I purchased my ticket to go back to Seattle to have a specialist check out my back. I am leaving Abu Dhabi early Tuesday morning, 23 Nov, with an eight day stop in Germany. Yeah, it would have been nice to be home for Thanksgiving for the first time in six years. But I should be there for Christmas. Also, it was hard to pass up a stop in Germany to visit places nearby. In the plans are visits to Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest; and possibly a day trip to Budweis (home of the original Budweiser) from Vienna. I have been to the first three cities before, but I would like to see them again, especially Budapest. That covers four, possibly five, European countries in 8 days -- Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, and possibly, the Czech Republic. I will be exploring these places by train with a friend I used to work with in Wiesbaden.
I am looking forward to this break. I just hope my back holds up.