We have now been traveling as a family plus a nanny for 5 weeks in Europe! We have been sending out personal updates through our Team Espinoza Newsletter over the last few weeks. If you don’t want to miss out on what is happening, then you can sign up for our newsletter here. (Note: This is a two step process and you will need to confirm in your email that you signed up.)
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing about some of our lessons learned:
- Our packing lists
- Setting up an AirBnB apartment
- The dynamics of feeding 6 people on a trip
- Working and homeschooling from the road
- Finding a church while traveling
- Connecting with people in different cities
- The cost of traveling within a city
- The effects of the weather on travel
- What to do when someone gets sick on the road
- Fast Travel (London) versus Slow Travel (Berlin)
- Funny Money: Pounds, Euros, and buying things when the exchange rate isn’t your friend
We’ve learned a lot more than what is listed above, but hopefully these will help get you started as you plan for any of your future trips.
Moving Fast Through London
We only got to spend 5 ½ days exploring London. At least 1 ½ days were travel days arriving and leaving the city. We knew jet lag was going to happen, but we didn’t expect to be hit so hard by the time 6 hour difference. Then London had to have a Daylight Savings Time change while we were there which only added to our confusion. One of the biggest highlights of the trip was visiting Hillsong London and hearing their praise and worship live. We fast traveled through London and squeezed in as many sights as we could, before we darted off to Berlin.
Slowing Down in Berlin
We arrived in Berlin tired of sightseeing and ready to work. Thankfully our flat in Berlin was spacious and comfy. Berlin doesn’t have an enormous amount of sights so we didn’t feel pressure to leave every day. The city has very unique neighborhoods where some are full of artists, others include immigrants, and others are very posh. We enjoyed getting to know the pulse of the city more than seeing sights. Daniel was able to get a lot of work done at a nearby co-working space.
The very best part of the trip was randomnly meeting another family from the States who happened to also have 3 children and college student staying with them. This family worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) for 7 years. Daniel and I are both huge fans of IVCF. We loved getting to know how they serving their church and community. A special treat was getting to spend Easter holiday with this family where my new friend made a feast.
The city of love is more beautiful than I imagined. Our flat is small, but cozy and in a great part of town. Last week Zander and Ally were sick and spent some time recovering. I am fighting off some cold symptoms. Thankfully our crew is now on the mend. This week we are getting back to a work routine and have a good plan in place for our last 3 weeks on the road. I have found the difficulty in feeding my family cheaply in Paris surprising. It shouldn’t be a surprise that quick food options in Paris are few, but I had grown accustomed to many takeaway places in London and Berlin.
We are learning so much on this trip. This 8 week trip is one great big experiment to see what is like to live our normal lives on the road. Some aspects are fantastic and others are harder than we imagined. I can’t wait share more with you all over the next few weeks.
Do you have any questions about what is like to live on the road as family? If we can answer your question, then we’d be happy to answer them in upcoming post!