I am preparing for my trip to Holland this evening while listening to the Bunwinkies’ first record. We had most of the band sitting at our Thanksgiving table. We returned from Western Massachusetts with the record – a real vinyl affair that we can actually play because we are one of these people who never got rid of our record player. The record sleeve is the result of a collective design efforts and includes all sorts of things from Jim and Sita’s house (spirograph pictures, the patchwork kitchen curtain, the wooden table, cardboard cutout letters, etc.). The music is wonderful and gets better each time I listen to it. It’s happy music – what better accompaniment to packing?

Yesterday we met our friend, Sita’s classmate and the principal of the school we visited in Sikkim. He is studying at Harvard and comes up to Beverly in the weekends. We were able to snag him for a walk on Singing Beach and talk about schools, facilitation of meetings and graphics. There is much networking to do after that visit, in both directions.

It was like a spring day with little moths flying around as if it was time to come out of hiding; little did they know. Axel said if this was spring we knew warm weather was something we would get more of. But now it was just a little respite from more cold and colder weather. We enjoyed it anyways.

After our beach walk we walked into town for a coffee and a visit to the Stock Exchange, a second hand store with the best stuff in town. Although we touched nearly everything in the store, and walked around with stuff as if we were going to buy it, in the end we put everything back, showing great restraint. We need to get rid of stuff, not get more. We are very proud of ourselves.

The trip to Holland is about to start, with various contingents getting on planes over the next few days until we all meet up in Groningen on Thursday evening for our overnight on old clipper ship moored somewhere in one of Groningen’s canals.

In the meantime I enjoy still being ‘fifty-ish.’

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