Thursday, October 11, 2007

9 months from now...

Well, that got your attention, didn't it? Don't worry, it's not what you think. I'm talking about an entirely different blessed event.

Take a look. Frequent flyers will be able to decipher the code. (And as always, click on the image to enlarge)



On Thursday July 10, 2008, the first day of school holidays in Lower Saxony Familie Mausi will be taking off into the wild blue yonder for five and half glorious weeks. It's been a while. July 2006 was the last time we touched down on Canadian soil and 9 months seems a loooong way away. But we all know how time flies and I'm pretty certain I still won't be packed on time even with this much notice.

The fact that we're now having to book so far in advance to get the flights we want is fairly alarming. Is it going to get worse? Maybe we should have booked our 2010 trip along with this one just to be on the safe side. You never know.

And we won't even mention the price. No, wait, we WILL mention the price, because it's just totally outrageous. I won't tell you exactly how much we paid, let's just say I could have had a tummy tuck for about the same amount.

When the time came to pick up our tickets from the travel agent they gave us three payment options:

1) firstborn

2) an arm and a leg

3) live savings

We're really quite fond of our firsborn and were planning on taking him with us and arms and legs can come in kind of handy when you're on holiday, so we opted for number 3. That means pinching pennies for the rest of the year. Good thing that I am the queen of making something out of nothing.

But it's worth it! It really is!

I found a couple of British Columbia videos at YouTube to prove it. (Note: If you cannot see or play the video, try refreshing the page or clicking twice on the play button. Clicking on the middle of the video itself will take you to YouTube where you may be able to view it.)


This one, as cheesy as it is at times, does show some of the spectacular scenery and leisure activities available to lucky residents and visitors.





This one is an amateur video filmed by a kayaking enthusiast and captures what I miss the most - just hangin' out by the ocean and watching the waves roll in. I also adore the song he/she chose to go with it. Kind of a love song for my home province.





So there you have it - one for the tourists and another for the purists. Heh.

Can you blame me for actually looking forward to the jet lag?

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26 Comments:

At October 11, 2007 2:42 PM, Blogger Alison said...

YAY! Christina you must be so excited! The time will go buy fast and before you know it you'll be there.

BTW: I love the ocean video. That's exactly what I miss from home :)

 
At October 11, 2007 2:56 PM, Blogger J said...

I disagree. If you had given your first born, you would have saved a lot of money on tickets.

I too miss hanging out at the beach. Why do I live so far inland?

 
At October 11, 2007 3:09 PM, Blogger christina said...

Alison - Well, as excited as one can be 9 months ahead of time. :-) Nothing can really take the place of the ocean, can it?

J - OMG, J, you're right! Maybe there's still time to trade him in! ;-)

Yes, being landlocked really sucks sometimes.

 
At October 11, 2007 3:18 PM, Anonymous tqe / adam said...

yvr is a fantastic place... I have friends who lived there--- they have since moved on to Victoria.

Have a great vacation.

 
At October 11, 2007 3:33 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

How utterly wonderful for you. I expect that you'll be counting down the days. Have you made a sleep chart yet?

 
At October 11, 2007 3:52 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

I'm so happy you will be going home! I think you really need to go and visit and feel your roots.

 
At October 11, 2007 4:19 PM, Blogger Carol said...

Woooo-hoooooooo! Does this mean a visit from you? How about a day in Seattle... Pikes Place, some shopping, Space needle...? I'm keeping my calendar free (pfffft -- as IF it's filling up) till you give me a day that'll be all for US!

E-mail me!

Carol

 
At October 11, 2007 4:43 PM, Blogger .:mar said...

Fantastic! enjoy the Vorfreude as it is part of the fun!

 
At October 11, 2007 5:25 PM, Blogger Uben Hertwig said...

I came across this entry just after clicking to buy tickets to the American left coast, but one of our first stops out of Seattle will be Vancouver to see friends who used to live here but went back to the homeland. I've never been there and can't wait to see it live and in person. In the meantime the videos were terrific!

I suffered for weeks over the search for affordable tickets without 8 transfers and finally hit the jackpot by fluke on Expedia.com where they priced the oh so direct flights in dollars but let me pay in Euros. Cheap. Just FYI. I had checked Expedia earlier with different dates and the tickets were expensive and not that great direct-wise..and then I hit the jackpot.
Have a great vacation. I also have 6 months to wait sigh.

 
At October 11, 2007 8:28 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

That's wonderful news, Christina!(catchy title, BTW)

I should be getting jealous, but I'll get visitors from Canada around that time (my best friend), so I guess I'll miss it a bit less. And yeah, airlines sure know how to make money...

 
At October 11, 2007 10:08 PM, Blogger Rositta said...

Christina, I'm glad you get to go home for a bit. Missing ones homeland is a terrible thing. Vancouver is a gorgeous place to be. Unbelievable how far ahead you have to book these days...ciao:)

 
At October 12, 2007 12:47 AM, Blogger Runaway Rubber Duckie said...

That's really exciting. I am getting homesick now, too!

I hope your kids will appreciate the wild and freedom of Canada as we do :)

 
At October 12, 2007 9:19 AM, Blogger Haddock said...

One day the Haddocks will visit the former colony.....oops I mean Canada!
Whenever we see snippets of the place on TV its always greeted with 'We really must go there sometime!' :)od

 
At October 12, 2007 9:17 PM, Blogger Claire said...

Oy! The price. I know what you mean. That's why we always travel during the spring and fall holidays: We cannot afford summer prices. Would you ever go over by yourself? Perhaps for two weeks? Matthias encourages me all the time to make sure I don't get too homesick.

 
At October 12, 2007 10:54 PM, Anonymous cara said...

after a few years of missing out on a good old fashioned Canadian Christmas, we'll be in Vancouver this year! i'm really looking forward to it, but am not looking forward to the rain and grey dreariness that is the Lower Mainland in winter. 9 months from now is a much better time of year waether-wise, so i'm just a tad bit jealous of la famille Mausi.

 
At October 13, 2007 10:17 AM, Anonymous ian in hamburg said...

From one west-coaster to another...

My jealousy gland is secreting so heavily I can almost taste it!

I hear you on the ticket price... if you look around,there are budget lines, which everyone will remind you of when you tell them how much you paid to go via Lufthansa et al, but when you look into it, flying Buzz or Canadian Affair or whatever is no saving. You have to change planes in Luton or Stanstead or wherever and pray everything works because the luggage isn't checked through. Not worth the worry.

cheers,
ian in hamburg

 
At October 13, 2007 3:22 PM, Anonymous MollyB said...

So important to get back, and worth every cent ... but boy do those cents add up.

Ah, the ocean ... you and Ian as west-coasters will argue otherwise, but even the east coast is coast. I miss it.

 
At October 13, 2007 4:02 PM, Blogger Florian said...

Dear Christina,
thanks for posting the atmospheric video for purists. I can see what you are longing for; it is sad that untouched landscape cannot be experienced in Germany (and in fact almost nowhere in Europe).
Florian

 
At October 14, 2007 11:32 AM, Blogger Betsy said...

How exciting! Now you've got something great to daydream later about if those gray winter days start getting you down!

 
At October 14, 2007 8:51 PM, Blogger Gardner said...

Very funny post. That is very exciting for you and your family. Never been to B.C., but have had some friends from there. They say it's beautiful as well.

 
At October 15, 2007 10:10 AM, Blogger Poppy Fields said...

I really want to take my grils back next summer. 2006 was the last time for us, too. I'm dreading the prices, though...

 
At October 16, 2007 8:29 AM, Blogger Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Oh, I know. When you've been away for a while it's hard...especially if you actually like where you originally came from. And Vancouver is gorgeous...I've been there once.

And oh yes...thanks for visiting my blog!

 
At October 16, 2007 11:36 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

No, Christina, I don't blame you one bit for being this excited 9 months ahead of time. You know how time flies! I'm so excited for you! We're usually in Michigan at the cottage the first part of July, so I don't know if we'll be back in A'dam by the 10th. But if we are, I'll definitely be waving to you while you're at Schiphol!

 
At October 17, 2007 11:38 AM, Blogger christina said...

tqe - Yes, it's a great place. Everyone just does his/her own thing. ;-)

ms mac - A sleep chart! What a great idea. I will run out and buy poster board and stickers at once. :-)

maribeth - Yes, it's been much too long and I REALLY miss my Vancouver family.

Carol - No concrete plans yet but I'll let you know!

mar - I'm planing my summer wardrobe already. :-)

uben hertwig - Yeah, our problem is that we are very inflexible as to the dates we can fly and we're forced to go during the high season so we end up getting ripped off every time. Hannover is not a major aiport so we also have to add in the cost of getting from there to somewhere that actually flies to Vancouver.

canadianswiss - Ahh, you're lucky too them. We haven't had overseas visitors for YEARS. They never seem to have the time or the money. :-(

rositta - I need to recharge my batteries again and catch up with everyone. I'm really looking forward to it.

rubber duckie - The kids LOVE the beach and want to spend hours there every day.

haddock - Ha ha! Your Queen is my Queen. :-) Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit. It keeps getting more expensive by the minute, unfortunately.

Claire - I know! But we can really only go when the kids are off school. I've gone myself a couple of times but it ended up being a lot of jelousy and hard feelings so I dunno. They just don't get it.

cara - Oh, but Christmas can be so nice too. We were there for Christmas once before the kids were born and once when our oldest was only 10 months old and the weather was great.

ian - Yeah, there really was nothing cheaper available for the times we needed, even on the cheap-o so we had to bite the bullet and go with KLM which was a bit better than Lufthansa this time. But paying four adults fares REALLY hurts.

Molly - The east coast is *definitely* coast too. :-) I visited my brother when he lived in Halifax and the coastline was gorgeous.

florian - Yes, sometimes it's nice to go someplace that's not overrun with people. Hard to be alone in Europe. :-)

betsy - I'll just go to my happy place and watch the waves roll in. :-)

gardner - The scenery is really lovely and it's a multicultural city so there's lots going on.

Poppy - That's right, you haven't been back for a while now either. I guess you can still get buy with children's fares - we have to pay full price since the boys will be 12 and 15 when we go.

caffeinated cowgirl - thanks for visiting. Yeah, I really, really liked Vancouver and wasn't trying to get away, but somehow I ended up here. Go figure.

ginnie - I'll be waving back!

 
At October 21, 2007 3:48 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yeah!!! I loved the videos. I know we need to do more of this but I think our main problem is we have no vacation time to enjoy BC!

On top of that, I don't have any vacation to look forward to.... I think I need another job!

It will be nice to see you again, and yes we will have to meet and do something together again!

 
At October 21, 2007 3:52 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Maybe on a not so rainy day, I need to try and make a video for you!

 

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