Ferrying Away

Well it is time to start heading home. We decided to take the ferry from Port Townsend so the we could avoid Seattle. We kissed and hugged the family bye and off we went on our next adventure.

I was now going to be the driver because David couldn’t open his eye after the accident in Seattle. Now I guess I will not get to do as much looking around and more paying attention to the road. I guess it is David’s turn to enjoy the scenery and navigate.

We had a nice drive to Port Townsend where we were going to catch the ferry to Coupeville. I had made reservations on the ferry but we got there

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Food, Baseball and Black Eyes

We were going to spend the day exploring downtown Seattle with John Lee before we headed to the Mariner’s game. That is the one thing that David was hoping to do while we were here.

As I had mentioned before John Lee finds the best hole in the wall places to eat. He didn’t let us down this time either. He took us out for some great

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Lunch with Friends

We were going to go visit our friend, Dawn, but we couldn’t see her until after she got off from work.

Nancy had a dental appointment which went a lot faster than she thought if was going too. She picked up our Mariner tickets for the next night and headed home from downtown Seattle. She was back in time to go to lunch with the rest of us.

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It’s Not a Diet! It’s a Life Change!

Friend: Oh you’re doing that new fad diet where you eat tons of fats and lots of meat.

Me:  It isn’t a diet. It is life change of eating healthier. I already have more energy. My doctor said it works for people trying to get their A1C down.

When your friends and family wonder what kind of weird diet you are on now you need to know what to say to them.

Module 9 is titled Navigating the Social Mindfield.

This module talks about what to say when your friends talk about your diet or change of life. Let them know how you feel and the changes that have happened to you since you started your new way of life.

What would you say?

The talk about going out was very informative.  It is surprising where that sneaky gluten can hide; soy sauce, soups, rubs, glazes, and even salads.  Don’t be afraid to ask the server questions.

What would you ask?

When your friends want to go out to eat try to be the one to pick the place.  That way you can pick one that you know. If that doesn’t go over then try to order last so you can have the server closer to you and your can ask questions. She should say she will ask the chef? She will remember your request better if you are last. If you end up having to eat something very plain, don’t let the meal ruin your time spent with family or friends. Just remember it is only one meal.  If you slip a little don’t sweat it.  You can just get back on the horse again.

The module closed by saying:

“This is as “real world” as it gets. What you should take from this is that success is not about perfection or making things so difficult that you and everyone around you is miserable due to your changes. This is about flexibility, accountability, and honestly assessing what battles are worth fighting, negotiating, or modifying.”

Like they say if you fall off the wagon just get back up and start again.  It is not a big deal if you do. We are only human and we all make mistakes. Don’t come down on yourself just get on with it.

I forgot to post that I did loose another 1 1/2 pounds last week.

What would you tell a friend if they asked why you were eating like that?

What would you ask in the restaurant?

Let me hear your replies!

 

 

Day 4 South Coast of Iceland

We decided to go look at the south coast of Iceland.  Of course, we didn’t get to do the whole thing because of time.  We headed out on this beautiful sunny day, our first, to find a nice sandy beach to walk on.  We didn’t find any sandy beaches but we found volcanic beaches which were still just as amazing.

First stop before we even got into the car I wanted to get photos of these pretty flowers. I had been looking at them and today I took the time to smell the flowers.

Then off we went on our next road trip.  If you haven’t notice we try to take all the back roads.

Our first stop was a nice lake.  I had to take photos of some the hills that surrounded us because lines in the rocks are amazing.

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We went looking for a lighthouse which meant driving down this old dirt road and never found it.  What we did find though was well worth the trip because I had never seen so many sea birds nesting in the cliffs before.  Iceland claim to have more birds nesting in their cliffs than anywhere else.

 

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Off we went to find another lighthouse.  This one we did find and a church, which are all over this country.  Most of them seem to be built pretty much the same and a lot are on people’s farms.  Also, I just could not get over how such tiny flowers can grow in all the lava rocks.

Our next stop was at the end point of the greatest lava flow on earth since the end of the last Ice Age.

Then we found another lighthouse and a road to the beach.

We saw all these white birds in a field, which we think are some kind of goose due to all the honking.  I also finally got a couple photos of the Icelandic horses, which are the size of a pony.

We decided we should probably start heading back.  So we stopped to take a picture of one last river flowing into the ocean and off we went home.

 

We of course found a road we had not been on yet.  We were following along the bottom of Lake Pringvallavatn.

Before we hit the main road we found a dirt road we had not taken.  As we rounded a bend we saw in the distance steam coming up from a valley.  As we got closer we noticed it was a geothermal plant.  It was pumping hot water down to the cities and towns.  The pipeline was quite interesting compared to the one in Alaska that we are used to.  We followed the pipeline most of the way back to town.

On our way back to town the traffic was the worst we had seen.  Everyone must have had our idea and left town for the day or the weekend and were going home.

We decided to leave the car at the apartment and walk downtown to find something to eat.  We came upon a huge screen showing the world cup and people were sitting or standing watching it.  I guess they are really into soccer over here.

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We then headed to the Micro Bar because we had met the manager at one of the breweries we visited.  It was well worth the stop.  They have 14 taps and had about 5 pages of fine print bottle beers.

We also made a new friend there named Tobias from Sweden. Hopefully, he will bring his family to Alaska some time.  He did say it was on his bucket list.IMG_1037

Then off to dinner.  I wanted to eat something truly Icelandic, Tobias recommended a tapa bar right by us.  They had Icelandic food tapas, puffin, whale, lamb, lobster, blue ling, and char.  Some of the food looked so good when it came to the table we started eating before I got a photo.  Sorry about that.  I do think that the food was probably a little more fancy than the normal Icelander would cook it but it was delicious.

After we ate we started our walk home.  I took a photo of this building across the street because I just thought it was cute.  Then along came a mother and her two kids crossing the street.  They walked with us a way.

 

We stopped at a store because I still had not had any dried fish.  I am wondering how it compares to our squaw candy.  I will let you know when I have tried it.

There was this interesting van we kept walking by, so we decided to take some photos of it.

 

Another wonderful day in Iceland has come to an end now.  Wonder what our adventures will bring tomorrow.

 

Great Hotel Bristol

We had our final lunch together at the Great Hotel Bristol.  It was just an amazing place.
The Grand Hotel Bristol enjoys a magnificent location on the lakeshore of Stresa, a true pearl of Lake Maggiore, famous all over the world for the extraordinary way the beautiful landscape merges with the sumptuous dwellings scattered throughout it. Hotel guests can enjoy a privileged view of Isola Bella and the Borromeo Gulf. The prestigious building that is now the Grand Hotel in Stresa was originally a noble residence, and careful renovation work has allowed it to retain its elegance while enhancing it with modern conveniences. The Zacchera family’s traditional dedication to hospitality at the highest level completes the features that make the Grand Hotel Bristol an ideal place for relaxing and discovering the beauty of Lake Maggiore.

We had the most amazing meal.

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The meal was served by finely dressed waiters and waitresses.  Of course, this was the best meal we had the whole trip.  We were all very impressed. There was wine and water on the table.

 

 

After the meal was served and eaten we were served champagne.  Grant toasted and thanked everyone.  Sean and Roland stood up and said something. We then drank our champagne.  Our table noticed that there was open bottles of champagne that the waiters were seeming to take away.  We all told them we will drink that so you don’t have to through it away.  So we made the sacrifice and drank some of the open bottles for them.

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We then all thanked our guides Liz and Luigi.  Classical Movements furnished our dessert.  This cake was carried out by two waiters and about 4 feet in diameter. It was really fabulous.

 

After enjoying our dessert we walked back to our bus to head back to Milan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner At Da Guilio Restaurant

Our group started wandering back from our free time.  We ended up sitting outside having a drink until time to go in and eat.  Once again we had what they called beef but it looked more like more white meat.  We kept asking what kind of meat.  The waiters kept telling us beef.  Everyone at our table were mooing and oinking trying to figure out the meat.  We had the waiters so confused that some were saying pig and some cow.  The dessert made up for it, cream puffs with milk chocolate sauce on them.

 

Dinner at Calafuria Union Restaurant

After rehearsal we headed back to Milan for our dinner, wondering what kind of white meat with gravy we would have next.  We were so surprised when the roast beef came out on the tray.  It wasn’t over cooked.  We were asked 2 or 3 pieces and everyone was 3 or more.  Boy did we miss the red meat. I remember there used to be a commercial with two old ladies that were asking, “Where’s the beef”.  We finally found the beef in Milan.  I didn’t even take a photo of it because I was too much in a hurry to eat it.  The desert was wonderful.