Hello, everyone!  I hope you have enjoyed reading all the posts from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter.


I just counted them, and I have written 67 posts with more to come!.  One of my goals is to become a published writer/journalist, so this has been a really great experience for me.


My parents told me that I AM officially published now, on the largest public domain in the world, the internet!  🙂

So now I have been encouraged by many people to keep writing, so I think I will write a couple  more blogs about the RTW trip and then maybe continue writing about other things that are important to me.  How does that sound, everyone?!

Here’s what I want to share about the last days in Budapest.  We enjoyed as much as we could when we were hungry in Hungary — let’s see what I mean:


The famous traditional Hungarian Goulash

We went back to Sir Lancelot’s after our friends, Andy & Ara returned to Switzerland.



More wonderful Soups!


Remember the fountains to music?


These were the misters that came on every 30 minutes at the Parliament to help cool everyone down – and take great photos!


Another famous Hungarian Soup, Cold Cherry Soup.


I-see, Ice Cream Flowers!


Not really swimming! But I did miss my swim team this year!!! I’ll be back!


The second longest river in Europe, the Danube, and of course the beautiful Parliament building.


3 flavors on this petal cone – Yummy!


I know you are wondering if I “ate the whole thing!?” Believe it or not, I had help 😉

World famous salami, from Szeged!  We brought some home, and Mommy G brought some back to Andy & Ara in Zurich.


It is also home to world-famous paprika – The Hungarians love paprika on many things — and so did we!


Look at these pictures of the paprika that we found in our cabinet after we got home!

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And this is the one that we brought home from Hungary.


The last night of our trip we went and had some paprika chicken, and went on the night boat cruise on the Danube.




It was a relaxing way to enjoy the end of our European Expedition, and our RTW (round the world) adventure!


OMGoodness look at our route in Europe, the last continent we visited before heading home!


Look at the ground (and sea) we covered in Greece – Greek Islands, Athens and Delphi!


We flew over to Rome, then traveled by train the rest of the way to Florence, Venice, Zurich, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest and around Hungary. Check out the blogs for more fun details about each stop!

Mama K and I left and flew through Stockholm.



Of course, we had to enjoy some fresh seafood from Sweden.


And Mommy G is staying for 5 more weeks to continue touring Europe, to include a little more time in Budapest, then Croatia, and more…..


I’ll miss you, Mommy!

I am sad in many ways that our trip is coming to an end.  But I am SO excited to start 5th grade, and see my friends, and tryout for the school sports and theater productions when I get home!


First breakfast home – blueberry pancakes – Yummy!


Of course, we had to go to Trader Joe’s and get all the favorite things we had been missing.

I will write again soon to share my reflections and more about our wonderful and exciting journey, so….

Stay tuned for more posts from your Junior WorldTrek Reporter.


Keep Calm and Travel Around the World!

10 thoughts on “We Have come ‘Full Circle,’ Around the Globe! Food, Fountains, Fun, and Farewell…

  1. such a remarkable journey… you have done an excellent job capturing the magic moments of your adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts! I’m looking forward to reading your reflections. Hope your school year is great! Thanks for sharing your journey.


    • Thanks Melanie,
      Our experience was so amazing. I am glad that you think I should keep writing. So far, my school year is great. I am in the top 2 of my class to proceed in the Geography and Spelling Bee at school. Hope to see you soon!
      -Makenna 🙂


  2. Loved watching your adventures unfold… So many great things seen and stories to tell!! I also agree that you should continue writing! You definitely have a knack for it!


    • Thanks for being such a dedicated follower, Melanie !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  3. Great job and glad you plan to continue writing. Can’t wait to read more! Good luck in 5th grade. Hope one day soon you make it to Kentucky which by the way is part of the world!


    • Hi Beckey!
      Thank you for being such a dedicated follower for the blog.So far, school is great! My teacher is Mrs.Kaump, who has a dry sense of humor,but always makes the class laugh. I too hope to go to Kentucky and visit you. At school I am representing my class as one of the top 2 spellers and geography masters in the Spelling and Geography Bee. I have memorized all the states and capitals. Capital of Rhode Island? Providence.Capital of Kentucky? Frankfort. Well, see you later mate!
      – Makenna


  4. I have loved reading all about your adventures ‘Round The World! You’ve bought back many memories of places I have been, and sights of places I’ve not yet been. Isn’t it wonderful to experience so many different cultures?!?! Also, I’m sure you learned this already, but did you know that “paprika” is actually the Hungarian word for pepper? And the peppers they use in their goulash look much like our banana peppers? I used to have some in my garden several years ago…so yummy! And that cold cherry soup was my absolute favorite. I wish I knew how they made it so I could make some here myself. Thanks for taking me down memory lane…and for making me grateful that there are so many adventures in life…if only we take advantage of them. You certainly have done just that! Keep on Treking…AND writing about your adventures. Your writings will be treasured for sure!


    • Thanks for being such a dedicated follower. Actually, I didn’t know that paprika was the Hungarian word for pepper. That is an interesting fact! The cherry soup was so good. It is wonderful learning all of the different cultures around the world. My mom tells me you have traveled a lot too. Where have you been? Well, I hope to see you soon!
      P.s. At school I am doing a Veterans Day project. Maybe you can be my veteran? My mom said you were in the military. Are you available for an interview? I also need a picture.


      • Sure, I’d be honored to be your veteran. Would you like to do the interview in writing, or on the phone? If on the phone, I am free most afternoons between 3-6pm and all day on Fridays and Sundays. If we schedule ahead of time, I could make sure I have time in the evening too…except Thursday. (and remember, I am in Florida, so east coast time).


      • Hi Dawn,
        I am delighted that you would like to be my veteran for my project. I look forward to interviewing you and getting to know you better. I am available Tuesday and Wednesday of this week from 3:00 to 7:00 PST. Do either of those days work for you? Let me know the best time too. Can you email me a military headshot photo to my Mom’s address at so I can see what you look like. In fact, let’s email from there for now on instead of the blog. Thanks again! Karen


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