Daughter and I have been discussing where we want to visit over the coming months. I have discussed the possibility of road trip in Turkey during the summer but have also given her the option of picking somewhere outside of Turkey to visit – after all we have 3 months of vacation to fill.
Having lived in Australia for, well, forever, I have often called it the ass end of the world. Not because the people are asses (they are not) or does it in any way resemble an ass (it does not). Australia is the most beautiful country in the world. No 1. Best place ever! I merely refer to the globe and where Australia is located on said globe. Living in the ass end of the world means it doesn’t matter where you want to go you have to get on a plane and travel for a bloody long time to go anywhere (except for New Zealand and once you’ve done that shit you do not want to do it again).*
Now that we have the prospect of living on Europe’s doorstep the possibilities are endless. London is on the list (to visit my one of my oldest friends that abandoned us some years ago to live with the Poms), Greece is right next door and Italy is a mere 2 hours away. “Where do you want to go?”
Please don’t get me wrong. I have been to Port Stephens many times over the years. It is a lovely spot. There is whale and dolphin watching, some great restaurants and a nice little spot for a getaway from Sydney. A great vacation spot – but we are living in Turkey!
I had to ask her why Port Stephens?
“I have never been.”
I have suggested that we limit the flight time to 4 hours in any direction (which I think is more than generous) and told her to get on the internet and do some research (this is always the way we do things when preparing for a holiday). It is Daughter’s job to pick a destination to be approved by us adults and, if approved, she then needs to provide us with 5 interesting things to do in that city (and 3 of these things must be free).
She’s been in her room for a couple of hours now but just popped her head out the door –
“Would you be prepared to sleep in a hotel made entirely of ice?”
*with apologies to my sister in law and to any other kiwi’s out there. Love New Zealand. Trekked it many years ago. Beautiful place. Great sheep. Little cold for my liking but I prefer it hot (as we all know). Actually I should also apologise to the English as I called them poms. I copped a backlash a couple of weeks back on the blogosphere for enjoying a giggle written by someone about English tourists. I will not make that mistake again.