Noi6 means "the 6 of us" in Romanian.

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We thank you for joining us in our trip around the world...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Two Weeks Later

The other day Ileana asked: "Why can't we go round the world in the year when we go to China and meet with the grandparents there?". I praised her for a "very good idea". Maria was screaming "Why can't we just stay home?!" Ioan, Ileana and Maria were arguing about going round the world, making categorical statements like "We go!" or "We don't go anywhere!". We didn't tell the children yet. We talk about a trip around the world in a casual manner, like something that any normal family with three children does. Maybe they will come up with the idea themselves and believe for the rest of their lives that they started it. Like Ileana with China.

Privately we, the parents, are making progress in consolidating our decision. At this time, again, all we can do is save money and learn and dream. Ileana is cooking special fancy meals, better than a restaurant, and we are not eating out anymore. She charges me a lot, but she saves the money. I also save money anywhere I can, but most of this is on paper. It is time to start preparing for the opening of my private practice. It is a time to make investments, but with the prospect of a trip that will get us broke, I am thinking twice about these expenses. Do we need to pay the internet and the phone twice? Do I need a new computer or can I just use the one I have?

Also we are talking a lot trying to clarify what we want and what we would like. Ileana was the first one to say that six months is too short and she wants more. Now we are thinking more on the line of six to nine months with the summer spent in Europe, maybe Czech Republic, Germany, Scandinavia. Could we travel in an RV and sleep all in it? How long could we do that? This might be the only way we could afford Sweden and Norway. It might cost us nothing to stop in Iceland, and should be a must see. I would like to go to Ushuaia and Iguazu Falls but this would add a lot to the cost of plane tickets and we have to mind the weather. We learned that "There is no bad weather just inappropriate clothing" (Arthur Frommer?), but we are not going to find this out on ourselves if we can avoid it.

I read another book 360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World and this is definitely one of the best. Their web site also has a lot of information and there is a file that can be downloaded to see in Google Earth. On the other hand I started to read WorldTrek: A Family Odyssey and I stopped in the middle because it's a very boring book. These two books are the stories of two American families traveling for a year around the world, with their two children. For me the lecture is not necessarily just entertainment. It is work, but is good.


  1. I have to come back and acknowledge that I ended up appreciating the second book, full of useful information. I just didn't like the metaphors.

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