It’s been a heck of a year or so, and Little Red Riding Hood is now safe and sound in her new digs. I am starting to breathe a little deeper, despite the periodic pangs of guilt that I work to suppress each time I drive away.
So when an opportunity to tag along with MacGyver on a work trip to Spain came along – during a favorite week of mine and for mere pennies at that – I took it as a sign. A sign that it was time to shake off the worries of the last few years like a wet dog after a year-long bath. And figure out how to jump on that plane.
As such, LifeonWry is Madrid-bound, as of this Saturday. I’m hoping to write while there and I’ll try to post on my blog. I may even try to figure out how to pre-program some posts to appear while I am gone (no promises there). So please standby if my little ol’ blog experiences any technical difficulties or extended pauses.
I am grateful to have such a wonderful travel opportunity present itself and to be able to take advantage of it. Also grateful that my parents are willing to shake up their life for a week and watch our boys for most of the time while we are gone, while my dear friend, who is like a sister to me, will stay for a few nights as well. My friend’s mother, who is an extra mother to me (I’ve been blessed to have a few), will help out with my friend’s son while she is gone so that she can come to Colorado for a few days.
Having people like these in my life is yet another example of why my life is rich beyond measure. All involved were on a mission to make it possible for me to go on this trip with MacGyver. And they jumped at the opportunity to spend quality time with my boys who are growing up so very quickly.
Traveling and experiencing new and different places is quite possibly as important as education. I’m convinced that travel..and living in places different from what we are accustomed to… broadens our minds by knocking down the boundaries set in place by our own experiences.
Too often our minds get boxed in by the familiar and only a change of scenery or culture can wedge them loose. Perhaps that’s why my Grandmother called me her Gypsy granddaughter, God rest her leopard-shoed soul.
I am grateful that my parents taught me to appreciate travel and other cultures when I was young, and that I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to teach it to our sons.
There are so many quotes about travel that I love. Twain’s view on travel is perfectly stated. As is this one by Ralph Crawshaw:
“Travel has a way of stretching the mind. The stretch comes not from travel’s immediate rewards, the inevitable myriad new sights, smells and sounds, but with experiencing firsthand how others do differently what we believed to be the right and only way.” -Ralph Crawshaw
I will have a few days on my own in Madrid to get good and lost (for I am She-ra, Queen of the Compass-Challenged). So I know that I’ll have some interesting stories to tell. So stay tuned, my friends. Stay tuned.
What are your thoughts on seeing new places? What does travel mean to you?
Headline quoted from The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
I’ve been fortunate enough to take my wife on a couple of trips where put in a few hours work and spend the rest of the time enjoying what then new locale had to offer. Those trips make a fun adventure.
How exciting! Have a wonderful time 😀 I always tell my hubby I’ve got an ‘uncanny sense of direction’ – but he knows I’m “compass challenged” – LOL 😀
I think I would be better at it if I had a significant other to travel with. If you have to go by yourself sometimes it’s not much fun.
Madrid is my favorite city in Europe … enjoy the Prado … and the fine dining …
You are so deserving of this fantabulous opportunity.. have a wonderful time and pics, we all want lots of pictures!!!
thanks! will do. 🙂
That is such wonderful news. I am sure you will have a lot of great adventures, and look forward to hearing all about them. I have never travelled outside of the U.S., but if a trip to Spain came up? I’d go for it! Take lots of pictures.
Annette used to tell me that she was like your grandma, the older she got, the flashier she got, more rhinestones! Show Spain what you are made of, being an OLD (young) Oakie! Get some big hair going for us Texans!
Will do, big hair and all, GiGi style.
YAY! Very exciting. Can’t wait to see the pictures. Safe travels and blessed adventure.
Thanks so much for your note!
Oh, have a marvelous time! I look forward to your stories and photos. I can live vicariously through you.
I will try to take lots of photos while at the same time trying to not look too much like a tourist. 🙂
Enjoy your trip!! Traveling is one of my favorite things to do as long as I feel safe. I’m not very adventurous yet I love to discover new places. Even though I was born and raised in Belgium I’ve never been to Madrid. I’m hoping to remedy this next year. Have a blessed time.
Thank you so much!
Have a wonderful adventure – I cannot wait to hear all about it!!! Open heart and open mind – keep those close and you will have a blast. Also open wallet and open stomach…xoxo