Life is moving so fast as the moment, that it is all becoming a bit of a blur! With in that blur are some key things that have changed in the plan, some for the betterment of the trip, some that will make things a little more challenging.
The biggest impact on life right now is the decision to start spending time in a caravan. The story of how this came about is a long one, but ultimately, the need to prepare Sofia for life style of no immediate access to TV and internet comes to the forefront as she will need to start to find other ways to occupy herself. It will be a huge adjustment for her and one that is better to happen before we leave when I can give her the attention, than when we are on the road and I have a million things to focus on.
The plan has changed in other ways too, not least because there is definitely an escalation of ‘trouble’ in the world. I certainly expected at some point that Egypt and Turkey would be more directly subject to events, however, I believed that would be next year, long after we have past through. The issues are still mild in both those countries, however, the a yellow flag is raised for me and so not only have I been looking for alternative boats to take us across the Med but will look to seeing if we can bring the timeline forward a little. Either way, I plan to have a definite date of departure in the next few days, either with a pre-booked crossing or a plan to arrive in port (Italy or Greece) and find a way across when we get there.
One thing I am certain of is that we will not be cancelling as I fully intend to we get through before any serious escalation occurs. And as happens with changes like these other aspects change to meet the requirement. The best one being the school I would like Sofia to go to on our return, who have started their assessment process earlier initially to ensure that we would be ready for December, but clearly this will allow and earlier timeline to occur as well.
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