Over the last couple of weeks, I've asked everyone a few questions about the upcoming travel year. Here are their answers:
What are you most looking forward to?
Tracy: Slowing down and taking our time in places. After we started working, but before we had kids, time was always a precious commodity on trips and we tried to pack in as much as we could on any trip we took. Though we tried to soak up local culture, it's tough to do on a trip that lasts only a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to having the time to hang out and live life in a foreign land.
Kerry: The year off without work to spend with the kids without normal life distractions like school.
Meaghan: Paris and the rest of France. I want to see the Eiffel Tower.
Eamon: The beaches.
What has you most worried?
Tracy: The health of my parents weighs heavily on my mind. But, if something happens I know we'll take it in stride and deal with it. Nevertheless, the thoughts remain.
I also should never have read anything about rabies. Even with the vaccinations you need to get quick medical treatment should a mammal in an affected area even lick you. And perhaps I'm naive, but I had no idea that once you showed symptoms you were beyond hope and that rabies actually kills you. More terrifying than Cujo it turns out.
Kerry: Forgetting something significant that was my responsibility.
Meaghan: Getting really sick, or the plane crashing, or boat trouble [I don't think we've actually talked about being on a boat anywhere].
Eamon: Not really anything.
Do you think you'll find food you like everywhere we go?
Tracy: I am confident that I will find something I like everywhere we go. I do have my doubts about Meaghan, though rice or noodles or bread will be everywhere. She may not get any nutrients at certain points, but she won't go hungry.
Kerry: Yes, though I kind of wonder what Meaghan will eat in some places.
Meaghan: No. I don't think I'll like the food in Vietnam.
What do you think you'll miss the most?
Tracy: Since we'll be staying mostly in higher density urban centres, I'm going to miss our suburban space: the space in our house, our yard and our big quiet street.
Kerry: The daily bike commute and my bikes
Meaghan: All my pig stuffies.
Eamon: My skateboard and my nerf football.
Who will you miss most?
Tracy: I have no idea; I think it will depend on the day and my mood. I will of course miss friends and family, but with messaging, Facebook, FaceTime and Skype it's easy to keep up with people. The year will pass quickly and by next July it will be like I've never left.
Kerry: Our dogs which have both passed in the last year or so.
Meaghan: My friends.
Eamon: My friends.
What is the first thing you'll do when you get home?
Tracy: I have no idea. Hopefully we'll arrive intact to a house that looks the way we left it, with clean sheets on the bed. I suspect we'll be in awe of how much space we actually have again.
Kerry: Bike to Safeway
Meaghan: Find my pig stuffies.
Eamon: Skateboard to the neighbour's house to play.
Do you think Ecole Tricky Nag will be any good?
Tracy: Ecole Tricky Nag will start with fabulous intentions and ideas. I fear that it will end much like a Pinterest fail.
Kerry: Everything Tracy does, she does very well, so I have no doubt it will go just fine. Her assistant teacher, on the other hand...
Meaghan: It will be terrible and I'll have to be tutored when I get home.
Eamon: I'll probably learn stuff I already know.
Any other thoughts on your Mom as your teacher?
Meaghan: I don't want her to see my school work.
Eamon: I don't want to show her my colouring.
Anything to add?
Tracy: Some people have said this year will be life changing. I suspect the changes will be small and subtle because by this point in my life, I think I'm pretty much who I'm going to be. I'm always working on being more patient - maybe I'll make a bigger step in that direction this year than I normally do. Who knows.
I also hope the travel bug bites the kids and they start talking about and planning where they'd like their next holiday to be. I don't think they fully appreciate what we're doing and what we're getting ourselves into. Hopefully, it all works out.
Kerry: Anxious to see if I'm able to blog throughout the trip as I've planned. [check out Kerry's blog at: http://www.cairobody.tumblr.com ]
Eamon: Aren't I done?
I must remember to look back at this page next summer....