Well, this should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, but surprise! Lee and I are planning another Europe trip. 5 months from today, we’ll be on our way.
How can we afford this you ask? Skymiles. You see, roughly 5 years ago, when Lee and I were planning our wedding, I suggested that we sign up for the Delta Skymiles Card. While we had some money set aside for our wedding, I figured if we were going to have the party we wanted, it was going to involve some debt. And if we were going to incur some debt, we might as well get some credit card perks to go with it. As we planned our wedding, we would put all purchases on the credit card, and then pay it off as soon as possible. We managed to amass a fair number of miles this way, but not quite enough to pay for a honeymoon. That would have to wait.
Then 4 rounds of IUI and 2 rounds of IVF happened. We’ve got miles coming out of our ears at this point. So many, in fact, that we’re able to pay for both of our flights with miles and still have enough leftover for another trip. I guess that’s our silver lining? Thanks inferility!
We’ll start the trip in London as usual, because that’s our favorite place in the entire world.
Why do we love London so much? The history is definitely a huge part of it. Walking through a city with over 1,000 years of well-documented history is pretty awe-inspiring. Also, the food is pretty amazing. Don’t let anyone tell you that Brits don’t know food. That’s false. London is a melting pot of culture, so there’s something for everyone when it comes to food. The last time we were there, we had great pub food, but we enjoyed fantastic Italian and Turkish fare as well. The walkability of the city is another reason to be obsessed. There’s so much to see in London and most everything is conveniently accessible by foot, tube or train. Finally, the hotel company I work for has such great hotel deals over in Europe that it allows us to stay in luxury without breaking the bank. As long as they keep offering such a generous perk, I will make sure to take advantage.
After a fun-filled 4 days in London, we’re heading to Amsterdam!
Neither Lee and I have ever been to Amsterdam, unless you count an hour-long layover at their airport. There’s so much to see in the Netherlands! We’ll be spending 3 days there, and so far have plans to do a half-day trip out to the countryside as well as a trip to the Anne Frank museum. Other than that? We’ll do what we do best on vacation. Walk around and take in the sights.
We’re hoping to take the Eurostar out to Amsterdam, as they now have a direct from London. On the way back we’re planning on making a stopover in Brussels. Depending on how long we have in Belgium, Lee would like to make a quick trip to Bruges as well. One of his favorite movies is the dark comedy “In Bruges” so Lee’s looking forward to channeling his inner Colin Farrell for an afternoon. (I’d personally prefer that he channel his inner Colin Firth, but that’s another discussion altogether).
Bruges is known as one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so I’m looking forward to taking in the history! After a quick trip through Belgium, it’s back to London for a couple more days to wrap up our vacation.
Naturally, we’re hoping for a big fat positive at the end of this cycle, which would make this vacation a pretty epic babymoon. In the event that we don’t get the outcome we’re hoping for, we’ll need something to look forward to. While I don’t know that there’s anything that will quell the sadness and disappointment we’ll be experiencing if this round doesn’t work, spending some time in our favorite place will probably help to ease the pain; at least for a little while.
Keeping up the cautiously optimistic attitude in the meantime. T-minus 4 weeks until we learn the outcome.