The Fawn must be crazy

30 Aug
Yikes, I really did it. I really bought a ticket to fly to Germany in late September.  I’ve been thinking about it for months and had initially wanted to go during the summer, but I kept putting off the decision, and anyway, it’s so much cheaper to travel in the fall.  (At least, it’s much cheaper when the airline of choice is Condor.  It flies from Whitehorse directly to Frankfurt.  Well, actually, it stops in Fairbanks, Alaska, but the flight back is direct, anyway.)
The main reason for my trip is to go see my Oma.  She turned 83 (I think) this year and while she’s still as healthy as can be expected at her age, I always have this niggling thought that I can’t take her time for granted at this point.  We have a special relationship because I lived with her for a year and it happened to be the year that my Opa passed away.  I also happen to be the mother of her one and only great-grandchild, and that’s gotta count for something!
Anyway, having the Condor flights as an option saves a lot of travel time, but they fly only until the end of October and don’t start up again until next summer.  I’m still hoping to have an extra family member by next summer, which would make travel even more complicated.  So I decided to bite the bullet and travel this fall.
It’ll be just me with Jade on my lap.  I admit to being nervous about surviving the 8-hour-and-40-minute flight from Fairbanks to Frankfurt with an active toddler, but I figure one day of pain is worth it.  (Oh right, and one day back…)
The main downfall of living in Whitehorse, far away from our families, is that we tend to spend a lot of time and money on travel to see them.  It’s been a few years since I saw my Oma, so it seems like it must be her turn now.  Besides, I’m bound that Oma will get a chance to meet her great-granddaugter!  The fact that my parents are there is a great bonus, especially as I’ll be seeing them again in November at my sister’s wedding.
But now that I’ve booked the flight to Germany, I’m thinking, hmmm, it’s been even longer since I saw my grandmother in Taiwan.  We’ve unfortunately never had much of a chance to get to know each other, travel to Asia being even more difficult than travel to Europe.  Maybe I should start planning a trip with two kids, after all… 

3 Responses to “The Fawn must be crazy”

  1. Nemmy August 30, 2007 at 2:17 pm #

    Wow! Have fun!! Give Oma a hug for me… Mike and I are still toying with the idea of going there next Christmas… though there\’s also another family reunion coming up, isn\’t there?? 

  2. Fawn August 30, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    I think it\’s OUR turn to have you for Christmas next year! ;P  Next family reunion is 2009. 

  3. Murray August 30, 2007 at 3:28 pm #

    There are a lot of advantages to going to Germany outside the summer crush – mostly, the hordes of extra people are gone. I spent 2 winters in Munich (1990-91 and \’91-92), and can\’t even imagine dealing with summer crowds. I think it\’s great that you\’re going – so many people just don\’t make the time to visit, and then spend the rest of their lives regretting it. 

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