Friday, February 24, 2017

Sunset from Lendal Bridge in York

York, England, River Ouse
Sunset over the River Ouse in York, England

Vacations are supposed to be a break from the ordinary. A time to escape everyday life. A chance to do something different. Sometimes, that different thing isn't big or grand. It's not always diving with sharks or sailing through the sky in a hot air balloon. Sometimes, it's the small details. It's the altered way of approaching everyday events. 

Lately, life has been a whirlwind. The after school hours are a blur for me as I chauffeur my three kids between school, activities and home. On Tuesdays, I spend two hours in my car continuously driving around but never going further than 10 miles from my house as if I'm running my own private bus route. My legs ache as I exit the car, glad to finally be able to stretch them out straight. On Wednesdays, I shuttle my kids around, dashing into the house for a few minutes before setting off again in my car. Whichever kid happens to be home at 5:30 PM is assigned the task of doing the final steps of cooking our family dinner that night. Other days, I reach home, and no one has taken on the dinner prep task. That night's meal becomes a smorgasbord of various microwaved leftovers. Whomever shows up in the kitchen last gets the least desirable morsels.

That's why I find joy in how we dine when we travel. It's so much more relaxed (unless I'm yelling that I am HANGRY and need to eat immediately). Someone else does the cooking. Even better, someone else does the cleaning up. Yay! No one at the table is rushing off to do homework or take a conference call. Whereas we rarely order dessert while dining out in our hometown, being in a foreign country is the perfect excuse to explore the local cuisine via something sweet and decadent. 

Afterwards, we stroll back to the hotel. If luck is smiling at us, it's timed perfectly so that the sinking sun sends out its brilliant last hurrah for the day as we cross a Gothic style, Victorian era bridge. In other words, the experience of our nightly meal is transformed into something utterly different and out of the ordinary.

Long after the trip is over and done with, I hold onto these memories. That's what gets me through the regular, the mundane, and the whirlwind.


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17 comments:

  1. I used to live in york. I miss it so much. There are lots of great spots for sunsets #theweeklypostcard #wkendtrAvelinspiration

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  2. What a fascinating city! Beautiful photo

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  3. I know what you mean. The joys of travelling are plenty and being able to break out of the mundane surpasses any. Great capture!

    Aditi

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  4. Yes sometimes I find travel is the only way to escape the stress of everyday life. It's hard to appreciate the little things like a sunset when you are running around like crazy. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

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  5. I have found myself 'escaping' the headlines lately by taking mental health getaways to places I've been -- it has reminded me why I am a 'shutter bug'. Love your photo.

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  6. Well put. I've often told my husband that we don't need to travel far - or go shark diving - but just somewhere that gives me something to look forward to and an escape from the ordinary. Today we are headed to a wine tasting and art show that are only 30 minutes from my house but oh how I've looked forward to it all week!

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  7. contented travellerFebruary 25, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Yep, I remember those crazy days of being the taxi driver for my kids, and appreciating the simpler things.

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  8. You are right, travel is the only way to escape the stress of everyday life. I like the rules about fixing dinner at your house. I think I should have implemented rules like that when my son was at home.

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  9. As I homeschooled my children, I didn't have to shuttle them from school to other activities. I had to shuttle them from social activity to learning/social activities. I also got to travel with them during non-holiday times (no long queues, no elevated holiday prices). Oh wait, the travel was educational as well. And yes, I have more memories of our travels together than our other "educational" activities.

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  10. I remember those days of driving and carpooling, practices and events all too well. Looking back on it, I do miss the time I spent with my girls, but life is sure a lot less hectic! #wkendtravelinspiration

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  11. As usual I loved reading your post. Your life does sound hectic. Now that our kids are grown and left home, the running around is a distant memory. I do remember however, the juggling of time, of making dinner of finding time to eat it together or separately. It was stressful and you are correct. Being on holidays or travelling does take the hectic'ness out of it all.

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  12. For me taking a family holiday is not only about visiting and exploring the destiantion it is also about having a break from life and that includes a break from as much housework as possible like the cooking and cleaning.

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  13. Love the bridge photo - yes, I agree, sometimes you just need a break from the ordinary. Last month for Laurence's birthday we just escaped for 2 days and saw some pretty scenery and stayed at a luxury hotel where we were well taken care of for a full day. Nothing extraordinary but it felt like a vacation rather than our normal working travel trips!

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  14. Bryna | Dotted Line TravelsMarch 2, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Sorry to hear about all the driving! I like a good drive every now and then, but I can imagine it getting pretty exhausting. Beautiful photo!

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  15. Haha I love the yelling "Hangry" at dinner part. It is nice to eat and relax while on travel for sure!

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  16. Indah Nuria SavitriMarch 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Such a lovely sunset indeed..

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