Friday, January 31, 2014

EuroTrip Adventuretime 2013/2014! Part II

(Part I here)

Remember The Best Christmas Present Ever? The reason I found myself crying on some Hungarian side street at 5AM Christmas morning? The reason I left Budapest a day early (and missed both the hot springs and ice skating that the other three did that day)? Well, as I was freaking out about leaving The Best Christmas Present Ever all alone in Vienna on Christmas day because I'd be so late, The Best Christmas Present Ever was also crying about leaving me alone in Vienna on Christmas day because she would be so late.

We had agreed to meet at our hotel at 9:00 Christmas morning. (My train would arrive in town at 8:30 and her flight would land at 8:00.) But the best-laid schemes of Mice and Men (and Optimists) oft go awry. When I got to the hotel at 1PM, I logged into the wifi to discover that The Best Christmas Present Ever's flight had be cancelled. CANCELLED. Thankfully, she managed to get on a flight to Dusseldorf (to at least get to the continent) where she would try to find a connection. And that was the last communique we had. I settled into our hotel room, raided the mini fridge, and prepared for an interminable wait until I heard from her. Which she had no chance to do until she walked into our room at 6PM (just when I was getting absolutely desperate for food).

Obviously, there's no recording of what happened when she walked in the door. But it looked a little bit like this:

And some of this:

And all was well in the world.

Emily had to go through four airlines, a ten-hour layover in Dusseldorf, and her luggage was no where to be found. But she made it, and we were together for the first time in nine months, one week, and one day. And she really was The Best Christmas Present Ever. And we snuggled, and we talked, and we fell asleep holding hands.


  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys travelling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favour:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Albania? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Albania in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

  2. Dear Emilio,

    What a wonderful letter to my daughter. I can sense you have a vivid imagination. Mary will send you a letter from Albania, I know her well. And I will send you a postcard from Chicago, where today, we are getting yet another fabulous snowstorm.


    Mary's Mom