Hello all from Los Angeles, where the 2013 edition of our little annual around the world travel adventure began way back on April 12th. First off, everyone is good and safe and heading home. I apologize for this late post...but I simply could not find a nickels worth of time until now...sorry!
Teams arrived early evening last night at Lester Pearson International (YYZ) and got to enjoy the sunset on Lake Ontario upon arrival at our home away from home in Toronto, the Westin Harbour Castle. Naturally folks are weary after 22-days on the road and a final set of flights from Oslo via Reykjavik to Toronto. Madeline of TeamM2 had the unusual distinction of celebrating her birthday in three countries!
Good Morning all -
All the teams checked-in this morning ending the long and challenging Euro Par 5 leg at the hotel...albeit with weary smiling faces. I am thrilled to report that yet again after 22-days on the road that everyone is healthy and safe. We are all on our way back to North America now.
Hi hi from Oslo...More teams have been seen scurrying about Oslo. They have been spotted in Viking Ship Museums, getting off ferry boats, dining in restaurants, carrying bags of chocolates, attending the ballet and walking in the blistery sun. The eagles are assembling once again. But not much to report...
The Rugged Canadian Team The Ogopogos...attending a Canucks Game? Nope,
a contemporary ballet at the National Opera House!
Greetings from the land of $12 glasses of beer! (And no, we are not at the Staples Center about to enjoy a Kings playoff game John!) Jeez, even the taxi drivers are apologetic for their crazy expensive fares. We are of course in Oslo, Norway tonight enjoying the brrrrisk North Sea air. And anyone in the know knows that Oslo is consistently ranked as the most expensive city in the world! Indeed it is...but part of traveling as Rick Steves knows is not being foolish with your money. And great travelers don't throw their money around—they figure things out.
Hello all -
Saw a few teams scattered about Denmark this afternoon...this leg should be very interesting as teams jockey for first place and the chance of winning The World's Greatest Travelers crown in Toronto on Saturday.
Hard to say what strategy each team has taken...but time will tell. So I really have nothing to report today other than it was a good day here in Denmark with sun and wind and castles and beer.
Surprised? Thinking, how did they go from Qatar to Germany to Disneyland? Well, actually, the happiest place on earth is Denmark. (I'll explain later...) And we (or some of us) are in the beautiful city of Copenhagen on a windy cloudy day.
O-Dark-Thirty here in Qatar. As mentioned, all teams checked in healthy, safe and smiling! They have the entire day off today as we transition from the Middle East to Europe. Just peer reviews and a six hour+ flight from Doha (DOH) to Frankfurt (FRA)...and then the tough Par 5 leg will begin.
We will be having a hospo event (dinner together) this evening in Frankfurt as we meet up with some loved ones and some old friends and our group will enlarge.
10:00 PM Update...all Teams checked in healthy, safe and happy...we are on our way to Europe!