Wednesday, August 10, 2011

We're Back...

WE HAD A SUPER-SPECTACULAR time!!! Even after living out of a suitcase for 16-days, I wasn't ready to come home yet!

I have over 1000 photos from Chris's, Cheryl's and my cameras. Don't worry, I won't share them all here, lol! I still need to sort through them all and pick out the best ones... it's tough when I'm at work during the day, and can't stay awake past 7pm! Yeah, jet lag is making my week difficult. I've also caught a cold...

The rumor is that someone started the trip with a cold, and as our host said... "when someone gets a cold on the bus, in 5 days EVERYONE will have a cold." Well, it wasn't 5-days, but it did spread to almost everybody. Cheryl was one of the first to succumb... she got the cold in Florence. After Cheryl got sick, Jim, Chris and I ran straight to the nearest Italian Farmacia and got some cold medicine for Cheryl and Zinc for the rest of us (BTW, "zinc" is still "zinc" in Italian). Chris got sick after that, but since he was taking zinc, he didn't get anywhere near as bad as Cheryl did. But, a cold wasn't enough to keep Cheryl down... she stayed on the road touring with the rest of us.

By the time we got to Greece, our host, Fabrizio, made an observation... He said, "By now most people would be comparing souvenir purchases and passing biscuits and crackers to each other across the aisle of the bus. This group is comparing what they bought from the pharmacy and passing cough drops." Oh, and BTW, Fabrizio got the cold too (but not until we got to Greece). He was supposed to go on vacation right when he finished our tour. I'm sure he's thanking us for that... NOT!

I'll start posting pictures of our trip soon. I just need to make it through this week. They saved all my work for me (nice of them isn't it?). Now I have two releases to do that were due last week. UGH! I want to be home in bed... at least I didn't come down with the cold until I got home. Jim is the only one that didn't get sick. After all of his years working with the public, he's pretty much immune to everything.

I ran out of pages in my journal, and had to journal my last day on a separate piece of paper. I need to add more pages and rewrite my last day. I also have some pictures that I want to add.

Stay tuned for photos and commentary!

I'll leave you with a piece of wisdom from Chris on How to Pack:
"Put on your two cleanest things and throw everything else in the suitcase."


Mary said...

I can't wait to see your pictures! Sounds like you had a great time.

Mara... said...

Joni, I can't wait to see photos!! And please no photos of cough drops or used kleenex. LOL!! Seriously, please feel free to share lots of photos on your blog. I want to vacation through you!