Wednesday, September 15, 2010

the ups, the downs

I have been traveling for the past two weeks through Belgium and Holland with my husband, solely by bicycle. I wish I could post some images for you right now, but I'm using the computer at my hotel, and my brain simply cannot deal with details like transferring images from my camera to a strange computer. Many things have been going through my mind as we pedal pedal pedal, finally landing in Amsterdam a couple of days ago where we are taking a well-deserved break. I have a rash on my ass, which is very unattractive on anyone over the age of 3 months. Mostly, I've been thinking about all the things I want to write, and how difficult it can be to go on a vacation when really, all you want to do is stay in bed and read a book, and how traveling abroad is nothing but a series of ups and downs. The Downs are when you can't find a hotel for under 100 euro in a town you don't even want to be in (Rotterdam). The Ups are when you find your lost bike path in the middle of a field of cows after pedaling back and forth for 30 minutes, looking for the teeny-tiny numbered sign. The Ups are so up, the Downs so down. So, as much as you may want a vacation, a vacation is still life, just with a different set of problems and worries. That being said, I'm having the time of my life.

6 comments:

  1. dude, you're my hero! enjoy the downs are where you get to go really fast!!!

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  2. Kinda jealous, though not of the rash. I recently read that cyclists doing long hauls should scrub and moisturize that part of your body that is against the saddle all day. You might want to wait until the rash heals before doing any vigourous scrubbing, though.

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  3. So great!!!!
    Try keep enjoying all of it!
    In the moment!

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  4. I totally understand what you're talking about - the highs and lows of the "vacation". Hang in there. I can't wait for picutres and stories. Go to a pharmacy if your butt rash gets nasty - they have amazing over the counter drugs in Europe and are most helpful. The pharmacy is one of John's favorite places when we go to France...really! Miss you.

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  5. You probably have saddle rash off the cycling, try and take it easy on the tenders! Sounds like your having a good time though still.

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