Day 34 Gainesville

Well I am a bit slow in updating the blog since arriving in Gainesville.

We arrived at lunchtime and were a little concerned as we had not heard from our friend Bob. I had emailed a few times but had not heard back. Anyway we arrived and sure enough Bob was waiting for us. But it had not been without its problems for Bob – he had been on holidays in Peru and was due to return home on Monday in advance of our arrival on Friday. With cyclone Isaac he was delayed in Peru for an additional 3 days which meant he didn’t get home until late Thursday (and we were arriving on Friday!).

Since arriving we have been talking non-stop. You name it we have (or are) discussing it – politics, religion, sports (we are getting a lesson in football and baseball in particular plus checking out the US Open and some golf).

We have had a tour of Gainesville (population of around 200,000).  Gainesville  is the home of Florida State University – home of the College football team the Gators (it is also where the drink Gatorade was created). The University is the major employer in  Gainesville with about 50,000 students attending the University.

This weekend is the Labor Day weekend (Monday is the holiday) and the start of the College football season – this is a really big deal for the town.

Bob lives in an estate called Haile Plantation and his house backs onto a golf course.  His house is like a museum – he collects so many things. A conversation in itself.

No photos today. Maybe tomorrow. Bye. W

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