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Dempsey is a Golden Retriever puppy who is in training to become a Helping Paws service dog for an individual with a physical disability. He lives with his parents Doreen and Paul, and Bailey the cat. None has ever trained a puppy before. These are their adventures. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the blog author. The contents of this blog have not been reviewed or approved by Helping Paws, Inc.

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Back in the U.S.A.

Well, our European adventure is caput, fini. We're back in the U.S.A. Doreen and I arrived at BWI airport late Wednesday night and met Mitch and Sharon, the folks renting our house, who were as lovely as we expected them to be. I had a series of interviews on Thursday morning in Bethesda, and then we flew out to Cleveland. We're in Cleveland now, where I'm trying to nail down another interview next week in St Louis.

It's been really busy, and we're both really tired. We had some (mis)adventures on the trip home, including a run-in with Sanji, the hostile hotel receptionist, and airport workers in Paris who didn't know where the Icelandair desk is, or how to find it. But we got everything to work out, and we got a free night at the hotel, though it took some work.

We'll write up and post our adventures over the next few days, we hope. Below is a summary of our last month:

April 19 Tue: Trip One – Impressionist Tour Giverny, Rouen, Normandy
April 20 Wed: Mont Saint Michel, Avranches, St. James
April 21 Thu: Vitre, Loire Valley
April 22 Fri : Malmaison and Versailles dinner with HEC friends
April 23 Sat : Parc Bagatelle, dinner with friends
April 24 Sun: Trip Two – Flowers and Perfume: Namur, Belgium
April 25 Mon: Cologne, Germany
April 26 Tue: Amsterdam, Netherlands
April 27 Wed: Flower auction and Kukenhof gardens in Netherlands
April 28 Thu: Antwerp, Belgium and Senlis, France
April 29 Fri: Doreen laundry and packing – Paul prep for interviews, meet Alex for dinner to drop off luggage to store / a mere 3 kilometers away and 2 hour adventure in rush hour on the Paris peripherique
April 30 Sat: More packing and cleaning the Paris apartment, more interview prep
May 1 Sun: Rambouillet, Chartres, Le Mans, Vichy, Château Chenonceau
May 2 Mon: Le Puy to Avignon, phone interview
May 3 Tues: Avignon, Cannes, Nice
May 4 Wed: Monaco. Arrive in Tuscany
May 5: Trip to Siena....

Yeow! Stay tuned.