there’s no place like home.

Whenever I take a trip, I always feel like I’m back home in the blink of an eye.  How is it that they always go by so quickly?  Next thing you know you are waking up in your own bed at 4:30 a.m. totally unable to go back to sleep.  So here I am with my cup of coffee waiting for the 1,500+ photos that I took to load on my computer.

That’s Nyhavn in Copenhagen, taken the first day of our trip.

Unfortunately, unlike Dorothy I didn’t just click my heels together three times and wish myself back home.  Instead Mr. Q and I suffered through a very long, long day full of frantic moments of rushing mixed in with hours of waiting in long lines and enduring uncomfortable airplane seats.  Oh how I envied those lucky souls in first class with their down filled pillows and duvets.  I always love how the airline makes you walk through that area to get to your tiny cramped seat in the back of the plane as if to say ‘just look at what you are missing!’

So I added it up, Mr. Q and I waited in no less than 15 really long lines yesterday.  The worst line was either the 2 hour line to check our bags in Copenhagen, or possibly the 10 minute wait to use the bathroom at JFK in New York (I really had to go).  It’s a toss up.  We left our cruise ship at 8 a.m. Copenhagen time (the equivalent of 1 a.m. Minneapolis time) and we got home around 10 p.m.  So 21 hours.  Ugh!  I might have to burn the clothes I wore.

A funny little tidbit about the 2 hour Copenhagen line.  They seemed to be trying out a new form of security questioning.  In addition to the typical “did anyone ask you to carry an item on board the plane?” and “what is your final destination?” they also asked things like “what was your favorite thing from your trip?” and “do you have any hobbies?”  No lie folks.  They were lovely, friendly people and they made their way down the line chatting with each person in this fashion while they looked over your passport and I assume tried to guess whether or not you were a terrorist.  By eavesdropping I discovered that the people behind us were retired firefighters from Minneapolis whose hobbies were fishing and hunting.  Perhaps they are thinking that potential terrorists will be put on the spot by these unexpected questions!

We had an amazing time on our trip, so in the long run it was worth it to put up with those long hours of travel.  I have so many fun things to share with your guys.  My plan is to write a post a week about each of the places we visited.  I think it will take most of the summer to get through them all.  But don’t worry, they will be mixed in with more posts about furniture makeovers, gardening, garage sale finds, Debbie’s new house and whatever else strikes my fancy.  So I hope you’ll continue to stay tuned.

In the meantime, I’m really happy to be back home again in my own space.  There truly is no place like home.  Hang in there while I recover from jet lag, get caught up on blog comments (by the way, a big thanks for all of the congratulatory comments sent my sister’s way, she loved getting them and she is over the moon about her new house), and then I’ll see if I can remember how to paint furniture!

16 thoughts on “there’s no place like home.

  1. Welcome back. We missed you for our Memorial Day weekend pool party. But it was cold so we mostly sat by the fire and listen to music. I can’t wait to see your pictures!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Everywhere we went looked like a travel poster! The fjords of Norway were stunning. The misty fairy glen on the Isle of Skye was magical. I’m looking forward to telling you guys all about our trip!

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  2. Couldn’t agree more, as fabulous as traveling and experiencing all the beautiful wonders of this world are, there truly is no place like home. Look forward to all the travel photos with detailed escapades to follow.

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    1. Yep, it’s always a little bit of a relief to be back at home sleeping in my own bed, driving my own car, and not eating every meal in a restaurant. Stay tuned for lots of travel photos, maybe even too many??

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  3. “I might have to burn the clothes …” haha. That’s already a beautiful picture! I have never been to Copenhagen, only drove on the highway on the way to Sweden. You were lucky, you arrived in Northern Europe when the weather changed. We had two weeks of beautiful weather and it changed today to pouring rain.

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    1. We were totally lucky with the weather! And you definitely have to head over to Copenhagen. Are you very far from the bridge from Malmo? Copenhagen is such a fabulous place to visit. I see a road trip in your future 😉

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  4. Happy home ! Nothing like sleeping in your own bed! Looking forward to seeing the sites. I really enjoyed the Scandinavian countries!
    Smiles, alice

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    1. The Scandinavian countries are fabulous! And the people are so friendly and welcoming! It’s so easy to get around, and so easy communicate since most speak English as a second language.

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  5. Welcome back! You know I get the flying thing, the wait for the bathroom, etc. I just know I had better make it to Copenhagen before I leave my job… and maybe make it into business class! 😍 Can’t wait to see your pics!

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