A long, long time ago, before children, autism, and general absent-mindedness kicked in this was a travel blog. Getting back to that for a bit, and I must say it has been a phenomenal year to be on the road.
In January we found extra-cheap fares and an inexpensive car rental on the island nation of Malta. February was a week in Belgium, road-tripping about after taking the ferry from England to Zeebrugge. March was southern England and Shakespeare’s birthplace; in April I was able to escape to Amsterdam for a solo weekend with an old friend. We drank all the beer and ate all the Gouda. Not even sorry. June was spent recovering from May’s adventure: a two-week cruise on the Baltic Sea. July and August will see us returning to the United States for three weeks to see family.
And in October, the girls and I will hit a huge milestone: our fourth (me and Maggie) and third (Moira) continent, respectively. We are heading off to Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains in northern Africa.
We have done about 80% of what we want to do in Europe on our must-see list before we leave the UK (visas extended to 2016! Woo!), so this is just the beginning of our planned travels in northern Africa. Tunisia is on the list for next year, and of course we will have to see Egypt. We also want to branch out into the Middle East: Israel, Jordan. So much to see and do! I think there is also another cruise in our future, back in Europe: the Adriatic coast is calling us.
I have no idea where we will move next; if we will stay in the field or return to the U.S. or what our family plans will be. Much depends on other things and people. Maggie’s and Moira’s needs are the first priority, and it is hard to know what the future will require of them. But no matter what happens, I’m proud of what we’ve done here. I’m proud that at least for a while, we were and are a family of world travelers. The girls may not remember exact details, but they will remember the lifestyle and the enthusiasm with which we showed them–and with which they embraced-the world.
To the fourth and third we go.