Not much to report this week, blog fans. It's been a cool week (near or slightly below freezing). We thought we were in for Blizzard 2.0 this weekend but it turned out to only be a light dusting on Friday. Saturday was quite cool but clear and sunny. In hindsight, we probably could have gotten out. Today, a few ticks about freezing but cloudy and not worth getting out in. I actually did some tax prep work (oh what fun). Ready for the weather to break so we can get out a little more.
Speaking of getting out, we are headed to London on Thursday for a long weekend (the half term school break is this week). First time since we moved here so we are looking forward to it. Next week's blog should be a touch more entertaining.
In case you are wondering, our 2012 travel plans so far are:
Easter -- Belgium/Holland
May -- Lake District, England
June -- Scotland Highlands
July -- TBD (Normandy??)
August -- Cornwall (England)
October -- TBD, but likely UK
We are certainly looking forward to the trips to come. It is important to remember though that we aren't on a 3-year vacation here. We have work and school and the ups/downs that go with that. This past week was particularly hectic on the work front for both of us and we are looking forward to the short break.
As I'm sure everyone knows, the Super Bowl was a week ago in Indianapolis. It was the first time where I really felt like we missed something big from being over here (though I can't and won't complain). It sounds like Indy really put on a good show. So proud of the city and I look forward to the next one in town so we can participate.
Trent, a friend from work in Indy, was in town on business and we had him over for dinner last night. It was a really nice visit and so glad that he looked us up. Good to catch up on old times and hear what people are doing back in Indy. Trent was super thoughtful and brought me the SB hat pictured above and below. Thanks Trent! Even better, it just promotes Indy and not the teams (couldn't have a Patriots logo on a hat I own).
A little fuzzy, but here's the back with the Indianapolis call out.
One nice thing is that you can buy singles of pretty much all of the beers so you can try different ones. (Before you think I'm a big alchy, I just have 1 a night when cooking dinner and maybe a couple extra when socializing with friends on the weekend).
This one caught my eye as it claimed to be the original Budweiser (albeit not the "King"). It was similar to US Bud in that it was a lager, but it did not have the rice element/taste that the US version has. It's close, but I probably liked it better. Now, just like with our history attractions, I had to look this up.
According to the wiki entry (link), the original Budweiser was founded in 1785; was imported to the US in 1871 and Anheuser-Busch started using the name on its own product in 1875.
A second company (now named Budvar) was established in 1895 by mainly Czech brewers, which also started exporting beer under the name Budweiser . . . . These exports into the US market led to the Budweiser trademark dispute. Negotiations between the three companies, the two from the original town and the American Anheuser-Busch, about using "Budweiser" reached an agreement in 1911 that allowed Anheuser-Busch to use the brand "Budweiser" only in North America.
In most European countries American Budweiser is not labelled as Budweiser but as Bud, and the name Budweiser refers to the original Czech beer, Budweiser Budvar, except for the United Kingdom, where both beers are sold as Budweiser.
Get to learn all sorts of things (some more relevant than others) while over here.
Again, according to Wikipedia (link), Porter is a dark style of beer originating in London in the 18th Century. The name came about as a result of its popularity with street and river porters.
So, hopefully a few nuggets of info even if there weren't particularly historically noteworthy. Have a good week.