Whew, the C2CT2 was last night. I’ve scarcely a spare moment to gather my thoughts, let alone luggage before heading to beloved Belgium tomorrow. I’m off to meet Janet Forman, who is a friend and beautiful writer. We’re going on a contemplative travel adventure – on retreat at Westmalle, and to visit the beguinages of Flanders. These are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, places where since the Middle Ages up to the 21st century women have taken refuge. The beguines are also known as the first feminists of Europe. A couple of them were even brewers. By the time I return, I expect to know a good deal about the subject. The exploratory is to be the topic of a story by Janet for National Geographic Traveller. The beguinage movement is of special interest to me because for a time I ran a women’s retreat (founded in the Progressive Era for textile workers), and because the little house that we recently bought in Ghent backs up to one of these beguinages.
In the second half of my trip I’ll reunite with Don. We’ll visit with our brewer friends, get acquainted with our new house, and finalize shipments of a couple of new beers.
We wish you all a peaceful Thanksgiving in the company of loved ones. A special thanks to our Coast to Coast Toast hosts and members of the distributor community for making this year’s Toast utterly stupendous. I’ll be back in action in Chicago in the 2nd week of December. Drop me a line if you have a question, or if you want to share an observation