It’s been another busy couple of weeks, including a trip to Adelaide to attend the Writers’ Festival (as an audience member) which I will write about later. When I returned from that I only had to re-pack my (unworn) clean clothes for a weekend up in the Hunter Valley of NSW.
That’s best known as wine country, but it is also where my brother-in-law lives (if anyone is interested in buying a post office business in this beautiful part of the country please let me know).
He turned seventy today, so Bill and I drove up to take he and his wife out for a celebratory lunch. Who should be our waitress but their next door neighbour. They knew the young woman – new to the area – only slightly, mostly on account of the packages she sends back home.
My sister-in-law remembered the destination for the packages as Roumania, but on making enquiries, that turned out to be Hungary. Not only that, but the young waitress actually came from the Miskolc area – which was delightful and embarrassing at the same time, because not so long after I started blogging, I wrote a less-than-glowing post on that city.
It’s now almost five years since Bill and I took a four month independent trip to Europe, half of which was with another couple, nick-named Waddie and Jay to protect their true identities. The trip brought my blog into existence, and the blog was originally called Fifty-Five Days with Gwen – and if you wish to know why, you can read that story here. And if you read that (short) story, you will realise that it is only five years since we were all still reeling from the fall-out of the Fanny May and Freddie Mac meltdown of 2008 which sent the world’s markets into meltdown.
Back to Europe. Waddie and I had done most of the planning and bookings, and most of it went off without a hitch . . . except for Miskolc. And since I don’t know how to re-blog my own posts, if you wish to know why, then I suggest you click here.
And in this time-poor society, if you feel you don’t have time to read the story, I can recommend some of the pictures 🙂