So with the Captain going out 20 days early there will be a little extra cash coming which will give us the possibility to take a vacation this year outside of Scandinavia. There is tons of different package deals out there so we’ve been looking around at what is available. There are however a few problems to be worked out before any decisions are made.
Problem number one: When we can go- if Isabella becomes pregnant then we will possibly be expecting puppies in mid June. Stig won’t get home until middle of May. Puppies won’t be able to go to their new homes until August and Stig leaves around the middle of August and won’t be back until beginning of October. So we are looking at end of May or beginning of October as possible dates. All of this has to fit with our dog sitter’s availablility and Sarah’s exams in the spring if we choose the spring option.
Problem number two: Where to go? Julia and Thomas want sun, swimming, and cool pools. Sarah and I could think to have some exciting experiences along the way, sightsee and do some shopping, go to street markets, and enjoy local foods. Stig wants to make everyone happy and as any good Norwegian he is neutral in his wishes..he’ll go where the majority of us will be happiest. GRRRRR…that neutral thinking of his gets me sometimes..Julia said all her friends say Greece is the place to go- specifically Rhodes.
However, for the price of one week in Rhodes you could have two weeks in Sunny Beach Bulgaria!
BUT…it doesn’t stay as warm the whole year in Bulgaria as it does in Rhodes. There is another option (in my opinion) and that is my beloved Italy….I adore Italy..we were there for two days picking up Isabella and I could have stayed two weeks…it was heavenly…wonderful food, quaint villages, beautiful landscapes, warm weather, wonderful food…oh, I guess I mentioned that part already…hahaha…I found a place on the Italian Riviera which we could rent for two weeks at a reasonable rate, everything looks and sounds great about the place- there is no pool but within walking distance to the beaches..you are 1.5 hours from Nice which is the closest airport to fly into- so you have to rent a car to get around, but then you could visit Nice and other places in the area.
I read it was only a 30 hour drive to this area of Italy from Norway…and we’d have our car with us. Stig just laughed at me…but hey, I’m sure we could drive down there for a lot less then the 12,000 kroner round trip tickets to Italy for all 5 of us. But Julia wrinkled her nose when I showed her the place- no cool pool…
So what to do? Where do we go where everyone can be happy and Mr. Wallet doesn’t have to stretch himself to the very limits?? We’ve also looked at Thailand and Maldievene Islands..but I think we’d have to win the lottery to afford to go there. So those destinations will have to wait until the kiddos can pay for themselves..hahahaha…
I suggest Karlstad Sweden…ok, are you done laughing???
We spent a couple great summers here at Bomstad Baden camping outside of Karlstad Sweden, the beaches were great, live music every Wednesday in the month of July, Ikea, Biltema (a big car parts store for Stig), seven day a week open grocery stores…but of course there was my key word there- July…that is really the month to visit Karlstad and we will be busy with pups this year in July…so that idea is out…and the kids are all wiping their foreheads in relief…still…I love that place..I’m easy to please!!!
Got word today that Kelli, Mads, and Jess ( http://madsandkelli.blogspot.com/ ) are going to stop in for a few days visit this July before they head to Texas to help Jess get ready for college start. I always appreciate it when people take time and spend money to come visit us and hopefully we can show them a great time while they are here. Anyone else who would like to spend some time here on the beautiful Helgøya should just let us know..we’re taking reservations for the summer now ;-)) hahaha…
Ok, time to make some dinner- have a great Sunday folks..