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... my racing bicycle with me. Took me 2h to take it apart and stick it in a big box; a box that can hardly fir into my car. I'm still hoping that they have some kind of hill in Dubai I can ride up.
But OK, I'm ready. The flight is booked and the count down has begun. A bit of stress and a ton of eager anticipation for the big unknown. Time to say goodbye to the loved ones.
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... of headstones and so many of them
unknown. The sheer magnitude of so many young people who gave the
ultimate sacrifice for future generations freedom and this is just one
of many cemeteries. The walls at the back were covered in row after row
of names of missing men. This was a very quiet solemn experience, but I
glad I got to see it.
We then headed back to the bus stop, we
had a thirty minute wait for the bus, in the freezing cold. ...
... was Ci. We arrived at Bedw at about 1500, and went through the process of unlocking the house, water on lighting the Rayburn and unloading Bettie. Without Lu, Io and Tegz this felt really strange, the house is quiet and empty. Bettie; my goodness what a job, she was packed so randomly, you could only get in the back by opening the windows first, opening a door spills everything onto the pavement. We moved my car then pushed Ioan (flat batter) from the container to put in the bikes ...
... our personal tour guide pointing out the sights. When we were just about to the cemetery it started to snow and she became very nervous, she does not drive in snow but with her Canadian friends this was not much snow.
We arrived at the cemetery and quickly found the grave the rows and stones are marked. After a few minutes we signed the guest book and returned to the car, Gwendolyn drove us back to town, to the ...