Last weekend Saturday, Sarah and I had a first day really to ourselves. We decided to take our very first day trip in the U.S. We went to the historic town of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, famous for the armed slave revolt started by John Brown in 1859. We planned to visit some wineries along the way.
In the past days I have been driving for over 24 hours and 2,400 kilometers through the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and France for my Christmas and New Year’s vacation. It was worth every minute and every meter.
After a short night due to work deadlines the day before, I travelled to Malta on June 6. Here, I will enjoy a week-long holiday. The first 2 days I will be by myself, but Sunday June 8 Sarah will join me. The flight was, I am pleased to say, completely uneventful. Somehow I was a little surprised, but maybe that’s because the last time I flew I went to the U.S., where going through security and all seems a bit more stressful.
Yesterday we returned from Belgium, where Sarah and I enjoyed an absolutely delightful weekend. In Knokke we met up with former LSE students to have a nice reunion. We then travelled to nearby Bruges, which amazed us with its beautiful World Heritage Site class town centre. Sarah and I stayed one day longer in Bruges to enjoy a little more of its romance.
In an earlier post I described our latest British experiences, which ended with us getting on a plane to Munich. In Munich and Salzburg we would celebrate Christmas with Sarah’s (my girlfriend) family, who came all the way from the U.S. for six days.
December 20 we arrived in Munich, but the journey was not as smooth as one may expect, but more on that in a future post. The plane that took us to Munich was one of the smallest I have ever been on, with only four seats in every row. At the airport we would wait for Sarah’s family, who would arrive an hour or so after us. We wandered a bit across the airport, and were surprised to see our first German Christmas market. Continue reading →