A Travellerspoint blog

June 2009

The windy city

Chicago, the point of departure.

It's called the "windy city" but it's been hot as hell and no wind in sight. I always thought that it was so called due to the winds coming off of Lake Michigan. I was wandering in Borders yesterday to get some reprieve from the heat and found a "Best of..." book by Lonely Planet. Browsing through the book while sipping on a coffee in the much appreciated air-conditioning, I found that the nickname for Chicago isn't what I thought. According to the Lonely Planet the windy-city was so named due to the long-winded politicians of Chicago. So, no wind for me today....

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We are lounging at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Chicago, awaiting our departure to Rome (via Dublin). It is becoming more and more difficult for me to sit and wait. I am ready to begin the trip and explore the Roman Empire (and hopefully learn some of the history along the way).

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The kids have already put me in my place as a travel companion and not Mom. It's difficult to remember that they are growing into adulthood quicker than I would like to think. I have been over-ruled a couple of times and our trip has barely started. I am trying but it's hard to not be Mom.... I am sure that there will be many instances where I 'forget' and treat them as children instead of the adults they are becomiing...

I don't think that we have forgotten anything essential. We managed to charge everything overnight so all the electronics are charged, packed and ready to go. If there is anything that we forgot that we cant live without....it will have to be obtained along the way.

More to come soon.

Ciao (bye)

Posted by Khandilee 09:36 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

Introductions....

or Mom's chance to embarrass the kids!!

I'm a little late on this but before we head out to the great country of Italy, I thought I would introduce 'TheTreftFamily' to those that may not know us...

Me: My name is Candy and I work as a travel RN in the US. I am 39 y/o and mother of the below-mentioned near-adult/adult children. A wanderer at heart and finally have the means to explore my wanderlust (hoping to share a bit of it with my kids).

Corey: Oldest of two children. Eclectic, writer, comedian, dreamer, non-conformist, and handsome 21 year old man. Always able to make you laugh. Best, most devoted friend anyone could have.

Trinity: Baby of the family. Sweet, kind-hearted, loving, confident, adventurer, achiever, would give you the shirt off her back if she thought you needed it. Pure blond at moments and lover of life. Beautiful inside and out 15 y/o young lady. (Will be celebrating her 16th birthday in ITALY!!)

So....we are ready to head out on a family adventure with very little experience under our belts. We are certain to have times of awe, aggravation, enjoyment, frustration, thankfulness, and a plethora of other emotions along the way. In the end, I hope that it brings us closer as a family and gives me the opportunity to witness first hand what beautiful and intelligent young adults my children have become.

Wish us luck and good travels. And please drop a note along the way...it will be interesting to see who is following us on this blog.....

Posted by Khandilee 12:46 Archived in Italy Tagged family_travel Comments (1)

23 Days....2 hours....32....31....30 minutes

...as the countdown approaches, the stress increases!

Actually, I will be leaving Elko, NV in a mere 11 days (or 5 more shifts, if you want to look at it that way). I am planning to travel across country via caravan with my travel RN friend Teresa. We will split up in Missouri as she heads home to visit her family and I head on to Louisville to meet up with Corey. I am so excited about having the kids together again (it's been almost a year!). Also looking forward to a little time with just Corey and me to catch up on what's been going on in his life....Never thought I would miss him as much as I do! OK, I did know....

Corey got his passport without too much difficulty and I am still waiting for Trinity's to come through. I have been having issues with the passport office in San Francisco. It seems as though I 'forgot' to mail some imperative piece of documentation and I have been fighting through automated answering machines, messages undelivered and too many minutes on hold in attempt to find some answers. I am crossing my fingers in hopes that her passport will come through on time for our departure....feel free to send a prayer up if you believe in that sort of thing! I'm sitting on pins and needles hoping that we will have her passport in hand in time....

If the passport issues aren't enough, I am also fighting with the Nevada board of Nursing regarding my permanent license. My temp license expires on June 2nd and I still have 5 more shifts scheduled to work on this contract. It seems that the NV BON decided to sit on my fingerprints for about two months before forwarding them to the FBI for my background check!! I'm just having no luck at all when it comes to government agencies right now!! I did get to have a nice little chat with the FBI the other day and that's not something that just anyone can say they have done. It would appear that my fingerprints checked out with them, so you wont have to send my mail to the federal pen anytime soon. Now if I could just get someone to light a fire under NV Board of Nursing......

I really wouldn't mind missing out on my last 5 shifts in 'hell' but I had budgeted my last two paychecks for the trip and it's going to cut me short if I dont end up working....we might be eating Raman noodles if that happens. Do they have Raman Noodles in Italy?? Someone might want to fill me in!!

So....only two hours on the phone today and I am still no closer than I was on Friday......

Posted by Khandilee 12:10 Archived in Italy Tagged preparation Comments (2)

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