Wednesday, July 09, 2008

done like dinner

You may have been wondering where I've been. Well, I had to choose between blogging and packing, and packing won hands down. We leave for Vancouver tomorrow morning, you see, and there was so very much to do. I'm finished now. Finito. Fertig. Done. Like dinner.

Mr. M is a real champion at stuffing things into suitcases, so that's his job, but I'm in charge of choosing what to take and making sure it's all in good order. And then there's the matter of summer-proofing the house and garden so we don't come back to any unexpected suprises after five and half weeks on the road. I am SO tired.

This time instead of the kids and me taking the train to the airport while Mr. M and his mother go by car and meet us there with the luggage, we decided to get a door-to-door airport transfer that will pick us up tomorrow morning at home and then again at the airport when we get back in August. Much easier all around. We're also flying via Amsterdam on KLM this trip rather than using Lufthansa as we usually do. I'm looking forward to spending an hour or two at the well-thought-out and easy-to-get-around Schiphol airport (are you listening, Frankfurt??)

It's about an hour's drive from the Vancouver International to my parents' home in West Vancouver. When we finally get there we'll first need to check out what's new in Mum's garden

Black Squirrel

and Dad's garage

After that it's off to the beach, only a few minutes away

to meet some old friends,

Canada Goose

and do a little of this

Of course we'll be enjoying the view wherever we go

Looking over Burrard Inlet from Lonsdale Quay

View of downtown Vancouver from the North Shore with Mt. Baker, a volcano in Washington State in the background

Lighthouse Park

although we hope we won't run into one of these along the way

And the trip wouldn't be complete without a ferry ride

B.C. Ferries

We wish you all a great summer, wherever you happen to be.

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At July 09, 2008 11:59 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

I always change plans now at Schiphol. It's fab. And when you've got a long layover sometimes you get lucky and get to flop out in the fabulous lounge chairs.

Have a great, great trip!

At July 10, 2008 2:37 a.m., Blogger Bek said...

Have a great trip! We went via Amsterdam a few times and only missed our connection flight once. Love the parking sign:)!

At July 10, 2008 3:08 a.m., Blogger Maribeth said...

Have a great time Mausi and enjoy every moment with your family, in your beloved Canada!!!

At July 10, 2008 3:45 a.m., Blogger Windrose said...

Have a great trip, Christina! Sounds like you will have a fabulous time! As always when you are in B.C.

At July 10, 2008 4:08 a.m., Blogger Carol said...

Oh, please DO get in touch with me if you happen to come to Seattle! We could sip a latte at Starbucks together!


At July 10, 2008 4:50 a.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Have the most wonderful time in Vancouver. I'm thinking of flying KLM to Athens this time instead of Olympic and it's nice to hear that Amsterdam has a good airport...ciao

At July 10, 2008 5:31 a.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Have a fabulous trip Mausi!!!

At July 10, 2008 8:57 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

You've probably already left but have a wonderful fun and sun filled vacation!

At July 10, 2008 9:46 a.m., Anonymous ian in hamburg said...

Bon voyage! Bring back a bit of home for us.

Love the BC Ferry at Horseshoe Bay pic.

A gay friend of mine said he and his friends used to love going over to the islands, and suggested the corporation start a new ad campaign just for them:

BC Fairies. Cruising the Straights.

At July 11, 2008 2:14 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

I can't believe it's already been two years since we last saw each other!

I guess you've already left for your trip here.

It's been windy as can be today!

I'd love to meet up of course.. I'm sure we can at least go for coffee at some point..

Welcome to sunny Vancouver!

At July 11, 2008 8:26 p.m., Blogger Silvia said...

Ok, have a great summer all! Ich werde dann mal rauf winken!;)

At July 12, 2008 4:11 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

That Schiphol airport is a total delight, Christina, I agree. I get very acquainted with it every month, as you know and count it as one of my dearest friends! :)

The thing I love about you being in Vancouver right now is being able to picture you at all these places...because I have been there! I love that! Have a great time, as we speak!


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