Kathy and Steve Boerigter at the July 19 meeting of the Kiwanis Club. Photo by Brooke Davis
BY BROOKE DAVIS
Kiwanians Steve and Kathy Boerigter enjoy international travel, and even the pandemic hasn’t slowed them down. They spoke at a Kiwanis meeting on July 19, describing a recent trip that spanned many countries.
In March, they were in the United Kingdom. They rented a car in London and took on the daunting (at least for American drivers) challenge of driving the “wrong” side of the road and roundabouts all the way to Edinburgh, Scotland.
During their stay in Edinburgh, they visited the castle, toured parts of the city and had food and drink in the city’s taverns. On their way back south, they visited York Ministry, the summer home of Albert and Victoria, the old Roman Bath City, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
The Boerigters were impressed by the age of the buildings, the extreme wealth of the monarchy at the height of its power, and last but not least, the delicious and international food they enjoyed.
After a brief return to the states, they were finalizing details for a trip to Japan, only to discover that the country has not yet opened to Western tourists. After some last-minute negotiations with the airline, they changed their plans and traveled to Sweden, Denmark and Sweden instead. Among the highlights of their Scandinavian adventure was a wonderful museum displaying a sunken battleship built by King Gustav, who copied her design from ships in the British fleet.
And Japan? It is still closed to tourists, but the Boerigters still plan to go there.