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Got home late (LATE) last night from Switzerland.  The journey back from Neuchatel, via Zurich and O'Hare, ended up taking us twenty four from when we took to when we toppled into bed again, thanks to a long layover and even longer delays in Chicago, so Raya and I were both zombies when we arrived.  The flight on Swissair from Zurich was a delight.  The flight from Chicago to Albuquerque on American Eagle was a nightmare.  I really hate these crappy little planes that United and American have put on their domestic routes.

Anyway... very tired now, and of course a thousand emails awaited me... but I am catching up, and hope to be able to say a few words about my adventures in Europe later.  It was an amazing trip.


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Jul. 15th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Zombies? I think you're "White Walkers" in the truest sense of both words! :) Rest well, and here's to hoping you recover from jet lag!
Jul. 15th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
welcome back!
rest up, for you have that upcoming gigantic block of time set aside for writing, right?
Jul. 16th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
~Welcome home..!~
I would be just too excited to hear the adventure/story in Europe..Have a pleasant bath and you will be rejuvenated! <3


Jul. 16th, 2014 12:25 am (UTC)
Welcome home! I've loved the photos I've seen thus far. :)
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
glad you are back, and had a great time in Europe!

Looking forward to hearing about the trip. My lady and I are going to the UK in the fall, by the way.

Rest up, you've got comic con coming up! Anything on that plate for yourself and the fans aside from the panel?
Chris Moran
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
Welcome back to the US. Get lots of rest San Diego Comic Con starts next week :D
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
I will say there's ONE advantage to those little jets: You can have a seat that is BOTH a window and aisle seat! No one can sit next to you! Most EMBs and CRJs have a single column of seats on one side. :)
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:24 am (UTC)
For me it's the TSA that's the reason why I hate flying. But the crappy little domestic jets really don't help either. Thing is, though, technology can only get better and better, and we can allow ourselves to hope that that will lead to many airline improvements.

Just a few hours ago I was on The Verge's site and came across a video of Boeing's new "Dreamliner"... unfortunately they didn't mention anything about interior comfort, but the performance is something spectacular.

Robbie Albert
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Balerion Airlines
To bad you couldn't jump on the back of Balerion. Definitely no delays at O'Hare flying on the black dread.
Jul. 16th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Welcome back to your sweet summer lands Ser Martin. We await the tales of your journey anon.
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Welcome home! I've missed your ramblings and hope you'll share pieces of your adventure. De-zombified and rested.
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:21 am (UTC)
Hey Mr. Martin, I know this may be old news and perhaps not the best place to address it but I just wanted to comment on a recent article I read about you not appreciating people commenting on future books and the fact that you are not immortal.

I Love your books, but what you do with your life is none of my business and nobody else's business either. I'm sure most of us feel this way and that it is just that the naughtiest among us are often the loudest as well. Eat, drink and be merry sir!

Also, If anyone is pulling out their hair waiting for Mr. Martin's excellent books take his advice and read some of his awesome recommendations. I love your recommendations George!
Jul. 16th, 2014 06:00 am (UTC)
If you lived "North of the Wall" (Alaska), you would be used to the "crappy little planes."

Happy you had a good time in Europe!
Jul. 16th, 2014 06:32 am (UTC)
Welcome back!
Good to see ya here again)
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
I always wanted to go to Europe. So much great (and terrible) history! Just want to say that I am a big fan, and I hope the jet lag didn't hit you too hard.
Ramzi Shalby
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
Welcome Back!
As they say "There's no place like....The Iron Throne"
...or was it home?
Jul. 16th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
they're not only small and crappy, they're flown by incredibly underpaid and overworked individuals.. not a good combination
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome home.
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting us!
I hope you had a great time here in Switzerland! Thank you so much for visiting our little corner of the world...
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Welcome home.I just read "The Rogue Prince, or, the King’s Brother" from the Rogues anthology and wanted to thank you for another fantastic story. Keep 'em coming.
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like yet another reason to be glad I moved from the Chicago area to San Diego: I can fly on Southwet's all 737 fleet when I head to Albuquerque to visit family, rather than being stuck into United or American's tin cans.
Jul. 16th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Switzerland is a place I've always wanted to see ever since watching the James Bond series as a child. I'll assume you weren't chased down a ski hill by henchmen with rifles.
Rafael Wambier Dos Santos
Jul. 17th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Don't like small planes? So, one of those trips to the edge of space with Virgin Galactic is out of the question? Sounds like the ultimate adventure for a Sci-Fi writer.
Jul. 17th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
I just took that American Eagle round trip from Chicago to Albuquerque and back again (with one cancelled flight leaving Albuquerque) so I totally know what you mean. Air travel in the US has become impossible. The only saving grace of the business trip was the evening I visited Jean Cocteau, I loved your theater! Great staff and wonderful cafe/bar/movie theater! I will be back my next business trip to Albuquerque (yes, on American Eagle....)

Welcome home! Glad you enjoyed your trip!
Jul. 17th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Intellectual Theft
I am sorry to leave a 2nd comment - but the form says my 1st comment was spam... at any rate, I found a site that I believe is pirating your books. Please feel free to contact me so I can provide the links or if you can access my previous comments... there they are!
Christian Sonntag
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
Unpredictable seasons
Dear George,

welcome back.

One questions: If you search Youtube for "sixty symbols winter is coming", you'll find a video that tries to explain the varying durations of seasons in your books.

Which one (if any) of these is correct?


Jul. 17th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Unpredictable seasons
Well I do recall an interview where he explains that there is no answer. He doesn't stop people from guessing or making scientific queries though. The appeal of fantasy is mainly the mystery and mysticism. The question is more important than the answer anyways (in some cases). Though I bet if there is an answer, it won't have anything to do with science. It would be more mystical. That's what I think anyways.

Edited at 2014-07-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
Brian James
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
Welcome Home
I enjoyed the stream of the "master class/interview" while you were over there, Mr. Martin. The example of writing a speech for several characters as a dialogue exercise is amazingly useful.

Cool stuff, and welcome home!

Jul. 17th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hate Delays
George, I totally agree with you - I really hate delays.
Jul. 17th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Urban exploration - Paris
Hello !
I'm from Paris and I just read an article about you, saying how much you love the city and how you hired a guide to show you around some unusual Parisian places like the catacombs.
I am a 27 years-old french writer & director, and I also happen to be a huge "hidden Paris" afficionada.
I wrote a feature film that takes place in actual hidden locations from Paris, would you be interested in reading it and talking about it ?
Thank you, and congratulations on your work (your books, obviously, but also this terrific blog) !
Kind regards
Jul. 18th, 2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
Glad you arrived home safely :) I can imagine the trip was very exhausting but I'm still so very grateful that you made it to Switzerland. Seeing you in person and exchanging a few words with you was an absolut highlight of an otherwise not so happy month and I will treasure the memories forever! Thank you and I wish you a lot of relaxation time :) Just screw the e-mails and take a Spa-Day or a nap...whatever you prefer ;)
Kyle Elzy
Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
After a handful of recent flights, I've decided that I just really hate flying. I had actually never even come close to being sick on a plane until a few weeks ago, when I got a rogue pilot who damn near did a barrel roll somewhere over Ohio.

Longest flight I've ever endured was nine hours (Paris to Cincinnati) and I just about lost my mind. I can't imagine being in transit, on and off airplanes, for 24 hours. Also, I'm not keen on United. Their recent transgressions regarding pet travel notwithstanding, they just have really lousy service. Delta and Southwest are much better for domestic flights, I've found, though I don't think the latter flies to New Mexico.
Fabrice Cognot Bladesmith
Aug. 13th, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
Glad to read this - that you landed home safe. Not too much the other things.

I hope you enjoyed your stay in Dijon - what a day it was for us !
(we were the ones doing the Historical European Martial Arts demonstrations outside)

I also hope you still enjoy the knife and the dagger...
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