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Santa Monica Rotarian Goes Abroad

By Nora Bohn

My husband and I have just returned from Central Europe, the land of achingly beautiful landscapes, magnificent palaces, and most importantly, exquisite pastries, most of which I think we
definitely sampled!

We took a cruise that traveled down the Danube River, beginning in Prague and ending in Budapest. We stopped at many cities along the way, touring palaces, museums, and monuments. The tours were fascinating and illuminating, but I’d say my favorite experiences were a bit less high-brow.

Among my favorites were visiting the Absinthe Museum (and bar), touring pharmacy museums, seeing Houdini’s hometown, and dancing into the wee hours.

On a brisk and beautiful day, we toured the city of Salzburg where we saw Mozart’s childhood home. We went to the same place Mozart would go for his favorite hot beverage, almond milk, where we ordered the same. It was sweet, warm, and topped with toasted slivered almonds.

Afterwards, as we walked along the cobblestone streets, we happened upon a heartwarming and inspirational sight: a Rotary Club of Salzburg Alstradt plaque! I was instantly reminded that all over the world, there are Rotary Clubs full of individuals just like we are, whose desire is to improve the world and ease the suffering of others. I found out that one of the Rotary Club of Salzburg’s biggest projects has been the International Fellowship Cycling to Serve. It was founded in 1988 by Rotarians in Belgium and Holland with enthusiastic cyclists in Austria, as well. The rides’ focus is raising money towards the eradication of polio, a pursuit that all Rotary Clubs passionately share. Although we may speak different languages, our guiding principal is the same: Service Above Self, or as my fellow Rotarians in Austria would say, “Selbstloses Dienen.”

For more information about the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, call 310-917-3313, or visit www.rotaryclubofsantamonica.org.

Nora stopped by an Austrian Rotary meeting place on her recent trip.






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