Over this break I did something new, something that had nothing to do with sales, turkey, shopping at midnight or family. I applied for a passport. I know, you are thinking, hey you have been wandering this earth for years, and you don’t have a passport? I know, I have been remiss. But until now, I really have not needed one.
This summer I will be traveling with a group of students from the Main Street School of Performing Arts to Dublin, London and Paris. I am very excited about this trip as it will be great to experience these places with our students. I look forward to going to Ireland and seeing the home of my ancestors. I look forward to walking the streets of London and seeing the Globe Theatre. And I want to eat pastry in Paris.
I am also nervous. This is a big trip, and aside from time in the Boundary Waters in a canoe, I have never left the contiguous United States. Not that I have not thought about it. While I was in Florida, I was part of a group taking a show to London, and then there was an embassy bombing, and I didn’t go. I was part of a group going to Cuba for the television station I worked for, but then Elian Gonzales washed upon the Miami coast. I worry that there may be something that disrupts or delays this trip in some way. I know this is an unfounded fear, but it sneaks into my mind.
On Thursday, December 6th from 6:00 to 8:00pm the students traveling are presenting Brit Night- an evening of food and entertainment inspired by the British. I encourage you to come and sample a bit of England in food and frivolity. Tickets are $15.00 for students and $20.00 for adults and includes food and entertainment with proceeds going to the travelers to defer costs.
I will let you know in four to six weeks if my passport shows up. By the way, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is not a very busy day at the Hennepin County Service Center at Ridgedale, and there is a Dunn Brothers right there.