So of course we did it! (For those of you who haven’t been following, this is part 2 of this), We made it to “Wadi Shab”, just us: Four ladies and Bruno, our faithful GPS! The trip was about two hours long. Once we reached there we were immediately struck by the beauty of this place. The peace that surrounded the area was astonishing! I have never seen anything similar… Those majestic mountains reminding us of how small we were as human beings, the freshness of the air we inhaled and never wanted to exhale, you could almost feel it satisfying every inch of your brain. The water of an incomparable pureness … so blue and still that you could see your reflection in it! Although it was already the end of May, but the heat wasn’t bad at all. It was bearable and there was this cool breeze that would kiss our sweaty faces, every once in a while, and it would make us stop to savour the moment, each and every time! My idea of what’s beautiful has changed over the years, but I think this trip has just lifted the bar so high!
This trip was one of a kind. I learnt so much about myself and about who I am… deep down. When you peel off all the layers of “who you should be”, “who you want to be” and “who everyone wants you be”. Yes, those annoying layers that the community sticks on your back, and somehow you find yourself compelled to go with the flow. For once, I was certain that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to be judged, scrutinized and inspected with a funny look from head to toe! What a relief…! This feeling didn’t leave me once we left this magical place. No, it stayed… until now, it never left! the sense of comfort, freedom and confidence this trip has given me was immense! My tank was full and surprisingly it keeps of filling itself automatically! The place was magical! Really magical!
The trips that preceded this one, were of a different kind of magic! It was a different kind of beauty, a different kind of bonding and excitement.
We always loved traveling, my husband and I. Having a child never stopped us from doing what we loved, we just took him with us everywhere we went, and the outcome was nothing like we expected! Our travels with Adam were way more meaningful and so much more fun! The memories we made and are still making are priceless! A treasure that I keep forever locked safe in my heart!
We arrived Amsterdam after a 3 hours drive from Brussels, we were to stay there for three days. My husband –as usual- did a wonderful job planning and searching for the best places to visit when in Amsterdam and came up with a plan for each and every day. We were so excited to discover this place… Amsterdam the city of bikes- it is almost impossible to drive there because of the huge number of bikes on the roads, no wonder everyone there looks so fit regardless of their age!
One of the places we visited in Amsterdam was the Van Gogh Museum, which hosts many works of the famous painter. Although it was crowded and the estimated time of waiting to get the tickets was 45 minutes… Aghhh!!! Luckily we were eligible for “a special treatment” because we were with a toddler. Something that always warms my heart, when similar places understand the agony of waiting more than 10 minute with an excited, bored, full of energy 2 years old! So Thank you Adam and Thank you Van Gogh Museum lol
You might be wondering why would we even think of taking a toddler to a museum; Well it is something we love doing as a family, we also would like our son to go through life appreciating all what’s beautiful and peaceful. Plus, we couldn’t possibly go to Amsterdam and not visit the Van Gogh Museum! Few things that really helped us though were:
1- The short time we spent waiting for the tickets (Barely 5 minutes), if you intend to do something similar with your little one, it might be helpful to buy the tickets online, or check first if the place you are visiting have a special counter for families with babies and toddlers. This really saved us!
2- The first stop MUST be the restaurant! Even if you just had lunch. We passed by the cute little café, at the museum, we had lunch there and a piece of chocolate cake that made our bellies happy and so ready for all the fun we were about to have!
3- Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks! It never harms anyone to carry an extra bag of grapes and a cold bottle of water!
4- Do not stay too long! We stayed about 45 minutes after we left the café, it was just enough time to see what we wanted to see! And we left happy and still excited. Nothing worse than a tired child in a crowded museum
We also visited the famous Anne Frank House, the flower market (Oh how I wish we had something similar here in Bahrain), and the famous Canal belt of Amsterdam! We were in awe with the beauty of this place, a place we intend to revisit again very soon!
Although the trip to Europe was short -about one week long, but because of all the stops we made, and all the exploring and sightseeing we did, I was worried that Adam might not be too happy about it. So I prepared myself for the worst. Wanna know how we managed to enjoy every minute of our road trip? How we kept our little nugget happy at all times? Stay tuned and wait for my next blog post! There will also be lots of talk about treating sick babies with natural and herbal remedies, when you are miles away from home and when everyone around you is pressuring you to use that anti-inflammatory/ antibiotic already, while making you feel like you were a bad parent! Stay tuned xx