|Lily pads, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands|
(I think I may want to have this picture framed.)
It's been three full weeks since I blogged, and in that time, I've been to Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France -- and even a couple of special places in Canada. But I am finally home and almost caught up on laundry, so it's time to get to work before I begin my next adventure.
The last time I went on a Big Adventure (to Ireland in May 2013), I dragged my laptop with me. On a 12-day trip, all over Ireland. My intention had been to blog each evening as I went along. [Cue: laugh track.]
That did not happen because our days were choc-full. And we were exhausted. By the time we got back to our rooms, I was ready to play a couple of games of solitaire then call it a night. So this time, I decided to "go old school" and keep a travel diary.
|My very pretty travel journal.|
Before I get into the travelogue, I'd like to share some general observations.
The first part of our trip was in The Netherlands, also known broadly as Holland, with a side trip to Brussels, Belgium. While there, we stayed with my Aunt Winkie's friends, Willem and Els, whom she had met while she was serving as a nurse with CUSO more than 30 years ago in Sierra Leone, Africa. Els was also in Sierra Leone volunteering her skills as a physiotherapist.
Their friendship has endured, and I was privileged to be enveloped in the warmth they have for Winkie. They live in Utrecht, so that was our home base.
|Winkie and Els at the gardens of the University of Utrecht|
|Ross and Pat, on our last night in Switzerland.|
One further note: I took more than 1,000 pictures, but I will spare you from seeing all of them. Sadly, my pictures from two memorable days of the trip seem to have gone missing. I still hold out hope that they are on my brother-in-law's computer (I reviewed them while I was in Switzerland, but didn't intend to remove them from my memory card), but they may be lost forever.