The final countdown has begun. It is now 40 days until I have to be packed for Europe. We leave on April 3 and return on the 12. I am finally starting to get excited about the trip. To think that in just over 40 days I’ll be looking at the Eiffel Tower, and gazing over the lights of Paris. I am so grateful that I get to show Mackenzie the world – it’s an important dream for me to expose him to different ways of life, different people, languages, experiences, and values. I had no interest in going to Europe when I was young. I thought the trip was to cliche, to overdone to bother. I wanted more adventuresome holidays – travelling to the north, and at that time, backpacking across Australia. When I was young, travel to Aussie land was still a rare adventure.