Yes I am back at last but suffering from a good dose of jet lag after 43 hours of travel, so don’t expect too much from me today.
Youâ€™ll never meet a traveller who, after five trips, brags: â€œEvery year I pack heavier.â€
Well boy did he repeatedly whisper that quote in my ear with sarcastic humour over and over again during our vacation. Especially in the narrow alley-ways of Venezia (Venice) and while watching people trying to drag large hard shell suitcases down narrow train isles.
I remember one particular man who scrambled last minute onto a packed train with just this type of suitcase and a backpack stuffed to bursting point and saying to his wife while trying to tug the thing down the isle while juggling the other “this is impossible”. I got the feeling he thought the problem was with the train and not with all the unnecessary luggage they were carrying. My husband and I just looked at each other with smug satisfaction and patted our faithful Rick Steves’ backpacks and rejoiced in our minimalist travel skills.
I weighed my backpack just now to see what I was carrying and it weighed in at a mere 11lb (5kg). We did off load and use up a few items as we went along but at most I would say it would have weighted only a couple of pound more. We never once had to check our baggage which saved us untold time in airports and there was always enough space in the overhead locker on the planes as our two bags packed into the same size space as one normal carry-on bag.
We also only had to wash every 5 days which didn’t pose any problems as our Rick Steves’ guide book usually tells us where to find laundromats in all the places we stayed. A little pre planning helps with this as some places have less facilities for this than others. We actually find it relaxing to spend a couple of hours every now and again sitting chatting and reading while the laundry is taking place. We were amused when one laundromat had a drinks dispenser that you could get a beer from.
I will elaborate more on this subject in the future but between the jet lag and the three phone calls from my daughter who has been suffering from not being able to talk to her mummy everyday for the last month, I just haven’t enough brain power left to put the words together.
Catch you tomorrow.
ITEM 269 OF 365 LESS THINGS
Gone as far as I can go with these puzzle books so it’s time for the trash. I actually had a 2nd copy of the blue one that I took on vacation with me and it is now used up on in the recycling in Italy somewhere.