Oh Canada!

Trip Start Jul 15, 2016
Trip End Aug 22, 2016

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Our summer 2016 trip has started. This will be a five-week trip that will take us through a number of European countries, book-ended by weekends in Montreal. European countries on the list include France, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Greece and the UK. We'll visit members and prospective members of our church association, and meet with several congregations. Some of the members are rather isolated, so those visits will be especially appreciated. We’ll also take a few days off on the Greek island of Rhodes, which has been on our mental to-see list for many years.

Packing for long trips such as these takes careful planning. How long will we go between laundry stops? What will temperatures likely be in each place at this time of year? Will there be any special needs. For example we may have one day when we can hike in the Alps in Switzerland, what footwear will do for that? What will we need for London aside from an umbrella? What about the extreme summer heat of Portugal and Greece? Actually we no longer worry much about extreme heat since we’ve moved to Texas!

Our trip began on this morning, Friday the 15th of July. We took an Uber car to the airport with our daughter Fiona who had come for a 10-day visit before she starts a graduate-degree program in Ohio. Her flight was to leave about two hours before ours, so we shared a car. After seeing Fiona off with hugs and kisses, we went to the Delta lounge where I was able to work for two hours on our new French members’ web page, which is almost ready to go. There is always a great deal of last-minute proof-reading and double checking of links and other functionalities before going live with a web page. Migrating content from the current web site will take some weeks.

Finally, about 15:00 we boarded the plane for the flight to Detroit, where we had just enough time for a salad bowl and a glass of chardonnay, before boarding the next flight to Montreal where we arrived at 22:00. Upon checking news online in Detroit we learned of the attempted coup d’état in Turkey. That could be good news or bad. Overturning democratically elected leaders is rarely a good thing, but Mr. Erdogan is leading his country toward Islamism and dictatorship, which are worse.

Arrival formalities lasted almost 90 minutes; the immigration queue was very long as I’m learning it often is on Friday evening. Picking up our rental car, we arrived at a nearby hotel to finally reach our room around midnight. We won’t have to leave too early in the morning.
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mary hendren on

Looking forward to reading accounts of your trip and seeing your photos!

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