These are my blogging prompts for today:
- Would you rather…? Leslie wants us to post a question and my answer to it. And I hope you’ll tell me your answer in the commets.
- Kathy, on the other hand, selected on of my all time favorite classic rock songs today: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin
But first my question: Would you rather take a car, a train, a bus, a ship or plane to go on vacation?
For as long as I can remember our family went on vacation taking the car with a trailer. Later on when I went by myself or friends frequently we would also go by car. While train is really a great option to travel across Europe for some reason, except for a couple of school trips, I was always hooked on going my own speed (within limits), my own ways and detours, voluntarily as well as involuntarily, by car.
Then with 24, pretty old by today’s standards, right? I took my first vacation by plane, going to Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands. Theoretically I guess I could have gone by car/train and ship. But traveling that way, probably by the time I got to Fuerteventura my vacation would have been over. Because it would have taken too long. Same thing later on whe we started going on windsurfing vacations in the south of Europe, Greece, Turkey and also Egypt. They are all connected or reachable by land and possibly ship, yet it would take a little too long for one short vacation. Making it pretty hard to get to a location like this one (from our Bonaire vacation):
Who would ever think of a flight as being ‘vacation’ in itself? I certainly don’t. Flying for me is a means to get where I want to go to in a (very) reasonable time. Enabling me to have more time to enjoy and relax at my destination. A trip by car, however, a road trip that is a whole different story. Yes, it takes a long time, but you can see a lot of things along the way. Making the journey itself the or part of the vacation. In which case I would be totally o.k. with it taking a long(er) time.
Which brings me to one vacation that I definitely want to take in my lifetime: A road trip across America. East to West, West to East, North to South, I don’t care. Well, I actually did drive with David along the coast from Washington State down to San Francisco taking a few days. That was fun! And I want to do it again. Every time we go from New Jersey to North Carolina for our fall windsurfing we are actually looking forward to the ten hour drive. Yes, it gets boring at times, because we have driven the same road a few times now, but we still enjoy it. Because the journey, driving their together is already part of our vacation.
Right now though I am not looking forward to any kind of traveling. I am pretty much o.k. with staying just in one place. And I would not mind one bit if I could stay here (all pictures in this post) much longer. And not go on a plane with half my leg in a cast. But, who knows, maybe I’ll get lucky and get an aircast on Wednesday. You got to have hope, right?!
Because while it is not the ‘stairway to heaven’ that is waiting for me at the end of the rainbow, but a lot of stairs in our townhouse, which right now I am not looking forward to, too much. With crutches and all. “Oooooh, and it makes me wonder” – what really lies at the end of the rainbow?
But forget about the rainbow, the crutches, forget about money: How would you rather go on vacation?
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