Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Travel Bug

I'm going to let you in on a little secret...

I'm kind of a homebody.

I like the comfort of my own home and my own things. Life is easier when my kids can sleep in their own beds and play with their own toys. Life is easier with my car, my washing machine and my DVR. So why am I going halfway around the world to hang out in a third world country?!

Because it's going to be awesome. And because it's good to get out of your comfort zone. And because I miss my dad. And because by the time I was Booker's age, I had already lived in three countries and Booker has only ever been to Mexico (Nogales- which doesn't even count.)

And lastly because Clark has a trial in Washington D.C. which is going to take him away from us for several weeks and I don't want to sit at home without him. So off to Cairo we go.

I'm going to let you in on another little secret...

I'm terrified.

Not about being in Cairo, but about getting to Cairo. I hate traveling with my kids. My Boys + Traveling = Waves of Vomit. It's not like they're actually sick, but for some reason as soon as we cross that state line/check into that hotel/unload that luggage, they release giant waves of vomit. When faced with something unfamiliar, they always resort to the same thing- barfarama. The must get it from their mom.

And that's just domestic travel. I'm not sure how they'll react when they're faced with over 15 hours of flying and jet lag. I imagine it will involve more than just vomit. I'll be sure to pack some extra pairs of underwear. Maybe some nose plugs and ear plugs for the passengers seated next to us. And valium. For the entire plane. But not the pilot. Lots and lots of valium.

I've been so focused on getting to Cairo, that I haven't thought at all about what we want to do once we're there. We're going to stop in D.C for a few days to hang out with Clark. So dear readers, with one day in Washington D.C. and two kids under four, what should we do and see? And for those who have been to Cairo, what was your favorite thing to do and see there?

Wish us luck!

6 comments:

Cherise said...

best of luck. I have no advice but that! have fun! I expect lots of pictures when you return

Logan said...

I am a sucker for the National Zoo.

But you should check out Gravelly Point. It's right off the GW Parkway, right on the river.. and right across from Reagan Airport. The planes fly low right over you, it is pretty sick.

Tess said...

I went to DC when I was 13 and we were there the day after the capital shooting. It was crazy! I remember liking the smithsonian with all the space stuff in it and the U.S. mint. Don't know what kids under 4 would like though. :o)

Diane said...

Air and Space Museum if its rainy. Zoo if its sunny. Do you need me to mail you some of my travel valium?

daveandlisa said...

The National Zoo is fun and I agree Gravelly Point is really cool too. It's just a big grassy park with a bike trail through it right on the river across from the runway at National Airport. And either way the planes will either land or take off right over your head. So close in fact that you're not even allowed to fly kites at this park. But also, like I told you before the Natural History museum is cool with all the dinosaurs and stuff and then the Air and Space Museum. Lots of hands on stuff at that one. And for you it would be fun to go up inside the National Monument to catch the awesome view from up there. Not sure you can fit much more in. Have fun! We'll need to hang out this weekend. You still up for swimming on Saturday?

Emily said...

I am SO excited for you!! You are going to do just fine with the boys and are going to have the time of your life. We will make sure your house doesn't burn down and we'll keep your pool company! :)

I'm going to miss you though...