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Time Zones

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Yes, we are home today. Home in the physical sense, but not entirely in state of mind. Sounds and images of our unbelievably spectacular experience in Portugal swirled in my thoughts as I awoke, several times, this morning. Yesterday’s travel had us going for 24 hours straight, except for a few bouts of napping on planes, and we collapsed into our bed at a decent time, hoping to quickly regain synchronization with our Minnesota time-zone. My body tried to wake up more than once at an early hour, thinking it was 10 or 11 a.m. Portugal time, but with little effort, I returned to slumber amid the dreamy thoughts I was still on Ian’s farm.

It feels strange not being able to open the shutter and look out to see if the sun is about to crest the ridge or to wander over and check on the horses this morning. We miss them already.


















Written by johnwhays

October 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

Posted in Chronicle, Portugal Adventure

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  1. Ian had sent me some news from Portugal and told how wonderful your visit was with him on the farm.
    I am from Johannesburg, South Africa, and met Ian and his family last year visiting them. The feelings you have about your resent visit to them I can only fully understand and are grateful for having that same experience. The photos of the horses are really nice and bring back good memories. I envy Ian who really fulfills his days with them and the farm.
    I have been to Tennessee in September where my stepdaughter and her family lives. Traveling from South Africa via Amsterdam (the cheapest way to fly from here) was also a grueling 22-hour trip going there and then all that way back home again.
    I have truly enjoyed Tennessee. We stayed in Oak Ridge near Knoxville, Tennessee. This town is very interesting and well known for being the “Secret City” where the atomic bombs were made during World War II. Also went to the Smokie Mountains but unfortunately did not see a single bear although we heard that some were spotted just a few days before we went there.

    Hope it is not too cold with you having your winter now in Minnesota. Of course we are having a real hot summer now.

    Brenda Venter

    November 25, 2010 at 2:20 am

    • Thank you for writing, Brenda. We share having been to Portugal, but I have never been to Tennessee. Interesting.

      Speaking of cold, winter, Minnesota… we are at -16°C here this morning! I’ll be thinking of Johannesburg’s warmth today.


      November 25, 2010 at 9:36 am

  2. And they miss you, too – where is that charming couple that got up sprightly and lightly gave us an early breakfast? they whinny… those were the days, my friend; we thought they’d n…… or their version of ‘musing’ as they chew late breakfasts!


    October 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hope you’re enjoying this spectacular sun drenched fall day to to help ease you back into this reality!


    October 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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