Columbus Day celebrated the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and became a federal holiday in 1937. Since 1971, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October although before that, it was celebrated on Oct 12, the arrival date of Columbus.
Thanks to the weekend break, we attended a conference or retreat as I would call it to Alton Bay in New Hamsphire. It was organised by a few Christian organisations for international students and we thought it would be a good chance to rest and make new friends.
We departed on Friday in the afternoon and took 5 hours to reach the site when it would normally take about 2.5 hours. There was a huge jam and as hubs put it, “It is faster to walk than to drive.”
The place was gorgeous and serene. The autumn foliage was awesome. We had a few breakout sessions and a wonderful hike at Mount Major. The hike was relatively easy but the view at the top was splendid! God’s creation…AWESOME!
It was a pleasant short retreat with great company. In the group were 3 other Singaporean couples and we had a good time chatting and learning the perspectives of education from one another (All have connection to education. Either they are studying or teaching there).