So… we are really starting our trip now! After busy weeks of preparations we are on the road. Still in Poland, Cracow but tomorrow we want to cross Ukrainian border and jump around from happiness that first of 9 countries around the Black Sea is reached.
Amazing feeling to finally leave home towns (Berlin and Warsaw) with Renault Espace packed till its limits. Feeling of snail which has his home and all he needs on the back.
Wtf is maglownica?
Most important is that now we are both drivers, maybe one of us not super-fast and mama-like-careful but still! We have also all needed documents (with same names, good dates of expire, valid in countries we are going to) and car which is working (yes yes, kind of important!). We learnt a lot in this cars field while being in Warsaw. This is also the main reason of our one week delay. But now Tom knows very well what maglownica (DE: Lenkgetriebe), lozysko (DE: Radlager) and przewod hamulcowy (DE: Bremsleitungen) are, how small spring (DE: Feder) in doors can work (or not work), how awfully stearing wheel can sound. And learning is always good, isn’t it?;)
Space in Espace
Preparing the boxes which will be a part of our bed later.
We seriously enlarged our knowledge about space in Renault Espace! Bringing to reality good advice of Heike about packing into plastic boxes (two for kitchen stuff, one for Hanna’s clothes, one for books and maps, one for useful things, one for cosmetics, toys and everything else left), gave us the possibility of building bed in the car. We also have new comfortable seat for Hanna and kind of backpack to carry her, which we got from our sponsors – Horyzont Shop. Additionally dozens of pampers, wet tissues, milk, glasses with food, presents, laptops, camera, lences, blankets, pillows (a bit of luxury), dishes box from Samse and Till, small fridge, tent and maybe something more.
Not the first time
Even if the car is full I have a feeling that we have only things we really really need. We already travelled with Hanna a bit before: Berlin-Warsaw-Berlin of course, to Belgium, to Italy, to Austria, we know that the most important she needs except food and sleep are parents and their good mood. So we want to take this half a year easy and try to be anytime flexible. That is why we can’t tell you exactly in which country, in which city or village we will be which day.
Hania in the car.
Because our daugther’s speed of learing new things, changing way of moving and communicating with the world is amazing (I guess mostly for us;) – it’s worth mentioning that already since we left Berlin she started to crowl around, fell in love with standing and moving her hips and discovered her new and cheap hobby which are ropes and laptop cables. You want or not – we will keep you updated in this topic!
Get the party started
Finally really on the road!
And here we are, 600 km from Berlin, in Cracow. Last week was also good time to be in Poland and feel Polish (or half Polish, or husband of Polish). We stayed at my parents in Warsaw on the way from airport to the center – so we could see all coffins comming back from Smolensk to Warsaw. Then we came to Cracow the day before big funeral of Kaczynski in Wawel castle. So surprisingly our trip started from being in the middle of such events (plus totally independent from the ash cloud).
After three sweet days staying at Ania Morawiec’s flat (who – attention, attention! – is a great cook) and taking part on Sunday in her radio programme in Radiofonia.fm radio – we will start now.
The family without borders at radio radiofonia.fm in Cracow
Putting this post online is last thing we do in Cracow.
Our first book is out!
We have published our first book (for now just in Polish:) about our Central America Trip.
See, read and order here »