The adventure begins
After many months of talking, planning and packing, our adventure has finally begun. It still feels very surreal and the excitement has turned into nervousness. Are we doing the right thing for Aiden and the family? Will we manage to travel the world on a limited budget and manage to keep a three-year-old entertained along the way? Right now, we don’t have all the answers but our overwhelming sense is yes, this is the right decision.
Although we have only just arrived in Rio de Janeiro, the simple things like walking to the supermarket as a family, buying a few items, and walking back to our new home has been such a pleasant change in pace from what we are used to back in Cape Town, it is already confirming to us that we have made the right decision to embark on this journey.
Our journey began with a long commute from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro on TAAG Angola Airlines, via Luanda and Sao Paulo. We were apprehensive about travelling such a long way with Aiden, however it ended up being relatively successful and Aiden, just short of three years old, was a superstar. We had a couple of small meltdowns, but considering the total travel time was close on 24 hours, it was a very positive experience.
We will be spending the next two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, our plan is to travel slow and soak up the places we are for as long as possible before moving on, we also hope that slower travel will keep the disruption in Aiden’s life to a minimum. It is important to keep things as normal as possible for him. I think so far we have managed to do this well, he still watches his beloved Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam cartoons in the morning, and he made his favourite Red jelly for dessert last night and in typical Aiden fashion insisted on finishing the left overs for breakfast this morning.
Our main goal of this year is to spend time with each other as a family, and thus Lauren and I don’t want to get consumed with social media and blogging, however we do also want to share our experience with everyone that is interested and to show people that taking time away from the 8-5 grind and prioritizing family is possible. Considering this, our plan is to post weekly on our blog about our experiences and adventures on the road. This may not always be possible, but it is our aim.
Our first two days in Rio have been relatively low key, as we come to terms with the change in time zone and generally familiarize ourselves with our new home and surroundings. Our AirBnB host has been very welcoming and has helped us immensely in getting to know our way around the neighbourhood.
Other than exploring our immediate surroundings, we have managed to venture down to Copacabana beach. Although the weather thus far has been less than cooperative we still managed to have a great morning. We played in the sand, paddled in the water, splashed in puddles, and even got caught in a thunderstorm.
Travelling with a two, almost three-year-old, allows you to experience the wonder of the world from a completely different perspective, and while I will be writing predominantly about our travel activities and experiences, I will most certainly try and provide you with some of the wonder, as seen through the eyes of Aiden.
Lauren will also be blogging and will focus more on the culture, lifestyle and fashion of the places we visit. You can read about her experiences and perspectives of our trip here http://www.ourmassivefamilyadventure.com/lifestyle/
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