Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Booking holidays can be tough

We all love a holiday, no? Even those of us who call it a vacation. Deciding where to go can be hard enough, but we got that sorted earlier in the month.

The next thing is choosing the actual hotel to stay in. Wife is always good at this. She really relishes the research. I, on the other hand, have never been much of a research type. So she whittled it down to three choices for me to cast an eye over this morning. We finally came to a decision based primarily on location and refundability should the need arise.

Then we had to consider the actual dates to go. The whole point is to go for Wife's birthday, which is 15 January, so we had a ballpark to aim for. However, when travelling with Italians things are never that simple. The number 13 is bad luck, so we can't travel that day. In Italy, the number 17 is also bad luck, so we can't travel then either...

Furthermore, Wife has a little Italian saying that she likes to mention at these times. Something like venerdì e marte, non si arriva, non si parte, which translates as "don't travel on Tuesdays or Fridays".

So we shouldn't travel on Friday the 12th, Saturday the 13th, Tuesday the 16th, Wednesday the 17th, or Friday the 19th. Well, I suppose that makes it a lot easier to choose the dates we can travel...



Blogger Tanya said...

Aaah. Italians. Gotta love 'em.

I have a day of Italian craziness ahead tomorrow.

26 September, 2006 13:57  
Blogger Candy Minx said...

Ha ha ha ha ha I am dying here...what are you trying to do drown me in my coffee?

this is gorgeous really....

26 September, 2006 17:43  
Blogger tideliar said...

I reckon you should travel whenever and she can join when the stars align :)

26 September, 2006 19:19  
Blogger ems said...

Red's making me look remarkably uncomplicated!

C. and I aren't the superstitious types - first date Friday 13th ten years ago.

26 September, 2006 21:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROFL, tideliar.
That does sound awfully tricky in arranging. I didn't know there were so many applicable Italian traveling date guidelines. Good Luck on choosing a date! But it looks like it will be beautiful whenever you actuall arrive.=)

26 September, 2006 21:13  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

that's hilarious!

every time i read about one of your adventures, i want to meet you more and more

maybe someday :)

26 September, 2006 23:57  
Blogger _z. said...

that's a hilarious story. So Italian Red is very superstitious. does she stand firm on this, or are these numbers just not too... encouraged?

27 September, 2006 03:40  
Blogger apositivepessimist said...

lets hope they have a flight for Sunday the 14th.

27 September, 2006 06:31  
Blogger Suze said...

Well, not many days to choose from there. Good luck!

BTW, if you have room for me in your suitcases... :)

27 September, 2006 10:09  
Blogger a giRL liKe mE said...

I suppose we all have little proverbs we live by - superstitions and the like. Hope you have a good holiday!

27 September, 2006 11:41  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Tanya: Yes, you sure do, krazy katz that they are.

Candy: Thanks. And breathe!

TL: Yeah, but neither of us likes to travel alone. Awww.

ems: Maybe if we'd started out on such a ominous date we would be able to avoid such complications now. Hey ho.

angelsarentfree: Thanks. It has been tricky. And in fact we've ended up having to fly on one of those forbidden dates. Just don't tell Red...

27 September, 2006 11:57  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Martha: I'm gonna come down to Texas one day. I have to see Lubbock at least, and Austin and Dallas are surely must-sees. So we'll meet up. Be careful what you wish for...

_z.: She's pretty firm on most of it, but the dates were getting ridiculous. We ended up booking one of the bad ones without even realizing it. Oops.

APP: See above.

Suze: I know. I'll let you know about the suitcase thing, but I suspect it'll be something of a squeeze...

a girl like me: Welcome. I guess we do all have these little foibles. They crack me up, though. When they're not frustrating me... Thanks.

27 September, 2006 12:01  
Anonymous Milla said...

Italians are always right (eh eh)all the time (eh eh eh), so you should do as your wife tells you. I should know: I am an Italian gal who is married to a non-Italian boy and whenever we travel together according to HIS plans, something fucks up :-D

27 September, 2006 13:48  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, it took a long to book--but seville's gonna be incredible.

27 September, 2006 14:39  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

*, oh my... Lubbock???... really??

no no... lubbock's just a big bowl of dirt... if you and red come to texas... hit up austin (you'll LOVE austin), dallas ('cause that's where i live and there's tons of fun stuff to do), fort worth (incredible arts! has two of the most famous museums in the world) and san antonio (if you want a little texas/mexican culture)

but definitely avoid lubbock :)

28 September, 2006 19:45  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: It's almost impossible to go wrong when so many dates are out of the question, no? ;-)

MJ: Hope so. Really looking forward to it!

Martha: Lubbock will be a Buddy Holly pilgrimage. Although apart from his grave and a tribute statue I'm not sure much remains. They bulldozed the houe he was born in, for example. Like, uh, well done, Lubbock council. We'll be sure and get your advice before travelling, though.

29 September, 2006 09:12  

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