We’re back to reality after a glorious holiday where we’ve been totally pampered and spoilt and now, I feel strangely sad about it all. I feel as though time must have sped up during that short exciting time while we were in Europe. Everyday normality and daily routine have faithfully returned and all that’s left are the rich and colourful memories.
Do you ever feel like this too when you return from a wonderful holiday?
It was brought home to me yet again, after our recent four-and-a-half week sojourn through Europe.
Having never been lucky enough to visit the northern countries before, the pre-trip waiting period had seemed rather dismal and eternal. You know the feeling and the extremely repetitive kitchen-table conversations…”You know we leave in just six months”; “It will go quickly”; “It’s now only five months and twenty days until we fly out”; and “We’ll be leaving in just five more months and ten days and four hours” and so the count down goes on and on.
In the lead up to our departure, the week days actually seemed somehow longer. The weekends also felt less interesting than they had previously and all because we were in what I call “the waiting period“: that eternal period of time when you’re just hanging around and longing to embark on what you believe is going to be, the trip of a life time.
Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary were all on our bucket list for, what would be, our very first sightseeing adventures through Europe. Three glorious weeks of doing our own thing and two action packed weeks of being totally spoiled by the wonderful Viking Crew on their fifteen day river cruise that would take us all the way from Amsterdam to Budapest across five countries and down three rivers.
And now what?
Well you see…We’re back!
It’s all behind us now and “Yes”…we’re firmly back in Terra Australis, Queensland already, with all of our grand memories and increased knowledge of Europe’s wonderful geography, modern history and cultural delights. We’re back with our 3000 odd photos and our trunk full of souvenirs.
We’re back already on the Gold Coast to be precise and really, isn’t our own country, Australia, supposed to be “God’s Own Country” with its modern high-rise cities, its pristine beaches, its folkloric outback wilderness regions and it’s absolutely glittering coastal resorts?
If, indeed, this is “God’s Own Country” we’re living in, then why is it that I long for the excitement of planning yet another journey to exotic far off lands. And…. how did it all happen so quickly? Four and a half weeks was supposed to be a long time, or so I thought. But truly it just flew past so very fast. Time, I think, must surely speed up as soon as you board a plane. I’m convinced of it. Time just seems to fly when you’re being spoiled and having so much fun! Why won’t the good times just slow down a little?
If I sort through some of the memories, highlights and photos perhaps I can at least relive some of it for a while. This is my first blog and it’s written to share with you (if you’re interested) the fun times and the highlights of our recent European Sojourn.
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Glad you enjoyed reading some of the posts on my blog. I’m not writing at the moment. Life is very busy.
Traveling is so fun. Looks like a marvelous trip and I’m glad you had fun.
Home sweet home. Glad to know you enjoyed your trip.
I have just one more post to write regarding our journey home Arlene but it can wait until after Christmas now as there is just too much to do to prepare for our festivities here. After that I thought I might start a Gold Coast theme and explore my home city.
I can relate wholeheartedly to what you’re saying. I went to Europe for the first time this year (May-June) and it was so wonderful that I want to return as soon as finances allow. I loved it SO much. So many wonderful places to see and photograph there! Great photos!
Yes it was great for us too. Wonderful adventure.
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Margaret Lynette Sharp said:
I enjoyed reading this, and looking at the photos. 🙂 Thanks for posting.
Was a bit sad being back I must admit. Writing the memoir and communicating with everyone in the blogosphere has been a wonderful follow on. Thankyou and I’m very pleased you enjoyed it. It’s kinda nice to know others are enjoying what you’ve written.
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Shakti Ghosal said:
So as you think back to that vacation after all these months, what is that one most important element that stands out for you?
For me there were two really standout experiences. One was vitsiting the Magnificent Melk Abbey and the other was sailing into the magical wonderland of Budapest at night time. What a Fairytale land Budapest appears to be after dark and especially from the river.
I’m constantly in that mode of planning and dreaming, Michelle, but my husband, not at all. I’ve sifted through my 600+ Barcelona photos so I don’t envy you the 3000 job! I’m often disappointed with my results, and though you can play about with them processing isn’t my thing. They’re all captured in a rosy bubble in my head, though, and it’s lovely to jostle that memory.
I loved your Passau hearts, by the way. I saw them as I scrolled back.
So, now you’ll be blogging about life in Queensland? Which, after all, is still exotic to me 🙂
Gee Jo 600 is a good track record for a week. You definite captured some great ones…the Basilica photo you posted has me yearning to visit Barcelona. I’ve still got a few more blogging days to go on the river cruise yet…..Austria, Slovakia and Budapest. After that I thought I might post about our land of Oz and also the Gold Coast of course. You’ll have to start planning another little get away now to take your mind off being back!
Thanks for following my blog and I hope you pack up and travel again soon. I have been very lucky in my life to have travelled a lot and I agree with you with the anticipation then the ‘back home down’. The trick is to plan another holiday straight away, doesn’t matter how far off or even if it doesn’t happen, the plan gets you over the ‘settling back home period’, The other thing for us OZ dwellers is to go away longer. We are so far away from everything. My friend and I backpacked around Turkey for two months two years ago. 8 or 9 weeks is time to be glad to be home. Look forward to more photos and stories from you.
Thanks for following my blog Rose. I hope you enjoy it. I certainly enjoy writing it. I think you are so right about trying to make sure you’ve planned another holiday soon after you get back. We’re now planning on China next year and it really does make a difference.
Excellent, happy planning. 🙂
Michelle, I had never seen ships like the Danube cruisers we saw in Bratislava. I’m sure that with no large waves to contend with they must be much more comfortable than the ocean-going type. We watched a couple dock, and it was pretty cool to see. Our only cruise experience was a weekender from Stockholm to Helsinki, which we discovered, was primarily for party animals. It turned out fine, but in future, we’ll get a bit more info before we commit. ~James
We travelled with Viking and I must say it was rather like a fairy tale. Wonderful longships and so new. I believe all of the different companies provide a similar experience….Avalon, APT, Scenic etc. We were totally spoilt. Only drawback is it can be very moorish! We’re now thinking of doing it all again but in China next year. I think we’ll be working for a few more years just to pay for it though.
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I grew up in New Jersey in America. It’s sort of considered the cesspool of the east coast but whenever my father came back after a trip he actually said in all seriousness. “Ah, we’re back in God’s country.
I guess we all appreciate home deep down.
Really emphasized with your description of the waiting period. Look forward to some of your photos
Nia Simone said:
I love how you describe the feelings of planning a trip, and then coming back and being hit by the routine again. You are so right!! And, like you, blogging has enabled me to retain the memories through sharing them. Also, with blogging, I feel like I’m traveling all the time through other people’s blogs and meeting new people!
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I know how you feel. We went to Europe this year for six weeks and it flew by with a blink of an eye. We cruised Northern Europe this time and visited Denmark, The Netherlands, Tallinn, Russia and Sweden. Then visited Germany and Malta! It was a lot to fit in but seeing we’re so far from Europe, you have to make the trip worth while, don’t you?
I look forward to hearing and seeing your travels 🙂
I so agree. When you travel to Europe from Austalia, you really have to make it worth your while. Otherwise you’re just getting over “jet lag” the whole time. It sounds like you had a wonderful sojourn up in the Northern Hemisphere. We’d just love to do a Baltic cruise at some time in the future. We’re not far off retire but true freedom won’t come for another couple of years yet. The sooner the better I think as life is too short.
hi there .. your thoughts on time are very interesting … I recently read an article on time perception, how when we are learning new things time seems to fly, so exciting times go fast, and dull times go slowly! Nice to meet, you and welcome back to Oz 🙂
So true. That certainly explains what must have happened. Off with a whoosh with the wonderful excitement of everything so new. It is always lovely to come home to Australia but also sad to know the holiday is over. Ah we’ll we’ll have to plan another I guess.
we have family in Paris, so we have to go quite often, not that we mind at all!!
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Thanks Ajay. I’ll certainly enjoy your photos.
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What an amazing adventure you had! I was fortunate to go to Paris and Nice earlier this year on a trip with my girlfriends (hubby stayed home with our daughters), and I vividly remember the countdown! It came and went way too fast. I look forward to more of your lovely photos!
Yes and we were lucky to be able to go to so many places. I do hope to get back there to see some more in a couple of years. Paris will definitely be on my list. It was this time but we just didn’t quite get there. I’m glad you like the photos and thanks for dropping by to say hello.
Haven’t been traveling that long since my honeymoon, and then I was incredibly happy to get home. These days, traveling with 3 kids, we are only gone a week and still grateful to get home. Glad you are enjoying. Pictures look fantastic.
I think I must be the eternal sticky beak…..always wanting to look around the next corner. My dear mum used to tell me often that it was curiosity that killed a cat! Ah we’ll that’s my nature I think. Very difficult to stay on the road when you have children though.
My dad likes to travel for months on end, and he has the time to do it. Maybe someday. Kids need stability, to be near their friends, and so we stay home for now. All the more important to live vicariously. 🙂
So true..I got what you mean. After all those long months planning ….and gone thru all excitement of the vacation….and all….the “after” period seems so awkward. Suddenly real life feel so empty. Before you know it, your finger are back online to checking the airlines deals for the next destination….:)
Yes your right and we’re thinking about planning another holiday at the moment. We would love to visit China and see the big cities and the pandas. We would also like to see some of the pretty rural areas.
The anticipation of the trip is always really exciting, and yes, coming back home does seem like a bit of a let down, but we soon recover. 🙂 Love your Queensland pic. I’ve not been there yet.
What a lovely blog, your photos are stunning!
Thank you. I do love my camera and I enjoy taking the photos.I just tend to take too many of them!
Crystal Thieringer said:
Wow, that looks like it was a great trip. We have a similar cruise on our bucket list, too. Some lovely pictures!
You’ll love it. We saw so much. I’d love to go again!