Posts Tagged ‘travelling with toddlers’

Travelling fun

November 20, 2014

It’s always a long day when you’re at the airport before Mr Sun has got out of bed.

Despite the early start we were far more interested in the activities Mum packed for us than sleeping.

Despite the early start we were far more interested in the activities Mum packed for us than sleeping.

Transiting through Miami was a breeze with our new bags.  And we got to ride the Sky Train!

Transiting through Miami was a breeze with our new bags. And we got to ride the Sky Train!

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Nope! Still not tired!

But when we got to the hotel we ate then crashed!

Packing

November 17, 2014
Counting out essentials.

Counting out essentials.

More essentials.

More essentials.

Can't forget our swimming gear.

Can’t forget our swimming gear.

Everything in.

Everything in.

Zipped up.

Zipped up.

Hang on…. don't forget my cars!

Hang on…. don’t forget my cars!

Suitcases

October 12, 2014
It was so exciting to choose our own suitcases for our upcoming vacation.

It was so exciting to choose our very own rolling suitcases for our upcoming vacation.

We practiced rolling them as soon as we got home.

We practiced rolling them as soon as we got home.

Then I thought I'd get a head start on the packing.  My swimmers, nightie, pillow for the plane and new Princess Sofia book.

Then I thought I’d get a head start on the packing. My swimmers, nightie, pillow for the plane and new Princess Sofia book.

There, fits perfectly.

There, fits perfectly.

Rafa just packed his Ninja Turtle shampoo.  Apparently that's all he needs.

Rafa just packed his Ninja Turtle shampoo. Apparently that’s all he needs.

The Old Town of Bandon

July 10, 2013

This is the view from my bedroom at the Sea Star Guesthouse in Bandon.

11 downstairs view

And this is the view from Mum and Papi’s bed.

11 upstairs view

Not surprisingly, none of us got out of Mum and Papi’s bed until 8am. We enjoyed a long, leisurely breakfast and then headed to the Port of Bandon for a stroll and to admire all the art and sculptures. 

11 Port of Bandon

11 Rafa at port of Bandon

11 whale riding

We headed into the shops to escape the wind and cold and ended up purchasing and extrememly tacky, plasticky windchime.  I think me breaking it in the shop had something to do with how we ended up with that.  All of a sudden the shopping excursion was over and we were back having an afternoon nap at our seaside cabin.  Tough break.  The plan is to head back down to the port for fresh fish for dinner tonight.  I think I better be on my best behaviour or I’ll be sleeping in the dog house.

By Rafa.

Clear Lake

July 2, 2013
Clear Lake is about half an hour from our cabin.  We hired a row boat there this morning.

Clear Lake is about half an hour from our cabin. We hired a row boat there this morning.

But Rafa wasn’t keen on the idea (well, he liked the idea of the boat, just not the life jacket).  So Papi and I went out for a while whilst Mum and Rafa played on the dock.

3 Papi and Ana close

3 Papi and Ana mid

3 Papi and Ana distance

Rafa was much happier about the picnic in the woods with lake views.

3 lunchtime

3 Rafa pointing at lunch

3 Rafa at lunch

By Ana.

A day in San Francisco Airport

April 18, 2013

We arrived at San Francisco feeling not too shabby considering we’d just got off a 12 hour flight.  After clearing customs and immigration, rechecking our bag for Portland, walking over to Terminal 3, another security check and a bathroom stop for teeth brushing and a change of clothes (Rafa gulped down his milk as we started to descend and then brought it all back up again just after the seat belt sign went on so both Mum and Rafa were a bit stinky).  We were all ready for our next flight, except that we still had another 7 hours to fill in at Terminal 3.

A couple of hours were spent at the playground.  Both Rafa and I made some new friends.

A couple of hours were spent at the playground which we found between gates 87 and 89. Both Rafa and I made some new friends so Mum sat down and had a coffee.  Who said she wasn’t going to get a break travelling with us two?

And another hour or so playing with the books, princess dolls and games Mum had packed for us.

Another hour or so passed playing with the books, princess dolls and games Mum had packed for us.

Rafa enjoyed watching the planes.

Rafa enjoyed watching the planes.

And I did some celebrity spotting.

And I did some celebrity spotting.

We spent quite sometime looking for dinner because despite the wide range of options I just wanted a peanut butter sandwich.  Except their peanut butter didn't taste like I was used to so we went back to get bananas and apples.

We spent quite sometime looking for dinner because despite the wide range of options all I felt like was a peanut butter sandwich. But their peanut butter didn’t taste like the peanut butter I was used to so after all that we went back to the food court to get bananas and apples.

Rafa and I nodded off when Mum was walking us around the shops.  When we woke up she was having a foot massage!

Rafa and I nodded off when Mum was walking us around the shops. When we woke up she was having a foot massage!

Back at the gate and ready to board.  It would be nice to see the Golden Gate Bridge or go on a tram ride or something like that next time we visit San Francisco.

Back at the gate and ready to board. It would be nice to see the Golden Gate Bridge or go on a tram ride or something next time we visit San Francisco.

By Ana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raglan without a change of clothes

April 14, 2013

A visit to New Zealand without going to the beach is like being without Lucy.  Something is just missing.  So this morning we headed across the winding roads to Raglan.  One of New Zealand’s best surf beaches.

The trip across the divi got the best of Rafa who puked up all over his T-shirt.

The trip across “the divvy” got the best of Rafa who puked up all over his T-shirt and pants.  At least we had his hoodie with us to change him in to.

Then I had a little mishap in the cafe (after my fluffy and "chocolate shark) ending up pantless.

Then I had a little mishap in the cafe ending up pant-less.  Abeula’s fleece didn’t make very good substitute – not by lack of trying.

Resulting in us both getting new towel capes.  Jeez, the lengths we have to go to for beach wear!

The result was a quick scoot around the surf shops and the purchase of towel capes.  Jeez, the lengths we had to go to for those!

After some food, a run around the play ground and beach (including dipping our toes in the water)

After some food, a run around the play ground and along the sand (including dipping our toes in the water) we all felt much better.  Nothing like that sea air.

And now we have our towel capes Mum might take us to the swimming pool tomorrow if we're lucky!

And that Raff and I are the proud owners of towel capes Mum said she might take us to the swimming pool tomorrow!  All is well that ends well I say.

By the way, I really liked the fluffy in “The Shack” cafe.  It came with a chocolate “shark” (my name for it).

By Ana.

A sunshine welcome

March 27, 2013

 

The trip was, as expected, long.  Especially the big wait between planes at LA airport.

The trip was, as expected, long. Especially the big wait between planes at LA airport.

But after 24 hours of travel we are at Abuela and Iggy's house.  It took me no time to find a ballerine costume (just my size!) and for Rafa to find food.

But after 24 hours of travel we are at Abuela and Iggy’s house. It took me no time to find a ballerina costume (it’s just my size!) and for Rafa to find food and an aeroplane toy.

And we spent the afternoon outdoors on the patio.

We spent the afternoon outdoors on the patio.

Without our jackets and shoes!

Without our jackets and shoes!

 

Riding the suitcases to the big plane

May 8, 2012

Lucy and I riding the suitcases at Buenos Aires Airport.

At the gate it was so exciting to watch the big planes, buses and fire trucks rush around outside and I enjoyed talking to Papi about what I could see and my plans to sleep on this flight.  Music to Mum and Papi’s ears.

By Ana.

The surprise backpack

April 29, 2012

Mum and I are so excited to give Ana her surprise travel backpack.   We still have to get Lucy in there yet but we did a practice run and she should fit.

It's filled with books, paper, stickers, crayons and pencils. Bows for her hair and new Dora socks and Dora sunnies. Snacks, her Dora waterbottle and a pillow for her neck that looks like a dog.

Papi is going to like this backpack too because there is a bit that he can hold on to to keep her close by.   But most importantly we hope the pack keeps Ana entertained for all three flights today!

By Rafa.