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The only reason we left Wanaka and New Zealand was the planned family reunion on February 17th on the Big Island in Hawaii. We had planned this in August last year already! 2 weeks of vacation with Isa’s sister and her family as the only fixed point during our year around the world. It took us 3 days to get the from the South of New Zealand. No need to mention that M. & Z. were quite disoriented, confused and cranky for the first few days.

The Big Island is something like Lanzarote at first sight, just bigger. But after a while one discovers that it has  multiple climate zone and that it encapsulates all climate and geographies of an entire continent. Deep waters, high mountains, green pasture with huge ranches, lava fields, lush sub-tropical forest, lush English rainy regions, etc…

The best for me was of course to be on THE triathlon Island, the place where the Ironman World championship takes place every year. Not necessary to mention that I assembled my TT-bike on the first day to hit the mythical Queen K. already on the second day! What a feeling to ride on this highway where all the best triathletes in the world have sweated their guts out.  I feel very motivated, all the more that I will be competing in the Lavaman Triathlon on March 28th on the very same road. It will be my first race since May 2009.

Apart from Training and Sightseeing, we spend most of the time at the pools of the vacation resort. It is the best family friendly pools I have seen, with small beaches for kids, 4 different water slides for kids and adults, hot pools, pools with Dolphins, protect natural lagoon, etc, etc… amazing. Perfect to spend 2 weeks with the family with 4 young children. The other great thing at the resort is the BBQ place. We have already used it a couple of times to sear delicious american steaks and others treats. Will I lose any weight during this period? I think I have trained 12 hours this week and increased my belly buoy by an inch!

Anyway, that’s part of family meets. You talk, you eat you drink and you start all over again….and you celebrate birthdays! That’s right we took advantage of this reunion to anticipate Zoé’s 3rd birthday…but that is a different story.

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This was our favorite room, a 40 sqm or 150 cubic meter “lounge” with large windows. It was a place for working, relaxing, exercising, watching TV, listening to music and playing with kids. A choc for all of us to see boxes everywhere, in every room of our apartment. There is no stress free removal, whether you pack yourself or have it done by a removal company. Most stress comes from letting go, leaving behind memories attached to the house… and all farewell parties…They are critical rituals to let go, but I feel that I can never satisfy everyone, that there are always more goodbye to be told. Many expectations are left unfulfilled. Come with that, many late nights, drinks, etc.. All is well but it does not really help in terms of increasing stress resistance.

We are all very tired and, right now, we cannot enjoy the prospect of a relaxed sabbatical around the world. We are just looking forward to handing over the keys to the new owners, have a long night sleep before taking our one way boarding card on Monday from Vienna to Geneva.

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From the logistics side, 65 cubic meters were packed and loaded into a truck and trailer, that is already under way direction Jura in France. We will be there next Wednesday ready to off-load. Once this is done, a whole lot of stress will be behind us and I hope that we will start to enjoy the time that is given to us.

We now spend the last 4 nights at a friend’s place in Central Vienna, which smoothens the whole process and makes our departure seem a bit more natural. So long, Vienna

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Our trip round the world 2009-2010

Our trip round the world 2009-2010

We are leaving behind Vienna next Monday, the 24th of August…for good. One more week of stress. The movers are coming on Wednesday to pack around 60 cubic meters of material and transport it to our temporary home base in the French Jura. We have been very busy planning and preparing our next moves as a family on a sabbatical. The plan stands now, the tickets are paid, alea jacta est.  And our first station will be Leukerbad, a village in the Swiss mountains (Wallis) well known for its thermal baths. We will spend the entire month of September there mainly for rehabilitation purposes. I hope by the end of the month to be able to walk normally and even ride my bike again!

The real adventure starts on September 26th though! We travel back to Geneva and take the plane to our first Asian destination: HONG KONG! 2 weeks during which Isa will improve her Wing Chun skills with a local master, Manon et Zoe will discover Disneyland and I will be swallowing Dim Sums 24/7.

The next leg of our trip, planned on the 11th of October, is BALI & LOMBOK Islands where we will spend 2 months. I can’t wait to see again the rice paddies, the temples, the beaches and the Balinese. I can’t wait to eat every day Nasi Goreng with a Bintang Beer either!

We will leave Indonesia for SINGAPORE on December 10th. We will stay there only a few days, mainly to replenish our bags: SHOPPING BONANZA!!!

From SINGAPORE we fly to the Oceanian Continent; first Brisbane and Sunshine Beach before moving on to Wellington, the Malborough Sounds and the South Island of NEW ZEALAND.

The next leg and one of the most exiting one is HAWAII! from February 16th to March 25th we will discover the Big Island and Kauai. The best about it is that we will do this with Isa’s sister and her family who will fly from Maryland to see us for 2-3 weeks! I am also looking forward to this destination, as I hope to be competing in my first triathlon after a year of pause due to this knee injury. There are triathlons organised nearly evey week there!

We will then fly to Denver where an RV should be waiting for us. We will pack everything inside and discover the national parks, (at least) Zion, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains, Yellowstone and Glacier. We don’t know yet, if we will travel through Canada or not, it will depend on our mood. Destination is Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, Before flying some times in June back to Zurich.

Three, two, one…

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