~ Bertelson Bulletin ~


vacation of a lifetime here we come :)
March 29, 2010, 4:22 am
Filed under: Alice, travel
following is a long, unorganized regurgitation of my thoughts, excitement, itinerary, history ….

feel free to bail if you only want the bottom line …. which is
will be gone/offline for pretty much 4 weeks 🙂

SO…………………. I am leaving tomorrow for 3.5 WEEKS !!

I am so stinking excited, I am like a little girl and will probably not be able to sleep tonight!
So I will be spending 5 days with my Mum up in Cheshire first, get to see my long time school pal Christobel too. She lives about an hour away from Mum now, up in the hills of Diggle/Saddleworth – so pretty up there.
Then I am taking a train down to my sister’s, just outside Milton Keynes … spend about 24hrs with her family before my BIL drives my sister and I to Heathrow airport … we fly to the Seychelles on Easter Sunday … if you have google mapped the Seychelles by now (or watched Amazing Race tonight!) you will probably have figured it out that it is a long flight (another overnighter)
The Seychelles is 8 hours ahead of me here in FL (ie Eastern time) ….
Our cousin Mark, his wife Julia and 2 of their children Lianne (22 – who was the one on the UK reality show “Shipwrecked”) and Christopher (16) are going at the same time too … all 6 of us will be in one house that our other cousin’s daughter has set up for us …
She (Laura) is living there right now (before she starts her lawyer job in London in September I think) writing a book about the history of the Seychelles and the Dauban family which is quite revered there I hear, looking forward to star treatment 😉 … was tempted to make my sister and I T-shirts that said “I’m really a Dauban!”
My Mum was Valerie Dauban – her dad was French, Rene Dauban, born in 1897, his cousin Henri Dauban (born 1903) owned the Seychelles islands and I think sold them in the 60’s – anyway Silhouette is the island with all the Dauban history – a mountain, a river, a mausoleum … Laura is putting on an exhibition there too.
We will be there for 10 days  …staying on the main island Mahe in a house on Beau Vallon, that has a wonderful view of the island closest to it called Silhouette.
We will go to Silhouette for the day at least once, maybe twice, maybe more depending on how much we love it and how much there is to see on  …. staying ONE night at the only hotel on the island would cost my sister and I (one room) $1000 – WOW – yeah, so we will be taking the $30 ferry/boat over and back each day … that would be ALL my spending money for the entire 10 days gone in one night – I think NOT!!
If any of you are interested in reading or seeing more on the Seychelles, this website is fabulous www.seychelles.com
After we get back from the Seychelles, I will be in Reading with my old school friend Morag (actually Christobel, Morag and I all went to the same boarding school)
then …. Morag, her youngest Tallulah (of 4 – 3 girls, 1 boy, 1 girl called Madeline – sound familiar ? and we haven’t seen or spoken to each other for 30 years, reconnected on Facebook last year – ironic eh!) .. anyway we all will be meeting up with Harry & Charlie (plus younger brother Jasper, Dad Howard and Mum Shelley as well) – yes I am talking about the infamous siblings Harry & Charlie as in “Charlie bit me”  YouTube most watched clip family 😉
Then I get a train back up to Mum’s at the end of Saturday April 17th to spend another 4 days with her before flying back to Miami.
I then have ONE day at home to unpack, get over jet lag, wash stuff that I need and repack to leave the next day (Friday) for our big annual Crosswaves ministry camping trip

…AND hubby won’t be here, he will have already left on Tuesday to go up to the campground to set everything up.

I will hopefully be fitting in a Jan96 Mum’s rendez-vous with Alison and family on that Thursday (they fly back home on Friday, having been in Florida vacationing the entire time I was NOT in FL !! )
…. and my new job is AMAZING, I love working there, my boss is awesome, told me to take the full 4 weeks off and just come back the following Monday … the guy I work with is really nice too … I learn more each day and get more comfortable with the job each week.
I will be setting my cell phone so that incoming phone calls go directly to my voicemail (I tested it the phone doesn’t even ring) … and will change my voicemail to say basically “text me”

I called t-mobile and had a LONG chat with them about what each option cost while ‘roaming’ over there … yeah my data plan part will be TURNED OFF !!

LOL – it is $15 per MB of data transferred (while roaming) – so last month I ‘transferred’ $6000 worth of data (had I been roaming I mean) … since we have unlimited texting all INCOMING texts are free … outgoing is 35c per text, so I will keep my replies limited for sure.  Emergency phone calls, should I need to make a phone call in an emergency, then in UK it is $1.30/min and in the Seychelles $2/min ….
I will be able to use my Mum’s computer to check email and Facebook … but on the island I am not sure how it will be (though I did see an internet cafe is the footage of Amazing Race tonight 🙂  I am going to keep my internet stuff to a minimum, I am actually really looking forward to unplugging for a while and spending time with my sister and our cousins.

I will be waiting nervously for ONE text though … Maddie will find out on April 12th whether she was accepted into the Digital Media program at Alexander Dreyfoos High School of the Arts …. I hope she isn’t disappointed  … they only take 27 students out of the 250+ that applied for this program …


Nils will be off from the Fire Station pretty much the entire time I will be gone, the 2 or 3 shifts he couldn’t get coverage on, my wonderful MIL Joanie will of course step in and help ….
I have typed in lists and instructions and reminders for them all …. I am sure things will be forgotten and not done my way, but he’s a great Dad and fully capable of being in charge solo for a month …
The dogs know I am leaving and keep climbing onto me and or my suitcases with forlorn pleading eyes as if to say “Pleeeeeeeeeese don’t go” or “Take us with you Mummy, you are the only one who always remembers to feed us on time, let us out,  give up fresh water, …  I might worry more about them than the hubby and kids because they can’t don stuff for themselves !!!
I will of course be taking OODLES of photos but it will be while before I get to upload any for you all to see 🙂
WOW it’s midnight, I am wide awake 🙂
Alice