Right now as I type, I am currently waiting for my flight from Brussels to London to start boarding. Since my flight isn't scheduled to leave until about an hour and half from now, I figured I would take this time to update my blog...as opposed to the always exciting activity of sitting and staring at other people boarding their planes.
Last night our last dinner in Europe consisted of fondue (with the option of either beef or cheese fondue), potatoes, and ice cream for dessert. I had only ever heard of cheese fondue so beef fondue was new to me. Instead of dipping bread in cheese ( like you do with cheese fondue) you dip raw beef into a simmering pot of grease or cooking oil until it is cooked to your liking. Since I'm not really a fan of red meat, I opted for the cheese fondue. Perhaps the most interesting part of the meal (besides the vanilla ice cream with coconut in it) was when a middle-aged man came into the restaurant and began to play his guitar. Now, it is completely normal to encounter such "musicians" on the street or even on the metro, but this was the first time I had seen one come into the restaurant. First he approached a table behind us and played a song, but then he came to our table. He could tell we were from the States, but he wanted to guess where in the States we were from. Guessing completely from appearances only (because he hadn't heard us speak yet) he guessed that we were from Massachusetts of all places! Then when we said no, and that he was way off, then he guessed Georgia. How he could tell a Georgia accent from other southern accents, I have no idea, but then he began to sing "Georgia On My Mind" to us in the restaurant! It was so funny, especially since he sang it with a French accent, but it was a nice little farewell and a cute way to end our time here in Europe.
Our day started early today with breakfast at 4:30am and leaving Paris by 5:30am. For those of you who are reading this in Georgia, it was like 11:30pm eastern time when we left, and we are expecting to arrive in Atlanta around 7:10pm eastern time. Not a full 24 hours of travel but pretty darn close. We took about four trains to get from Paris to the airport in Brussels, Belgium. Then we have our flight to the connection in London, then we will have the long flight back to Atlanta from there...oh and then there's the ride home from the airport, but I won't count that as part of the travel time.
I've truly enjoyed my time in Europe, and I'm so thankful that I was able to come back here as an adult. If I could do it again, I definitely would but next time I hope to be able to research some of the places of my ancestors, some of the towns in Germany and France where I know that some distant relatives still reside today.
Well that is all for now. All that's left to do now is to make it back home safely.
Thank you all for reading and taking this journey with me, in a sense!