We have been lying pretty low since the first snow fall. This is our first winter for four years and we are struggling to get used to the temperatures in Canada. Poor Matthew struggles with the cold air every time he walks out the door and our bodies are just not used to the minus temperatures we have seen so far in December.
Saying that, we did venture out to see the Wild Lights and the Moncton Zoo last week. While it was cold, and we all complained, I am glad we did it. The photos are not the best quality as I had to take my gloves off every time I wanted to take a photo, and in -15 conditions, my fingers quickly stopped working after a while. So I hope you enjoy the photos I did manage to capture.
From our travel family to yours, I wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year filled with lots of adventure and fun!
We are home! Home for the moment is Moncton, New Brunswick. We have signed on the dotted line for a 12 month lease and will put the kids in the local community school. After our two year road trip, we need somewhere to call home for a while although admittedly we aren't looking forward to the cold winters that come with living in Canada. I daresay we will become experts in not going outside and will hibernate as much as possible.
Thankfully it is summer now and we can make the most of it before winter comes.
So there you have it - from Cusco, Peru to Moncton, Canada - from one home to another. Who knows where we will end up next!
I spent quite a bit of time organising the kids' travel luggage before our trip and it definitely paid off. Our entire trip saw us catch 3 planes with 4 periods of waiting at the airport and each time the kids dipped into their special bag and pulled out the goodies and toys available.
Little Master 3 enjoyed playing with his carry on garage, Little People and dinosaurs and Little Miss 8 was more into her fashion stencils, drawings and 3DS.
My son attracted quite a bit of attention at the airport in Toronto and we picked up a few extra who were very willing to play with my son's toys - it seems no one else was as organised as we were. There was no sense in putting stuff into my son's luggage that he did not want to play with and likewise with my daughter - their carry on luggage was filled with goodies to make the trip even more exciting for them.
While we had our drama with overtired kids and a 3 year old who wanted to go home and get off the plane at different stages of the flight, overall they were both very good despite the late timing of the flight from Toronto to Lima and the fact that it was an overnight trip. The delay in Lima didn't help any although we managed to catch up the time difference by the time we arrived in Cusco.
We were all very excited when we were approaching the mountains in Cusco as we knew we were nearly there and could get off the plane and relax. Ciao Canada! Hola Peru!
My friends thought me crazy for starting my countdown at 40 something but here we are with just 9 sleeps to go. I am surrounded by stuff - stuff to pack, stuff to store, stuff to sell, stuff to bin...made all the more harder by the very fact I am packing for 3 (my 3 year old son, my 8 year old daughter and myself). My husband is very self sufficient and can do his own packing.
My shopping lists seem haphazard - but child friendly headphones, notebooks and new toothbrushes are just some of the things you end up needing when you have kids.
Cusco, Peru is our first destination. We will depart from Swift Current, Saskatchewan by car, head to Regina to catch a connecting flight to Toronto. From there we head to Lima and then catch our final flight to Cusco where hopefully somone will be waiting for us with a sign labelled "Tupy Family". If not, that will be a whole other blog post in itself.
Some think us mad, some think us brave - travelling with kids is challenging but it has it's own rewards.
My daughter would prefer to go to Disneyland or Hollywood and my son packs his notepad and crayons everyday to go to the mountains. Needless to say when you have a 3 year old it is best not to start the countdown too long in advance as 40 days for them can seem like a lifetime.
Travelling with kids is not new to our family - we have travelled from Australia-China-Canada with stints to America and Thailand.
The Girl Guides had it right - be prepared - that is the best advice I can offer.
Over the past few weeks (and months) I have slowly been crossing things off the to-do list. Now that we are getting closer to our date of departure, I can start to relax as there is not much more I can do in preparation for us leaving.
As far as our travel in Peru is concerned, we have two months accommodation booked at the Hospedaje Del Carmen and we have reserved our trip to Machu Picchu (30 and 31 July). The rest we will play by ear.
With kids, in reality, you can only plan so much - "the best laid plans..." and all that!
We have signed Little Miss 8 up to a home school program and have commenced informal study to get her used to the system. She doesn't like school at the best of times so that will be very interesting.
Oh well...best get back to the tidying up - it won't do itself (unfortunately).
A book in the making