Sometimes it is hard to know where to begin but perhaps grateful is the most appropriate. The last five weeks have been filled with adventure and reunification. It all started when I let my wife Kristi pick which anesthesia seminar trip would would go on this year. As it turned out, she selected a Mediterranean cruise. From there it expanded to include Paris and Munich; resulting in a 21 day, 7 country travel whirlwind. We were lucky enough that our parents agreed to stay with our sons while we traveled.
We started off with a red-eye Delta flight from Oklahoma City to Paris via Atlanta. After a little bit of sleep and a lot of jet lag, we hit the ground running in Paris. Following a lengthy line through customs, we hopped a train to dowtown Paris to our hotel. It cost a bit more, but it was great to be just steps away from the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, the Seine, Notre Dame, Musee d’Orsay and a metro ride away from so much more.
From Paris we had a short flight to Barcelona to board our Holland America ship, the Nieuw Amsterdam. The ship then ferried us to St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Rome, Naples, Sicily, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Montenegro and Venice. After Venice, we rode the train to Munich for Oktoberfest. Each stop offered us new cultures and excursions. My wife’s blog does a great job of highlighting each day/destination. I have provided a montage of selfies and photos at the end.
Even after our journey half way across the world, I ventured up to Kansas City to visit the Oklahoma teams at the American Royal contest and have some drinks with a couple of former anesthesia classmates. The next morning I met my brother Keenan and his wife Merideth for brunch in Lawrence on the way home. It amazes me how I still feel at home walking downtown in Lawrence.
After a short work week, it was back to my hobby of competition bbq for my last contest of the year in Sand Springs, OK. Hopefully, not too rusty after a month off…
It has been a month of adventure, travel, new experiences, old friends and some time away with my wife. I truly feel blessed by all of it
Till next time