It’s that school holiday time again. This time, Derbyshire schools get a week longer than Tameside schools so – surprise, surprise – I’m taking the Derbyshire break.
We’ve got a few ‘firsts’ this summer though. First time in Scandinavia (although I’ve wanted to go for years), first time away for as long as 5 weeks (we usually go for 3) and first time taking the doggies abroad (they’re usually suffering horrendous loneliness and torture in doggy prison).
Consequently, the dogs have had their rabies jabs etc and have been duly issued with passports.
Tilly is so excited at the thought of international travel, that she just doesn’t know what to do with herself,
whereas Dixie is finding the whole thing very worrying.
What if I’m sea sick? What if I don’t like the food? What if I can’t make myself understood? What if the immigration officers don’t think I look like the photo in my passport?
I think their passport photos are quite good likenesses really.
This is Dixie’s
and this is Tilly’s,
and in a few day’s time we’re setting off on our trek and Dixie’s blog will go quiet for several weeks.
We’re driving down to Dover and crossing the channel to Dunkerque, then going up through Northern Europe to the tip of Denmark and catching a ferry from Hirtshals across to Kristiansand in Norway. After that we’re pretty flexible. We’ve not doing any backpacking trips but hope to get lots of day walks and wanderings done, as we meander northwards. Maybe as far as the Arctic Circle, maybe not. What we don’t actually want to end up doing though is driving all the time just for the sake of getting up to 66 degrees north. Half way through the holiday we then plan to cross over into Sweden – wave to James across the miles of Arctic Tundra – and meander back south through the Swedish countryside. We’ve even got two series of Wallander on dvd to take with us……
And my best wishes also to everyone else out there with trips and holidays planned for the summer – wherever they take you, take care and have fun!