Maybe you think of this song when you hear “500 miles”:
It is one of my favourite songs from my childhood’s car journeys. My parents had a tape with Peter, Paul & Mary plus Abba’s Arrival album that we always listened to in the car.
But most likely, you think of this song instead:
However, currently I am thinking of the [Swedish] 500 miles (=5000 km) that we are going to drive in the next 2,5 weeks! I know, it is completely crazy, especially considering that it is one of the snowiest European winters in a long time… But what can you do when you have a Spanish husband who loves driving? And anyway, we wouldn’t be better off with plane tickets as Europe is experiencing another airport / plane chaos like the one in May – the only difference is that this time it is due to the snow and ice and not a volcano.
The plan is to drive to Sweden today;
on New Year’s Day we will drive back to Brussels and then the next day go to Spain to celebrate Epiphany (Trettonhelgen) with O’s family (approx 2800 km return). On the way back we have a dinner in Paris with friends who live in Australia. Phew! Fortunately I have an appointment at a luxurious spa in Brussels on the 11th, I think that I might need it… Since I wrote this scheduled post, the plans have unfortunately changed due to something very sad, and I am not sure what we are going to do now once we have celebrated Christmas and New Year’s in Sweden. I will write about why another time.
Maybe this is the song that we should listen to in the car today (as O just said when hearing this song – “He sings Driving home for Christmas, not flying”…I rest my case):