the mini break

brown painted infrastructure beside trees
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Suitcase wheels scrape along the floor

And hotel beds will creak as bodies hit,

Tired from a flight, run for after work.

And rest will not come easy as we’re out

At the crack of dawn, laughing in the streets,

Filled with foreign languages

That roll off tongues of sun kissed locals

Sipping coffee, in the cafe doorway shade.

And then we stop and stare; amazement

Gripping hearts and lungs and minds

As we see the sights we came here for;

The bricks and tiles and spires and doors

That mark the history that we drew

In our distant past. And now.

We spend the weekends racing round,

Snapping photographs for our Instagram,

Never really soaking in, the mastery,

The genius that elders left behind.

I’m dying to go on a weekend mini break to a European city. As soon as this is over, I am going to book a night or two in Barcelona and I will be the most touristy tourist of them all.

I’m looking forward to drinking perfect cappuccinos and taking photos of salads. I’ll walk into people because I’m too busy looking at my map or my tourist guide. I’ll try and communicate with the local in really bad Spanish. I’ll barely sleep because I want to pack everything in to two short days.

It will be glorious when we can travel again. I’ve never been much of a traveller and I normally feel homesick after a few days so I don’t fancy two weeks in Majorca. But short little breaks in the places that I always wish I’d been are going to happen.

Much Love

Rachel xx

we all need a little disney every now and then

Dreams of leaving life behind

And living in a fairy castle

Sometimes occupy this mind

As dreary news rolls in in waves

And all we want is to escape, to let it go

And have that happy ending too.

We went for a little walk through town today and Noah and I both stopped dead in front of the travel agents window. On display they had a poster of smiling people enjoying Universal Florida.

We went there two years ago and did the whole Disney and Universal thing for two weeks. It was the best holiday ever and I would give anything to go again. I think that COVID has taught me that we often need a little Disney in our lives, as cheesy as that sounds.

Right at this moment, I’ll say it loud and proud that I need the Florida sun on my skin, the constant happy music in my ears and colourful characters strolling past at any time. It’s the best anti-depressant that anyone can have.

I remember on our first day of the holiday we wanted to go to Universal and we had to book the shuttle bus at the hotel. We shuffled nervously up to the desk and this super enthusiastic American greeted us. He was huge and had mad curly hair. He was so happy that we both felt a little bit overwhelmed, but it became our normal over the two weeks. That’s what I want right now.

I did just watch Saving Mr Banks on TV and it really reminded me of how grumpy I can become and how much lighter I felt in a completely different world. I have to have everything just so at home, but there I lived out of a hotel room for two weeks and ate Pringles for breakfast. I was a different woman.

I hope that this year we can have that fun put back in our lives. One day I will be back in that park and not just staring at it through a shop window. I hope you will too.

Much Love

Rachel xx