Have laughs, will travel

Sometimes, you just need to act like a nutter.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In December of 2009, M and I spent a week in Geneva and five days in London before returning home to Canada.

We had been living in the UK while I was on research leave for my MA, and we really wanted to wrap up our trip in a special way.

We figured stops in two brilliant, bustling cities (in the weeks leading up to Christmas no less) would make for an excellent send off.

Now, suffice to say that I love my husband madly (emphasis on the mad) and when I state that we have a heck of a good time travelling together, this is not hyperbole.

This is fact.

During our time in Switzerland, we bopped about the place, our eyes semi-sprung from our sockets, incredulous at how expensive everything was (I mean, twelve francs for a happy meal!? How is that even possible?), attempting to take in all the jaw-dropping beauty offered up by our environs.

M is half-Swiss so we had the immense pleasure of staying with his amazing cousin Lisette, a woman whom I love dearly – so much so that I will be hard pressed not to name my first child after her.

(If luck should have it that it be born a boy, well, he’ll have to endure. Perhaps some hard living country songstress will write a rousing tune about him and his namesake. It would be a bona fide hit; a certified chart topper.)

Lisette’s sister Bea is another of my all time favourites – she is the epitome of chic. Her doggie Tisha is also the epitome of cute, with her eyes that melt your heart, and magical powers to make handfuls of biscuits materialize out of thin air.

On our first day in Geneva, we toured much of the old town and then visited St. Pierre Cathedral. Having climbed to the bell tower, we took full advantage of an empty observation deck to partake in some high tom foolery.

Exhibit A:


On our trip to Bern, M kept asking me to take photos so “it looked like he was running to jump aboard the train while it was still moving.”

This is the best I could do:

It’s amazing the associated press hasn’t been blowing up my phone trying to get me to come and work for them.

Perhaps one of my most favourite laugh-until-you-cry-and-then-bloody-well-laugh-some-more moments came when we were in London.

It was our second day in the city. We sprung out of bed at an early hour, despite having walking some twelve-odd hours the day before, so eager we were for adventure.

Boy was it was cold as heck.

We arrived at Kensington Gardens and immediately were besieged by hoards of hungry, and as such, aggressive water fowl. They were absolutely insatiable! I managed to capture the madness (albeit all too briefly) in the following video.


Finally, because I’m a silly, silly girl, and I’m always asking M to pose for inane photos, I requested that he pretend to tickle the giant, mummified hippopotamus that’s hanging two stories up in the Museum of Natural History:

And then pet the skeleton of some poor prehistoric beast that perished in some Jurassic tar pit and/or meteor shower:


Just typing out these words – just looking at all of our many photos from this trip has got me feeling homesick. Yearning for our small, rubbish flat on Rotton Park Road, my running loop at the Edgbaston Reservoir, my young English students at Right Track School, the beautiful red brick at the University of Birmingham, and all the carefree nights and weekends M and I spent around the city, and different parts of the country.

So you’ll have to excuse me.

I’m off to take some photos. I’m off for a new adventure.

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Vanessa Woznow

Writer, runner, ranter, reader. I write about all things.

16 thoughts on “Have laughs, will travel”

  1. wot? no kawmintz yet? thanx for the me(s)moreez.
    (boohoo, our favorite biggreykiddee izz missing). apart-from-that (and, well, uh, more, iffi thawtuhbowtitt) … CHEER! (there’ll be beer)

  2. Lady, just one question: Can I borrow your husband the next time I travel? hee hee! The Significant Other is a stick in the mud for the most part when I visit my beloved Spain and I’m relieved he stays home while I go and enjoy six weeks in the sun. If it’s cold, he complains. And if it’s hot, it’s worse. I need a fun companion! Someone who will make me take photos of him while he pretends to catch the train! So funny, that shot! Yep. I definitely need someone like your husband. Does he have a brother? :)

    1. Of course! I am very open to working out an arrangement :) I suppose I’ll have to let him know, but all in good time. Plus, I’m sure he would love to check out Spain! He’s really good for a laugh, super strong, and adventurous to boot. Just let me know when you’re thinking and we’ll work something out. :)

  3. Love this. Obviously you fell head over heels for each spot and the family (pup included) sound wonderful. What an adventure and so many treasured memories!! Thanks for sharing this, lady. I am dying to get to the UK for a trip and you’ve just made me want to go that much more!

    1. Dudette, you must, you must! I bet if you and Mr. J went you would have the trip of a lifetime. Glad I could add a little fuel to this flame – it’s one that I love to see burning bright!

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