Exactly the day we needed

We are having a wonderful time on our trip so far, but despite all the pictures and amazing sites, reality happens here, too.   We get hungry, tired, and grumpy (and that’s just the mama).  People need to use bathrooms at inconvenient times.  Trains run late.  There’s nothing on the menu that sounds good to a picky 8 year old.  We get sad about missing family and friends (and our cats).  We get lost and turned around (a lot).  We get anxious about negotiating things in a language that’s unfamiliar.  It’s good and hard at the same time, as most things worth doing are.

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After leaving my parents in Berlin on Tuesday night, which made us all feel sad, we decided that Wednesday would be a do nothing day.  After heading to restaurant downstairs for breakfast, we picked up some groceries and then I proceeded to take a 2.5 hour nap while the girls played legos.  During the afternoon, the girls watched a movie and Bill and I read for a while.  We made a simple dinner and then headed out for a stroll in the park.

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I’ll confess that sometimes days like this are hard for me; there’s a part of me that wants to see more and do more — not to miss anything.  But I know that for us to survive traveling for this long that we must punctuate the busy with the calm, the exciting with the routine, and I am so glad we did.  It was a exactly what the four of us needed.

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