Wednesday, 3 August 2011

The leper's anus, & other stories

Nappies, nipples, nose wipes. Bottles, bibs, buggies.

Changes of clothes, snacks, toys, and books. All part of the preparation involved in taking a toddler to the shops just 45 minutes away.

It’s overly complicated and clumsy, and while it gets easier the more often you do it, it doesn’t encourage you to take longer trips with anyone who regularly leaves snot on the knees of your pants.

Never being ones to do things easily, we’ve decided to take our offspring on a trip somewhat further afield, all in the name of 'a holiday'.

We’ve decided it would be a fabulous idea to spend 12 hours inside a germ filled metal tube, eat from tinfoil containers, not actually sleep, and share a bathroom with 300 others. With a toddler.

This joyful experience will sadly be disrupted by a 5 hour stopover in a city that may or may not be on the brink of hosting an overthrowing of its government. Once that potentially anarchical interlude is done with, we get to climb back into the germ rocket and repeat that 12 hour adventure all over again, this time with added sleep deprivation, body odour, and crankiness. With a toddler.

A full 32 hours and 18 thousand kilometers after we leave our home and worldly goods for all manner of burglars and thieves to scavenge through, we should arrive at our destination on the other side of the globe. There we will spend 4 days recovering from the inevitable jet-lag, attempted murder, and whatever bug or virus that will have been generously passed onto us by our passenger companions. With a toddler.

Once we have regained the use of our legs, realised that day is night and night is day, and established that the locals can’t pronounce the letter ‘e’, what else would we do other than pile everything and everyone back into a plane, which in my humble opinion is as healthy a thing to do as lick the anus of a leper, and fly to another city. Not just any city, but a city recently flattened by a massive earthquake. Where we will spend 3 days presumably sightseeing sights that no longer exist. With a toddler.

When we are done with our stint standing & pointing at empty spaces where cathedrals used to be, we up the tempo. We take the holiday to another level. We all pile into a camper van with all the speed and mobility of a fridge tethered to a lame hamster, and spend the next 2 and a half weeks driving three thousand kilometers through drunken rugby fan, sheep, and fault lines all the way back to where we started. With a toddler.

We can then reflect on the glory that was our Antipodean adventure on another 24 hour flight in leper’s undergarments. We will have another 18 thousand kilometers at our disposal to remember the laughs we had cleaning up vomit for the first 4 days, the piles of rubble from the 3 thereafter, and the road rage and loss of our deposit from the last 2 weeks.

Upon our arrival home at some unseemly hour, we can all pass out on the bare floor before calling the police and house insurance to report the theft of everything we hadn’t managed to drag to the other side of the planet and back.

What a great idea this was. I’m already getting excited at the mere idea of it.


22 comments:

Hockeymandad said...

So where the heck are you going?

JJ Daddy-O said...

Yeah, I can't figure that out, either.

Ms. Moon said...

God, I've missed you.

Bonnie B. said...

You should definitely start writing for travel magazines.

Veronica said...

On the upside, I hear the sheep are HUGE on this side of the equator and fault lines or no fault lines, the mountains are still there.

Valery said...

Hobbit country..... Lived there in 2003 and still miss it.
Enjoy the snow, bungee jumping and whatever crazy sport they have invented now again.
Have a burger at www.burgerfuel.com with the sweet potato fries if you can.
Hope you have a fabulous time there!

Anonymous said...

Australia, Japan and New Zealand?

With a toddler? You mad mad crazy man!

Mish (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)

suzannanana said...

Ah, so glad to see your back! Sounds like a lovely trip....

hairyfarmerfamily said...

*sucks air through teeth*

steph said...

Enjoy the rugby. With a toddler... hee, hee!

womb for improvement said...

You really know how to sell this stuff.

Jane G said...

There's a lot to be said for a week in Ballybunion all the same....

Edith said...

I really don't understand people who does those stupid things with little toddlers! Just the idea of it would freak me out!

;)

Mwa said...

You make it sound so romantic!

Umer Munir said...

Great Post!
BTW, Anyone played Face Breaker?

Sign: DXF File

Putz said...

went on holiday with my toddler also{32 years old}
went to lava hot springs which like lourds you put in parts of your body to be healed <><>eveyone goes in and because it has mineral properties they don't clean the water<><>so germs and virus stay except it is 112 degress and hardly even your body part lives<<>stuck my foot in <><>maybe when i go back again i will stick my other foot in<<or my third foot in

Susanica said...

Wow. You're making our upcoming trip to Europe sound like a visit to heaven. By the way, do you still have your X-box? Cuz the kid's gonna be in nappies for a while. ;-)

BABY STEPS said...

Ahh I figured the last stop as I live in the land of the long white cloud. FYI we are famous for sheep (shagging jokes aside) but along your travels if going north you will likely see far more of the bovine variety. Enjoy your trip

Sinead said...

Have you thought of the option of sedation? i hear doctors can prescribe wonderful things for toddlers taking long flights.

Martin said...

@Hockeymandad - To the shire!

@JJ Daddy-O - Ah well, keeps you busy!

@Ms. Moon - aw, bless.

@Bonnie B. - I could be paid to stay AWAY from places

@Veronica - I like a bit of lamb...

@Valery - Will do, really looking forward to it now

@Anonymous - Just the last one! and yes, probably.

@suzannanana - hope so!

@hairyfarmerfamily - Don´t...

@steph - hahaha, yeah, that might be a casualty alright

@womb for improvement - hehe

@Jane G - Yes, very little of it good mind...

@Edith - hahah, we are you´re guinea pigs! what happens if we say it was a DISASTER!

@Mwa - of all the things it may be....

@Putz - Hot springs in NZ too!

@Susanica - Back to the motherland again eh...

@BABY STEPS - It's all NZ, looking forward to it now.

@Sinead - For myself? yes.

frogpondsrock said...

You will have to wave at us from across the Tasman and it is the letter i the lazy buggers cant pronounce.

Alexicographer said...

Ah, I scoff at your traveling-with-a-toddler now that I'm traveling-with-a-preschooler. Enjoy these simple days when you can still outrun her!

Have a lovely time!