Holiday? What Holiday?

Holiday? What Holiday?

One major disadvantage of having kids abroad is having to trade in your time previously allotted to ‘holidays’ for visits back ‘home’ – to ensure your offspring get some quality time with their extended family.

While in theory these visits need not be stressful nor expensive they are inevitably usually both – as well as downright exhausting.  It seems every time we return to Strasbourg after a lengthy sojourn in the UK we promise ourselves “Never again”; only to do it all again a few months later.

There are three obvious alternatives to this annual / bi-annual / trimestrial pilgrimage:

  1. ignore the family and go and enjoy oneself elsewhere
    PROS: you get to go somewhere different every year and have as much of a real holiday as is possible with children in tow
    CONS: snubbing the family is likely to result in ex-communication, no more birthday presents and being written out of various wills; hate mail is also a strong possibility
  2. ensure the entire family make regular visits to see you
    PROS: no need to go anywhere; regular free babysitters; constant supply of Marmite / Baked Beans
    CONS: overcrowding and peculiar odour due to constant flow of guests in the spare room
  3. get the entire family to emigrate
    PROS: no more travelling necessary, the availability of local, free baby-sitters
    CONS: well, you wouldn’t have emigrated if you wanted the family nearby – right?

As is often pointed out to us, it was our choice to move abroad so we really shouldn’t whine about it. Which is fair comment; but, although we enjoy seeing family and friends whenever the opportunity arises, I can’t help wishing that they all lived on a beach on the Cote d’Azur instead of in England.

By | 2017-01-06T11:16:35+00:00 July 3rd, 2011|Life in France, pointless whinging, Strasbourg|6 Comments

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  1. Amy Hulley July 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    The family is delighted to hear how pleased you are to be coming to visit and is looking forward to seeing you too.

    • Englishman July 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      Now, now.

  2. clare hulley July 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Everything you say is true, its the same for us, apart from the babysitting, marmite and baked beans!! Could you move to the Cote d’Azur, or even Normandy! The problem is that Stras/UK is too far for a weekend, or an occasional sleep over, which is the ideal way of seeing and keeping in touch with ones nearest and dearest. I guess this was a ‘tongue in cheek’ moment, best not to upset anyone.

  3. ted bradley July 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    WE are looking forward to seeing you all again when we visit L in Strasbourg and we WILL both be covered in anti- perspirant and smelling sweet!! Somewhat saddened at your vitriolic posting. AH WELL.

    • Englishman July 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      Vitriolic?! I’m just telling it like it is for us expats … it’s nothing personal.

      The fact is, if you raise kids abroad, you wave bye-bye to exotic holidays. Simple as that.

  4. Alastair July 15, 2011 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Why not pop in and see the pond?

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