Holiday report card

The holiday is over and the reflection has begun.

Was all the planning necessary for our first trip away with a dote? Did Lil D have a fun? Did the grown-ups have a good time? Was it worth it?

We aunties went into this with our eyes open.  Kids, we were reliably informed, moan.  They get hungry, they get tired, they’re enthusiastic about what they like, less so when they aren’t interested.

Hans Christian AndersonSo we brought snacks in prepared packs (mini oreos, yogurt covered raisins, raisins) and Lil D looked forward to scoffing the lot everyday.  We planned one big activity a day (zoo, Tivoli amusement park) and took it in our stride when Lil D and D Daddy (not a natural traveller) were too tired to take a walk through Copenhagen just to enjoy the sites.  We aunties went without them as they settled in for an evening in front of Danish tv.  We could not go to Copenhagen and not visit the Little Mermaid, but didn’t mind that Lil D missed her.

We had plenty of activities with us, and free hotel wi-fi allowed Lil D to indulge in her first love, dance.  We had a dance party everyday, with Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie quickly becoming the theme song for the holiday!

Amusement ParkYes D Daddy suffered from lack of sleep, an unfortunate flare up of his eczema, and the loss of his phone due to overheating in a European plug socket, but he also got to eat some great food (mostly burgers!), went on the scariest rides in the amusement park and saw his first real life rhinoceros.  It all balanced.

Lil D loved being with her aunties, the hotel buffet breakfast, the make your own ice cream sundae in our first restaurant, every ride at Tivoli, the polar bears.

Seeing it through her eyes was a joy.

Cinnamon bunsMaybe for her, it was any city in the world, but she has been to Copenhagen, how many 7 year olds can say that!?

And us aunties? Well done us, we say. Everything we brought was used, including the birth certificate / letter of consent.  Well done Dublin airport for questioning the fact that Lil D has a different surname from us.  Yes, a little odd that we were able to leave the country unquestioned, but at least we got to use it on the way back!  We got to share one of our favourite cities with our Lil D and we all made it home in one piece!

A+

Snack Packing

Oh the fear.  Low blood sugar related grumpiness. A tired dote who doesn’t want to go any further.  Being out of time or out of options to stop and eat or worse still, unfamiliar “gross” food. With an early start, a bus trip, an airport wait, a flight and then a train ride the opportunities for frustrations, fatigue, hunger and grumpiness are many and varied. Hopefully, with a bit of planning we can lessen these odds.

We know from experience English breakfast tea is in short supply when in Copenhagen so that’s a definite packing must.  We also like to travel with extended snackage, i.e. not just for the flight, so further thought is required.  Making sure we start with familiar food when we arrive is also high on our list of to-dos.  Breakfast is included at the hotel so we will start our days well but out and about the whims of a dote need to be curtailed.

Research, research, research.  It seems like a constant task since we started on this path and internet, you have been less than helpful.  When you google travel snacks, or snack packs it’s the same list of 10 foods that seem a bit of a stretch for dote purposes.  True we want our snacks to be energy fueled, sustaining and generally not sweets.  Sugar rushes won’t make the days easier. But I can’t see me packing peanut butter and hummus.  We are trying to travel light here.

Ziplock bags. That’s what I foresee.  Cheerios, popcorn, grapes, raisins, cereal bars, yoghurt covered cranberries and Lil D’s favourite, chewing gum. D’ya think we have enough?

Snackage(And will they last til departure?)