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30 days of indie – day 8 – love learning

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Day Eight:  Love Learning

If there is one thing I have learned about children it’s that they love learning, and they just want to be with you! One of the many wonderful benifits of travelling with our children has been “finding time” for us as a family, and lots of it.

While renovating our Italian farmhouse in the mountains we were together as a family every day for two years. The only time we were seperated was when I once ended up in hospital overnight. This new life in Italy was a time for us all to bond. It was father and daughter time, time to teach new skills. A time for mum to step back, and watch them giggling away together.

Moving away from our complicated lives gave us back each other.

We had no TV, hardly any toys, simple clothes, and yet we had so much more than we ever expected. A far simpler life.

Our children  make friends in any language….it’s something I like to call “Love Learning”

 Life’s Postcards

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project –  designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

 

30 days of indie – day 6 – fear

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Day Six:  Fear

Okay so let me warn you in advance, this is about to get messy, very messy!

My back goes out, ambulance arrives and I am taken to our closest hospital. Hubby and the kids following along behind. Now let me tell you that at this time my Italian was limited. I am put in a room with two old ladies in the beds beside mine.

A doctor comes in, no clue what he’s saying…he says it louder…still no clue! More doctors come and all talk very loudly to me…nope no clue. At last a young nurse with a smattering of English and she is the star! The one classic moment was watching her hold court over the doctors…I hoped she wasn’t like the scene in La Vita Bella where he is translating the German guards words, start to giggle. The doctors don’t see the funny side.

So tests are ordered (remember I warned you!). Long story short a stool sample was required, too late I’ve already gone. No problem the Nurse takes it from the loo (without gloves I swear it, and that time of the month). I am in pain, no idea what’s going on, Sam has still not arrived and everyone is talking very loudly in the hope that I’ll understand.

At last Sam arrives. It turns out that I am in the Geriatric Contagious Ward. This explains why everyone entering the room is wearing gown, gloves, mask and booties. There is no other bed. Our children aren’t allowed in and Sam can’t stay as he left them with the nurse!!

I am in overnight, the lady next to me sadly dies. The other lady near the wall keeps getting up, her hair wild and she keeps taking off her gown then pulling out her drip. Each time I press the buzzer, can’t move to get up, and just have to watch. Appolonia tranquillo, tranquillo...they settle her back to bed. Ten minutes later she’s up again. At some stage through the night I wake and see a man sitting in the corner of the room. I drift back to sleep. In the morning her son is there in the corner keeping her calm, she sleeps.

I am taken off for x-rays, the young man leaves me in a corridor. I wait, and wait, nobody comes back for me. I call out, nobody comes, there is no sound just my heartbeat getting faster. Nobody comes! I can’t get up. I am scared now. Calling out and finally crying. Found at last. Sam is there with a nurse, our dear friends Claudio and Piera are minding the kids. By now I am hysterical and there is no way I am staying,  we leave. I cope with the pain and slowly heal at home.

A new fear sets in, what if something were to happen to the kids? What if they needed to be in hospital? The seed is planted and ferments. We decide to return to Australia….two years after arriving we board a plane.

 Life’s Postcards

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project –  designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.

30 days of indie travel – day 3

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project

Day Three:  Music

When I was growing up I always knew where my Mum was in the house.  She’d always be singing. Good times, bad times, and really really bad times she always had just the right song. Usually turned up loud and often accompanied by tears. My life could be mapped out with the songs that touched my Mother at the time.

As I grew older I found my own songs.

I was returning home from England in my 20’s after being away from home for three years. As the plane was coming into Sydney airport they played this song …that was it. The tears flowed.

Our first Christmas in Italy, we decided to make a disc for our parents. I think the theme was “lets see if we can make them cry” which we succeeded in without doubt. This is my favorite song from our time in Italy. It tells of a man leaving his village for the unknown, not knowing if he will ever return.Leaving friends and family behind. It resonates!

And then there is Andrea Bocelli…who is special for so many personal reasons which I share here.

So tell me, what are your songs? Why do they mean so much?

 Life’s Postcards

My 5 favorites from 30 days of Indie today

Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging project – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project –  designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.