Leaving from Antwerpen

Trip Start Nov 14, 2013
Trip End Apr 17, 2014

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, Vlaams Gewest,
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Let me start this blog with sad news that has made our life's and especially Andrea's life very hard and difficult the last month.

"My mother passed away on the 15th of October. She was 65 years old, too young to die. But I guess we always think our parents are too young to die. Even though I didn't see my mother very often I loved to talk to her on the phone. She was very important for our family. I noticed this now more than before. She brought some balance in a very complicated family! Nobody else in our family can do that.

She was a very proud and not open person. She was always worried about what people would think about our family problems. The funny thing is when I was in Brazil in October I found out that the last months she changed completely! She was telling all her problems, including about my brother to our maid, the girl that did her nails, her hair dresser etc. It is very ironic! Her whole life suffering alone without even talking to her family how she felt and now everyone can know everything! But this was my lovely mother. She was all the time smiling like nothing was happening. She was very strong, but unhappy. I hope she found a beautiful place in heaven where she can finally be happy with my grandmother, whom I loved like my mother. She was an angel. I'm sure she will protect my mother even in heaven because that's what she did. I learned a lot from my grandmother, specially to love everyone without expectations. That's the way we survive in this hard world. I love my mother and I miss her a lot. I wish I could have said many things to her before she died. But I guess we are never ready for saying goodbye. "

Andrea left for a month and came back only on the 12th of November while I kept myself busy with organizing everything to leave for 5 months, selling the camper and our poor little Smart. As we want travel like we did last year through Europe in the months of June until August we thought we could try this by buying a VW Eos and small and cute little Kip caravan. After all that selling and buying we were also organized for our Europ trip when we would come back from Asia and now ready to leave.

Andrea flew back from Rio via Amsterdam and I went to Alkmaar on the 11th so I could see my brother, be with him a couple of nice hours and go to the restaurant together as he was there just the Friday before flying back to Spain and to go to Michel's birthday party which was real nice.
Andrea arrived on the 12th and my mothers birthday was on the 13th.

This time we had found a real good ticket with Fin air on the 14th so after having taken a taxi to the train station we took the "special" train (which is more expensive and a dirty horror train full and without space to put your luggage) from Antwerp directly to Zaventem. Our flight to Helsinki left at 13:05 with our connecting flight to Bangkok at 18:00 so pretty good.fe
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nanda wichers on

My dearest Stefano and Andrea! Thanks for this message!It was nice for me to see Cidinha's photo when she was very young! She was so beautiful! It's also a very good way for Andrea's feelings!I think this is the best therapy!Great!IYou've described very well.Nice photo's!I love you!Kisses

Véronique en Didier on

Hoi Andrea en Stefano,
Zo fijn te zien na alle ellende en verdriet dat Thailand jullie terug kan opmonteren.
Het lijkt wel telkens het paradijs waar jullie vertoeven. Houd de mooie en goede herinneringen van alles vast, bundel die, steek die in jullie rugzak en als het eens minder gaat, haal er wat anekdotes terug uit en er komt zeker weer een glimlach op jullie gezicht. Heel veel liefs van ons 4 tjes xxx

Raika on

Lieve Stefano en Andrea,

Geniet van jullie prachtige vakantie in Thailand.
Wanneer jullie thuis zijn, komen we echt een keer langs!

Veel liefs van Kristof en Raika

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