Enough is enough / Suficiente es suficiente

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I’ve spent the past week professing that the glass is half full. But it’s often been half empty. Although our condition has been improving, we feel like it’s been two steps forward and one step back. We feel much better in the morning and then awful in the afternoon. Bergen is beautiful. Our family is beautiful. (Even the orchestra is beautiful.) But our time here has been often miserable. We had a long talk last night over dinner and have decided we’re simply not up to the rest of our planned trip.

We were to fly up north, rent a car for a 2-hour drive, visit with the incredible Northern Norwegian family, drive all around for a week before flying back to Bergen, renting a car, and driving 3 hours south to meet a couple of other distant cousins and spending a couple of days, continuing further south for another few days to see cousins we adore and haven’t seen in a while and their families, before returning the car and taking a train back to Oslo. Two flights, two car rentals, five hotels, a train ride, and the flight home in less than two weeks. It’s more bouncing around than we usually do. So, we’ve rescheduled to fly directly home from Bergen this Thursday. We’re disappointed. We’re sad we won’t see the rest of the family. But we’re also relieved. We’re mostly exhausted and would love to sleep in our own bed — for about 100 consecutive hours. Here are some more photos from our sunny Sunday in Nordnes, and one more from the museum of natural history.


Me he pasado la última semana afirmando que el vaso está medio lleno. Pero a menudo ha estado medio vacío. Aunque nuestra condición ha ido mejorando, sentimos que han sido dos pasos adelante y uno atrás. Nos sentimos mucho mejor por la mañana y luego muy mal por la tarde. Bergen es hermoso. Nuestra familia es hermosa. (Incluso la orquesta es hermosa.) Pero nuestro tiempo aquí ha sido a menudo miserable. Tuvimos una larga conversación anoche durante la cena y decidimos que simplemente no estamos preparados para el resto de nuestro viaje planeado.

Debíamos volar hacia el norte, alquilar un automóvil para un viaje de 2 horas, visitar a la increíble familia del norte de Noruega, conducir durante una semana antes de volar de regreso a Bergen, alquilar un automóvil y conducir 3 horas hacia el sur para encontrarnos con una pareja. de otros primos lejanos y pasar un par de días, continuar más al sur durante otros días para ver a los primos que adoramos y que no hemos visto en mucho tiempo y sus familias, antes de devolver el automóvil y tomar un tren de regreso a Oslo. Dos coches de alquiler, cinco hoteles, un viaje en tren y el vuelo a casa en menos de dos semanas. Es más rebotando de lo que solemos hacer. Por lo tanto, hemos reprogramado para volar directamente a casa desde Bergen este jueves. Estamos decepcionados. Estamos tristes porque no veremos al resto de la familia. Pero también estamos aliviados. Estamos casi exhaustos y nos encantaría dormir en nuestra propia cama, durante unas 100 horas consecutivas. Aquí hay algunas fotos más de nuestro domingo soleado en Nordnes y una más del museo de historia natural.

• Olav asked if it was possibly a real unicorn (maybe they were not mythical but simply extinct). Selma told him to look at the mane. “No real animal would have a mane in those colors.”
• Olav preguntó si posiblemente era un unicornio real (tal vez no eran míticos sino simplemente extintos). Selma le dijo que mirara la melena. “Ningún animal real tendría una melena de esos colores”.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

35 thoughts on “Enough is enough / Suficiente es suficiente”

  1. Sounds like a good decision. That kind of travel can be exhausting, and if you are on the edge, it is time for a change of plans. The cats will be glad to see you

    1. David:
      We’re comfortable with our decision and will enjoy what we can these last few days… and nap. The cats will be SO happy.

  2. I agree. Covid is nothing to fool around with vaccinated or otherwise. People I’ve know that had felt affects even weeks later as far as energy loss and sleepiness and no appetite. Get well first…then return.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      Silly to just drag ourselves around. Meanwhile, a few hours a day of enjoying Bergen is still worth it.

    1. Debra:
      I was determined to push through, but finally realized it’s just not worth it. We’ve had some amazing times enjoying Bergen and seeing family, and that will do for now.

    1. sillygirl:
      I might have kept pushing, but I’ve been knocking myself out. I’m glad we had a good long talk about it. Home will be nice. And Bergen will be nice until we go.

    1. Judy C:
      Fortunately, we haven’t had many other symptoms. But the exhaustion is… well, exhausting. Still, we have had and continue to have very nice moments here. Got to see Olav, Selma, and family again yesterday.

  3. While bits are fun, on the whole, traveling when sick is no fun. Plus it sounds like you had a lot crammed into the rest of the trip. Might be better to be home in your own bed with Dudo and Moose nursing you.

    Don’t think I missed the Cabaret … Even the orchestra is beautiful.

    1. Bob:
      The rest of our plans were not our usual style. We were looking forward to the adventure when we had the energy. Now it would just be more exhaustion. Oh well.

  4. Disappointing but so understandable, Mitch.
    Get better and plan another in the future.
    LOVE that yellow Hollyhock!

  5. Making the best decision always helps the stress levels lessen. Travel + sickness + loving your families ~ everyone knows when the appropriate decisions need to be made. Covid is a bugger and we all understand it was a difficult one to chose but head home lay your heads down on your pillows and get well.

    1. Ron:
      So looking forward to my own pillows and the cats. Still, there have been really wonderful times here.

  6. Given that kind of travel schedule, it is a good decision, if a sad one. One would need to be in top form to handle the variety of places, modes of transportation and number of people–even well loved ones. Hope the next few days help you both to gain back some energy and zest for life. Something Covid has definitely zapped you of in the past couple of weeks. Safe travels home. x

    1. Mary:
      We’re much more settled now that we’ve made the decision. Will enjoy the next two days and will be happy to be home

  7. I, in my infinite wisdom, think this is the best, albeit disappointing, decision you can make. Now, take a month or two to just chill and enjoy the Fuengirola fashionistas. Sure, life is a cabaret old chum, but you want to be healthy enough to enjoy it. (((Scoot, SG))). Also, by arriving home earlier than expected, you may be able to catch those two masked bandits of yours in whatever nefarious acts they indulge in while you’re away.

    1. Deedles:
      Who knows what Isabel is letting those boys get away with. (Or what they’ve told her we ALWAYS LET them do.) Just learned that Cristina, Alfonso, and my girlfriend Maria arrive in Fuengirola Thursday. That helps.

  8. Oh, bummer. I’m sorry you have to cut it short, but you know best how you feel and what you’re up for. You can always do it next year, and it’s never fun traveling when you don’t feel good. I completely understand wanting your own bed.

  9. As others have commented and from what I’m hearing from Twin 2, who herself came down with Covid, though fully vaccinated, because some old bitch coughed in her face, it does take a while to fully recover. Don’t push yourself.

    1. Shirley:
      I finally realized that I couldn’t just will myself to be well. Siestas are OK and so is going home.

  10. I’m so sorry. I think you’re making the right decision, disappointing though it may be. Better to return home and get better so you are healthy to travel another day.

  11. The best decision that you could make. You just can’t get the full pleasure of the trip when you are sick. Hit the northern portion next year. I really want to go to Scandinavia after reading about your trip.

    1. Claudia:
      If it weren’t for the weather, I would love to live here in Norway — probably Bergen. Incredible.

  12. Your proposed itinerary made me tired just reading it. I can’t imagine having to do all that when you don’t feel well. You made the right decision. Take care of yourselves and rest up. Take two cats and call me in the morning. 🙂

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      We never do trips like this one we planned. We were excited but sure can’t do without any energy. I love the idea of taking two cats. Will call.

    1. Kirk:
      Still a very nice time in Bergen. We’ll save the rest for another day. Maybe some of our family will come to Spain.

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