Saturday, April 26, 2008


After lots of tests I found out that I have giardia. I was really surprised because I have already done the test four times and all have come back negative. I have even taken one course of the medication, but that still didn’t get rid of it. At least I know what it is and it’s treatable.

I’ll be going in for an upper and lower colonoscopy on the 5th, so looking forward to that. And earlier this week went in for an MRI because I’ve been having these strange headaches like vertigo and they started after a bike crash I had back in Belgium, so the Doctor wants to make sure that everything is alright.

Just to add to the list of doctor visits I had a problem with my achillies so was off the bike for about the 5 days earlier in the week. Today and yesterday I was able to ride and the weather was nice to everything is good.

I’ll keep you updated


Friday, April 11, 2008


The sun is shining in Bend and I’m loving every minute of it. Today I went out and did intervals on the TT bike and it was awesome to be able to ride in shorts and short sleeves. It was actually the first time all year that I rode in shorts and I even had to search though the closet to find the sunscreen.

The weather should be nice throughout the weekend, so I'll be out riding.

(I didn't see a lot of sun in Belgium)

See you on the road

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The beauty of Oregon

I made it home safe, and it’s good to be back.

Getting on the plane and leaving Belgium was the strangest experience I had felt on my whole exchange. Not only was I leaving behind Belgium, but also a new family and house that I had called home for seven months. It seems so far away now, but yet it is still so close, and I know that I will return someday.

The world is big and beautiful, but Oregon is one of the best places to be. When I got off the plane at PDX and saw Mt.Hood with all the other beauty Oregon has to offer I wondered why anyone would want to live anywhere else. The drive from Portland to Bend was awesome as we passed right next to Mt.Hood then entered the high desert. It was a drive that I have done so many times before and yet the first time I ever appreciated all the natural beauty.

Being home is great and yet mysterious. While I was over in Belgium I changed so much as a person, and so far from what I see, most of my friends haven't changed at all.

All in all it’s good to be back home with all my family and friends.