Family Vacay


A.I. Generated Image of Our Family Vacation

As an Honor student, our eldest had the opportunity to go to Japan on Spring Break this year through her school. But for some reason not enough Honors students wanted to go and so they opened it up to anyone. Our daughter wasn't enthused with this development which meant a lot more kids and so asked if she could get a full refund and we go somewhere else as a family instead.

Sure, we said, you plan it all and we'll go wherever you like. Consider this our graduation gift to you.

So here we are in the picture above for the next 10 days. Doing what, I haven't a clue since I didn't plan a thing. But I think it is easily guessable and should you not be able too, I'll fill you in with all the details when we get back. 


A late update to this post. Two days before we were to leave, a major airline in a foreign country announced a strike for all their ground crews. Although our flights aren't on their airline, we do fly through their national hub. Our airline has already warned us (in a generic email) of probable issues and waived rebooking fees if we go through their website. I tried and was given eight options. Seven of those options would rebook us on the very airline having the strike. The only option that doesn't, does indeed take us around this country by adding a stop and half a day to the journey while flying on the same two airlines we are currently booked on and with very very short connections. 

From what I have read online at this point, the strike is planned to end the day after we arrive in this country to make our connection. Past strikes have happened before and it sounds like they do rebook if your flight got affected and you are compensated for expenses if temporarily stranded. So right now, I'm inclined to roll the dice and just continue on as planned, assuming our airline from the U.S. still takes off for this airport, and hope that ground crews on strike for only the one airline, doesn't necessarily mean our airline will be affected. If not, we may spend a day in a country we weren't planning on waiting for another flight to our destination. Fortunately, we don't have any hard and fast dates until mid trip. 

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. - Robert Burns


  1. I hope it turns out well for you! I'm looking forward to photos and narrative when you return.

  2. Hope you have a great trip with smoother flights than expected. I don't like any disruptions to my itinerary even if I'm not on a fixed schedule. Bon Voyage!

  3. Have a great time, Ed and family, and hope the flying is not too harrowing. Looking forward to hearing about it when you return.

  4. You're going to the Acropolis? That would be so cool if you are! We were there and I did write a blog post about it.
    My granddaughter's high school had a trip to Japan also but it was totally full and my granddaughter did not qualify since we'd already taken her there last year.

  5. Your girls are very fortunate to have the opportunities to see and experience the world. Have fun!

  6. Hey Ed. I hope everything went well and some of the worst-case scenarios didn't happen. Enjoy the trip and I look forward to hearing all about it. Safe travels.


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