I'm back! Over a week of backpacking with my daughter through Belgium and Amsterdam. It was great, except for the traveling stand-by during high tourist season part. On the bright side, though... we were able to by-pass the problem by rerouting through Paris. Other people with paid-for tickets were stuck for days beyond their plans in Amsterdam. If you ever go to that area, we liked Ghent the best. We loved all the architecture and canals, outdoor cafes, waffles, chocolates, etc. I didn't gain a pound, though, because we walked everywhere and carried backpacks on trains and in airports. You would have laughed to see this 56-yr.-old booking it from gate to gate with a full pack trying to make a connection. On the very last leg of the journey, from my daughter's house to mine, I started getting a sore throat and now have a whopper of a cold. Ugh. Oh well, better at home where I can rest and make my cure-anything, crockpot veggie soup. Glad to be back!