You know it doesn't matter how many times I asked the kids at night and in the morning if everything is packed if they have everything for school because it always turns out the same yesterday Gianna forgot something Kelsey forgot something today Kelsey forgot her recorder for music class so both days I had to run back home and collect good day for God and then return to the school it's crazy
OK enough of my ranting so today I have a lot of things to do. I'm still continuing my ongoing organization within my house getting rid of a lot of the kids old stuff - toys, clothing and miscellaneous household items that we just don't use anymore.
I'll be making another run to the Salvation Army and to another local charity with some of these old belongings. Actually, what I like best is when there is a needy person right there when I pull up and i can actually give them to the person.
Last time I went to the Mary Brennan INN, a local charity in Hempstead, NY, my heart was filled with such joy as I gave Kelsey's old clothes to this woman for her granddaughter. Her eyes lit up and she hugged and thanked me over and over.
As we continue our 2nd Anniversary Celebration of our reality blog, today, I want to tell you about the most poignant travel experience I ever had.
Kneeling in remembrance of all the victims as I gazed down the train track that led to Birkenau (Auschwitz 2), the NAZI concentration and extermination camp. (c)travelincousins.com
Travel is always an exciting and eye opening experience, often associate with joy and wonder. But, sometimes, there are places and sights that are so filled with sadness that make it impossible to find words to describe the experience.
Our first day in Krakow began at 8:50am, when our tour driver picked us up at our hotel, along with another couple - a delightful mother and son.
We drove an hour out of Krakow to the place where the two biggest NAZI concentration camps in Poland were located.
Entrance at Auschwitz (c)travelincousins.com
On the way, the driver played a film for us called "The Liberation of Auschwitz" which featured the filmed footage of the only living Soviet filmmaker of the liberation of these camps.
There are no words for what was shown in this film. The inhumanity and calculated cruelty is unimaginable. I really cannot say anything more about this visit. It was a somber, sad and shocking experience.
The only thought I am left with is that evil is a very hard concept to get one's thoughts around. If the effort and passion used by the NAZIS was used for altruistic and humanitarian purposes, who knows how advanced the human race might have been from their efforts.
While it was not, in any way, a "good" travel memory, I am so grateful that I went to see first-hand the dangers of hatred and to honor all of those men, women and children that were exterminated and tortured during this very dark time in history.
It reminded me of all the blessings me and my family enjoy and how very important it is to know and study history.
I wish you all a blessed day!
Tanya's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 8 DAYS
Great fun ahead...
Howdy there Folks!
Happy Humpday... Did someone hit the fast forward button? Because doesn't it seem like we got to Wednesday awfully fast?!
What a day yesterday turned out to be.
In addition to the schedule that I already had, it turned out that I not only took Cosette to her Horseback riding lesson, but also had to run to the other stables as a favor for Jet and my mom, so I decided to take Cosette to visit Dream. It was a very horsey filled day!
Look Ma - NO HANDS! (c)travelincousins.com
Grooming Dream (c)travelincousins.com
One thing that I found rather funny, was that when Cosette was reading the Daily Scoop, she goes "WHAT?! We leave in only 9 days?!" I found this quite hilarious...
She reads the Daily Scoop - DAILY but I suppose she apparently hasn't paid much attention to our trip countdown.
She was all "I'm not ready...I mean I'm physically ready, but I'm not mentally ready." "I thought we still had at least 2 more weeks!" "I need to pack!" I couldn't help but laugh.
And speaking of packing, I am happy to announce that I am now almost done packing Dominic's suitcase. I still need to hit the stores and pick up a few new articles for him - but then I'll be done. And his will be the 3rd to check off my list.
Leaving the toughest one for last - My own! Which I'm hoping to start this big task this afternoon.
Then before Dominic's class, I'll be taking him for a haircut - getting rid of the newly acquired pompadour that he's recently developed. LOL
Saving my hair appointment for the morning of our travels - heck it's MUCH easier than doing my own hair! In case you didn't know - I've got 2 left hands when it comes to doing hair!
My mother was never much into anything stylish when it came to hair, and the only undo possible was a ponytail. So that, along with not having ANY girlfriends when I was younger. Yup I was pretty much what you'd consider a TomBoy. I never had any practice working with hair. And thus - I SUCK! I'm always amazed on days that my hair looks decent and I don't have to wear a hat! LMBO (that's Laughing my BUTT off)
Today, while Elisa is focusing on a very somber day in our travels (our visit to Auschwitz), I figured that I'd focus on something a bit more cheerful and happy. And since I am leaving in only 8 days, I thought that I'd catch you up a bit on what to expect on our trip!
In doing the planning for this trip I pretty much knew where I wanted to go, but not necessarily in what order. Heck from the time that Dave and I were visiting the Azores for the first time (March 2015) we knew that we HAD to go back!
In fact, here is a little excerpt from March 28th, 2015: If you don't already, you're gonna certainly wish you were here and start booking your own trip to Portugal and The Azores!
I'm not leaving yet, but I already know... As Arnold Schwarzenegger says "I'll be back!"
And that is when my little travel addicted brain started planning a BIGGER trip and one that would not only include the Azores, but also Portugal and Spain - which then grew into what it has become!
So anyhow, when booking the flights for this trip I wasn't sure if we would start the trip off with the Azores or end with the Azores (which we have opted for). And the only direct flights to the Azores from the USA are from Boston, and so that is our first stop!
Day 1: Boston, MA Activities - Tour of Fenway Park Mary Baker Eddy Library Waterfront and Harbor Cruise Meals - Veggie Galaxy, Gennaro's
While the kids and I have visited Boston countless times, Dave has only ever been last year (on our way to the Azores).
Our first day will consist of these 3 main sights:
The famed historic Fenway Park
Mary Baker Eddy Library - home to the Mapparium, a 3-story giant stained glass globe!
Waterfront and Harbor Cruise
I sure hope that you are subscribing and that you follow along on what is expected to be an amazing trip!
Of course you know that I'll be posting daily both on here and on our FB page each and every day from my stops and sites around Europe.
Come back tomorrow and join us as I share with you where we will be and what to expect on Days 2 & 3!