We’re off today. I am up at the ‘before crack of dawn’ to say ‘au revoir’ before we head out the door at ‘the crack of dawn’.
The scheming and planning and double checking is over. As much as it can be. I love to wing it when I travel … just get me there and I’ll make the rest up as I go along. We know what flights and trains we have to catch, but the rest, who knows? ‘The rest’ is all part of the fun … and the delicious freedom of travel.
We sat down last night and had a family meeting … to discuss how we all felt about our impending adventures and to put together a set of ground rules that we would all like to abide by … a travel manifesto of sorts. For me, I wanted to remind my boys that travel is about the moment, not thinking about the past or what’s to come, but savouring simple moments and details. I wanted them to think about the fact that every transaction is an opportunity for an interaction … to use their new language to connect with the locals, to learn, to enjoy our rich and complex world, to grow as a person. We agreed that things are going to go wrong and we have to adapt as we go, we have to stay calm and forgive each other’s mistakes. We have to practice patience and courtesy and a sense of humour. I am giving the boys a travel diary each when we arrive at the airport this morning. I hope that by recording their experiences it will help them remember this amazing experience. I have told them that this is one of the greatest gifts we can give them … a serious life long infection …’ the travel bug’!!!
I have decided to travel light and to not take my laptop with me. I will have my iPad … but blogging and the iPad is a challenge so I might be spending more time over at Instagram for ease of sharing. If you would like to follow my photos on Instagram, my ID is @thehouseofam
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Have a Happy Christmas and New Year, my friends, and I will see you when I get back in 2013. I will be sharing as much of our travels as I can. I am so grateful that you are coming with me.
PS The boys found THIS yesterday. It’s half an hour by train and funicular up the mountain from Montreux, Switzerland, where we are staying over New Year. I pray that we don’t come back needing some sort of orthopaedic surgery.
PPS For those who subscribe to me via email. I am sorry about the random, past dated posts being sent out. I have no idea what is going on. Maybe my blog needs a break too!