Road Trips in the Car
Last autumn, we went on a road trip through Israel. Etta was two years old at the time. I had booked hotels in advance for the cities we wanted to visit. I picked up the rental car in the city since I hate the stress of picking up the car at the airport because it always, really always, entails hour-long delays and usually some form of drama. Therefore, I prefer to take a taxi to the city—in this case, Tel Aviv—get a good night’s sleep, and pick up the car the next morning at a nearby car rental. I planned all the car rides in Israel so that they overlapped with Etta’s afternoon nap—getting from one place to the next never takes longer than two hours since it is such a small country. I drove off at twelve o’clock and by the time I reached the highway she was already asleep. That gave me at least two hours of peace; I could concentrate on the road, listen to music, and think about things.
Although everyone warned me, and even looked at me skeptically when I told them about our road trip, I felt rested when I came back to Berlin with Etta. I mean seriously rested! It’s possible. You can recharge your batteries even when you are on vacation with a child, provided you find a routine, get in sync, and act as a team.
Text: Mirna Funk
Mirna Funk works as a writer, journalist and storyteller. She is currently producing an audio play, she wrote for Bayrischer Rundfunk, preparing for a lecture and reading at the University of London in April and—due to the great success in 2018—curating the day’s program for January 27th, 2019 to commemorate International Holocaust Rememberance Day at the Berliner Ensemble. Her debut novel “Winternähe” was published in July 2015 by S. Fischer Verlage and has been translated into Dutch.