Tuesday, March 26, 2013

European Virgin

Although I have lived in 2 countries, 3 states, 7 cities, and close to 20 residences over my 32 years of life, I have never traveled to Europe. 

Well. That's about to change. In less than two short weeks. 

My hub works very, very hard, working past midnight most weeknights after the kids and I go to bed and traveling overnight, several nights, almost every single week. However. I know that many, many husbands work really, really hard. And many, many husbands travel. And many, many husbands put in long hours (and working mommas, too, for that matter!). We are just very lucky that my hub happens to work for a company who has a nice reward program for all that hard work. 


We are about to (very, very luckily!) be able to reap the benefits of his hard work, as he was recently rewarded with an all-expenses paid, week-long trip to Portugal. We even managed to book our flights so that we'll have a 24-hour layover in Paris. 


Can someone please pinch me? Because I'm still in a state of disbelief. Seriously. Can.Not.Believe.It. 

I hope this post doesn't come off as braggadocious or annoying. I really don't mean it to be.    Honestly! I just need a little assistance. 

You see, I am writing to, first and foremast, ask for any advice, tips, or tricks for European travel. And don't worry. I have already (very recently) been informed that, no, Spanish is not spoken in Portugal. Portuguese is spoken in Portugal (See what I mean?? Seriously. I need any tips, advice, or help you can send my way). I am clueless.

Also, while I will take the week of our trip off from blogging, I will forewarn any one out there who reads this little ol' blog that I will likely do a post, or two, on the adventures my hub and I encounter on our trip. Feel free to skip over those posts as you see fit. Or not. But I can pretty much promise it'll be a vacay picture overload (Who me? Take pictures? Never.).

Oh, and did I mention this is a no kids allowed trip? It is. Thanks to several awesome family members (shout out to you, Uncle Dame and Aunt Jamie, and Nana and Pop), my hub and I will be able to take a full-seven days of soaking in time as just the two of us, with maybe just a teensy, tinsy, little, itty, bitty bit of anxiety about being away from my babes for a whole week. Out of the country. But hopefully, European food and wine will help alleviate some of that worry. :) 

Anywho. Now welcoming all tips. All advice. All help. 

And also, again, please know that I realize how very, very, very lucky we are to be able to take this trip. I feel very, very, very thankful and, again, hope me even sharing that we're taking this trip isn't off-putting to anyone. Honestly! 

For now, adios (No wait. That's Spanish. How do you say good-bye in Portuguese?? Looks like I have some studying to do before my trip...).


  1. always keep a good clutch on you purse, even an across the body one! shelley and I got pickpocketed in Madrid!

    1. Great advice!! Thank you so much. ;)