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It’s 10:00 pm. Instead of being tucked up on my swanky ship for another night of cruising around Ha Long Bay, I’m sitting in a van by the side of the highway to Hanoi. We’ve been pulled over at a police stop. Our driver is now nowhere to be seen.
We love to travel. We really do. Have we had bumps in the road? Absolutely. It’s a part of the game. This is what we do when things don’t go according to plan.
I think it’s been OVER A YEAR since my last ICYMI. I’m hoping to get back into these more regularly. Shall we . . .
So the other day we had a really good weekend. A nice mix of seeing friends, trying something new, and quality family time. Then we had another. And another.
I thought about how much the kids are enjoying school, and how I don’t freak out every single time I’m behind the wheel of the car.
I did the math, and it came together. It’s been about six months.
So yeah. That seems about right.
So we went to Penang Island in Malaysia last week. It was incredible. Definitely recommend.
As we prepped for the trip, I realized we have gotten into a packing formula of sorts. Not only that, but we’ve honed our division of labor on who packs what.
So here is our formula. This is how two adults pack themselves and two kids into two duffels and two carry-on book bags.
So this is a bit late. Black Friday has passed. Cyber Monday too. Also, everyone I know that would buy gifts for my kids I think has already done so.
I think these are solid ideas, and I’ll be referring to this list for the next few years if anyone has questions. So here we go.
We miss Rome. No bones about it.
What a strange phrase that really is. I mean, I know what it means, but why on earth, right? I just looked it up:
To make no bones about something means to say something in a way that leaves no doubt, or to have no objection to it.
The expression comes from fifteenth century England…if someone wanted to show that they were dissatisfied with something, they would find bones in it – a reference to finding bones in soup, which was not a pleasant discovery!
Therefore, finding bones was bad, and no bones was good. If you found no bones, you were able to enjoy the meal with no objections!
And now we know.
Anywho. We miss Rome. And it’s not just our friends there who we do miss very much. That little slice of Italy got under our skin, and we’ll never be quite the same.
The other day at dinner we brainstormed on what we would do with just one more day in Rome.
You might be surprised. It’s not glamorous. But it is real, and it’s what we really loved. Continue reading
This was the day that got rainy AND cold. I really tried not to be a downer, but I was also feeling a little under the weather. But it was like the strikes just kept adding up. Like baseball strike outs. Not bowling strikes. That would be awesome. TURKEY! Nom nom nom.
So this is when the rain started. I try not to be cranky on this. Weather happens. Definitely don’t want it to ruin a trip. But this was just cold and wet. Almost all day.