In the past two weeks, I've had to see the Family Fun Bus towed away...twice. *sigh* This is putting a serious damper on our daytrip plans. But, it's also given me pause to consider all the places and adventures we've taken with the Fun Bus.
One of our very first trips after arriving in Germany was to Paris. My fearless husband at the wheel, our van took us through some of the busiest areas in downtown Paris...where cutting people off is akin to survival. My parents and my brother and his wife were along on that trip. My father (Travel Grandpa), riding shotgun, asked "Did you just cut that guy off?"...Travel Daddy: "Yes"...Travel Grandpa: "Good job!" That's all you really need to know about driving in downtown Paris.
We've also stretched the limits of how much could be packed into a minivan. I think our biggest load was when we made a 2 day drive to Italy to go on a 12 day cruise with our children. We ended up with 7 suitcases, a large double jogging stroller, and a backpack carrier that made the trip with us. I'm still not sure how we fit all of that in there.
Our Fun Bus has had its share of injuries, as well. While in London, it was broken into and our GPS was stolen...and we won't mention the time I forgot that my husband's car was next to us in the driveway. In my defense, it was 4am, and I was running on adrenaline to get to the airport ;)
We've braved snowstorms, followed a herd of cows, driven on the wrong side of the road on purpose, taken a ferry, and dealt with Italian drivers (even worse than in Paris!). There's been carsickness, diaper changes, and more meals eaten in our Fun Bus than I can count.
Here's to hoping that the Family Fun Bus is back up and running soon!