After Thursday’s adventure of spontaneously booking 3 around the world tickets and emptying my bank account I actually went to bed and did not sleep. I literally did not sleep for one minute for the whole night. When the alarm finally went off I jumped out of bed with relief that the night was over. Within half an hour I realised how tired I was. I don’t think I could turn my brain off; I had a million ‘what ifs’ running through my head, a million questions as to sell my furniture or store it, and an overwhelming feeling of excitement as to the what lies ahead.
Within half an hour of waking and whilst walking the dogs, I realised how tired I was. In my night’s meandering as I repeatedly tossed and turned I had also realised that I needed to get the kids as involved as possible. Archie’s little bottom lip had trembled when he went to bed the night before and he had asked me if he could write going away cards for his friends. Rissie had asked me could we get a bag big enough to pack her Roald Dahl books and her Secret Seven collection. Wait until she saw the size of the backpacks that we were going to have to fit the sum total of our possessions in for a year. There was going to be no question of her Roald Dahl books travelling with us.
So as we walked (me in a sleep deprived haze), I told the kids we could do up travel books for them, we could research as much as possible about each destination, that they could find out what the temperatures were going to be like and anything else I could think of. They seemed a lot more relieved after we had spoken and Archie ended our walk with saying to me, “Oh my god Mummy, this is going to be amazing.” So I just have to realise that I need to answer every question and provide as much information as possible for them so they are as involved as possible in my very spontaneous decision.
I had just finished work around 2pm and Flight Centre rang me to advise that the airline had brought up a problem with the tickets we had purchased. I could not quite understand it, but after about 10 minutes explanation it had transpired that I either needed to pay an additional $600 for the flights or move our departure date forward by a month. There was absolutely no point in arguing about it, so I got off the phone with new departure dates. We now depart on the 25th July, 2016. Just under 5 months away. I have a feeling that that 5 months is going to go very quickly.
I realised another couple of things in the last 2 days. Firstly we fly into New York City rather than Boston. I don’t know why I had Boston in my head. It probably indicates how much I was in la-la land when I was booking these flights so spontaneously. The second thing is that Costa Rica is not an additional continent – it is still part of North America so I cannot say 4 continents in 12 months. But I can say 4 countries! It might be even more countries than that depending on how much of Europe and South East Asia we see. One thing I don’t want to do though is make the three of us frazzled with wanting to do too much and follow every tourist trail in a 500 km radius. I am happy to take things slowly and as I spent so much of my 20’s travelling, I am happy to just go where we fancy and stay where it pleases us. Knowing I have to work and the kids will have some sort of school programme as well means that taking it slow and going at our own pace will be best for us.
The third thing I realised was that after talking to my friend Strach in the States, it would probably be best if we tried to learn a little bit of Spanish and Italian. She asked me could I speak Spanish and I told her that I had spent two years of my life with Dora the Explorer playing in the background and I knew “Come on Vamanos, everybody let’s go!” Strach told me in no uncertain terms to learn some Spanish – and to not, under any circumstances go around saying to people, “Come on Vamanos, everybody let’s go” as it could be quite suggestive and invite all sorts of unwanted attention. Thank god she told me as I was going to rely on Dora for a lot of things.
The final thing is that I have so much to do. It seems like such a long list. But what I have to do is to look at the next five months as being as much a part of the adventure as the trip itself and to stop stressing about it and making our lives a misery until July. So it is a challenge and an adventure. I booked the tickets on a whim to make sure we did the trip and to put myself into a position where I just had to make it happen. So I guess from here on in until the end of July is about making it happen and enjoying the process as well.
Yesterday was the first day this summer that I found really hot. Considering that we have 2 days left of summer, I think that we are pretty lucky. But the heat, the sleepless night and the fact that I have come down with a cold has meant that I have no appetite for anything heavy. Late this afternoon I made myself a big bowl of Nice Cream and it was just perfect – exactly what I felt like. Throughout summer I have had a lot of frozen fruit in the freezer. I use it a lot for smoothies as well so I really recommend just learning to have a couple of bags of frozen fruit on hand and if you get the hang of Nice Cream you will forever thank yourself!
Banana, Mango, Blueberry & Raspberry Nice Cream
Serves 1 – 3 depending on if you want to be a glutton or not
1 frozen Banana – sliced
1 cup frozen Mango pieces – sliced
1 cup frozen Blueberries
1 cup frozen Raspberries
Place all ingredients into Kitchen whizz and process. Initially mixture will be crumbly but wipe the sides with a spatula and continue. After a few minutes mixture will come together as nice-cream. Serve and eat immediately.