Wednesday, 10 June 2009

I'M JUST SO EXCITED


As you know I don't like being where I live and try and go away as much as possible as a result. And I have three very lovely trips coming up.

I'm getting so excited, and I don't know which trip is the most thrilling.

The first is wonderfully familiar and will be Philadelphia.
I'll arrive a week on Friday lunch time. Eve will be late picking me up, and we'll drive to her house. She makes me stay in her bed and she goes in her daughter's room. So whilst I'm unpacking she'll be changing the sheets. Then she'll go off to the store, whilst I make my way to the porch. I'll sit in the same place I always do and in a short while Eve will emerge with a try laden with cheese, crackers, grapes, salami, olives and large gin and tonics. And there we will sit regardless of the weather till it's too dark to see and the mosquito's have realised I'm there. As there is one thing the mossies love, it's me!!! Then we'll move to her front room. Pat Methaney will be put on to play and the conversation will continue till about 9pm when I'm falling asleep with jet lag. I could tell you a complete break down of Saturday and Sunday as well, but I'll save you from terminal boredom by stopping.

On Monday, fingers crossed, Sorrow will arrive, she has a 7 hour drive to get to us, I know I did the other way last year! And she will be there till Wednesday. Eve will be at work, so Sorrow and I can pick up where we left off last year's conversation.

All of that has me tingling with anticipation, I love the familiarity of being there. I love the routine, I love being with my friend, she is the holder of all my secrets, as I am hers. And I have ten wonderful days of just being there.

So that is one exciting adventure, the other one that is thrilling me, is one that will take place in September. I go with my beautiful niece to Berlin for the weekend. She has been to Berlin a few times and is keen to go with her aged Aunt and show her the sights!!!! Then on the Monday we part, her back to the airport to got back to Liverpool and me to the train station to catch a train to USEDOM!!!!!! Guess who I'm going to see there..... yep Paco! and possibly Hans, and GELI!!! YES!!! How exciting is that? It will be a real challenge for me to get across Germany by myself, not speaking a word outside of please and thank you! I'm going to stay with her through till Friday then get myself back to Berlin and then the airport.

These two trips represent all that is safe and known in my life as opposed to a real challenge to my fears. I can't wait for both! And of course inbetween there will be a summer trip down to Devon. Just as well I don't ever go out, about from walking round here, as I'd never afford this otherwise.

The photo is a very special door to an enchanted world somewhere in America.

20 comments:

Cynthia said...

Oh Fire Byrd, I hope you have wonderful trips and continue in the thrill of adventure...your cosy visit sounds friendly and familiar! <3

lakeviewer said...

The East Coast in September? Fabulous. Meeting fellow bloggers? Exciting. Visiting another blogger in Germany? How circumnavigational your life is. We'll expect photos. Enjoy.

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Lori ann said...

How exciting all that sounds! You will have a wonderful time with all your friends.
I would love to be on that train with you in Berlin, heading for Usedom!!
xxx

trousers said...

I'm not even going to begin to say how jealous I am. Remind me not to bore you senseless about Berlin ;-)

Angela said...

Welcome, welcome, Mandy, as I said before! Except for kidney pie and fruit cake I will cook you anything you want, and we will take long beach walks and swims and you can hold Paco`s leash and sit in our beach basket and visit Poland with me and tell me about Berlin, of course. I was there only once, back in 1967, when the Wall was still standing! Be sure to see the Gendarmenmarkt, and Potsdam, and the KaDeWe! I will teach you some German before you set off! Bis dann!

nitebyrd said...

I hope you have wonderful, fun-and-friend filled holidays, always! Can't wait to hear all about these upcoming ones.

Angela Recada said...

You get to visit Angela and Paco and Hans in Usedom?! You are the lucky one!

Your travel plans sound lovely, and I hope they are everything you want them to be, and more. As someone who also doesn't like where she's living, I know how good it feels to get away.

Enjoy!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

That sounds fantastic. Can I come?

e said...

Wow...It all sounds lovely, and you deserve every bit!

In answer to your question, I am a notoriously poor sleeper and have been for most of the last decade. The yowling was in response to the closed door. My black and white just will not tolerate not going in and out of my bedroom at will, and little miss neuropuss Siamese will not calm down and sleep in there, so all three spend the night in the front of the flat. I am so tired...

Linda - Gold Coast said...

What a wonderful and exciting time you have ahead, no wonder you are so excited. I think (?) you live near Rudyard Lake and I was sad to read you are not happy there. My family all live in Glossop, Derbyshire and we love the Peak District. Hubby wants to move over there, however I'm not sure I could cope with the English weather after living overseas for so long. Looking forward to reading all your exciting adventures.

Mel said...

k.....we NEED one of those countdown thingies so we can count down with ya.

I'm wayyyyyy excited for you--I think I have just a bit of an inkling of the awesome things these folks bring to your life.....how could I NOT be excited for that--for you, for them...

*doing happy dance*

We need a countdown!!! :-)
(and LOTS of photos, of course!)

Barbara said...

It's always nice to have trips to look forward to. Yours are exciting because there are new faces as well as old ones.

Helen said...

What could be better than traveling to see old and familiar faces and places ~ yet experience everything as if it's brand new! I think you are blessed ..........

karen said...

wow, how much you have to look forward to - and Usedom, too!! I would love to be there...

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

You are set to have a total blast! I just know you're going to have the best time ever! Enjoy every moment!
And meanwhile I'll look forward to meeting up with you again in November! :-)

Ronjazz said...

I am always so envious of your ability to travel. It's the one thing in my life that I've not done much of at all... I surely hope you enjoy yourself thoroughly!

hele said...

oh. oh. oh. it sounds wonderful.

it makes me happy just thinking about it.

sigh. what bliss. thank you for sharing.

Walker said...

Gezzz, I am excited now to and I ain't going anywhere.
I know you love going to Philly and hope you have a great time there and in Berlin.

miss*R said...

give Sorrow the biggest hug from me.. and you: have the best time ever xoxo - oneday maybe you & I will meet up in real life.. who knows.