Well, needless to say, I have been a busy man. I left Germany and headed to Moscow where I enjoyed a day of sight seeing followed by a day of lectures. It's hard to absorb so much in such a little time, but hopefully some of it will stick in my memory - at least I have photos - and a new Russian hat! No, that's not my new hat in the photo above, but ask real nice and I might show you a picture. Thanks to Natalya for being such a good guide and host! I have a video to post soon, so watch out for that.

Then I was off to Spain where I enjoyed two days of wonderful classes in Girona followed by a day of touring in Barcelona. Rafael was brilliant at organizing fantastic classes for me in Girona and Rosario, a great ambassador for quilting in Spain who I had met several times in Houston, was my interpreter. My family friends Adria and Gisela gave ma a tour in Barcelona that led to the Sagrada Familia (designed by Antoni Gaudí) and Guell Park where Gaudi created one of the most interesting public parks in the world.

Next on my stop was the Netherlands and Belgium where I also taught classes. Rianne is head of Bernina in the Netherlands and Belgium and I really enjoyed seeing her optimistic outlook on sewing and quilting in that part of the world. I also enjoyed some touring time - having Flemish Fries while I toured Bruge, Belgium, and made a visit to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam on my birthday (March 11).

Now I have landed in Steckborn, Switzerland - at the world headquarters for Bernina! Today I am resting - but it's just another calm before the storm - I'll be pedaling very fast again very soon! Stay tuned - and let's here a big worldwide WHOO-HOO for the Whoo-hoo World Tour 2012!


#6 Vicki Seekford 2012-04-18 17:30
Thanks for sharing your fantastic adventure. Love all the pictures:) Safe travels
#5 Karol-Ann 2012-03-24 17:28
Think I just lost my previous comment... looking forward to hearing you talk on the 4th in Lancashire!
#4 Karol-Ann 2012-03-24 17:26
Our tickets arrived for your day in Oldham and we're looking forward to meeting you (baby and all!) Missed out on an auction for a pink cowboy hat on Ebay for your talk, but am now thinking that's probably a good thing ;) Safe travels! And see you soon.
#3 Babs McInnis 2012-03-18 11:58
Looking forward to seeing you in the UK on 4th April - at Oldham, Lancashire. Wear warm clothes and bring a raincoat as it's chilly up here. You'll need your hat!
#2 Donna Kirkland 2012-03-14 21:11
Oh Ricky - what fun you must be having. My son has been in Flushing Holland for three weeks now. He said he loves the town there. I love your pictures and can't wait to see the video. Your living my dream....(deep sigh). :P I can't wait to hear about the classes you took. Thanks for the [censored]s! We appreciate you thinking of us on your vacation.
#1 Pamela Coughlin 2012-03-14 12:38
Looking great and sure you are having a ball! Let us see more when you get the chance! Happy Touring, quilting, anc teaching!

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