Dec 22: Travel

Today’s Reverb 10 prompt asks: How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year?

We’re not big travellers in this family.  Not that we don’t want to visit wonderful places…we just have a thing about flying.  I’m not a huge fan of it, but my dislike pales in comparison to the utter gut-wrenching terror that Matthew experiences on a plane.  It’s our dream to “fix” this and fly off on a grand tour of Europe…someday.

We did still travel this year.  In October my wonderful, generous mother paid for all of us to take the train to Ontario and back with her and my father for a grand family visit.  It was an insane time to go move-wise, but it ended up being really fun and a great chance to visit relatives who had never even met Xander.  Plus, we got to do fun touristy stuff with my dad, which NEVER happens. We kidnapped him and went up the CN Tower…it was SO fun!

In the spring of 2011 we’re going even further: to Alberta to visit Matthew’s biological mother and to meet her family.  Terry and her mother came out to visit us when Xander was 6 weeks old, and it was the first time she had ever seen Matthew, so it was a Big Deal.  This visit will also be a Big Deal. I’m just not sure how we’re going to get out there and back…possibly fly one-way and then find another way back….I really don’t know.  But we will make it work, and it will be great.

In 2011 I would also like to travel more locally -to make it out to my parents’ place on the South Shore more than three times in one year (shameful!), to take Xander camping, and to go apple-picking in the Valley.  Xander’s getting old enough to appreciate day-trips, and I would like to take full advantage of that.  I’d also like to make it back up to Cape Breton for my birthday, and possibly to visit my cousin Molly in New Brunswick.

I think that should just about do it for 2011.  And we’ll plan on a big Europe trip in 2012 or 2013 (if the world doesn’t end in 2012).  And a dance-workshop trip for me (ooooh….glorious possibilities to research in the next 12 months!).


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