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    • Day 1

      On our way to Greece

      October 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Well, we made it to the Chicago airport, though our flight from Champaign was a bit late, and our next flight boards in about a half hour. This is a trip Joe has wanted to take for many years, so in the spirit of Carpe Diem, here we go. We fly to Santorini (Chicago - London - Santorini), have four nights there with me learning how to drive in Greece, boat to Mykonos, three nights there. Fly to Athens and pick up rental car for about a week to Delphi, some monasteries, some Byzantine churches, some mountains. Then we will relax for a bunch of days in a nice Athens hotel. I fell for the view of the Acropolis from the breakfast room and the snazzy fitness center with ellipticals.

      I am a little out of my comfort zone, but I remember that I have driven in Hungary where the road signs were equally unintelligible. I ultimately decided to buy a real paper map for Santorini, because when I did a google street view of the route from the Santorini airport to our hotel, I saw that google was taking me on dirt roads, one of which seemed to end in a dump. So I figured I will be a lot better off with a real map. Lots of hours traveling ahead of us, but the excitement will make it bearable.
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    • Day 1

      Huge mess of a travel day

      October 8, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Oh, this journey was supposed to be so easy. Late morning flight from Champaign means time to exercise, eat breakfast, do last minute check. We were going to have a few leisurely hours in Chicago, a short flight to Philadelphia, with another couple hours before our flight to Lisbon. Arrive very early in Lisbon, hop in the rental car and mosey on up to Bragança. No stress, no rush.

      We just had the trip from hell coming home from Florence, so I figured that we were due for a pleasant journey.

      Everything was fine for the first leg of the trip. When we got off the plane from in Chicago, everything changed. Our flight to PHL was delayed by 4 hours so we would not make the connection to the Lisbon flight. They rebooked us, after much confusion, through London on British Airways and then on to Lisbon. That’s fine, BUT OUR BAGS. Grrr, why did I check our carry-ons?!?!?!?! Well, since I had to check the suitcase with my teaching clothes, why not take the easy way and check them all?! Stupid me! Now of course It is not at all clear the bags will make it over here to Terminal 5 and British Airways to get on the flight. Changing airlines, changing terminals, changing flights, and all I have are American Airline baggage claim tags that say CMI-PHL-LIS. No one can tell me whether I will have any way of tracking those bags ever. I could just kick myself, but there’s no point in that.

      I told some Camino friends that the new me was going to be very zen about this, but that was before I knew about the bag mess, so I have gone back on my promise and am now certifiably frazzled. I am hoping for the best, but the British Airways customer service person tells me the bags have still not arrived over in Terminal 5, even though we have been in Chicago for 3 and a half hours. I envision all the cascading complications — we have a rental car, we have hotel reservations, we can’t leave Lisbon without our bags. Will they get there tomorrow, the next day or maybe never?! Ok, I will stop borrowing trouble and just keep my fingers crossed that there is a good resolution.

      I have added a picture just to show you that one member of the pair is unfazed and very unworried and calm. I will not add a picture of me. We are leaving Chicago with no idea whether are bags will be on the plane or not.
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    • Getting ready to go

      April 7, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 0 °C

      Well, it’s four days till departure, and I thought I should get my penguins website going. This year, I will be starting in Almería, mediterranean coastal city in the south and east of Málaga. I had originally planned to meet up with three or four other people, since it is a very solitary route. We don’t know each other in the face to face sense, but have friends in common and have been in contact through the internet. Well, one thing led to another, and we are now a merry band of 13 or 14! We will all meet up on Friday the 13th, in the Bar Entremares in Almería, get to know each other a bit, and then set out the next day. We will probably spread out in the first couple of days since the albergues are small (usually around 8 beds), but it will be fun to start out at the same place.

      This branch of the Camino Mozárabe starts in Almería, goes through Granada and Córdoba, and joins up with the Via de la Plata in Mérida. Those are all great cities to visit, so I will have some touring time as well.

      I am not going to be able to walk into Santiago this year, unfortunately. It's 1400 km from Almería and I only have a month to walk, so I will have to stop somewhere in the middle. Not sure I like that, but oh well.

      My pre-Camino jitters have started and I have finally found my backpack and started going through my stuff, tossing out expired betadine, mangled gaiters, and hoping to find my favorite FITS socks, which have mysteriously disappeared!
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    • Day 1

      Travel Day

      April 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

      It’s usually not much fun to get from Point A to Point B, especially not if the people who booked your ticket give you a 6 hour layover in Philadelphia! For these long travel days, I always try to get up very early to get to the gym, on the theory that I will feel better and maybe sleep a bit on the plane. So today at 5 am I was up and out. My Silver Sneakers gym is open 24/7 with a little purple thing to swipe, and there are always a few more nut cases like me there so it’s not too lonely.

      We are headed to Lisbon — unbelievable though it seems to me, this will be the sixteenth consecutive year I have taught a short course at the law school in the Católica. Cannot believe it!

      At the airport I weighed my bags to calculate how much olive oil I can cram in them on the way home. One of my favorite pastimes in Lisbon is buying lots of olive oil for my Berkeley crew, who has figured out that they use about 36 liters a year. I have been keeping up with that demand for about 6 years now and hope to extend it for a few more, at least till I am too feeble to lug all this around. Oil is lighter than water, though!

      We arrived in PHL and made our way over to the Lego Liberty Bell and thus began our long layover. Only 5 hours till boarding time now! We will go straight to Lisbon, arriving around 9 am tomorrow morning. Easter Sunday, so it should be a slow day.
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    • Day 82

      D&W Lake RV Park - Champaign IL

      October 1, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Our base for a few days as we watch the Ryder Cup. Parked overlooking a small lake surrounded by corn fields which look ready to harvest. Weather is a bit grumpy, so not feeling too guilty staying indoors for 3 days. Go Europe !!!Read more

    • Day 38

      Fünfte Woche - fifth week

      September 4, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Diese Woche war sehr ereignisreich.
      Ich hatte einen schönen Abend mit Michael Downtown in Indianapolis. Wir spazierten durch die Stadt, am Kanal entlang und aßen leckere Tacos.
      Über den Besuch von Kim aus Chicago habe ich mich sehr gefreut. Wir beobachten mit der ganzen Familie den Aufgang des "Super Blue Moon". Der Mond ist aber nicht blau, wie man evtl denken mag, er erscheint stattdessen etwas größer und etwas heller.
      Am Freitag sah ich das Footballspiel meiner alten Highschool mit Micah, seinen Freunden und meiner Freundin Carly. Was war wohl das Motto des Footballspieles?
      Es war super schön, wieder zurück zu sein.
      Das Highlight am Wochenende: Besuch der Universität in Illinois, das College von Lanie und eines sehr knappen Footballspiels in praller Sonne. Es war richtig schön Lanie wieder zu sehen und Zeit mit allen zu verbringen.
      Und nicht zu vergessen: Montag hatte ich frei, aufgrund eines Feiertages :)

      This week was very eventful.
      I had a great evening with Michael downtown in Indianapolis. We walked around town, along the canal and ate delicious tacos.
      I was very happy about Kim's visit from Chicago. We watch the rise of the "Super Blue Moon" with the whole family. However, the moon is not blue as one might think, instead it appears a little larger and a little brighter.
      On Friday I watched my old high school football game with Micah, his friends, and my friend Carly. What was the motto of the football game?
      It was super nice to be back.
      The highlight of the weekend: visiting the University of Illinois, Lanie's college and watching a very close football game in the sun. It was really nice to see Lanie again and spend time with everyone.
      And don't forget: I had Monday off because of a Laborday :)
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    • Day 4

      Friday in Champaign

      September 22, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Fun visits and a great supper! The trees along Parkhaven and 602 Ventura were huge!

    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Champaign County, مقاطعة شامبين, Шампейн, শ্যাম্পেইন কাউন্টি, চাম্পেইন কাউন্টি, Comtat de Champaign, Condado de Champaign, Champaigni maakond, Champaign konderria, Comté de Champaign, מחוז שמפיין, Champaign megye, Շամպեյն շրջան, Contea di Champaign, シャンペーン郡, Champaign Comitatus, Champaign Kūn, Hrabstwo Champaign, شیمپائن کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Champaign, Округ Шампејн, شیمپیئن کاؤنٹی، الینوائے, Quận Champaign, Condado han Champaign, 尚佩恩縣

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