We left Berlin yesterday morning and drove 7 hours to Amsterdam. My week in Berlin was rather busy and I had a number of pretty intense, but really enjoyable meetings. After waking up early on Saturday we headed toward Amsterdam for the next week. We arrived around 4:30 pm on Saturday, went to the grocery to get our stay started and then we made a quick dinner for everyone. By 9:00 I headed into the bedroom to take a nap and slept for the next 2 hours. I woke up around 11 and decided to just call it a night. I woke up again around 8 am but didn’t get out of bed until after 9:00. For me, sleeping for 12 hours at one stretch is not very common, so my body is telling me that I’m tired, very tired.
We are two weeks from our flight back to NYC and I’m ready to be home, back in a routine and ready to live in our new home and start a new business. My 52nd birthday is in September and the past 6 months have been my mid-life break. We started with celebrating Noah’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel and will end in Paris in two weeks. I believe that this trip has changed me, it has allowed me to find pieces of me I didn’t know existed and has clarified some very important lessons that have been right in front of me for a long time. I spoke with a good friend a few weeks ago and he said that I have to come up with the top things I have learned from this journey, I’m sure that list will come but this is not the time to do that.
Today was a day to rest, to recharge my battery and to get ready to enjoy the next 5 days in Amsterdam. We have a walking tour tomorrow and dinner with a couple we met in Australia, Tuesday is a visit to the Anne Frank Museum, Wednesday we will rent bikes and enjoy a dinner cruise through the canals, Thursday we head to The Hague for dinner and Friday I speak at a Rotary meeting. So, the week has plenty in store for us. We head to Bruges next Saturday for 3 nights before our last 5 nights in Paris. One last stretch of the journey to go and the rest of our lives to live. I’m looking forward to the next two weeks and the adventure in front of us, but I’m tired and looking forward to our travels home.
To a life well lived!