Pinecraft in Sarasota, Florida is a place where Amish and Mennonites like to congregate in the colder months. If you’re Amish and traveling to Pinecraft, there’s a good chance you’ll hop on a bus such as that operated by Pioneer Trails. The company makes regular runs from Ohio and Indiana from September to July. For […]
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Spending much of my year in Europe, I am on buses, trams and trains a lot. Polish people are surprised when I tell them that outside of a few big cities and the Northeast corridor, we North Americans don’t really do public transportation. For instance, I recently told a couple colleagues about the first time […]
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Rita asks: I’ve seen the comments about teens, during Rumspringa, driving cars. How do they get a permit, practice time, license and money to buy a car without the parent’s assistance? We’ve discussed Amish youth getting their first buggies, but what about cars? First off, some Amish youth do in fact drive, and some Amish […]
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I’m a big fan of trains. I ride them quite a bit when I’m in Poland. The experience varies from pretty good to miserable. “Miserable” usually means a train is oversold, and you end up standing (or squatting) in the corridors. If you’re lucky, it will be negative 20 outside and some sort of frozen […]
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We all know Amish travel by horse-and-buggy. Most ride as passengers in cars, and pretty much all Amish will take the bus or train when need be. But how about shorter trips? Here are 5 more ways Amish get from point A to point B: Bicycle. The bicycle is a standard, especially in larger […]
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A few thoughts that have been on tap lately: This blog needs a tagline. Previously, the description which appeared below the big Amish America title in the upper left was: “Plain Insights and Observations from Pennsylvania to Oregon“. For a couple of reasons, one of which is length, I’ve abandoned that one and am searching […]
It’s nearly 15 years old, but this New York Times article (http://www.cora.org/amish-skate-art.html) remains an interesting look at a “modern” form of transportation used by Amish (and which some may find surprising). In-line skates, aka “rollerblades”, are popular in the Lancaster County settlement. Amish historian Sam Stoltzfus estimates that (at the time of writing) they may be […]
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