Note from Africa and thoughts on my own travels
I just got an e-mail from Gailor entitled "safe & sound." (She didn't take a computer with her so this is the first we've heard.) I promise I won't bore you with constant updates, but since Regina kindly asked this morning, I'll share my daughter's e-mail with you in its entirety:
Will write more later (including a description of plane meals), but wanted to let you know we got here safe & sound. Just finished Day One. High point: great plenary session with reps from PEPFAR, EGPAF, etc. Low point: got pooped on by a Marabou Stork. Google it. It's one mother of a bird.
I know it makes some readers nervous when I write about anything but Maryland restaurants, and I appreciate that. However, if you think of Dining@Large as the blogging equivalent of Gourmet magazine, which has all those great travel articles, you might feel better. ...
Actually I was thinking this morning that it's seemed like a particularly long winter because I didn't travel to Los Angeles every six weeks or so as I did in the past when Gailor lived there. However, one thing about the current economy is that flights have gotten cheaper again; and if you have friends and family in various parts of the country you can take advantage of it without spending a whole lot of money.
I plan to do that, especially as I have some vacation to burn. (Hal Laurent VofR suggested doing so, and I always take his advice.)
Here are the trips we, and by "we" I mean "you and I," will be taking this year:
1) I plan to be at O'Hare to meet Gailor's plane on March 28.
2) Easter will be spent with my brother in Los Angeles. (The ticket was $219 round trip, taxes and everything included. It would have been more expensive to go to Ocean City.)
3) In May I'm going with a friend to Savannah. There should be some good eating there to tell you about.
4) This summer I'll spend a week in Sewanee, Tenn., as I do each year.
5) In August, Dining@Large's own Famous Foodie, Amanda, is getting married on the West Coast, and I plan to be at the wedding. I've begged her to make us one last video, but I don't know if she'll have time. (Check out her past contributions, one for Sugar Week and two for Crab Week.)
Keep your fingers crossed.