We’re back from vacation! We were overseas for almost three weeks. We’ve decided that’s a little too long. It also exposed us to too many cooties on board. Our foursome is now all recovering from moderately severe chest colds. Still, we had a great time.
A few notes from the trip. The top two locations visited: La Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. La Sagrada Familia is a Gaudi designed church in Barcelona, Spain. Construction started in 1882 and they hope to complete it in 2025, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. It’s interior is finished and is open to tourists. Photographs are permitted. Without question, this is the most incredible, awe-inducing structure of any kind I’ve ever seen. Before this trip, I had no idea it even existed.
I almost passed on the trip to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After all, I’d seen many, many pictures of it starting back in grade school. It’s a skinny tower they built in the wrong place and it started leaning. I never understood why they didn’t jail the architect, bulldoze the tower, and start over. All I can say is there is something magical about the Tower when you see it right in front of you. I took dozens of shots from all different angles and distances to get just the right shot. It was surprisingly difficult to capture what the Tower felt like to me in one picture. To anyone else, that shot will look like just another shot of the Tower, but to me it is the Tower.
As is typical on cruises, the internet access was spotty at best and outrageously expensive. We’re glad to be back in the US and have fast, cheap, reliable access.
I confirmed that jet lag does indeed screw up my system something fierce. I again had anxiety attacks in the mornings, this time the worst I’ve ever had. My wife was great helping me through this. I don’t know what I would have done without her. Oddly enough, by the afternoon, the anxiety was always gone. Part of the problem, I’m pretty sure, is my most recent cocktail is a bit of a step back. TMS in late December/early January is looking more and more likely.
I didn’t have to deal with jet lag on the way back thankfully – ours was a repositioning cruise for the cruise line, so it was transatlantic at the end. When we docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida we were only an hour off our home time zone!
Stay tuned to Jim’s Pic of the Day for shots of La Sagrada Familia, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and many others. Note it may be a week or so before they start appearing.