There is a purpose behind the title of this one blog. Dave is off on an adventure that his adventure-loving wife tossed out as a ‘how about we try this?” idea.
I appreciate that as the only son in the Grant-clan of children, he will be away from his Mother. He understood that fact and I know he appreciates that his two sisters, Jean and Teresa, happen to be living close to their Mother now. Jean always has and up until 3 years ago, Dave lived within 5 minutes of their Mother. Teresa had moved to be closer to her grandchildren and by default, is now nearby her. I am personally grateful that they are both living close to her as I recognize the anxiety that is creeping in as she simply doesn’t know where in the world Dave will be.
We are off on the 19th of August, making today 14 more sleeps before we are on a flight bound for London. Lara is off picking up her passport this morning with a 5 year Visa that will allow her to be in England for school and perhaps a bit of working money in £££££ in summers.
Dave has been amazing with clearing out things to the thrift store and Habitat for Humanity so our place has space for the people moving in. We still have an active business that requires maintenance and on-going shuffle to get things sorted so we are able to be physically away for 10 months. Our closets are cleared of all excess clothes, shoes and boots and the only things that remain are that which will be needed for our trip. The oven is cleaned and so I’m not using it in the next two weeks. The BBQ gets steam cleaned 7 days before we go and will not be used. So only stove top cooking and acceptance to eat at friends and family for the next two weeks.
Quite a lot of thought, planning and playing around with ideas to keep us interested, active and seeing our children and grandson, an idea has turned into a plan.
Buckle up… here’s the DAVE BY DAVE listing…
- Barton St. David, England
- Torun, Poland * (3-Grantclan & our place)
- Stoke-on-Trent, England * (Keele University where Lara will be in Uni)
- Paris, France
- Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Madrid, Spain
- Torun, Poland
- Florence, Italy
- Naples, Italy
- Valletta, Malta
- Vienna, Austria
- Paris, France
- Athens, Greece
- Crete, Greece
- Barcelona, Spain
- Bangkok, Thailand
- CAMBODIA (Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Pehn, Sen Monorom, Kampot, Sihanoukville, Four Rivers Floating Lodge)
- Portugal & the Rota Vincentina hike for 15 days from Santiago do Cacem through to Sagres in the Algarve
And…. then a ROAD trip that’s still in the works for April 2017 and the surprise of what & where we may find our adventures and the people and places we are pulled toward for May and June.
This is starting to get real!