We are about half way to Lisbon, Portugal sailing on the Atlantic Ocean. The ship is wonderful. I spend time in the gym and the Persian Gardens ( lying on the heated beds and taking a steam bath). David has been reading books. The weather has been overcast but we got some sun today. We bought more internet time so I can post whenever I want. Yeah! We have had nice weather for the last couple of days. Sunset is now around 8:30 pm which is nice as we can use our balcony for a longer period if time. Here is David having room service lunch on our balcony. Today we had to stop in the Azores to let two sick people off the ship so they could go to a proper hospital. Now we are off to Lisbon and will be there in a day and a half. Today is April 30, I do not know how to change the date. More later.
We are leaving in a couple of days to get on the transatlantic cruise to Amsterdam. We have a balcony on the cruise and plan to use it a lot. So all the packing and things to do before we leave are being done.
Our sons are moved in. The dogs are doing well.
We are packing ( oh no). We take one rolling suitcase and one backpack each for the six months we will be away. That means that I take very few clothes and they all are black and can be worn together. For color and variety I pack scarves. I pack in packing bags; the shirts, the pants, the underwear, the jacket all can be pulled out and used as needed. I bring 2 pairs of shoes and a pair of saddles. It is not much but it leaves some room to pick up something irresistible .
There are some things that we bring from home because they are difficult to get in Ireland and England. These are the special ear plugs I use, I love my husband but I still need to sleep. Our vitamins and medications ( luckily we take only a few meds so that is easy). My prepared journal and my journal tools. We take a laptop computer, our phones, an ipad and a Magic Jack phone. It is all very lightweight. When you are getting on trains and buses in Europe there are no porters to help. You must lug your bags up the train stairs very quickly as they only stop for a few minutes and there are lots of other people getting on.
The worst part of the trip is the flight to Fort Lauder dale. I hate flying, it is so cramped. That is the reason we will take a cruise over and a cruise back. If you want to follow our adventures pet and house sitting please click the “follow” button and put in your email addy. You will then get an email only when I post ( no one wants more emails than needed). There will be very few posts on the 14 day cruise since the internet is difficult and expensive to use in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Bon Voyage!
One thing that I do now since going to Europe the last 2 years is to prepare my travel journal before I go. I keep tickets, train stubs, receipts and other ephemera as we travel and there is not time to make special pages to keep this loose stuff. So I put in pretty envelops in my journal at home. I also paint and add decorative paper to my journal pages as it is difficult to find the time and carry all the supplies to do that on the road. I make pages with fold outs to put secret or just private thoughts into. I also stamp and color pages like this. or this I take along a zip lock plastic bag with scissors, double sided tape, tape, color pencils ( water color ones), colored pens, a small spray bottle, glue sticks and a small stapler. Now I am ready to add papers and pages as I go along. Hope this helps you prepare for your next big trip or even a little one.
Our itinerary is almost complete for the Spring and Summer in Europe. We will be leaving on a trans Atlantic cruise from Fort Lauder dale at the end of April and will arrive in Amsterdam on May 7. This will be the beginning of six pet and house sits in Ireland and England that will last until the end of September. We are so excited that we get to spend 101 days taking care of sweet pets and meeting wonderful people. We will be taking care of all different kinds of animals from hamsters to kitty cats to dogs to chickens. What a wonderful set of animals to love and give cuddles too ( well not the chickens).
Many people are intrigued about our pet and house sitting adventures and wonder how we do it. We joined a website called Trustedhousesitters. It costs sitters $110 a year and you get 2 daily emails with the newest listings for people who are looking for a pet and house sitter. You contact the people you are interested in and wait to see if they choose you to talk to about their vacation plans. We have excellent references from the six house sits we did last summer and of course this blog to let prospective families know who we are and that we are pet lovers. Plus we are good people who take care of their home as if it was our own. It is hard for someone to let a complete stranger into their home to take care of their precious pets so we try to make this selection as easy as possible for the people we sit for.
They normally choose two or more people to talk too on Skype and then make up their minds. When we are chosen we add their dates to our calendar.
If you are interested in this and want to sign up for trusted housesitters, just use my name as a referral (Linda Donnelly) and you will get 25% off the sign up fee and we will get 2 extra months of service. Here is their link; trusted housesitters.