I'm back from my blog break! Phew! Two weeks almost. Crazy. In that time I think I opened the computer only twice.
So what did I do with all that time?
Yes, that's my family. Standing on top of the Zugspritze, the highest point in Germany. That's right. I spent the last two weeks in Germany.
It was a heck of a trip. My parents, my family, my sister's family... all 11 of us piled on a plane and flew from Washington D.C. to Germany for an amazing tour of my childhood stomping grounds.
We saw castles:
and more castles:
We actually spent the night in castles:
We took boat cruises down the Neckar and Rhine Rivers:
We climbed mountains:
We traveled 6,000 miles by plane, 1800 km by tour bus, countless miles by walking, hiking, taxis, cable cars, trams, strassenbahns, trains, horse and carriage, boats, and vans.
I took over 3,000 pictures.
How can you not take that many pictures when this is what there is to see?
I drank tea in the morning, wine in the vineyards, watched the Germans and Americans play the World Cup games in biergartens, ate delectable chocolate while walking through century old downtowns, sat on the edge of a river in the Munich English gardens and put my feet in ice cold water, made a snowball while wearing short sleeves, became entranced with the mystery of Mad King Ludwig, and fell in love with our tour guide.
And on the way through the Black Forest, between exploring a working farm and visiting the world's largest cuckoo clock, I opened my computer for the first time and finished the first draft of my current book.
So now I'm back, buried under laundry and impending summer plans, seemingly endless emails, and weeks of blogs to catch up on.
But my book is complete and ready for revisions, and I'm excited to get back to it when my head clears a bit. In the meantime, I have marketing to work on for Some Kind of Normal, and an application to grad school to work on. And though jet lag is kicking my bum a bit right now, I feel good about it all. Taking a break was such great thing.
So you tell me: what have I missed?