November saw Chris heading back to Naples, Italy for another 2 1/2 week NATO exercise. This particular exercise ended up being a little overwhelmingly busy with some complications that arose during production so Chris didn’t get much time to hang out and take in much of Italy. He did manage an excursion to Pompeii with his co workers though as well as a stop at our favorite pizza place, Da Michele!
When someone asks if you want to be part of the crew on a sailboat to go hunting for icebergs in the Arctic Ocean, you say “yes”. Because really, that’s how all great adventures start.
This particular adventure for Chris happened to start when a friend of ours from church was looking for some assistants to accompany him on a 6-day trip up to the Svalbard islands to sail into the Arctic Ocean to collect iceberg core samples for a business venture. Basically, he’s creating a new brand of über-premium bottled water made from North Pole icebergs, called Svalbardi (apparently there is a really good market for that sort of thing. Who knew?) and he needed some able-bodied crew to come along and help him share the costs of the boat and aid in collecting iceberg core samples for purity testing.
When Chris heard the words “sailing” and “Arctic Ocean”, he immediately wanted in. Then he thought maybe it wasn’t a good idea. Then he thought maybe it was a great idea. Then he thought it was too expensive. Then he thought it was priceless. The timing of the trip was pretty terrible, what with it starting just after we got back from our trip to the States and overlapping a visit from his family at the end. And yeah… it was money we weren’t really planning to spend. But you know, there are always plenty of reasons NOT to do something and sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and say “yes” when life hands you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For us, we decided that 60 years from now the story of hunting icebergs in the Arctic is going to be worth all the money spent on the trip and more so Chris accepted and off he flew to Svalbard to catch his boat to the Arctic Ocean for 6 days.
In May, Chris went to Menorca, Spain for 2 1/2 weeks for a work exercise. Seriously… he gets to go to all the cool places :)
He’ll laugh at me for writing that, because in reality yes, he gets to go to some pretty awesome places, but he also works 10-12 hours a day while he’s there and often only gets to sightsee at night, if at all. Fortunately, he had a few days in Menorca where he got a chance to explore in daylight and even got to go to the beach after work once!
Before he left, I slipped a little Menorca Photo Challenge into his suitcase, just for a bit of fun :)
So here’s Spain according to Chris’ Menorca Photo Challenge:
1) Your hotel room
2) Top 3 things you ate
3) A church
4) A self-portrait at work
6) Something touristy
7) Something you do every day
8) The beach
9) The ocean
10) A boat
11) Something very Spanish
12) A plant
14) Something colorful
We interrupt our tales of my family’s visit to Norway to bring you this important announcement:
Chris is coming home tomorrow!
He has been away in Germany for 4 loooooong weeks, beating his previous record of 21 days. I have missed him dearly and he has missed me. Not only that, but he only gets to be home for 5 days before he has to go on another work trip for 2 weeks! He loves his job, but times like this tend to wear a man down!
This particular trip has been a very long, very dull, and very lonely one. So to welcome him home in style, I’d like to brag about a few of the reasons why he has been sorely missed here at home.
5 REASONS CHRIS HILL IS THE COOLEST EVER:
I know I’m not the only one who considers Chris to be pretty much the King of Awesome, so if you have your own reasons please help give him a big WELCOME HOME and share them in the comments below!