also helped me to save energy because tomorrow night would be my last night in Germany and Robby had a big night planned for us in Hamburg.

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That’s all I got for today. Let’s see what tomorrow has in store. In Skibosh Spaulding Adventure style.

Skibosh Out!

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My Return to Mannheim!

Skibosh here!

Well this marks my triumphant return to Mannheim!

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After two fun filled and adventurous days in Berlin I took a train with Oli and Becca back to Mannheim where Ann and I spent a couple of days last year.

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I was looking forward to a nice relaxing evening of drinks and soccer. Tonight the US team plays at the early game and then Germany plays the 8:30 game. We are planning to go to one of those city beaches, getting drinks, and sitting all night watching the world cup.

Now that might not sound like a lot of fun to some people in the States, but the World Cup is a whole different event in Europe and it is a blast to sit and watch a match with hundreds of other people.

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When we arrived in Mannheim we quickly walked home from the train station, dropped our stuff off and then we met up with two of Becca and Oli’s awesome neighbors Alex and Hermann.

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Hermann drove all of us to the city beach where we enjoyed a lot of beers, food and soccer.

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By now you all know that this was the night that USA won in the 90th minute. They were not showing the US game on local TV so we only caught the replay of the goal, but it was awesome.

After the US game we receive free face paint from the bar and we proceeded to put on our game faces for the Germany game.

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We convinced Hermann to give himself a German flag mustache, which looked awesome, but not as awesome as…

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German flag side burns! Hermann was totally prepared for the game which was good because it took a while for Germany to score, but when they did the place went nuts!

After the game we went to a bar near their place enjoyed a couple of night caps there.

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Then ended back at Becca and Oli’s apartment where we enjoyed more drinks food and a drunk phone call to Spaulding!

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Overall it was a great return to Mannheim and one I hope to keep coming back because life is always good with friends and now I’ve met two more so it’s even more of a reason to return.

That’s all for now. Next up Hamburg!

Skibosh Out!