Occupy Vacation


“Hey, how was your trip?!”


Whenever you come back from any sort of excursion, very nicely, this nicety will follow you for weeks. How have I been answering this question? The first adjective that pops into my mind is “exhausting”.


I was exhausted before the trip, exhausted during the trip, and here I am, a week after returning, still exhausted.


But there’s nothing technically wrong with exhausted, right? Exhausted is good! Exhausted means that you are getting the most out of yourself! Why buy a bottle of wine and only drink half of it? Or eat only one slice of a pizza? Or not eat an entire box of Oreos in one sitting? Stupid! Much better to exhaust every last drop, crumb, what have you, even if what you’re left with is useless, rotting garbage. I may be useless rotting garbage, but this garbage was, at one point, seriously delicious.


I just mentioned to my friend Rachael that I have not really had a day to just relax since December 18th, even though I did just come home from this vacation. Really tragic stuff. And let’s talk about that word “vacation” – does it come from the word “vacate”? I’m just going to go ahead and assume that it does because I took Latin in high school and that should be useful for something. Some synonyms for the word “vacate”:


* leave * quit * evacuate * empty * abandon * clear * void *


A vacation is meant to be an opportunity to leave your cares behind, to empty your brain of all the daily stresses of home and work, to delve into, nay, surrender to the void and abandon all of the eventually-pointless-because-we’re-just-going-to-die-anyway things that worry us in our day to day lives.


Antonyms for “vacate”, on the other hand:


* fill * occupy * overflow *


I believe that in this case, we would call this trip an “occupation”.


I’m not complaining because I saw a lot of worthwhile, thought-provoking, experience-garnishing, beautiful things, and, you know, my family . . . so it was worth the exhaustion. So don’t worry – you don’t have to feel so badly for me.


I’m going to write a bit about each destination as their own separate post, which I resolve to get done quickly! Funny stories, remarkable good luck, and lots of cool experiences and subsequent advice to ensue.


For now, here are some pictures.


Boldog Új Évet!

Šťastný Nový Rok!

Frohes Neues Jahr!

Happy New Year!


2 thoughts on “Occupy Vacation

  1. WendyD says:

    Hee. I refer to this as “travel” and not “vacation”. The only vacation I’ve ever been on was ten years ago to a friend’s wedding in Jamaica at an all-inclusive resort. That was nothing but relaxing, drinking, and eating for five days. Travel isn’t relaxing, it is exhausting just like you say! I totally can’t wait to be exhausted after London and Wales!

  2. Rach says:

    I can’t believe how late I am on this one!! I feel so privileged to have gotten a mention 😉 haha!! I can’t wait til we can plan an “occupation” together!!

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