It was a concept which, over time, became an a idea, which, over time, took on mass and solidified into me and my husband waiting,at Ohare Airport, several hours, for an overnight flight to Stockholm, Sweden. My husband loves water. Stockholm is a city built on islands. From Stockholm we would travel by train down the Scandinavian peninsula, which, we hoped, would be awash with lush, spring green, to Copenhagen, a city also built on islands.
During my recent job search i found myself in the sometimes uncomfortable position of informing prospective employers that we had a prepaid trip on the horizon and any new position would have to accommodate it. Neither I or my husband had ever been to Scandinavia, so it was virgin territory for both of us.
As we waited at the gate CNN reported the latest in a growing list of indiscretions by the current administration occupying the White House. Events had been moving so quickly that we wondered aloud what we would come home to in a week and a day's time. But until then there were winding medieval streets to be wandered, a massive 17th century ship rescued from the waters of Stockholm to be viewed and the 2nd oldest continuously operating amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens, to be visited. Until then there were adventures to be had and cultures to be experienced. Until then there was a new, at least to us, part of the world to discover.