I have the pleasure of accompanying a delegation from Pasadena to two of our sister cities: Järvenpää, Finland, and Ludwigshafen, Germany. In the nearly 18 years that I have been here, this has been my first invitation. Good things come to. . .well, you know the rest.
We’re heading out on Sunday, June 15, and will return on Sunday, June 22. Many in the delegation will continue on with tours of other European cities, but a handful of us are on tight timelines and must return home.
Before any of my usual “fans” out there get a bee in their bonnet about taxpayer dollars, don’t worry – every dime of my expenses is being paid out of my very own bank account – not one cent from the city budget.
The reason for the trip is very special one: We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of Pasadena’s relationship with Ludwigshafen (pronounced LOOD-vigs-hoff-in) and our 25th with Järvenpää (pronounced YAR-ven-pah).
A delegation from Ludwigshafen was here in May for a week of celebrations and tours, and I was honored to meet so many of that historic city’s officials and residents. And now, the celebration will continue when they host us.
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