The big day has finally arrived and the bags are all packed together with our family’s anticipation. In a couple of hours, we will be taking to the sky for what will be a 24 hour ride to the Continent. Thankfully that 24 hours is broken into 3 legs, because 24 hours straight in a sealed steel capsule is no one’s idea of fun except if that capsule happens to be the International Space Station.
It’s all a little surreal since the planning and booking for this trip took place about a year ago and it has all come down to this last few hours.
As a family we tend to do holidays well together. Some families implode in this thrown together 24/7 situation. We explode. We explode with mirth and banter and the need to pull together for a common goal. In some ways we work better together out of our natural environment than in it. Whatever the case, it works for us. And for the first time we are travelling with one of our children officially classed as an adult.
This is not the only first. There will be a lot of firsts in the next 4 weeks. First time in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany and first time we drive in a foreign country. First time I celebrate a belated birthday in another country and first time we will be in a nation other than Australia during a World Cup. And many more.
We will be covering a lot of ground in the time we have. If you have to travel a full day to get to anywhere you have to make the most of it.
The top 10 things I’m looking forward to on this trip:
- Poking around the Normandy region and checking out the D Day beaches.
- Seeing the remnants of the Berlin Wall.
- Not having to cook.
- Belgian Chocolate and the Last Post in Ypres.
- Amsterdam – all facets of it. Heard so much about it, time to check it out.
- Being with the family.
- Not having to cook.
- Visiting a friend in Denmark.
- Not having to cook (hoping you aren’t noticing this is number 11)
And so much more.
I’m not planning on blogging during the trip, but will write about it once I return.
In the meantime, I hope you all have a great month.
There’s only one thing left to do and that’s to say see you all on the flip side!!