Since we're at the last week of Meivakantie, we decided to get the camper out of storage and do a test camping run for a few days this weekend before the kids go back to school on Tuesday. This turns out to be a bigger deal than originally thought, because not only did we have to do an APK (the yearly check every vehicle goes through here) on it (OUCH!), but Fred decided that we also needed a GPS system for it. Then he decided that the radio needed to be replaced (which it did - the damn thing still played cassettes!) with one that uploads from a USB (no more hauling our CD collection around YAY!), and oh, while we're at it, let's get rid of the clunky old tv that we never watched and still uses an antenna of all things anyway and get a new DVD player with USB so we can upload a bunch of movies on it for the kids to entertain themselves with.
And I'm thinking...who's paying for all this? I just paid our quarterly insurance payment (OUCH!), and we both had dental work done today (no insurance for that but the fees are government regulated so it's not so bad), and I just paid for another year of storage on the camper (OUCH!), and the kids need new summer clothes and shoes (ouch!), and the damn dog just went to the vet yesterday (mini-ouch), and and and...none of this takes into account our regular expenses. Oi!
I'm thinking that if we sell the youngest kid, we might have enough to cover some of these things. Otherwise, we're going to be eating macaroni every day for the next two months. :cP
We are actually doing all of this for our real vacation this summer. So far our tentative plans are to drive through Germany and Austria (with a stop in Vienna), and then on to Budapest and to Lake Balaton
for a few days. Then further through Hungary down into the Croatian Coast to (possibly) Dobrovnik, if we have time. Since our original plans were to go to Spain, and then got changed to Sweden and Denmark, take this with a grain of salt until we actually LEAVE. LOL!
It's one of the things I'm going to really miss once we move back to the States. All this lovely access to places that otherwise we'd never be able to visit. My gawds, I'll get to see the Danube! :c)