On October 19, 2010 I moved from the US to The Netherlands. This is a love story many years in the making.

One of my favorite things about travel…

I have met some of the most interesting folks by way of being trapped with them in a metal tube, hurtling through the sky at terrifying speeds…for many boring hours. On my way back from Florida I had the great pleasure of being seated next to an Irish gentleman who was heading for Dublin, back to his home and family after a conference.

We naturally got to talking and sharing iPhone photo archives with each other, and I found out he he’s a chemist – part of a team that has invented a wondrous waterproofing substance – that he’s got a beautiful Thai wife (if I remember her country of origin correctly) who is also a chemist, and two daughters that would give any father joy. I bored him to tears with photos of the dog and Carel in exchange for being fascinated by his camera roll, and asked him if I could swipe a few of his photos for my blog. Being a nice guy, he said yes. I particularly liked these two that he took in Jordan:

He was telling me about their Easter tradition, which among other things involves decorating eggs, like any other one I’ve ever heard of, but the similarity stops there. His eggs are decorated to look like people, and then they are rolled down a hill. I asked him why and he said he had no earthly idea, but that’s how it is done in his village. Anyone know?

Steven, if you see this – it was really great to meet you. I hope you made your connecting flight safely; I did, though it was very close. Thanks for making those 3 hours a whole lot more fun than I had anticipated. Greetings to Teeny!

I also wanted to share a photo taken by Margot from AOL, on her way back from MAAWG. The lucky wretch got a front row seat to the last flight of the Discovery and was kind enough to share the image with me.

Of all the photos I’ve seen in the last few years about which I have said “Wow, I wish I had taken that!”, this one tops the list. Awesome shot, Margot. Thank you for sharing it!

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2 responses

  1. That photo from Margot is spectacular. Lucky duck. All we got to see was a sky full of clouds.

    I’m jealous of your nice, chatty travel companion. I’m too shy to talk to the people near me, but if they talk to me first, I love it!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

  2. yetanotherfoodpr0nblog

    Yeah, all we saw was clouds, too. Very disappointing. Shy? How did I never notice this? Really?

    March 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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