Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
So bare with me on this one. I have mixed emotions on what option I will choose when I travel. If the scanner has so much concern of health and safety, why is the government allowing it to be used on people? I have read multiple reports of scientists who completely disagree with the amount of radiation the TSA says travelers are receiving. I read that people with cancer and other serious illnesses and children are not allowed to go through the scanner. This makes me think something is wrong with it, along with all the articles with scientists banning the scanners… Whether that is true or not, the question alone concerns me. After researching the unknown health issues, I guess I would rather endure the invasive pat down. But the sound of that makes me very uneasy. But some think the scanner is invasive… I think I would much rather go through the scanner, if I knew 100% it was safe, than go through the touching and groping of unknown hands.
I know they are wanting us to be safe but the government is too involved with the normal citizens of America, who love our country and would never cause terror. I agree with some other opinions and ways to make security better, the TSA should be trained to recognize a threat and then those people need to take the extreme measures of extra security. Israel does this, they use profiling to eliminate threats.
I know this is not “politically correct” but are the following people really going to hijack an airline? The elderly couple going to see their grown children for Thanksgiving. The suit & tie business man running late for an important meeting. The nuns who are traveling on missions. The husband & wife with their crying children. Do you really think they have time and energy to kill millions? Seriously. There has got to be an easier way to keep us safe without objecting us to radiation and inappropriate touching. There has got to be a better way to keep our airways safe from terrorists.
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Posted on November 14th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
I can’t even begin to think about my plans for Europe right now. Believe me, I would rather pour all my energy on planning my trip. It’s a passion of mine to travel and I also love to plan. The past two weeks have been the most stressful weeks ever. Okay, maybe I have said that before, but when it feels like it is, it is just the same. I long to be far far away, in an exciting and exotic land. (sigh)
I am not quite sure how I have made it through all these years of schooling (it took me four years to receive my associates degree at TCC and it has been three years at UTA) when I have been working full time, 40 plus hours, to pay the bills. My husband, Tim and I are going through school and work together so that has helped. At the same time, we are exhausted and need strength from one another, that neither of us can provide…
We both have talked to our advisors and it is official. We are going to be graduating in May! Mine is May 14th, I am so excited. I cannot wait for that moment in time where I will walk across the stage of relief, to be handed my diploma, to be given “the okay” and to pursue my life’s ambitions and dreams. First on the list? My Europe.
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Posted on October 28th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
My husband, Tim, wants the trip to Europe to be very organized, well thought out, planned down to each day. This requires a lot of work since we want to go to so many countries. I would love to go with “an idea of a plan.” Meaning, I want the trip to be free flowing. If we love Germany and want to stay an extra night, we stay. If we hear from a native that there is a great town in Switzerland that we have to visit, we can hop on a train and go there. Tim said that would be irresponsible. I said live a little.
Backpacking through Europe, where you can stay in hostels on some nights and others in fancy hotels, was what I have been wanting. I think that a month gives us plenty of time to travel my Europe.
I let the issue rest, researching more and finding more places to see and things to do (see, I am not going in blind). I brought it up again one evening with more than a few windows and tabs up on the Firefox Internet. I was ready for battle.
So I thought.
He told me he was really worried about me getting to all the places that I wanted, because we would be so free with time. He was worried we would lose track of the big picture going day to day. He reminded me of the language barrier. Train schedules could delay us a day or two…
He had done his research. He found a website, Contiki, where young adults can tour Europe in a group, that takes you to different countries. There are events that can be planned or we can do our own thing. We could go to Austria to ski, stay in or walk around the city. They have a lot of different tour options, schedules and countries. We both liked one in particular that gave two to three days in each country and six days in Italy. They provide the hotels and transportation, which is a lot less work for us.
I had to admit he was probably right. We agreed we could go back to Europe later in life, when we are more familiar with the countries, and have more free time.
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Posted on October 15th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
My employee, Jennifer, got back from Italy in September. Jennifer left for a week and half, spending time with her best friend, a military wife who lives on base in Italy. Jennifer enjoyed every minute of it. Italy is beautiful, rich in history and culture. I want to walk the streets of love in Verona, experience the great cathedrals in Rome, ride a gondola in Venice and tilt my head looking at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Italy is on the top of my list of places in Europe to see.
Biscotti and tiramisu are both specialty desserts that are famous in Italy. And the pasta and pizza is original, nothing like we eat here like Olive Garden or Pizza Hut.
I can’t forget the museums! I would love to explore the Vatican Museum, the pure beauty of the famous architecture and sculptures! Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” would be amazing. His paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling would be breathtaking to see in person.
Jennifer saw a lot and gave me advice on what to do and pointers on what to see. But what I am most excited about is the romance of Italy in itself. It will be a wonderful experience as my husband and I love the time we have together.
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Posted on October 8th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
The news has been explaining to Americans that the US has placed a high alert on travel plans to Europe. Al-Qa’ida terrorists have made plans to attack Berlin and Paris. The Eiffel Tower has been mentioned in reports and twelve suspected Islamic extremists have been arrested in France. This travel alert expires January 31, 2011.
My question is, do Europeans have travel alerts to the US? Lets be honest, we need to be more aware of what is going on here in the US as well. I remember 9/11 like it was yesterday. So many lives were lost and I never want to see it happen again, here or Europe. I think our “state of alert” needs to be high, they hate and will continue to hate. We are playing defense, and will be playing defense no matter what president we have in office or how much we help Iraq or don’t help Iraq.
England and Japan announced the travel alert to Europe as well. I think it’s good for Americans to be reminded we are at war. Europe is also at war. Anyone that doesn’t believe in their sadistic beliefs are considered an emeny.
With our travel plans, I am reminded to be proud to be an American. I am proud of my freedom to believe. I am proud I love others like Christ loves us. I am proud to be me. I am not scared to go to Europe, just like many Europeans are not scared to come to the US. We have rights to live our life with precaution in this time of war, but not in fear. I will not let terrorists take away my Europe.
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Posted on October 1st, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
My passport expires in November. Darn. Oh well. I have to change my name on the passport anyways. I got married four years ago but I didn’t change my name on my driver’s license and social until the fall of 2009. I delayed it as long as I could, my husband never complained.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love my husband. There is two reasons I delayed the process and I guess I need to explain myself… First, I am the daughter of a man who had three girls. And his brothers had more girls than boys. Only three boys will be carrying the name, Root. I seriously considered changing my name to Larisa Root-Lichte, to keep it in the family. The problem with that was convincing my husband to give our children Root-Lichte as well. So that was out.
Second, I am not fond of Lichte. Be honest. When you read this, how would you pronounce that? Licktee? Lickshte? Nope. It’s pronounced light. Lichte is the German word for light. I already have trouble with the name Larisa, believe it or not. I get Clarissa and Melissa if I am speaking my name (Lichte isn’t bad when I am speaking at least). When read, I sometimes get LaReesa. LaRessa Licktee.
My passport was the last piece of me that said Larisa Root and it’s about to be gone. And as sad as I am, I know it must be changed. That way I can be one step closer to my Europe.
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Posted on September 24th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
Now that you know a little bit about me and my childhood, it should have given you some insight to why I love traveling. The idea of Europe has been a far away escape from my every day life. It’s in my thoughts as a beautiful land with exotic people. A dream of the unknown. Now that I am starting to research Europe to find where I want to go and what I want to see, I’ve found the adventure even more thrilling.
If someone had come up to me a couple months ago and asked what my top three countries in Europe I would want to see, I would have never of chosen Croatia. To be honest, I had never heard of the country. I stumbled across a beautiful picture online of Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes. The photo was breathtaking.
The Plitvice Lakes are a national park in the mountainous region of Lika. There are sixteen lakes, separated by cliffs and mountain clusters. The natural landscape has many waterfalls and small lakes. I showed my husband a photograph of one of the lakes with a large tree with moss and a beautiful waterfall in the background, the water a perfect crystal blue. He said the water was photo shopped. The water pictures are beautiful, colors ranging anywhere from teal to green or baby blue to light gray.
The more pictures and information I gathered, the more I knew how special this place was and I had to see it in person. I love waterfalls, this park has too many to count, since all the lakes descend down a hill. This place is an amazing must see sight. And I am convinced the photos are not photo shopped.
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Posted on September 13th, 2010 by Larisa Lichte in Uncategorized
As I sat at the edge of my parent’s bed, my father put on his black suit with white striped shoulders. He was packing his suitcase for his next trip. I watched in anticipation, excited about where he could be going this time. While he continued to pack, I put on his pilot’s hat and jumped down from the bed to slip my tiny feet into his black dress shoes. I walked around like I was getting ready with him, the shoes scuffing across the carpet. My long blonde hair, nose, and grin were all that stuck out of the oversized, lopsided hat.
My mom later told me that when we were outside, I rode my red tricycle up and down the street. If I saw a plane in the sky, I would exclaim, “There goes Daddy!” When he returned, I wanted to know all about London or Berlin.
A couple years later when I was six, my dad bought me a stuffed koala bear puppet from Australia. I wanted to know all about the places he traveled. I was particularly interested in Europe: Vienna, Paris, Rome. When he was away, my mom would get out the world globe and point out where Dad was now and where he would be next.
The desire to travel has only gotten stronger as I have grown up, my father still a pilot for American Airlines. I have been blessed to travel as a child and into my adulthood. I married a wonderful man who loves to research great deals online and shares my ambition for travel. We make our vacations possible by budgeting and not buying the latest cell phone model or the designer hand bag. Our international travels together have included Jamaica, Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Canada. For our next stop? The plan is set for May 2011. My dream is around the corner. My Europe.
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