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Getting Ready: Details, details, details...

by Ben

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Muriel and I had always talked about taking a year off with the kids but never really could think of an opportune time. We went out for a Sunday afternoon walk this past April and came to the startling conclusion that our window of opportunity was almost gone with Hannah already starting grade 11 in the fall of 2012. Within a month we had seriously committed to taking the plung and by the end of June we both had our work leaves approved and by July 1st Hannah and Abby committed to fast tracking their schooling and began their distance education studies. Four months later, Abby is nearly done her grade 9 year and Hannah will only have an English course left to do on the road. What amazing kids! I am trying to finish three courses I am taking this fall at UBC before I leave. Meanwhile Muriel is keeping us all financially afloat by working until the bitter end. Her last day is November 9th and we leave November 10th (thanks for all the sacrifice Muriel).

We have been doing a lot of general research since April and have drawn up a tentative route for our 270 days on the road. It takes us through nearly all the countries of Western Europe as well as Turkey, Great Britain and Ireland. We are leaving out Scandinavia and most countries east of the Adriatic such as Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia etc.. All are worthy of visiting but there is only so much time. We have leased a car for the first 2 1/2 months and booked about 45 days of accommodation within our first 90 days of travel. We thought we would try a combination of preplanned and figure out as you go and see what works best. We are staying in a combination of privately owned apartments and apartment type hotels/motels so we can cook our own meals and hopefully keep the cost per night down to something that fits our budget. As we head north hostels will also become part of our plans.

Storing Our Possessions 1

Storing Our Possessions 1

Storing Our Possessions 2

Storing Our Possessions 2

We packed up our house already in August since we rented it out beginning September 1st. It was quite an effort but we are sure happy now that it is all done.

We ended up becoming part of the boomerang kid generation and have been living with Muriel's folks for the past two months. Thanks Mom and Dad for taking care of us-the free rent and food was an overgenerous gift. Over the last several weeks we have been getting our travel gear together which means a lot of stuff lying around the apartment but Muriel's Mom and Dad haven't complained about that either. In the next week we need to trim down what we are going to bring so it fits in four backpacks that must be able to fit into a mid-sized European car. Less possessions is always a good thing!

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Posted by KZFamily 07:32 Archived in Canada Tagged getting ready

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by KZFamily

I wish you a very good trip and I hope to hear from all of you in the near future. Opa

by G.Koning

Thank you so much for your report and nice pictures. When I came from church I tuned immediately and there it was. I saw four happy faces. What an adventure! Please keep them coming. Feel I travel with. I have been in the airport in Iceland four times. I found the people there very friendly and most of them speak English. Opa

by G.Koning

Hi gang, Sorry for the last comment. It was full of mistakes, I did not proof-read it. Too much in a hurry. Thanks again for the beautiful pictures. I have the feeling that I am traveling with you. There is so much to see. I am going to put the pictures in my computer so I can study some more details. I hope that what I learned about the history will come back to me. To be honest I look at your web-site every day.
It is wet and cold here so you do not miss anything. John and Helen are also very excited about your travels.
I hope that my beloved granddaughters also will write something from their perspective. Yes Opa is very interested in your stories.Thanks again Opa.

by G.Koning

We all giggled about your mention of worry over not enough family time in the coming months, Abby! Ha, I wonder what you did for family time in Paris?! And Jill wonders what pastry you tried, Abby! I'm thinking it was the chocolate one :) Love your photos so far, and way to go, Hannah, on navigating your family through the language barrier!

by Judy Aalders

Hi KZF Family,
Thanks Abby and Hannah for your reports. Both of you are very good writers and Opa is very proud of you. I am still very excited when I hear from you. Uncle George was here last night and he said that they are following your adventures as well. Is father Ben reading the newspapers and does he watch the news cast on TV? How long are you going to stay in Paris?

by G.Koning

Thanks Muriel,
Just started reading and see how rushed this was as you just left early November this year . Good thing Mum and Dad were in place though must have been tough leaving in a minimal state.
Main point is now that you are on the road you have left all those worries behind aside from CRA for April 30, 2013. Sure , quite sure Ben has this under control and we will not talk about MSP :)
Ok, back to reading

Cheers / Rob

by Rob Holloway

You are all blessed to have a daughter to do the French translating for you. See all her hard work has paid off :) :)

Cheers / Rob

by Rob Holloway

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