Since leaving Edinburgh in November 2013 to begin our round-the-world honeymoon we have slept in 49 beds* and visited seven different countries: England, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.
Along the way we have caught up with friends and family around the world
We have also…
Driven on the left and right sides of the road.
Grown two teeth (Rafa)
Learned to love swimming and the beach (Rafa)
Rover family, California, March 2014
Failed to learn to surf (Jon and Sandy)
Had a bath in an esky (Rafa)
Visited some Hobbit holes
Hobbiton, Middle Earth (New Zealand) March 2014
Got married (again) and blessed our darling Raphael at the seaside
The Conran Wedding, and Celebrant, the lovely Bobbi. Australia, December 2013
Gained two new suitcases and a menagerie of stuffed toys, much to the delight of airport staff and fellow travelers around the world.
We have eaten Vietnamese noodle soup, frogs legs, kangaroo, my mums lasagne, freshly ‘caught’ mussels, tacos, sushi, fish and chips – obviously, possibly the finest desert of my life (an Italian lemon thing in California – Amazing) biscuits and gravy, bbq pork (we ordered nachos – but the pork was great so we did not send it back), prawns on the barbie, my family’s Christmas dinner (thanks Jeffrey), bbq salmon, our second wedding feast, two lovely wedding present dinners out, a bbq at Wilsons Prom, Chicken Parma’s, microwaved dinners and more motel breakfasts than we care to remember.
A local lunch in Saigon, Vietnam, November 2013
The baby has tried to eat pizza crusts, watermelon rind, banana, avocado, stewed apples, rockmelon, strawberries out of his nanna’s garden, mushy peas (London), sweet potato, potato chips, sand, his dad’s crocs, beer coasters and most recently rice pudding.
As he has traveled our son has grown into a charming, friendly smiley lad, who loves eating (shoes), swimming, sand, wind and walks.
In answer to the oft asked question, ‘What is it like traveling with a baby?’ I have to say we have loved it. Rafa is great company. With him we slow down. Instead of trying to do everything we do one or two great things and take time out during the day to do nothing – and in doing nothing we learn about the waitresses grandson (born on the same day as Rafa), we picnic and smell the sulfur in Rota Rua, sit in the park and look at the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the new bit of the world we are visiting. The correct way to travel no?
Rover family about to depart Heathrow, November 2013
Round-the-world Rafa back in London, April 2014
*This number may be inaccurate as it is based on a rough count during a jet lagged game of count the beds played by my husband and I.