Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Busy, busy bee

Hi folks!

I am still working on my fit quest but have been swamped with end of session grading etc. I am still going to yoga 3-4x/week and added both swimming & water aerobics to the mix so I am exercising 6-days a week!!

Watch this blog as it transfers over the next few weeks to be my Euro-trip blog! That's right the Fit-by-40 will be (hopefully) posting daily blogs from three European capitols: London, The Hague, and Paris.

My itinerary is as follows:
  • June 21-26 London.
  • June 27 - Eurostar train (via Brussels) to The Hague where I'll stay until July 1st.
  • July 1st - train to Paris where I'll remain until my flight back to TX on July 6th!

I am going to London & The Hague to do research for my dissertation at the Royal Geographical Society, the British Library, and the Dutch National Archives. In Paris I am attending a workshop on the 19th century cartography of Africa (a portion of my dissertation covers 19th C Nile River exploration) put on by the International Cartography Association's Commission on the History of Cartography (say that 3 times fast).

I am beyond excited about my trip and have been lining up things I need from the Archives, people I need to meet, and places I must see. I am hoping to get to some of the famous museums in London after my day's work and may take a touristy double-decker bus tour to see the city in its entirety on Sat. or Sun.

One thing I want to do in the UK is go to Stonehenge. We never went when we lived in England and I really want to go. So we'll see.

But before I can get to London I have to pack and prepare for a weekend trip to San Antonio for an all-class High School Reunion for my Aviano Saints! Woo hoo!