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Thursday, July 19, 2012

La Rentrée

Playing with Instagram and iPad
La rentrée is what the French refer to as coming back from their long vacations, usually in August. Likewise, after a 25 day trip that took us around the world, I am in the midst of "re-entering" my "normal" life.  This involves:

  • Dealing with massive jet lag.  The good thing about travel from west to east is that the wind is at your back and flights are faster.  The bad thing is setting the clock forward and more forward.
  • Lots of laundry.
  • Promises to the doggie that we didn't forget her.  These promises seem to involve freshly cooked chicken and beef.
  • Sorting through mounds of mail, most of which is advertising or solicitations for funds and not worth opening.
  • Paying bills.
  • Restocking the pantry and fridge.
  • Hugging doggie.
  • Preparing to sort, edit, and set to music some 1400 photos.  Many of those photos are delete-worthy, but I can't bring myself to discard them, so I have to set up separate folders for the better ones.
  • Catching up on email and blogs -- this one and all the ones I like to follow.  On the trip we were often without wi-fi or other internet connections.  In China, I was not able to access any blogs (including my own) hosted on Google due to censorship.
Over the coming weeks, I plan to blog about our adventures.  We left California for New York, where we celebrated our wedding anniversary with dinner at Cafe Boulud.  Then we flew to Moscow.  Next, we took the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow across Siberia to Ulaan Baatar.  We ended the trip in Beijing before the long flight home via Tokyo.  On our last night in China, we dined at Maison Boulud, which is housed in the former US Embassy in a stunning walled compound next to Tiananmen Square.  So we had a gastronomic full-circle as well as a global circle.

Now for a nap!

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