Why the Redwood Forest slideshow?

Judy had always loved trees, and in 2008 we spent some time among the California Redwoods. Some of the ingredients in Judy's chemo cocktail were derived from trees (not Redwoods but Yews). We always knew that Judy loved the trees, and the trees got their chance to repay her affection.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

London, Paris, and Madrid in one day!

No kidding! The title to this post says it all. Judy's direct flight from DFW to Madrid last weekend took on a different dimension when her original flight out of Lubbock on Friday afternoon was canceled and she thus missed the Madrid flight. American rerouted her to London, but since all British Airways and Iberia flights from Heathrow to Madrid were completely sold out she was routed first to Paris for a short stop-over before traveling on. We reunited in Madrid early Saturday evening...

We had decided to see our English/Mexican friends Howard and Lidya in the Spanish capital a few weeks back after being informed that we wouldn't work one of our favorite (and longest-running) races in Ruston. Oh well. Howard's sister, Celia (with Judy in the photo above), was to come down from Twyford near London for our Big Chill-like reunion. I flew out on Thursday, right after my last class. Judy's plans to join me on that flight were stymied by work schedules at MHMR.

Regardless of how much time we actually spent with our friends, it was worth the effort. Quantity does not always equal quality, and that was certainly true of this weekend. We made our time count, even though Celia had to leave for the UK on Sunday afternoon while we didn't fly back until Monday noon, getting home by 11 p.m. on Monday. The time spent with our friends and Howard and Lidya's great kids--Sandra, Karen, and Simon--was priceless. We went out to eat, we had great tapas at home, we took a long walk in beautiful gardens, we went to Karen's horse-back riding stables, we had sangria and Spanish ham in the wee hours in a small downtown bar. What better way to spend a weekend, eh?

Today was a normal workday for both of us. Indeed, sleep and cancer are overrated. :)


The best olives in the world--and even Judy enjoyed a Mahou beer


Judy and Doug said...

You're looking great! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. Now you can catch up on your sleep. Your experience on the flight sounds like how I flew (non-rev) for 26 years... bouncing all over the place. It adds a little excitement, and makes you appreciate it more when you finally get where you're going!!

Take care... Luv ya... Judy and Doug

Celia said...

Hi Judy and Jurgen - lovely photos!! I can't believe that a week ago I was in Madrid and Jurgen and Howard and I were on our way to Aranjuez for a lovely meal. At that point looking forward to seeing Judy the following morning ... Never mind, we all made it and had a fantastic few hours together. I hope you have both recovered from the journies and are planning the next one! Much love from us all in Twyford. Celia x