It started with a phone call from my sister 10 years ago asking if we could help her get to Rome … Rome? My husband’s career was with an airline and sometimes we can help family members get a better rate … Rome? Why ya goin’ to Rome? A Mediterranean cruise, wanna come? Well!
Suddenly I reeealllly wanted to go to the Mediterranean. I had passed through 30 years earlier and had such great memories of it. Of course, the result is , we DID join them and that was the beginning of our travelling foursome.
We have made 5 trips together and have travelled in
13 different countries. These trips have varied between 3 to 5 weeks – a long time to be in the company of another couple, family or not. We usually share a house rental, and a car so we pretty much live in each others’ pockets the whole time.
We always say we don’t have to do everything together, we can split up sometimes, but we rarely do. We’re pretty much in each others’ sight for the duration. And we remain friends!?! I say this with incredulity because, well, we’ve all got our quirks, right?
A friend once told me that she didn’t know anyone, friend or family, that she would want to travel with for that long. I guess that included me 😦
That made me realize that we really are very lucky in this, that the four of us get along so well. Always assured of laughter that will bring tears to the eyes whenever we get together, we have endless remembrances of travels that we hash and rehash and because each of us was there nobody’s eyes glaze over from repetition of the repetitions. Something that is sure to send a non-travel companion, even the staunchest of friends, into a catatonic stupor or scrambling from the room. (yawn)
Together we have collected stories of travels by plane and ship, ferry and funicular, by automobile, coach, bus, gondola, subway, vaporetto, and train, trolley, and taxi – we even have elevator stories and all have given us endless hours of amusement. One of the things I enjoy most about travelling is the memories and being able to endlessly share those memories is a priceless bonus.
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