In 2013, I made my first trip to South Africa. I LOVED it. So much so, that I remember asking my sister how old would my nephews have to be for me to take them on safari. I said maybe for my 40th? That is how the idea of having a destination party came to be for my birthday this year.
I sent out announcement with Christmas cards, warning everyone to save the date and start saving pennies. I even started hoarding my airlines miles and hotel points.
Fast forward to July, 2015 and the questions started. Where are we going? What’s the plan?
The original list included, Maldives, Thailand, Seychelles, Russia, Alaska, Haiti, Italy, France, Germany ,Australia.
My cousin, Natasha and her husband, Jan, were just tremendously supportive in planning this party. I can honestly say it would not have happened without them. Jan become the official Party Secretary. I highly recommend his services for staying on task. I am pretty sure I would still be thinking about where to have this party, if had not been for him.
There were lots of phone calls, emails, texts, facetime and even in person meetings. It was at one meeting, where Party Secretary 2 and 3, Christianne and Norbert, assisted in narrowing down the location. We were all in Boston, visiting Natasha and Jan. At that point, the party was leaning towards Russia. Why Russia? Well, Katy wants a Faberge Egg Pendant. As one does. Haha. You can just imagine that conversation Wait? Who’s Katy? What is this Faberge egg? And why Russia? Thank you, Norbert, for pointing out that maybe going to Russia was not the best idea. (FYI-Faberge Egg Pendants are not available for purchase in Russia)
My friend, Will, had been helping me search Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway, for house rentals. We had found a manor house in Bliestorf, Germany, Herrenhaus Gut Bliestorf. It fit the bill. So the decision made we were going to Germany.
Then came the fun part, how does one handle the logistics of getting everyone to Germany? Very carefully. Ironically the timing of my decision, coincided with my decision to move to Australia. I had some fun conversations. “Hi Lesley, how are you? It’s been a while. So my birthday trip location has been locked to Germany, and by the way, I am moving to Australia”
So passports were renewed, tickets were booked, guidebooks were purchased. And then we had to wait. Oh the torture, it was almost like having kids on a road trip ” Are we there yet?” The months turned to weeks to days and then next thing you know we were heading to Germany!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this crazy adventure.