TRADITIONAL COLORS: MY ADVENTURES IN AMISH CULTURE
This is our story of living alongside the Amish and their rich culture for over 12 years in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Learn about the Amish through our experiences and about the pride they take in handcrafting authentic Amish goods.
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In my last blog entry, Growing Up Pennsylvania Dutch, I recounted how I briefly had met the Amish through buying consumer goods. In my mid-twenties, I became aware of the Amish Country’s incredible beauty contrasted with my nine-to-five work environment in Center City Philadelphia. So I decided to take a vacation to Amish Country. That decision, and what lay ahead of me, changed my life. After flying over Lancaster County many times just to get home to Philadelphia, I saw such a beautiful quilt-like patchwork of fields, and I knew that I wanted a close-up experience. Balloon rides are a standard offering in the tourist trade here, and I booked one. As I met the balloonist and his staff that evening, he told