Next year, for the first time in a very long while, I’m not scheduled to accompany a tour to Israel or anywhere else in the Middle East. I’ll do it again the following year, 2021, presumably (and presuming that nothing serious intervenes), but my wife and I decided that we needed a break, a change of pace.
So . . .
In 2020, we’re currently scheduled to accompany two tours. Neither one of them goes to the Middle East.
The first of the two tours will run for thirteen days in June, with an optional add-on of four days. It is focused on the famous Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau — which runs every ten years, and which I’ve seen during three previous seasons — and on certain extremely dramatic events surrounding the Lutheran Reformation:
I’m really excited about this one. It was my idea, I’ve had considerable input on its design, and there are a lot of things that I want to say about these subjects. Another reason that I’m excited is that I have a deep affection for Austria, Bavaria, and Switzerland (where I served my mission and to which I have returned many times).
It’s possible that the tour is sold out. I don’t know. But, even if so, Cruise Lady is running three other tours to Oberammergau, with my friends Brad Wilcox and Jack Welch and with Roger Minert, a superb authority on German cultural history with whom I was once privileged to spend a few hours in Weimar; I learned a great deal that evening.
I’ll also be accompanying a cruise on the Baltic Sea from 4 July through 13 July. We’ll visit the wonderful Pergamon Museum in Berlin, which features some of the greatest of ancient art. We’ll go to the beautiful city of Talinn, Estonia, as well as to Helsinki, Finland, and St. Petersburg, Russia, and Stockholm, Sweden, where I, a person very conscious of his Norwegian and Danish descent, will once more thoroughly enjoy the story of the great Swedish warship Vasa.
So I’m looking forward to some really fun travels in 2020, to places that I thoroughly enjoy. Perhaps you’ll want to come along? I hope so.
Posted from Puno, Peru