Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sabbatical



For the 3 or 4 (5 tops) of you who check out this blog from time to time, I am just letting you know that I will be away until the 3rd of July. I am taking a month off.

I suspect most of us are good at justifying those things we want to do. I know I am a master at it. My justification for this trip goes something like this: I am 51 years old, I have been at the same job for 29 years, my house is paid for, my son has graduated college and that is paid for, I have been busier at work than ever, and I need a break. How's that? Seriously though, I have been planning and saving for this journey for 2 years. Long-range planning, excellent co-workers and the miracle of frequent-flyer miles makes it all possible.

My itinerary includes 10-11 days in Georgia (see picture above), a day in Armenia, 2 weeks in eastern Turkey and a 4 days in Constantinople. My 23-year old son is my traveling companion. We are both traveling extremely light--a small backpack each.

We will appreciate your prayers for our safety, and upon return will (hopefully) have lots of stories to drone on endlessly about!

John

8 comments:

Hilarius said...

Safe journey! I, for one, look forward to your traveler's tales!

Mimi said...

Wow! Travel safely and most importantly, enjoy! I look forward to hearing your stories as well.

On a side note, I've only heard snippets of the Georgian Tones, but I'd love to hear more, they are so beautiful. Would you light a candle for me in one of the churches?

John said...

Absolutely, Mimi!

Jim N. said...

What a great trip you all have planned! May our Lord grant y'all safety and salvation along the way!

s-p said...

Totally jealous. I've been self employed for 25 years and have... welllll...nothing. Still living paycheck to paycheck. God bless your journey. I fully expect to be able to live vicariously through your blog when you get back. :)

The Scrivener said...

A safe journey to you, John. I'll be thinking of you (with envy). Please do take plenty of photos to share with us on your return.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! I'm happy for you and your son. Prayers for your journey and for those whom you meet.
best,
Michaelk

DebD said...

Hello- I see that you are arriving home from Europe today. Hope your trip was very blessed.

I found you through Nathan, whom I found through Orthodorks. I see Mimi is one of your friends. She's a fellow OXWOMS friend of mine too.

Off to read your travel entries.

Deb