First on our travel itinerary was New York – a work trip for me. We were holding an Employee Appreciation Conference where we flew in the entire team from around the country for the first real in-person event since Covid.
Because we arrived for the weekend, and despite David having to work, we were able to do a bit of exploration of the city and get some good meals in, including re-visiting Atera, which was just as spectacular as when we had been there last several years ago.
For me, the week was jam packed with several leadership working sessions and then the main event, including coordinating for a group of 20 people to get Covid tested and visit several locations throughout the city. It was amazing to get together with the team and we had a couple of really fruitful days.
On Friday afternoon, we flew out of NYC headed west to Seattle. This time, David had a work event to attend. It was his birthday on the weekend and we celebrated by meeting up with various friends on Saturday and family on Sunday. Anna and Aaron hosted all the de Regt siblings for a delicious brunch, then we went for a walk around Gasworks since the weather was beautiful. In the afternoon we went axe throwing with Brent and Elizabeth which was very fun and surprisingly challenging!! Finally we capped off the day with an excellent dinner with both sets of parents at SYC. This was almost exactly 2 years after we had our Bon Voyage dinner at the SYC before we moved onto the boat!
For the rest of the week, we were both pretty busy with work schedules and visiting with different people each night. We try to see as many people as possible when we visit with Seattle!
On Friday night we headed back to the airport for our red-eye flight to Prague, another David-work leg of our journey.