Chicken Satay and an Early Night

April 18, 2008 -

John Heald

Fifteen days, eight flights and six countries and loads of wonderful memories…………the FAM trip is now officially over.

I am sitting here in Heidi’s Mum’s living room tapping away on the raspberry thingy while Heidi and Mum make chicken satay with roasted potatoes.

I am really tired…………we averaged 14-hour days and what with the unpacking, packing and the joys of flying I am ready for a rest. However, I will have to wait until May for that to happen and I will show you my schedule in a minute.

The trip was very successful and I truly believe that we have put together a wonderful excursion program as well as gained lots of important information to pass onto all the guests who are sailing the beautiful Baltic.

I will not miss the coach rides though and neither will my bottom. We enjoyed some luxury coaches and some that were as comfortable as sitting on a spike.
 
So, I thought I would share my schedule with you so you know where I am……here goes.
 
SATURDAY 19TH – FLY FROM AMSTERDAM TO LONDON
 
SUNDAY 20TH – HOME IN THE UK
 
MONDAY 21ST – HOME IN THE UK
 
TUESDAY 22ND – VISIT TO QUEEN MARY, QUEEN VICTORIA AND FOND GOODBYE TO QUEEN ELIZABETH 2
 
WEDNESDAY 23RD – HOME IN THE UK
 
THURSDAY 24TH – INTERVIEWING FOR ENTERTAINMENT STAFF IN LONDON
 
FRIDAY 25TH – HOME IN UK
 
SATURDAY 26TH – FLY TO CALIFORNIA TO RECORD TV SHOW FOR USA CHANNEL
 
SUNDAY 27TH – RECORD SHOW
 
MONDAY 28TH – FLY HOME TO UK
 
I of course will be blogging each and every day, sometimes from the raspberry and on the days at home I will be able to answer your questions and comments again which I have missed doing. Then I can rest a bit in May and then join the Carnival Splendor in Genoa on June 2.
 
For now though I hope you will excuse me and allow me to say goodnight. Dinner is ready and I need an early night as I have an 9 am flight tomorrow on which I will report to you about from the raspberry……………..I can only imagine what Murphy has in store for me.
 
Heidi is staying with Mum now until I return from LA. This was a last minute decision as I know Mum needs her right now. This means I will not be with her on April 28 for her birthday which normally would have me in the doghouse but the fact that I suggested she stay with Mum for a week has earned me some points and a get out of jail free card.

I will of course have to go shopping in LA and hope there is an “Everything Is a Dollar“ store near my hotel. The fact that Heidi is staying with her Mum is good for them both but bad news for my Mum who due to my inability to work our washing machine will have to put on the Haz Mat suit and wash 15 days’ worth of my socks and underwear.
 
I will write tomorrow and a special thanks for sticking with me the last 15 days and my raspberry-flavored blogs.
 
Here are some photos from Holland

Heidi’s favorite Magnolia tree spotted in Germany

Amsterdam Concert Hall

The Sunflowers (Van Gogh)

The Nightwatch (Rembrandt)

Heidi and the Anne Frank statue

 

The Tower of the Wester Kerk (Western Church)

The Amsterdam Synagogue

Zaanse Schans

John filming in Marken

Edam

Goodnight
Your friends
John and Heidi

 

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