I lugged my computer all this way, so I’m figuring I’d better make the most of it and post something to the blog. The first week of my trip has been fabulous! I am currently spending my last night in Belgium, a country that has been unexpectedly delightful, but I started my trip in grand old England. I had friends and family to visit in the country and spent my first couple of days getting adjusted to the time and catching up with my friend Eleanor and her family in Leamington Spa. Eleanor and I lived in Stuttgart at the same time, and grew our friendship over some shared travels and many a beer – it was fantastic to see her happy and well! We rode in a fun sports car, toured around some beautiful English Heritage sites, tasted around a local food festival and in general I relaxed and got into vacation mode while in the company of friends.