15 March 2016
some travel adventures before the big baby adventures!
since we’ve moved across the pond, we have gotten in a habit of establishing some general travel plans for ~4-6 months out from any given time. we’ve budgeted time and money with the aim of leaving the uk to explore europe about once a month. we’re so so grateful for the ability we have to travel so plentifully at this time in our lives and feel like we’ve found a pretty good balance of settling in to a community, routine and dedicated work here in london while still taking good advantage of cheap flights and close-by amazing locales!
these days, we can’t plan our travel adventures into our calendars in the same way we’ve gotten used to, because the start of our greatest adventure – becoming parents! – is fast approaching. we definitely plan to travel with our baby boy (and his siblings that will hopefully follow!) but we know everything will be different after july. so, we’ve planned some exciting pre-baby international jaunts.
-->i just returned last night from a long weekend in amsterdam with a girlfriend and am looking forward to sharing some photos! last baby-less girls’ trip for a long time, i’m thinking!
-->this coming saturday we leave for two weeks in the holy land. i am thrilled to introduce the boy (and the baby boy!) to my favourite spot on planet earth (jerusalem) and revisit many of the places that significantly shaped and deeply touched me during my study-abroad semester in the holy land (nine years ago). we will be in jerusalem during easter week, which is pretty awesome! and we’ll also spend time around the sea of galilee, the dead sea and the red sea, and make a quick stop over into jordan to visit/revisit petra (hence the jordan visa pictured above!).
-->in the beginning of may, we are taking a roadtrip around some bits of slovakia, slovenia, croatia and hungary. i’ve been pining especially to see budapest – can’t wait!
-->at the end of may, we are taking a last-hurrah-long-weekend “babymoon,” – location tbd. we are thinking lake como, but it’s been so hard for me to decide the best locale for this! (since the holy land trip and the eastern european road trip were both ian's choice of destination, he says i get to pick for the babymoon.) any suggestions welcomed! :)
we have family visitors coming in april and june, so our baby prepping will be complimented with some london fun as well as learning and experiencing abroad. can’t believe we only have ~17 weeks left as a little family of two! i’m hoping to both relish and prepare heartily.