Back to reality....

If you visited W. D. Deli during the first week or two of August, you may have noticed that Mr. Bobo and Mr. Beers were conspicuously absent. Not to worry, though, the deli crew kept things running quite smoothly. It was especially gratifying to return to San Antonio only to find a shiny, clean, sparkling W. D. Deli - and then to get glowing reports from friends and customers who visited the deli during our hiatus. Business was good. People were happy. Courtney, Brandy, and EVERYBODY did a great job.

That’s right. Mr. Beers and Mr. Bobo recently returned from a wonderful vacation. The lucky fellows went to Rome, Italy, for a couple of days, and then had the great good fortune to board a cruise ship and visit the fine folks of Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia, and Corsica... Beautiful countryside, beautiful people, beautiful food... It was like a really great summer camp for adults. And like a great summer camp, it seemed to end way too quickly.

We are still talking about and thinking about and reminiscing about all the fun we had. There was a day that was pretty much all hiking. Not just hiking. Hiking the Cinque Terre. Wikipedia says:
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera.  It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Over centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible corporate development. Paths, trains and boats connect the villages, and cars cannot reach them from the outside.

And that was just one breathtaking day. There were many. Corsica, Pompeii, Barcelona, Tunis - each destination was amazing in its own unique way.

Then there’s the whole cruise portion of the trip. "We’re all in the same boat" is a phrase that I’ve always heard but never really thought that much about - until the cruise was over. Once the 2700+ guests boarded the Celebrity Silhouette, it was as though we really were all in the same boat. Well. We were. But it was as if we were all there for the same reason. Well. We were. We were all there to have a great vacation. Well. We did. Worries, attitudes, judgements - all of those silly things were left back somewhere else. Smiles and pleasantries were the norm, not the exception.

Mr. Bobo, though happy to be home, is still experiencing vacation afterglow. I think I’ll see how long I can hold onto it. Enjoy the rest of your summer. We will. And don’t forget: There’s a cute little mini-vacation coming up called Labor Day Weekend. I hope you have a special kind of plan that involves something refreshing and relaxing. Ciao.


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