Europe ’18: Prelude

I am beginning a new journey.

As I mentioned in a recent photoblog post, this has been a rough few months for me. (More to come hopefully in the next month or so about that.) For the next two weeks, I’ll be indulging in some self-care-via-travel in Ireland, Germany, and some new points in between.

The trip started Friday night, when I left Seattle for New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I met up with Thor Iverson, who is now a writer and educator on wine and food. When I last saw him, he was a classmate of mine in a small town in northern Minnesota. That was more than 30 years ago. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up and share delightful food, wine, and cocktails with him over the course of a few hours last evening.

I landed at 7am in Newark and had something like 12 hours, by car, to make it to Philadelphia. The “direct” route from point A to point B might take 90 minutes in weekend traffic, but did I go that way? Of course not!

Being the contrarian that I am, I drove down the length of New Jersey and took the ferry across from Cape May to Lewes, Delaware, before turning back northward for my meeting in Philadelphia.

Most of my photos for this post are from the ferry trip. Even though I ride ferries often, I still revel in the experience of a new vessel. Each one has its own personality; its own little quirks to share with you.

A few of the photos are from my dinner with Thor at Oloroso. I can not find adequate words to describe the food, cocktails, wine, and discussion that was had there; let’s just say that my friend chose very well.

As I write this, I am at the airport in Newark, New Jersey, awaiting word that it’s time to board my flight to Dublin.

I will be working remotely from Dublin this following week and then traveling in other parts of Europe for the week following. Stay tuned. 😊

Prelude tracklog.
Seattle, Washington, to Newark, New Jersey, by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 4666 km / 2899 mi
New Jersey / Philadelphia detail.
Detail in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
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