Wednesday, 19 March 2014

WordPress Daily Prompt: The Happy Wanderer

What’s your travel style? Are you itinerary and schedule driven, needing to have every step mapped out in advance or are you content to arrive without a plan and let happenstance be your guide?

My Plane to Switzerland from London Citiy

This was a plane I once boarded for a return journey from London City airport to Zürich.

I do not have a style, I have no time for styles. Arrangements for holidays in another country are no longer of interest, my days of family holidays are gone. I no longer need the stress, the organisation, when to go and when to come home. My holidays are at home. I live in the country, our summers are usually nice and sunny, warm, and I am surrounded by countryside. Perhaps the only thing that is missing is a beach, but Switzerland being without coastline, you cannot have it all.

At the moment I am doing my own thing. My dad, aged 98, lives in London and is moving  next week to an extra care apartment, where he will have the attention he needs. He can no longer walk so well, and needs reliable helpers to look after his shopping, washing and cleaning.

Today I was planning my travel style. Time is short, he only knew this week that everything would be OK and he has to move by next week on Wednesday according to the English council authorities that are doing the necessary. Today I was in town in the afternoon buying a few things that I will need. Afterwards I visited the bank and picked up some English money. When I arrived home I was on the computer having a look at flights to London. I wanted to fly next Monday. No problem, within half an hour I had everything, as well as organising my boarding card which the Swiss airline will send me automatically. It was also paid for by online banking. I have also booked my return flight, so now it is all systems go. My long year school friend will be helping me in London and providing my lodging for the week, so what could possibly go wrong?

Mr. Swiss is organising his week. Up to now he has received two invitations by ladies for a meal and a visit, so it looks like he will not be so lonely. I was wondering whether to go on Monday or Tuesday, but he said Monday will be better. You see he is very independent, cannot wait for me to do, so I will have no worries that he will feel lonely and he even knows how the washing machine works and the iron. He can cook and not only fast food.

As I have already mentioned yesterday, my WordPress site will be deserted, unless Mr. Swiss decides to blog, but I do not think he will. He said he would probably make too many mistakes in his English, although we understand each other perfectly (admittedly the home language is Swiss German). It is now evening and I rarely blog in the evening, so will now call it a day. Until Monday I will be here if nothing happens. 

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1 comment:

  1. Ahh, now this answers my question I asked on your previous post. I hope everything goes smoothly with your father's move into his new home.

    By what I read above, it seems you organise travel very much like I do.....efficiently planned, leaving nothing to the last minute.