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My European Vacation

Updated on October 17, 2012
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Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.


I wrote this piece originally as an explanation for an anticipated absence. I still like this piece and hope you will too.


Without preamble

(not much anyway)

I wanted to explain

my upcoming absence.


For the next 6 weeks you see,

I will ramble not through words

meant to find their way to page

but through the back roads

(and large cities)

of Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

A backpack, a water bottle

(a Eurorail pass)

and a partner.

A teaching, eating, living expedition.

A notebook in hand

returning mid-August.

Hubscore should be about 20 by then.

(sigh)


Happy Trails

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      We actually had a wonderful time--3 weeks just my husband and me---so nice!!!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Love the way you play with words. This going away note is excellent.

      My European Vacation usually involved 3 kids and the kitchen sink ala Griswalds lol

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Kate---I appreciate your visit and comments!

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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      The way you put this poem together makes it so easy to imagine your trip.I read some of your other poems too.Thanks for sharing this:-)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      It was pretty warm!!! But we had a great time!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Suzie HQ

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      Justsilvie 5 years ago

      Sounds like a dream vacation. I hope you enjoyed Vienna as much as I did! Even though the heat was a bit unusual!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Lovely written piece, sorry I did not find earlier before your travels. How exciting to have made this wonderful trip to Europe to great places. I look forward to reading more from your travels! Nice to have you on my radar now!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I had a great time --Thank you Vinaya!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Audrey,

      I hope, you had a good time during your vacation.

      Cheers

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hey Jools! Thanks!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Audrey, hope you had happy trails. Nice to have you back and I really enjoyed this 'goodbye' that I had missed :o)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks John! We just got back from Germany--Leipzig, Salzburg and Vienna --among other places--lots of music!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you and to you IntegrityYes!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Audrey, and what an exceptional poem this is.

      ...always mention you as a model of what a great poet should be like. I do enjoy your works and was specially taken by this one.

      Great job - voted up

      John

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      IntegrityYes 5 years ago

      Hugs to you,Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Mary!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you

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      raciniwa

      I had a fabulous time romping about!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Audrey sounds like you are working at the you are vacationing...cant wait to read your new hub...debbie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you raciniwa!!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Hi Debbie--I am back for about a week and then off again teaching for another couple of weeks. I did some writing on the trains so will try to get something up soon. Thanks!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      So glad you are back. did you have fun? are you writing a hub? cant wait to read it and see pictures.

      Debbie

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      have a safe trip...don't worry about your score...enjoy it while you can...

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I suddenly thought where is Audrey, checked your profile and found this hub!

      I hope you have a wonderful time and will look forward to seeing you on your return - your hub score will be just fine!

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      Senoritaa 5 years ago

      Have an awesome vacation without worrying about your score Audrey. Enjoy!!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      LOL..Audrey - i'm here to tell you that your hubscore won't be 20 when you get back! I've been gone for about as long and - i'm still hanging in..lol..

      Have an awesome time and don't even think about stupid hubscores! We'll all be here when you return..

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Not much to add to what has already been said! We are all jealous but wish you well on your trip. We'll all be here waiting when you get back!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      happy vacationing, Audrey.

      And do not worry about your hubbing score...we are here to drop by and keep reading and commenting :) Although, I realize that I have quite a few of your latest hubs to read.

      Cheers my friend!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Take care, we'll see you when you get back. I wish you well on your trip!

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      Voronwe 5 years ago

      Sounds Awesome Audrey! Have a great holiday and enjoy! I too shall visit your hubs, there's so much I haven't read.

      Safe journey and Take Care!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Imogen! So looking forward to it!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much myownlife!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee! I am so excited to go! What a generous offer! I am not sure where we will end up but if we end up in your neck of the woods perhaps we can connect! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much thelyricwriter!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Packing the camera now Ruby! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Nikki--I agree!! Thank you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jamie! Hugs to you!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you arb! I am so excited!

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      Imogen French 5 years ago from Southwest England

      Have a great trip, I'm looking forward to reading all about your travel experiences here on HubPages.

      bon voyage!

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      we all the hub family members wish you a very best journey have a wonderful time, comeback with awesome experience and share with us.

      Cheers

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Congrats Audrey you're living most everyone's dream. Hope you have a really great time. Keep lots of notes and take dozens of great pics. I'm expecting great hubs from your travels. Oh, by the way we're right near all those countries. Come up to Riga for a visit. We'll give you a tour. Just drop me a note from the HubPages so I know your heading up this way. Food for thought so to say.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Audrey, good for you my dear! I hope you enjoy some much needed quality time. We will miss you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You will be missed my friend. Have fun. Take pictures...

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Debbie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thanks! Hopefully there will be a lot of pictures!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Sue!

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      Nikki Wicked 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Have fun! Live life to the fullest!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      I will be awaiting the writing that your journey produces. Safe journeys. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      We have been saving for this trip for the past 4 years! I am so excited and happy to be going!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Jackie!!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Joyce! I am excited!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Have a wonderful holiday and a blast of a time. Enjoy!!!

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      arb 5 years ago from oregon

      Have a great trip Audrey. I will frequent your hubs and keep them respectable. The sponge will be filled with the soaking up of life and adventure and tales will spill upon return!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I am so jealous.. LOl.. that is wonderful.. have a wonderful time and we will be here waiting for you.. and Yes bring lots of pictures.

      debbie

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Sounds fun, get pictures.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Frank!!!! You are a treasure!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Audrey,

      Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading about your travels.

      Take care :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Christin!

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Enjoy. I am envious.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Surely we can all come by and read and punch you a time or two! lol

      Have a wonderful time and take care. Punching up and across now!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Thank you anupma! I am hoping so!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Audrey Howitt, you will be missed. Do have a great time, we all look forward to your August return with a lot more poems.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting, Joyce.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Enjoy yourself Audrey have fun and Ill try to keep your score high...:) bless you

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      Ann-Christin 5 years ago from UK

      Enjoy your trip it sounds fun I shall look forward to reading about it when you return :)

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 years ago from India

      What a beautiful way to express feelings. Your profile shows that you are one of the best hubbers. Don't worry you will make up.

      Voted up and awesome to your beautiful hub!