This past Christmas we surprised Josh's little brother and sister with a first-time trip to Europe. We gave them stupid clues all day to throw them off: Buzz Lightyear towels (because we thought that was funny), a pipe cleaner flower in Georgia Bulldog colors (to make them think towards a possible game), and finally a faux joint (tissue paper with green tea leaves twisted inside--which we found HYSTERICAL--suggesting Amsterdam, of course). You should have seen their faces when they unwrapped the joint. Dumbfounded. Totally confused. Speechless. "Huh? Wha-?? Is this a... it's not a... I don't under...stand..."
It was awesome.
Finally after dinner and a long, hilarious day of messing with their heads we presented them with world maps. (above) They were stoked. Then proceeded to ask us a million questions about what all the stupid irrelevant clues meant, of course.
Now following months of planning and research the time has finally come. Tomorrow morning we'll all set off for a whirlwind trip to England, the Netherlands and France. God only knows what awaits us with these two ;-)
The most profound thing happens in your heart when you get to witness someone else being introduced to another culture for the first time. It's powerful, life-changing even. And we can't wait. Bring it.
Josh and I also celebrated our 9th anniversary this week, so it's that celebration, too. And because my birthday is the following week and we'll already be in Europe, when they all head back home my rockstar husband is sending me to Italy for a week to meet up with this one, my beloved hanger girl ;-)
Who knows what adventures await us in Italy, either. I mean c'mon, if she can find inspiration in a dirty clothes hanger I'm certain breathtaking Italy will not disappoint.
We're meeting up in Pisa, then heading to Florence where she'll be spending the next few weeks interning. I can't imagine a better way to spend my 29th birthday. Cinque Terre is on our list... no idea what else. That's half the thrill ;-)
I'll be updating as I'm able, but as with the nature of travel I have no way of knowing when/if I'll have internet service. I'll do my best to take you with me, but if it's a bit quieter than normal you'll know why... ;-) If not along the way, then certainly when I get home.
You ready for this adventure?? If you have any photo requests of itinerary suggestions let me know! I'm serious. Handstand in front of the Eiffel perhaps? Holding up the leaning tower of Pisa?? Don't tempt me... I'll do it... or at least make Josh ;-)