Trip Start Jun 30, 2012
23Trip End Jun 04, 2013
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We chose to start our trip on a date which would allow me to complete processes with clients, and for Naomi to finish her academic year at kindergarten
It turns out that it is quite complicated and expensive to find short-term apartments in Tel Aviv. We found expensive apartments for tourists in central Tel Aviv, near the beach, without parking, and far away from the kindergarten. It was one of the most challenging arrangements for our trip. True to the principle of win-win solutions we then decided to try to find someone who’d be going on holiday during the summer, and would benefit from letting their apartment out while they were away. With the help of good friends, we managed to find one.
So we’ve been living for the last two months before the trip in central Tel Aviv, feeling a bit like tourists. It’s a special period of freedom combined with a lot of farewells and preparations. I’m gradually parting with my clients, and spending more time with family and friends. I’ve been going out a lot, and it feels like I’ve subscribed at the local cafe
We had many other arrangements to attend to: packing and storing our possessions, changing address, getting vaccinations, selling the car, sorting accommodation, arranging car rentals etc. On a deeper level we took a look at ourselves and our goals for the coming year, examining them in the context of our relationships as a couple and family. We want to have fun, family time, and closeness. We also want to experience living in different places, to know how it feels for us to live in a small village in the countryside, to develop flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing conditions. We want to develop confidence, curiosity and openness in Naomi.
We agreed a rough outline of the route we planned to take, and found an Air New Zealand flight from London to New Zealand through Asia and back through the United States, allowing us to stop at a number of interesting places along the way. We chose the dates and destinations so that we’d have summer all year round (by which I mean a European summer with some rain, not the Israeli heat). We left open the exact route within each continent, the idea being that if we find any place which we really love, we’ll be able to stay there longer. We also believe that during the trip we will learn more about ourselves, and what works for us best. How long is right for us in one place, how important proximity to other people and shops is, how much we enjoy being in isolated places, and what relationship between nature and culture works best for us.
The final week is especially packed. We say goodbye one last time to family and friends, and finally we manage to sell the car, and hand over the bikes. We pack again and I wonder perhaps for the hundredth time how three people can pack summer and winter clothes into just three suitcases. After a few attempts, many more things find their way into the garbage. Just when we thought we’d finally finished packing, we find another drawer full of clothes, so we have to adjust again. And then an hour later, we find a drawer full of socks, at which point we couldn’t find any further space in the suitcases even for a pen.
Party time. The forgotten socks fitted into my suitcase's front pocket which I'd also forgotten about.