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Holland here we come!

Holland by bike..the best way to go Its been some time since I’ve had the desire to share anything exciting in life, as it has been inward-focused for the last several months. But a much deserved vacation is upon us, as Cami, Matty and I head “home” to Holland for 10 days where we plan to visit with family and spend some time far away from California, technology and work. Cami is making two presentations, one in Holland and one in England, which was the impetus for our trip, but those luckily occur at the very beginning and conclusion of the trip, so we have some time in between to visit the family farm, take some bicycle rides, and visit some sites.

One site I very much hope to take Matty to is Madurodam a model dutch city located in Scheveningen, picture of Den Haag, a town I only know because it was the Dutch code word during World War II used because Germas simply could not pronounce it with the proper accent. Thankfully I am writing this with the assistance of the web, for I can neither pronounce it or spell it. I remember being entranced as a kid spending hours there, so I hope Matty will also enjoy it. Of course we’re going into uncharted territory with a 9 hour time difference, but Matty has done well before and he’ll be so excited I’m sure we can get him to solider through. The first day will be the hardest as we leave in the afternoon in California and arrive at 10:30am in Amsterdam, essentially missing our first night of rest. Fingers are crossed!

While no other real plans have been made, I’ve realized it has been far too long since we took a real vacation away from home that wasn’t to visit family in Kentucky or California, making it long overdue. Realistically with our jobs and educations getting in the way, its been about 5 years! We are also armed with various digital image devices and hope to catalog this trip like never before, so expect a few pictures on our return. Yes I know, I’ve promised them before and our gallery is devoid of recent shots, but really, I’m finding some more free time to devote to this soon.

Life otherwise is pretty good despite the recent speed bumps. Work is going well and I have been getting around to different places to talk about Learning Spaces and have 3 more talks booked for the summer. So much for slowing down in the summer! But hey, atleast we’re getting a real family vacation in.