Monday, August 28, 2017
Looking Forward to Winter
Winters in Minnesota can be lovely, with blue skies and bright sun reflecting off fresh snow. But there's so much winter: it appears in November, and lingers through April. Some days can be brutally cold.
It's time to nail down winter travel plans. I've planned three international trips lasting a total of 3 months: southern Japan, New Zealand, and (mainly) southern Europe.
I bought my Japan flights using United and Delta frequent flyer miles. We used real money for the New Zealand flights. Miami to Lisbon cost $290 each on Portugal's national airline, TAP. I must confess to splurging $40 extra so I could assign seats at the time of booking. I used Delta frequent flyer miles to get home from Europe.
I'm grateful I can make these plans. ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) seems to be keeping my prostate cancer in abeyance without debilitating side-effects. I can look forward to many days this winter when I can head for the hiking trails.