For all those who thought I would have travel updates: my bad! Here’s the first of my summaries from this semester.
Ironic that the first travel post I’m going to make is about the end of my semester, but it is what it is.
Thursday, May 18 represented my last full day in Salamanca. After many tearful goodbyes and vise-like hugs, I pulled myself away from the lovely friends of En Vivo to grab a couple hours of rest before collecting my bags and making my way to the Salamanca estación de autobuses. A few friends were there. Some, like me, were boarding. Others came to say goodbye. Tears had run dry by this point, so instead we exchanged bittersweet smiles as the bus pulled away. It was over.
A few hours later I found myself lost in Madrid Bajaras, searching for a Ryan Air check station. Aftr listening to…
Fairly early we left our fine Airbnb accommodation in Copenhagen for the train station located near Tivoli Gardens. We took the SJ200 Tilting train through Malmo. Awesome – 125 mph and very posh even at our cheap rate. AFter 5 hours 15 minutes we arrived in Stockholm and walked from the train station to Lady Hamilton hotel in Gamla Stan (Old Town) of Stockholm. What a beautiful city is the old part of Stockholm.
Since there was a long line for currency exchange at the train station, we went on – ran a bit tight. But everywhere accepts Visa anyway, but it’s nice to have a bit of cash for small purchases. Saw an ad for a recital at the Royal Opera House, tried to get tickets, but it was already sold out for that evening. No more scheduled for while we were in town.
Took a canal boat tour this afternoon followed by a guided walking tour of Gamla Stan later. Ending the lovely evening by enjoying coffee and sweet at the oldest bakery in Stockholm.
Next day we hop on the public ferry to the Vasa Museum – boy had it changed since i visited 36 years ago!
A bumpy start to be sure of this holiday in Scandinavia. My flight was delayed a bit, but daughter Jessica’s flight was so delayed, that her flight from Istanbul to Copenhagen had left without her. She was able to secure a seat, but not until much later, arriving nearly 7 hours later than scheduled in Copenhagen. Thankfully, technology today had allowed her to let me know once i found a place to receive Wi-Fi (stood outside the SAS lounge near customs in Copenhagen and found out why she was not already there. This was more delays, and by the time i received the information and directions to our accommodation, rode the Metro to Kongons Nytorv, and found our Airbnb located above the Cafe Zalt on Kompagnistræde , our hostess had had to leave for a meeting, so, i hung out, dragging my suitcase around Copenhagen for all that time without knowing actually when or if Jessica would arrive that day! Thankfully, the weather was decent and by evening we were finally together and ready to explore. In just a couple of days, we have accomplished a lot! Here are a few highlights
Fought severe allergy after coming in at 1am this morning. It’s really, really bad out there; the wind seems to be keeping it stirred. Took two benadryl (so far Zyrtec had been holding, but no longer). Finally, got to sleep about 3am.
Alarm off at 6:30 – i accidentally hit the snooze, but thank goodness, because i didn’t get up! Up and out by 6:45am. Couple of heat detector patches are turned blue, which means heats in the wee hours. I wrote down the numbers. Still concerned about the lack of activity.
Set up a poly wire and posts to give them more grazing allotment.
It was SO good to see June smile again! She had been very self-conscious about her smile because her front teeth were missing (they had broken some weeks earlier). Now with her new partial in place, she is free to relax, smile, and be herself. What a blessing.
Checked the cows – one more in standing heat.
High allergy again with so much wind and heat (87F feels like 93), so i cannot spend long outside before staggering back into the a/c for a couple of hours. I sure don’t like to hurry the time, but that first frost is always such a relief.
Mostly rested today, signed some paperwork for an EQIP NRCS conservation programme, scanned, and e-mailed the copies back. Checking the cows every two hours, transplanted three potted mums into the front landscaping, snapped and froze two gallons of green beans, hooked onto the little stock trailer and pulled it up to the seed plant – not sure how it ended up at our house, but that happens, and doing my daily exercises. Oh, yes,and i took a much needed nap!
Last heat check at 8pm, then get ready for bed. Grab some shut-eye, the up for check about 1am.