When you´re living abroad, away from your family, travelling and flying with a baby usually happens quite a bit earlier than you would probably normally do. If on top of that someone of your family back at home is very sick, then the baby might become the youngest frequent flyer the airline has had so far. So yes, I can say I am already a real pro in flying and travelling with a baby.
When I moved to Spain it took me quite some getting used to the working hours, especially after having worked in Denmark and Germany right before moving here it felt like I suddenly had these never-ending days. The concept of 9to5 working hours is completely unknown (5? That´s when you just sat down after lunch again) and it would be more something like 9.30to8 or something.
So this week I am not working but I am away from home the whole week. My manager sent me to this course at our corporate university which is called Leading Self or know yourself. We only started yesterday and the content of this course is pretty intensive and gives food for a looot of thought but actually it also feels like a little holiday full of me-time at an amazing place!
Just some examples:
• Last night after dinner I have been catching-up in bed on Grey´s Anatomy
• I took a bath and did some reading, an actual long foamy bath! Can´t reminder when was the last time….
• Long uninterrupted showers are the norm here, with body lotion after each shower (that´s at least 3 bonus points)
I guess most of us in the North of Europe know that life down south has a different schedule in terms of work, eating and bed times, going out etc. It is pretty well known that Spaniards for example have dinner quite late (in Dutch standard the “quite” can be replaced by “very”) but I had never realised what this means when you have kids.
Co-sleeping, or sleeping with your baby in the same bed, is another topic of great difference of opinion between the North and the South. I have to say that before the bichin was born I didn´t really have an opinion on this and also hadn´t given it much thought.