"I just booked your flight. You leave tomorrow morning," said Mum's message.
The news was surprising, to say the least, seeing as a week before then I hadn't even been sure I'd be travelling at all! 😯Nevertheless, I mentally hopped on board the last-minute plans, and started packing for my trip. 🕶🎒🛫
We were going to Portugal for Christmas - one of the European countries that I've been looking forward to visiting for a while now. 😃 🇵🇹 I have to admit, though, that I didn't know much about it before we travelled; and that fact was emphasized more and more during our first few days there...
One of the biggest regrets I have of the years I spent in the UK is how little I travelled within the country while I was living there.
In the months following my move there from Kenya (my home country - which I haven't seen much of either by the way 😩) , my mum & I visited a few popular places (Wembley Stadium being the only one I remember clearly, lol); a year or two later, we tried our hand at local tourism yet again and visited Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace & the Big Ben - also in London. However, there are so many other places I planned to visit, but never did.😔
That's why I resolved to do things differently once I moved to the Netherlands.
Ever since I moved to the Netherlands, my Mum has been planning to come down here for a visit. Little did we know that it would take almost two years before she actually did so. She eventually came to the Netherlands this past summer, and she was here for just under a week; and together we explored parts of the country that even I hadn't seen yet.
I'd assumed that we would book a hotel here in the Hague for the duration of her stay, but she wanted something different; and so we ended up staying at the SS Rotterdam.🛳
Someone once told me that the best way to get to know a person is by travelling with them to a different place; and after the experiences I've had so far travelling with family and friends, I couldn't agree more. You learn a lot about a person - and they learn a lot about you - when in a different environment from the one you're both used to. In some cases, the experience can work against a friendship, but in other cases, it can enrich it - just as it did with mine & Kanyali's. 👯😊
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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