Those who know the O'Pachs well, know we are planning a gap year global trip in the near future. This trip to Malta (Grandparent safety-net notwithstanding) was supposed to be an opportunity to practice carrying everything needed in individual back packs. This meant packing with purpose, and planning ahead to ensure the most important items were brought and the superfluous ones left behind.
We all packed well in advance of the trip, then re-packed a day or so before leaving. This way we could ensure the best distribution of items, while respecting the size and weight limits for carry-on baggage. I was all ready and realized I had room for an extra couple of items. Keeping this windfall of space to myself, I decided to pack two extra watches. I've got my compass watch, an automatic and a hand winding vintage one as a back up. A man needs to be on time and in fashion.
However, I only packed one pair of pants - and in fact I didn't even pack them - I wore them on the flight. But I've got three watches for three weeks.......face-palm.
Erin is nothing if not persistent. We had heard about this bakery in Xaghra that made bread fresh, daily using the last stone bread oven on the island. Gozotan bread is famous for its hard crust and light fluffy innards. We tried on four separate occasions to purchase bread from this place:
, but were turned away each time. We were not sure if it was a matter of miscommunication (they are also a restaurant and have tables that were empty every time we went in) or bad timing, however, on the 4th try, success!! The woman in the bakery was perhaps as old as the oven, but the bread was amazing! Persistence paid off.
Extended travel with kids could be a challenge. Separated from their friends, class mates, toys and other creature comforts of home, keeping them entertained can be hard to do. Don't get me wrong - my kids are troopers. They will walk for miles, while only complaining ever so rarely, and they know we didn't come all this way to lay on the couch and watch Netflix all day. However, considering this is a three-week trip, they can, on occasion, get a little out of hand.
However, these are rarely effective either. Best to just let them have the ipad (stupid Judo lessons....).