Wednesday, January 8, 2014

I'm Leaving Tomorrow

Nearly 40 years ago, I traveled with my parents and brother to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and niece. We flew into Amsterdam and spent the first week there before driving the few hours to their home in Germany. After a week there, I took the train back to Amsterdam. I had a friend there (she was staying with her father for the summer). I slept on their living room floor for a week. We went out for dinner every night with their friends.

SEPTEMBER 1974: BOARDING AT ROERMOND. DESTINATION AMSTERDAM.
(NOTICE THE "MARSHMALLOW" SHOES. I WAS VERY TRENDY.)

Thursday morning, I'm taking the train to Madrid for three nights. I'm staying with a friend. We're going out to dinner with her friends, and she's going to give me an insider's view of Madrid. No floor this time. I'll have my own bedroom and bathroom. Even so, San Geraldo has decided to stay home with the cats. I'm gonna miss him when I'm gone. And, like the below song says, I know the feeling will be mutual...


38 comments:

  1. I'll follow you!!!!!!!

    Do have a great visit!!
    Ron

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    1. Haven't left malaga station yet. Im waiting...

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  2. Have a good trip Mitch! We'll miss ya when you're gone!!

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  3. Oh boy! Will we have photos from Madrid?
    Love that BOAC carry-on bag.
    The suitcase looks heavy... yikes... so glad to have wheels these days :)

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    1. Judy. Maybe SOME fotos. That bag weighed a ton!

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    1. Bob. Thanks. The train has left the station...

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  5. I'm still trying to figure out what the heck they're doing with those glasses.... Anyway... have a great time. Hope you keep in touch with your blog. Safe Travels!

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  6. Madrid! Take lots of pictures to share. Cheers and have a great time

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    1. Cheapchick. There will be loads of pix!

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  7. Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

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    1. Ms Sparrow. And it couldn't be any fonder

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  8. Do have fun. Is that an airline travel bag slung over your shoulder?

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  9. Love Madrid, such a beautiful city. So many nice things to see and the restaurants are great. Lucky you. Have a lovely time.

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    1. Thanks. My intro will be via a sophisticated local. What a treat

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  10. Madrid is a great city and I know you'll have a great time. I hope you'll have pictures to share.

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  11. Safe travels Mitchell! Have fun and bring us lots of stories.

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    1. Jacquelineand....
      No doubt i'll have something embarrassing to share. ;

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  12. When you said "30 years ago", a time when I was going to Amsterdam about 12 times a year, I was just about to say "Oh, so that was YOU in that sauna?" - then I see that you actually meant 40 years ago, a time when I was still a virgin - well, almost - well.....

    Btw: Are you wearing a necklace in that pic? I shouldn't be surprised if you were. I used to in those heady, post-hippy days.

    Do have great fun in Madrid. But if I was in your place I couldn't stop pining for my pussies.

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    1. 40 years??? Holy crap! When did THAT happen?! Necklace: Either goldfish carved from an olive pit or a "teardrop" of petrified dinosaur dung. Nevet in my life been to a "sauna."

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  13. 40 years - your photo is captioned 1974 - or have I got it all twisted?

    Never been to a sauna? Shouldn't that be "Never YET been......" We await the relevant blog with considerable interest.

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    1. Oh you have it right. I'm on mobile and have been unable to fix it. Thanks for catching it... I think!

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  14. Bon Voyage, Mitch, and a happy return. I love this music!

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    1. Kristi:
      The train trip was a pleasure. Walked around the city this afternoon. Isn't that music amazing? Check out the original on YouTube.

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  15. By the time you read this you'll be home again. Hope you had a great trip and enjoyed the sights, smells and food of Madrid.

    I know 3 persons you would love to welcome you back home, 1 San Gerarldo, 2 Dudo and last 3 Moose.

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    1. Peter:
      Heading to the train station in one hour! Exceptional visit. So much to share when I'm bak home. Can't wait to see all the boys, but especially San Geraldo.

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  16. You don't know how badly I wish that I could write that I was taking off for Madrid. Instead, I could say that I drove through Ames, Iowa the other day....Not nearly as sexy, huh?

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    1. Maria:
      OK. I guess I have to admit that I wouldn't trade with you. So sorry! (Although, I've never been through Ames, so I don't know... maybe it IS sexy)

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  17. I was gladdened to see so many well wishers here; You are a fortunate man.

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    1. Spo:
      It warms my heart. Thanks. Lots to share from Madrid.

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  18. I was in Madrid back in 1978 -- when I was still in the monastery! Loved it. I was with a group of Carmelite students and we spent six weeks in Spain. I would love to get back there some day ...

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    1. Michael:
      And what a different place it would have been back in '78. You'll have to get back to compare...

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    2. And what a different person am I, too. ;-)

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  19. I am sure you are having a fabulous time. Can't wait for the blog post about your trip.

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