This afternoon Richard is leaving on a grand tour of Europe and its close neighbors. He will be traveling for 4 1/2 months.
Richard’s journey will begin in Istanbul when he lands there tomorrow. The plan is to move from Istanbul to Greece and the Greek islands and then travel along the southern rim of Europe during March and early April, moving north as spring arrives and the warm weather appears. His return flight, four months hence, will depart from St. Petersburg, Russia. He’ll have the opportunity, at least, to visit pretty much everywhere in Europe during the intervening months.
Richard has made all the arrangements himself. He is carrying only a backpack as luggage, and he has made some careful judgments about what to take. Kindle and iPod, yes. Books and cell phone, no. Light weight, fast-drying towel and light walking shoes, yes. Bulky clothing likely to be worn only once, no. Toothbrush and toothpaste, yes. Every other form of personal care item that can be bought if necessary, no.
I am excited for Richard — and, candidly, a bit envious — as he leaves on what should be a great adventure. He has promised that he will keep us up to date on his travels through postings to the family blog.