Dad came over for lunch yesterday and confirmed, almost at the behest of his wife’s urging, that the trip to Europe is a go. He told me if he didn’t confirm it himself, his wife would do it for him. I am going out of town myself this coming weekend but it is already on my TDL next week to start the process for a new passport (I haven’t been overseas in 15 years, wow) and on Saturday or Sunday next week going to my dad’s to do real planning and booking. Here’s a preliminary itinerary:
|6/24||Friday||LAX > London|
|6/26||Sunday||London > Scotland|
|6/29||Wednesday||Scotland > Bern|
|6/30||Thursday||Bern > KS|
|7/1||Friday||KS > Bern|
|7/2||Saturday||Bern > Paris|
|7/5||Tuesday||Paris > London|
|7/7||Thursday||London > LAX|
|7/7||Thursday||London > Spain or NYC or MTL|
|7/8||Friday||Spain or NYC or MTL|
|7/9||Saturday||Spain or NYC or MTL|
|7/10||Sunday||Spain or NYC or MTL > California|
It’s a bit off here, because I am actually arriving in London a day ahead of everyone. I have friends that live in Cornwall and south of London meeting me to skate at a park that we all were at together 15 years ago. Also as the lead organizer of this trip I want to get things sorted and on the right track.
Also I am staying out and about a few extra days. Originally my plan was MTL, or perhaps NYC. A “soft landing” back into North America sounds pretty good at the moment – giving me a couple of adjustment days before heading back to California and heading back to work. Being realistic with my age (I will be 46 when the trip takes place) means having a pragmatic scope of what I am capable of. But part of me is also presently obsessed with the Basque country in Spain, and seeing the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
I’ve been emailing with a friend in Paris, Scott from the Podcast and he is excited to reconnect and hang out as well.
The countdown has really started now. It’s actually happening and I am almost shocked after everything over the last few months. It’s going to be here quickly. More soon.