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Around the World 2016: Day 1

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17 June 2016

The family was up early with the nervous anticipation of starting this long holiday. The kids will be out of school for two weeks before school holidays and two weeks after school holidays so they are thrilled with our decision to pull them out of school. We spent a few hours finalising packing, refereeing the big kids, keeping baby Serafina happy, fed, and feeling loved as well as attempting to get everyone ready for the day. 

We attempted to pack light. With five of us travelling it isn’t easy, especially since we have a week in Australian winter. Our winters are mild in comparison to some, but we still needed warmish clothes as wind and rain was forecast. We also had to worry about Scotland; who ever knows what sort of weather you are going to get up in the Highlands, even in summer. Most of the other places we will visit need warm weather clothing. Our main luggage consisted of two medium-sized roll-aboards. Along with our luggage we have Serafina’s car seat with base and pram as well as a booster for Alex. Three backpacks and a carry on for spare clothes, nappies, etc rounds out our haul. 

Our taxi van arrived to pick us up around 11. After the standard drive to the airport with two very talkative and loud children and very quiet baby we unloaded at Qantas domestic and checked in for our Business Class flight to Perth. Once the rest of our luggage was offloaded in oversized luggage we were off to the Business lounge for some lunch and drinks before taking off.

All in all our flight was uneventful. We were downgraded to an older plane instead of the nice business class seats we had expected. It was all good, though. There was a bassinet for Serafina (she spent very little time in there). Alex and Tom sat together by the window and Sofia and I sat together in the middle section. All three kids were very good on the flight. The big kids glued themselves to iPads and Serafina did her part to catnap and be cute. Several flight attendants had a cuddle with her so I could have a break. She only made a little bit of noise when she was hungry. She had a very successful first ever flight.

Out flight was slightly delayed on departure but that time was made up in the air. We landed in Perth, collected our luggage and then picked up our Nissan Pathfinder. Arguments happened because both kids wanted the third row of seats. Ultimately Sofia won out because there were no Isofix points for his booster seat. Poor Alex was not happy. It took ages to get everything arranged in the car, car seats installed, etc. Our accommodation for the night was a 3-bedroom Big4 cabin in the Swan Valley. It worked out to be a decent place to stay. We were all pretty exhausted and soon got off to sleep trying to adjust ourselves to the two hour time change from Sydney. 

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Up, Up and Away

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In two days we get back on a plane and head east again; this time to the USA with most of our time being spent in North Dakota. Sofia starts kindergarten in January so I took this as a opportunity for the kids to spend quality time with family in the US before we are restricted to travelling during school holidays. Piggybacking the trip to the US is a side trip for Tom and me. Tom is flying with us to the US on Wednesday and will return to Australia the following Monday. He will rejoin us at the end of summer for a long-awaited trip without kids (our first ever). Sofia and Alex will spend a week and a half in Virginia with my sister, Shelley, and her family. Tom and I will fly to Iceland, via Copenhagen, for one night before a short flight to the Faroe Islands. Then we will go on to Greenland where we will spend one night in Ilulisat then take a two day ferry down the west coast to Nuuk. After a day exploring Nuuk we have two nights in Iceland again (hello Blue Lagoon) before jetting back to Virginia to pick up the kids.

I sit here with a half-packed suitcase wondering what I have forgotten, did I pack too much, and so on. It doesn’t matter as long as we have the four of us on a plane with passports and our liquids in suitably-sized containers and our plastic baggies life will be good. I have packed colouring books, books, paper, crayons, new toys and other bits and pieces. I can tell you that from experience that these things won’t matter as much as the iPod, iPad and the in-flight entertainment kids’ section.

Once I get my phone sorted over there I plan to update here frequently with photos and stories of what we are doing.