I’ll be recovering! I’ve just had 3 weeks of leave and the first week back after a big overseas holiday is never normally easy and there’s been no exception to that for me this week, especially with getting over jetlag. But I’m not asking for your sympathy – I had a fantastic time. What’s interesting is how much it’s possible to experience in a relatively short period, in my case 3 weeks.
My holiday managed to include things as varied as:
- Lunching in pretentious cafes in Oxford (no change there then);
- An afternoon visiting friends in a quiet village in the English Cotswolds;
- A night in an English seaside town near Bristol with an old friend and his young family;
- Quality time eating and drinking with family and close friends in my home town of Manchester;
- Shopping as diverse as Selfridges on Bond Street, London to bargain clothing stores in the university city of Heidelberg, Germany;
- Attending a lovely wedding of an friend in the countryside in Surrey;
- Sightseeing tours e.g. the Wimbledon tennis centre, medieval castles in Germany and around the Coronation Street studios (you can take the man out of Manchester…)
- Watching the FA Cup Final live in a pub full of Arsenal fans;
- A boat tour of the River Seine in Paris and obligatory encounter with an arrogant French waiter;
- Museum tours around Nuremburg, including the courthouse where the Nuremburg trials took place;
- Time in Israel (coinciding with the Pope’s visit!), including exploring the Old City of Jerusalem and visiting several sites of military and historical importance in other parts of Israel, spending more quality time with family and having a lazy afternoon on a stunning beach in Tel Aviv.
My holiday certainly wasn’t relaxing per se but getting out of my usual routine has recharged the batteries, just in time for the Melbourne winter. The purpose of this blog isn’t to show off (well not entirely) but it does make you think what can actually be achieved in a short time if there’s enough enthusiasm and reasonable planning – and that quality of time is often at least as important as quantity of time. With this in mind – how will you be spending your long weekend?