Friday May 11, 2018

IT DOESN’T SEEM TO MATTER how many times we do it – the countdown to a Big OE is always chaotic, shambolic and stressful. A month ago, it felt like we had forever. A week ago, it felt like we had a month. And here we are, with 19 things still unticked on our To-Do list … and stuff strewn in untidy heaps everywhere.

Right now, it feels like we’ll NEVER be ready on time – so, if we’re not at the airport on Wednesday, PLEASE START WITHOUT US!

We’ll make it, of course. We always do. And once we get settled into our Emirates seats … once we’re taxiing down that runway … once we’re up-up-up-and-away … it’ll all feel FAN-DIDDLY-TASTIC!

This Mad Midlife Adventure will start for-real 17-airborne-hours-later (aarrgghh) with a city tour and overnighter in Dubai … then we’ll continue to London, where an invitation to the Royal Wedding is hopefully awaiting us (I’ve sent an email to Harry and Meghan!) … and finally we’ll cross the ditch to Amsterdam, Holland, where our elegant cruise-ship, the Koningsdam, will give several blasts on its horn before moving slowly away from the terminal.

Our destination? The Atlantic Coast, the Baltic Sea, Scandinavia, St Petersburg, and the Norwegian Fjords – YEEHAA!

These beautiful lands at the top of the world promise welcoming cities, fascinating histories, drop-dead-gorgeous scenery. And we Kiwis are gonna get amongst it all – from the decks of our floating hotel. We’ll be going ashore and packing in as much sightseeing as possible … with heaps of time in-between to kick back, relax and have fun.

As we’ve said all along, we’re gonna have a BALL!

Anyway, right now I’ve gotta go and help Robyn squeeze everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink into our two small suitcases.

Stay tuned, won’t you. I’ll add more words, pix and tall-stories as soon as I’ve got something to report.

Just make sure you look after New Zealand while we’re gone – okay?

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

5 thoughts on “JUST A FEW MORE SLEEPS …

  1. Hope you guys are having lots of fun and having an amazing time! Send our love to Nanny and Grandad from the Garland Girls!!

  2. Hope it is all going well – please say hello to Alinan from her 3 Weston grandsons. No baboons in Northern Europe but what other wildlife can she run up against?

  3. Hi – I know everyone will be having a great time! I would appreciate if very much if you can please tell (and help) Noeline May to buy some ship wi-fi credit so that she can receive/send messages via her WeChat app on her phone to her family at home her daughter Cindy (me) has been trying to contact her via WeChat I thought the ship would have wi-fi free spots on-board for her to use but I was told they don’t and Mum wont know how to do this without some help – again thanks very much and enjoy the ship looks awesome!

    For those that want to track where the ship is use this link

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