Wednesday Write-Up: Who Needs a Night Life?

This past week Chad, Zoë and I have been doing a little traveling to other parts of Portugal. We visited Porto, in the north, for a couple of days and just got back today from a trip to Lagos in the south. I plan on writing more about these two vastly different cities on Friday in my travel post, so subscribe so you can read all about it.

We got back to Lisbon today to a huge city wide party. Tonight is the Saint Anthony Festival, which starts in the early evening and continues all night. And it is going on in every neighborhood, currently the song “What a Feeling” is playing loud enough on the street below that we can hear it perfectly in our fifth floor apartment.  People are laughing, talking, singing along to the music. It sounds like a really fun night.

I have to say I am a little jealous. I am incredibly blessed that my amazing daughter is in bed and, pardon the cliche, is sleeping like a baby through all the noise. I will not jinx myself and say that I wish she would stay awake later…heck no, I would never wish that…I enjoy my evenings while she is asleep. Sometimes though I do miss being able to go out on the town after dark. Especially when it is right outside my front door.

I sit here and think how I wish I could go outside with everyone else, and then I realize how much more I have seen of the places we have been because I do not go out late at night. Not only that, but it also helps to be woken at 6:30 or 7 am everyday so i get the most time possible to partake in real life in the cities we have visited.  A special thanks to Zoë for being my little human alarm clock.

This journey is completely different from Chad and I’s pre-baby travels, and for the better I think. Zoë has made every part of this adventure acutely more special and fulfilling. I not only get to experience different and wonderful cultures, but I get to see how they enthrall and excite Zoë. It is a better feeling than I can even describe.

So I willingly give up my night life (despite being a tiny bit envious), because living on the road with my toddler, is the most exciting and worthwhile venture I could ever undertake. Being a mom is rad, that is all I can say.

I am off to bed early…Good night all!

2 thoughts on “Wednesday Write-Up: Who Needs a Night Life?

  1. Haven’t tried the travel with the kid thing yet, but I can relate to the night light aspect of your post. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s hard to go home to being a dad when all i want to do is tear it up on a Friday night. That said, I love getting up early and doing something with my day instead of feeling crap until 3 p.m. I like to think that things have changed for the better and trust me, you’re not missing a thing. Just a few hours of drunken chats, 20-something drama, followed by 24 hours of hangover. And children don’t understand what hangovers are. Sounds like you are making the most of your time in the most constructive way possible,

    • Ryan, it is so true! I really feel that the changes when you become parents are the best! I feel like I am actually seeing and experiencing our travels this time. So sad that we are missing you by just a short time! I hope the moving is going well!

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