I have been very lucky to have people around me, especially in the past several months who are understanding of my situation, of which I hold responsibility, but also of which, in certain cases, have no control. I also have tried to be very understanding of their situations that have impacted their lives and indirectly mine. All will be addressed in due course. The dealings with the bureaucracy, which we all must address at one time, or another continues to rear its ugly head and while perhaps, when I was in my 30’s and 40’s, would have become angry and quite frustrated, handle it better now as I creep up on 60. Time is too precious to expend angry energy on things you can’t control.
As Billy Joel so eloquently stated in his song, “Angry Young Man”,
And I am there. Yes, I still get angry at times and frustrated at times, but I have found that just surviving is a noble fight and life is too short to dwell on things you can’t control. I have found happiness and love in the horror that is this pandemic and I plan on holding onto that for as long as I can and my physical health has, as you know gotten much better. I am sure that while right now, there is some smooth sailing, there will always be tumultuous events that disrupt the tranquility and stability, but that is life, and it is not smooth, and it is filled with bumps in the road. If you thought life was going to be easy, please have yourself checked out. Everyday brings reality checks that challenge us. It is how we handle them and at least for now, I am doing a better job.
On Wednesday, I am flying across the pond; this time to London for 3 days for a conference in which I have some amazing meetings set up with colleagues to establish and re-establish business partnerships or potential business partnerships, so that I can better ably assist my valued clientele on their travel adventures. Then, I am back to where my heart is, Rome and spending a week there. It has been since June that I was there, and I said I would return. I hope the time between each reunion gets shorter and shorter. It was first 16 months, and now 5 months. Who knows? Maybe now that the US will allow vaccinated EU citizens to come into the US, starting sometime in November, that she will fly across the pond in the next few months. I certainly hope so, but one step at a time. Where I will be, who knows, but for now, I am taking life one day at a time and enjoying every moment I have, since there are no guarantees.
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It has been an amazing week here in the Land of Fire and Ice and returning here after 2 years has brought my passion for this destination back into focus. I have met new people, both in business and personal encounters and re-connected in person with colleagues who I had not seen in these past few years, a direct result of the pandemic. Going through the immigration process along with the Covid protocol enlightened me and it seemed to work rather well, so if you are prepared for the process, having all your documentation, you should be fine.
My time here a week ago, started with a re-connection with a very good friend, Sven, who resides here in Iceland, now for many years, but is originally from Germany, so it was nice to hang out and experience some of the island and just catching up for the day at which time, I was dropped off at the airport and met up with my group and off we were to the Snaefellsness Peninsula, a destination here in Iceland I had not been to in over 15 years, so in effect, it was a new experience, both in the places we explored, but the time of year, and for the record, the Snaefellsness, is where I saw my first puffins here in Iceland, in the wild, those many years ago. Other experiences, I had included hiking into a lava tube cave, which was certainly an experience and one I do recommend, but the landscape, and no I did not see the glacier, always covered by cloud cover, and the weather, did not deter from having a wonderful time. One of the other highlights was going out on the boat and having the Viking sushi experience.
Weathering the Storm with the Wandering Puffin