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I Have No Idea Where I Am

So far on this travel adventure with my daughter I have learned several things:

American teens are JUST as irritating as the Canadian kind. And by irritating I mean completely sweet. Ya. That's what I mean. (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.)

Any teenaged girl, regardless of origin and nationality, will lose any and all capacity for reason upon walking into a cafeteria filled with teenaged European football players still in uniform.

Tour guides named Alberrrrrrrrrto make me smile.

Family politics will follow you across the planet and you will find yourself flipping off your brother-in-law on occasion and wondering what the penalty would be for smothering him with a travel pillow.

14 year old cousins will find a way to squabble no matter the country they are in. But just when you think you are about to lose your mind and your patience with them, you will find the two of them laughing and splashing together in the Atlantic ocean like they hadn't just tried to rip each others faces off hours earlier.

A church made out of the remains of thousands of human skeletons is only slightly less creepy than one might think yet slightly mustier than one would suppose.

When home alone with his sons, Boo will rise to the challenge by not only replacing Frac's entire wardrobe but by also shearing his youngest son's hair so the Jumbster no longer resembles a shaggy homeless child. Well done Boo.

I have also learned how precious free wifi is, how irritating blogging on an iPhone is and how important it is to pack a travel hair dryer or you will spend a lot of time walking around in Europe looking like a stringy haired rat.



Picture above taken at Ponta da Piedade, Portugal.

*I take no responsibility for any spelling or grammatical errors. Damn you Autocorrect. Damn youuuuu.*
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Reader Comments (27)

I hope that in lieu of the hair dryer you packed your "smothering pillow". They are always required on a family trip even if said trip is masquerading as a school one.

And that photo. Wow. And Jumby's hair. Also, wow.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTam

I can tell you're getting that "refreshing" change of pace and unforgettable lifetime experience that always comes with foreign travel :) Borrow a 220 converter from the front desk!

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Middle of the Bed's Guide to teenage travel survival:
Take pictures.
Drink and then Take Pictures
Post drunk picture taking on blog
the end.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRockstar

Sounds fun...enjoy!

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermuskrat

Totally loving the updates. A trip to remember for sure.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMidLifeMama

Sounds like you're having the time of your life! XD
best of lucks! we're loving the updates!!! :0)

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLilly

That's a very pretty picture there.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersteve shilstone

I'd be lost without my hair dryer, whatever the continent, whatever the country.

Sorry about the blogging limitations. In a way, it's kind of a shame, but in another way, maybe it will help you focus on the here and now, due to autocorrect avoidance.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan in the Boonies

You can turn off auto-correct, because yes, it's more of a pain than it's worth, especially on an ipod keyboard. I don't know how you wrote all that on such a tiny device, you're a better woman than I.

Am enjoying the blogs, look forward to hearing about the rest of the trip.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

I'm in Hawaii with 19 other people, wondering where my sanity was when I signed up for this. And my mother is here. Seriously, what the hell was I thinking? A smothering pillow would come in extraordinarily handy, perhaps I shall purchase one today.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarya

no matter where you go in the world there will always be eye candy and arguments with people you are chained to for days on end. \on the other hand there is running water and no pants no boots no toques. Keep having fun.

March 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhabanerogal

seeing you DID NOT TAKE ME ALONG I expect a freaking postcard.

And 'freaking' was NOT my first choice of words.

Love you more than my shoes. Even those awesome green ones.

*goes to wait by the mailbox*

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

I wish I were there (and since I'd be with your arguing family, I'd feel as though I were right at home!!)...

That is a beautiful picture. And no one will know if the brother in law gets "lost" while traveling. lol

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

That picture is breath-takingly stunning. What an amazing experience you and fric (even while traveling with arguing cousins and annoying brother in laws).

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Would love to see a picture of Alberrrrrrrto! Teenagers are fun travel mates but life would be dull without them :) Continue to have fun!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryann

Oh the fun of traveling with family!

March 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

[...] imagining is stringy hair, you’ve spotted a Redneck Mommy. And if you’re not in Europe, read I Have No Idea Where I Am and laugh like I [...]

Hairdryer, shmairdryer. It is times like this that the ponytail was invented. Pull your hair back, stick yer BIL with the girls, and enjoy! I had heard Portugal was wonderful, and your posts are just making me more interested in going.

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPotato Queen

I am really not trying to find Jesus in the grilled cheese here.... But when I viewed your picture on my iPhone it looks like there is a girl's face in the waves. Enjoy your travels!

March 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjenny

What a GORGEOUS photo!

Tim Shriver fights the r-word! Don't read the comments though . . .


April 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

Ok. I've now read your ENTIRE blog, start to finish. (That's what you get when you link to your very first post and have a handy-dandy notebook - I mean, "next post" button.)

I don't know what to do with my time now.

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

You're a braver woman than I. My brother-in-law drives me batty, too, and I'm sure I'd go apeshit if I had to go on vacation with him (or the rest of my extended family). Again. I've been on a couple, including one last year, and this year when my dad asked if my husband and I would be up for another family vacation I flat out said No.

April 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Come back soon, Tanis! We miss you

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Your website and twitter feed have really gone to crap. You talk about the same shit over and over. Who CARES?

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Reader

Sounds like a helluva trip. :) And where is that church made of bones? It sounds like one I saw on a travel show a few years ago that I thought would be interesting to visit. Continued fun and safe travels to you!

April 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPattie

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